What annoys me, and this only annoys me when I’m buying all items directly from Amazon (when there are multiple sellers it’s a bit more understandable), is that each item is charged $3.99 even if they’re all coming in the same box.
If I order 10 cotton balls at $1 each my total comes to $10 which does not meet the minimum for free delivery. But since I’ve order 10 individual cotton balls (why, oh why don’t they sell cotton ball 10 packs?) the $3.99 shipping is added to each cotton ball- even though I ordered all 10 cotton balls directly from Amazon and they will all be shipped together in one box!
So, that’s $10 for cotton balls and $39.90 for shipping!
Now, I don’t begrudge them making a few bucks on shipping. I don’t know what the shipping costs actually are but $3.99 is obviously quite high since I’ve purchased several used CDs and used DVDs for $0.01 each- the seller doesn’t want my one penny for the product but considers the profit on the inflated shipping price to be worth it.
$3.99 added to each item really does make me want to meet that minimum for free shipping. If I really only need one thing then I don’t mind paying $3.99 for shipping that probably actually cost $1.85 or whatever. But, if I’m ordering 5 items that are all going to come in the same box at the same time? A probably actual shipping cost of $6.00 to $8.00 and I’m paying $19.95? Then I start to feel like I’m being made an ass.
So, yeah, I do make an effort to get to that minimum for free delivery. It was easy at $25. $35 wasn’t so bad but I did sometimes have that conflict of feeling like I was adding things to my cart that I didn’t really need just to meet the minimum. $49.00 is going to be tough.
One of two things is likely to happen. I’ll start using Amazon less frequently, in which case: Bad Business, Amazon! Or, I will sign up for Prime, in which case: Touché, Amazon!
Regarding signing up for Prime: As this whole thing put Amazon on my mind, I also started a Thread in Café Society asking about Amazon’s streaming services. In that Thread, I said about Prime that I would probably sign up right away if it were $9 per month but that paying $99 all at once is really rough. There’s very seldom a good time for me to drop $99 all at once even if it’s something that will pay off in the long run. In the other Thread someone said when they tried to cancel Prime Amazon did offer them a monthly plan- but that means being signed up for Prime for $99 to begin with then cancelling and only then getting the offer of a monthly plan.