Amazon lowers its free shipping minimum from $49 to $35

A year ago, to the day, Amazon raised the minimum order total that qualifies for free shipping from $35 to $49. Now they’ve reverted the change, so non-Prime members once again only need an order total of $35 once again to qualify for free shipping. This is no doubt a response to Walmart, which introduced a new policy a few weeks ago that provides free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Prime members are not effected by this change and book orders of at least $25 also still receive free shipping at Amazon.

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7 comments
  1. yup says:

    Walmart is scaring them to death. I love competition!

  2. TechyChris says:

    I have used both services (Amazon more frequently though). I am not a prime member, but I have always found Amazon’s shipping times to be the best, that could also be my location in the Northeast. The one advantage to Walmart is you can make an immediate return to any store if necessary. Which I have only had to do once. I did think raising the minimum to $50 last year was a bit much though. It all started when gas prices skyrocketed and UPS/Fedex starting charging premiums for shipping. Of course costs have plummeted since then.

  3. Joe says:

    The big difference is Walmart’s free shipping is 2 days. Amazon’s is at least a week, most likely looking a minimum of 10 days.

    • Brian P Cook says:

      They needed too do that in order to compete with Walmart because I started buying things from Walmart because they’re shipping was a better deal. Free 2-day shipping over $35 purchase and that’s with no membership.

  4. Patricia Ng says:

    My Prime membership is due next month, I dont think I’ll be renewing it

  5. I bailed on Prime in October. Everyone PMs Amazon and Walmart and Staples have local pickup (free, no minimum) and return (free, no minimum).

    In the last year, I have dropped Netflix and Prime, stopped using warehouse stores, and dramatically reduced my online shopping.

    Is it possible that the B&M is not yet dead?

  6. David E says:

    Ha! and when Walmart can ship to store free with no minimum in most cases. When Amazon did that, I started avoiding ordering online from them unless I couldn’t find it on Walmart or Ebay.

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