Starting today, Amazon is changing the way Prime Pantry works. The service is meant to be a way for Amazon to sell groceries and household products in everyday package sizes that would normally be cost prohibitive to ship individually through regular Prime shipping. If you wanted to, for example, buy Brawny paper towels with regular Prime shipping, you would have to buy a 12 pack, whereas with Prime Pantry you could buy as little as a 2 pack. Before today, each Prime Pantry order had a flat-fee of $5.99 per shipment. Now, Prime Pantry costs $4.99 per month, regardless of how many orders you place.
With the new subscription-based Prime Pantry service, each order must be $40 or more to qualify for free shipping. If it’s less than $40 or if you’re not a Prime Pantry subscriber, you’ll have to pay the new flat shipping rate of $7.99 per shipment.
Prime Pantry seems to be a service for people who don’t want to make regular trips to the grocery store and who don’t want to buy items in bulk. Think of it like a handbasket at the grocery store that you remotely add items to which gets sent to you once the total items being purchased reaches $40. For that kind of service, you’ll pay $4.99 per month, regardless of how many $40+ baskets you fill.
If that kind of service sounds appealing to you, Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial of Prime Pantry to give it a shot. To sweeten the pot, if you use the promo code PANTRY5 when checking out, you’ll save $5 on your first order.