Amazon increases free shipping minimum order to $49

in internet on (#14YNT) has raised the free shipping minimum to $49 from $35 for non-Prime members, according to information provided on the Amazon website. The company hasn't published a press release with the news. For books, the threshold is still $25.

There is unlimited free two-day shipping for Prime members. "A higher minimum order requirement for free non-Prime shipping effectively increases the appeal of Prime membership, and Prime households spend disproportionately more than non-Prime households." A steep 32.8% increase in fulfillment costs had a negative impact on quarterly earnings announced on January 29. Prime membership increased 51% in 2015.

Re: Prime has me hooked (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2016-03-23 22:12 (#1839T)

This is why shipping prices have increased by 5% and 10%. Hundreds of thousands of people ordering everything online shipping at flat rates or weight only has led to overloading the shipping network. Buying a small item results in much larger packaging. We are literally moving air around. To combat this the various companies now.charge by weight and size. So, if you send a parcel that is quite large but relatively small in weight you pay more due to the size. The Australians have been calculating postage this way for a couple of decades. The down side is that when prices increase like this they rarely decrease.
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