Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $35

Amazon lovers will be a little disappointed when they hear this news:  Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping for $25 is no more.  You now need to spend at least $35 to qualify for free shipping.

This is the first time in over a decade that Amazon has changed the minimum order amount for free shipping and it will be interesting to see how customers react, especially with the holidays right around the corner.

Will customers purchase a little more when ordering so they meet the new minimum requirement for free shipping?  Will they forget the add-on items they would normally be tempted to buy and instead pay the shipping costs?  Will they order less frequently and only when they are already ordering enough to meet the minimum?

Or will they become Amazon Prime members and enjoy free two-day shipping with no minimum order size?

I’m an Amazon Prime member myself and I love it.  I buy a lot of books and blu-rays, and with Christmas coming I’m sure I’ll be ordering some video games and Winx Club dolls for the kids.  As a Prime member I never worry about minimum order size as I always get my orders shipped to me in two days or less for free.

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Prime members also get to stream over 40,000 movies and TV episodes.  I’m currently making my way through season 3 of Battlestar Galactica.  I can stream them for free through my blu-ray player or iPhone whenever I want.

I don’t own a Kindle yet, but there is a lending library where Prime members can borrow ebooks for free.

With the holiday shopping season upon us and the minimum for free shipping increasing, now is the perfect time to try out Amazon Prime, especially since you can take a 30-day trial completely free.

Will Amazon’s new shipping requirement affect your holiday shopping?  Are you going to take the free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime?

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  1. says

    I love Amazon. I order a ton of stuff from their, mainly books. I also did quite a bit of Christmas shopping on Amazon last year. I currently am subscribed to Prime. It’s definitely worth it to me. I have a Kindle so I get to check out one free book each month, get free shipping on almost everything, and can watch Amazon’s instant videos from my Kindle. I am thinking Prime was around $80/year when I last paid for it.

    I do see quite a few people getting upset over the Super Saver Shipping increasing it. Before I joined Prime I would always try and take advantage of the free shipping.

    • says

      Hey Alexa, I agree Amazon Prime is a great deal. All the free instant videos alone make it worthwhile for me, and since you don’t have to worry about reaching the free shipping threshold you might actually spend less. I don’t have a kindle but that’s another great point!

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