Friday, May 12, 2017

Amazon Lowers Free Shipping Threshold to $25

Lauren Thomas:

In February, Amazon reduced its minimum order amount required to qualify for free shipping — for non-Prime members — to $35 from $49, price tracker BestBlackFriday first reported.

Amazon's website now reads that online orders of $25 or more, featuring eligible items, will qualify for free shipping.

This news comes after big-box retailer Wal-Mart, in January, rolled out free two-day shipping for orders over $35. The shift was one of the first major changes Marc Lore made at Wal-Mart since the retailer purchased his e-commerce start-up,, last year.

I gave in and got Prime, now that the Visa card gives you 5% back.

Previously: Amazon Increases Free Shipping Threshold, Amazon Increases Free Shipping Minimum to $35.

Update (2017-05-15): resoluteteeth:

Walmart has free two-day shipping on orders over $35 right now, with no membership required, and yet people are still writing articles like this asking, “will it be possible for Walmart to get 2 day shipping within the next couple years?”

We’ve had lots of problems with Walmart orders, such as boxes that never ship or arrive damaged. The prices are good, but you just can’t depend on receiving the correct, working item on time, like with Amazon.

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