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#1 Hum

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:34

Amazon has increased its minimum order for free shipping to $35 - up by $10.

It's the first price hike in 10 years, with the online retailer previously offering free five-day shipping to non-Prime members with a minimum order of $25.

While the company has not commented, commentators say today's news could be a bid to encourage consumers to buy an Amazon Prime subscription.

 Since it was founded in 1996 by CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon has become a global retail power and dominates the e-book market.

However New York Times reported that the constantly diversifying company lost money last year, with analysts anticipating another loss when Amazon releases its third-quarter results on Thursday.

Yet the stock is at a record high.

Amazon is expected post $75 billion in revenue this year.

Analysts have speculated that the retailer is trying to boost its profits by raising prices on certain services.

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#2 KingCracker

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:35

WTF ugh.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:49

My wife and I got tired of trying to find enough things to buy for $25 or more when we did purchase something on Amazon, so we purchased a Prime account and haven't regretted it one bit. Shipping costs alone cover the $79 fee, then there's the video service and one Kindle book a month, and it starts adding up in our favor.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:51

Just suck it up and buy a prime account!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:52

The biggest disappointment was the butchering of subscribe and save a while back.. but oh well, they have to do what they have to do.  Love my amazon prime



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:52

... the retailer is trying to boost its profits by raising prices on certain services.

 

Between the sales tax and now this, Amazon will be getting less business from me.



#7 KingCracker

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:54

Meh. I had prime before. I didn't like their video service. I liked netflix a lot better and i'm not going to download e-books. so 79 dollars for 2 day shipping meh, I just took the free shipping option. It sucks they are jacking up the price now.

Between the sales tax and now this, Amazon will be getting less business from me.

They were suppose to start the sales tax in september I believe. They have charged me for sales tax yet.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:58

Between the sales tax and now this, Amazon will be getting less business from me.

I'm in the same boat.  They're starting construction a warehouse here in WI, so the tax will apply here too.  Bummer. :(



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 20:04

Between the sales tax and now this, Amazon will be getting less business from me.

 

I never understood why people feel its fair to not pay sales tax just because you purchased something online and not in a physical store.

 

Amazon is still an excellent service - not really anything that compares to it.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 20:06

 This will only discourage people from purchasing things. The internet tax and now this, I am starting to get fed up with amazon



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 20:07

Amazon is cheap enough for lots of items anyway. Shipping always costs money, any form of free shipping is an added bonus.. not to be expected.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 20:09

Amazon Prime FTW, free two-day shipping on pretty much anything. If you order a lot of stuff on amazon it easily pays for itself.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 20:12

Just suck it up and buy a prime account!

Really, who doesn't have Prime yet? I've rarely purchased anything that I feel like I got more worth out of. It paid for itself when I purchased it and then immediately bought a TV that was delivered in 2 days for free. I've probably gotten at least 50 packages shipped 2 day for free in less than a year of Prime, not to mention the other extras.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 23:43

Just suck it up and buy a prime account!

 

I hear ya. Worth every penny and then some.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 23:50

How much is prime?



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