Amazon has increased the minimum order to qualify for free shipping from $25 to $35. This is the first change to that requirement in over a decade. Amazon announced the change on Tuesday in a post that also talked up Amazon Prime, the company’s subscription-based offering that delivers free shipping along with access to several other Amazon services. This change only affects Super Saver Shipping from Amazon, so don’t worry if you already have Prime.
Previously, the minimum for free Super Saver Shipping was $25 for US customers. Raising this cost probably lowers some of Amazon’s overhead, while encouraging customers to buy more items to qualify for free shipping or to sign up for Amazon Prime. Customers who might be upset should really commend the company for waiting this long to make the move. And you can still have free shipping, you just have to buy more.
Prime members get unlimited free two-day shipping with any order, paying an annual $79 membership fee. That fee also gets them access to Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s online streaming service. While Prime membership gives you access to the Kindle Lending Library.
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