Amazon raises minimum order for free shipping
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    Cool Amazon raises minimum order for free shipping

    ~I actually think it was more than time to do this. Amazon raises free shipping minimum to $35 - Oct. 22, 2013
    I have Prime(I love the streaming, so much BBC!)so it doesn't affect me but I ran across this neat site that could help others who don't have Prime save some money on shipping: Amazon Filler Item Finder - Get Free Shipping on Amazon.com
    Basically the second link will let you fill in how much money you need to spend in your cart to qualify for free shipping and give you items to meet it. Paying $1 for a filler item is bound to be cheaper than $6+ regular shipping. ~

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    I have Prime as well. I order enough subscribe-and-save items to make it worth it to me. I have noticed, however, that you have to really watch Amazon prices. Some items are very competitively priced, but quite a few are quite a bit more expensive on Amazon than from other on-line stores or retail. My most recent experience was with Udo's 3-6-9 oil. I use it in the dogs' food, and I pay $32/bottle for it at the local co-op. I looked for it on Amazon, and they have it for $37/bottle. Even with free shipping, it is worth my time to drive a little further than usual and stop at the co-op. Pet supplies, in particular, seem very high on Amazon. So, I think they are making up any loss on that "free" shipping!
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    Thanks Nuisance - I like to wait til I get to $25 for the free shipping - now I have to plan ahead a little better.

    I so agree with you madhen - they are not cheapest on a lot of things. You really have to know your prices & watch what you are doing.

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    Aww, that is lame for me since I live in Seattle and they have their own delivery trucks here. They don't actually have to "ship" me anything.

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    Shouldn't be a problem for us. We live in a tiny town with no Walmart, Home Depot, or other big box stores, so our Amazon orders tend to be well over their shipping minimum.

    I thought Amazon's main distribution warehouse was in Arizona.

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    They have distribution centers in different places, but I know my orders are brought in Amazon delivery trucks.

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    Interesting. Our Amazon stuff normally comes via UPS.

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    I haven't used Amazon in quite a while, the site makes my Firefox crash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona View Post
    I haven't used Amazon in quite a while, the site makes my Firefox crash
    For what it's worth, it works fine with my Firefox, both desktop and portable versions. It may be a problem with an addon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mndtrp View Post
    For what it's worth, it works fine with my Firefox, both desktop and portable versions. It may be a problem with an addon.
    I wonder if it's AdBlockEdge and Plus that's giving the site the whim-whams?

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    Not sure. I use Firefox as well with no issues.
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    I have prime also. I believe that it more than pays for itself. Last week I bought a cast iron tortilla maker from them. If I had to pay for shipping something this heavy it would have been too expensive. I do agree you need to know your prices before ordering.

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    What's the advantage of Prime aside from faster shipping?

    I've bought a lot of cast iron cookware from Amazon and have never paid shipping on anything, and we don't have Prime. Am I missing out on something?

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    I, too, have bought cast iron & have not paid shipping. I'd also know what the advantage to having Prime is. thanks,

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    You can stream videos from Amazon free with prime.

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