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Initial post: Jul 5, 2012 8:11:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012 8:21:34 PM PDT
So what's the point of Prime membership now, other than the limited movie selection? Add-on is a joke. Prime members get to order what they want with "No Minimum Order Size" (as stated when you sign up), but with Add-On items, there IS a limit to the order size. Now EVERYONE is forced to buy $25 worth of stuff if what they want is an "Add on" item, which would get them Super Saver Shipping anyway. It takes away everything useful about being a Prime member. Why sign up for (or keep) Prime membership then?

I wanted to buy a specialty hair comb which happens to be $6. I now cannot buy it on its own without buying $19 worth of other stuff, even though I am a Prime member. This comb was never offered in large quantities (which seems to be the point of Add-On, to break up large packages into single items). So, what's up Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 9:41:54 AM PDT
edfan says:
I haven't noticed this problem yet. Is it all over the site or just with a few products? It's a general new rule that your buy has to be over $25 even with Prime membership?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 10:15:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2013 10:18:45 AM PDT
I deleted and changed this post because way too many people who come to these forums are incredibly unobservant. At least once every couple of weeks somebody gets horribly offended by my post and tells me that I am wrong. Look at the upper right corner of every post. It has a DATE there. A date is something we use to tell us how long ago something was posted. This particular message and others on the first page of this thread were posted back when the add on program was first implemented. Back then there were almost no items on it and almost all of them were new items. Those of you who ignore the post date should understand just how foolish you look. In this thread it's not so bad but I have seen threads where posters insult somebody for claiming there is no such thing as a color kindle and call them stupid. When the person doing the insulting doesn't bother to notice the post that said there are no color Kindles was from 3 years ago.

Look at the dates people. Or you can just go on amusing those of us who do bother looking before leaping.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 4:12:04 AM PDT
Its not a misunderstanding. I know thats what the add on program accomplishes. What im asking is why would something like a $6 comb (original price $15) be part of the add on program? I didnt make that up as an example. I went to checkout and i couldn't until i added more to my cart. I can understand dollar items but nothing over $5.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 1:07:40 PM PDT
She's right. It is not a misunderstanding. Add-ons are not all NEW items. I ordered the following item last week for $4.36 with free prime shipping:

NFL Dallas Cowboys Disposable Black Ink Click Pens, 5-Pack

This week I tried to order again and it is priced higher and only available as an add-on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 3:43:42 PM PDT
Bondo says:
it's not a misunderstanding. They are selling the same stuff, adding add-on to them, and not lowering the price. They are going to lose alot of business from me and others. Especially with the tax thing coming, they picked a wrong time to screw over their customers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 5:05:42 PM PDT
OkieJohn2 says:
I just ran into this today, a USB cable that I had ordered before for $3.99 is now available only as an Add-On only, at the new low price of $3.99. The argument that it is the only way they can afford to ship such a cheap item doesn't take into account orders being split. I frequently get an order of 4 or 5 items that come in as many as 4 seperate shipments.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 8:31:24 PM PDT
OkieJohn2 says:
This is really strange, I placed an order that included an "add on" item and it is being shipped by itself, even tho I also ordered an item being shipped from the same warehouse and it is also being shipped by itself. How does this help them cut costs if two items from the same warehouse, on the same order aren't being shipped together.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 3:03:05 PM PDT
Kamiyama says:
I ordered some filter cartridges a month ago for my aquarium that were like $4. I go to order them now, and they are the same price, shipped from and sold by Amazon (same as before) except now I can't order them unless I fill out my cart with a pile of crap I don't want!

Well good going Amazon. Not only did you lose my business for this order, you also lost my Prime Membership, and you lost a GREAT deal of my future business! Way to succeed as a company!

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 3:18:13 PM PDT
Aventinus says:
Yeah. Boo. Just a ploy to get you to fill your cart with junk. Which is the main reason I got Prime to begin with. so I could avoid that.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 5:35:24 PM PDT
ZeroStars says:
Amazon Add-On? Wtf?! This is contrary to my Prime membership.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 12:42:22 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 29, 2012 6:49:38 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 9:15:37 AM PDT
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D. Parker says:
Joanie, this is exactly the issue I have. What is the purpose of Prime if you have to spend $25 for items to ship since you get free shipping anyways at $25. They claim this is to sell smaller items than they used to sell and at better prices, except several items I have purchased in the past from Amazon are being sold as Add-on Items now at the same price. It seems like they invented this "Add-on Item" language to get around the "No Minimum Order Size" claim.

If they are going to keep the "Add-On Item" classification around (which I really hope they listen and do not) please at least ship the items via USPS for free to Prime members.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 1:40:47 AM PDT
I'm also not a fan of the add on system. I definitely diminishes the value of being a prime member. To answer the argument about 'prime membership should include all products sold on the site.' This is impossible. Amazon has thousands of third party sellers that sell new and used goods. These people have to agree to eat the cost of shipping items to prime members and mom and pop in their garage are not going to ship a book they are selling for 99 cents to you for free. A vast majority of items on amazon qualify for prime shipping, and most of the time (for new items) the prices are competitive with the 3rd party items if you factor in the shipping paid to a 3rd party seller. I think the add on system is frustrating. I order almost all of my bath products, pet food and treats, gadgets, housewares and some groceries from amazon. I don't order them all at once, but I place an order when I am running out of one thing or another. Today I need antibacterial hand soap and some Burts Bees Res Q Ointment. The hand soap is either a pack of 2-4 bottles for close to $20 or a single bottle for under $5, but that item is an add on. The Burts Bees is abut the same. I only want one bottle of soap and one tin of ointment and I can't place the order. Even if they want to offer a 5% discount on "add on items" for people who purchase them with a $25 order, lots of people would jump on that for the savings and people like me would just suck it up and lose the discount to be able to place our orders without inflating our cart. Also, sometimes I am ordering a single item for a family member and having it shipped to them directly... if this item is an add on I have to ship them $25 worth of stuff to even be allowed to place the order. It will turn off a lot of current Prime members ad make them think twice about the annual fee, and it will definitely not help them get additional members.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 11:09:00 AM PDT
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john galt says:
Amazon just lost a prime subscriber and a lot of customer goodwill with this add-ons scam. Being able to order what I wanted when I wanted WITHOUT collecting $25 worth of stuff was why why I signed up in the first place. I also noticed that once I became a prime subscriber the amount of purchasing I did on amazon exploded, probably because it was so convenient. I've already set my subscription to not renew. When it ends, I suspect I will be buying a lot less from amazon in general. So good job amazon.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 12:43:26 PM PDT
Here's all I want (Prime membership or not).
- Allow every product to be purchased at a fair price (why I shop at Amazon to begin with)
- Allow the 'add-on' discount if you purchase $25 or greater (that's what you're doing now)
- If less than $25, offer a reasonable shipping option (i.e. make it 'not-prime-eligible') - You have done this in the past and continue to do this today

But don't completely kill the sale if I don't spend $25 (I can't even buy it at an inflated price and shipping - you won't let me!) That's just plain, stupid and is driving potential customers to other retailers who DO offer the product with some reasonable shipping charge. What were you thinking?

(BTW, if this policy still exists when my Prime Membership expires, I will NOT be renewing)

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 2:00:59 PM PDT
AND THIS my friends, tells me why I have been having issues with my prime shipping. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 6:00:38 PM PDT
I agree with John, I just tried to order a small ticket item that I cannot find in local stores and learned that I cannot purchase it with my Prime Membership. Will take this into consideration at renewal time, thanks Amazon for giving me a reason to shop local.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 7:49:28 AM PDT
lmilhanjr says:
This new "add-on" program kind of defeats the purpose of why I even signed up for Amazon Prime in the first place. I see this new "add-on" program as a bait and switch for Amazon Prime members. I signed up for Amazon Prime because there wasn't ANY restrictions on orders, as long as the item was labeled as "Amazon Prime eligible". The very least they could have done is grandfather in the people who currently hold an Amazon Prime account (exempting them from this add-on program), up to the next Prime renewal period.

Right now I placed an "add-on" item in my cart, and I can't check out, even if I am willing to pay for shipping. The only way for me to buy this item is to add at least $25 worth of items to my cart first. This requirement is the EXACT opposite of what I have come to love and expect out of being an Amazon Prime member. Prior to becoming an Amazon Prime member, I HATED having to wait until I could find $25 or more worth of purchases in order to get the free super saver shipping. Now, even though I am an Amazon Prime member, it's kind of like I'm really not anymore... I feel like I am back to the "need to add $25 worth of crap to my cart to get free shipping" days again. This is a slap to the face of long time Amazon Prime members.

Pair this new "add-on" program with the fact that NJ state sales tax will be added to my purchases soon (to be fair, likely NOT Amazon's fault), I don't see much appeal to use Amazon at all any more. As a matter of fact, I suppose I will just go ahead and turn off auto-renewal for my Amazon Prime membership. I don't see a point in continuing to pay $79 per year when they're starting a trend that ultimately devalues and defeats the point of the membership.

I always felt that Amazon was too good to be true (as was Ebay, Facebook, Netflix, Digg and Paypal before they were ruined as well by bad decisions). I guess it was fun while it lasted. I see this add-on program as the beginning of the end for what I used to love about Amazon. I can only hope that enough people complain loudly enough that the folks running the Amazon ship actually listen to their customers, and realize that this add-on program is a bad, BAD idea. Once the loyal Amazon Prime customer base get's wind of this add-on program, I will be interested to see what happens to Amazon stock...

To whom it may concern at Amazon; I implore you - please do away with this add-on program as soon as possible. Or at the very minimum, exempt your Amazon Prime members from being forced into this horrible program.

For those interested in seeing Amazon do away with this add-on program, please post your voice in any forum you can. Here are a few suggestions:

Another Amazon thread with complaints about the add-on program:

Amazon customer service:



Other info on Amazon add-on program:

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 2:12:41 PM PDT
Rolando says:
I hate the add-on feature. I'm buy a lot on amazon, but will now look elsewhere. Terrible program.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 7:08:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2012 7:08:56 AM PDT
R.T. says:
This programs is bad for business. It prevents people from ordering something small even if they are willing to pay reasonable shipping.... and the biggest reason of all.... people DO NOT LIKE IT! It seems to me the best way for them to accomplish their same goal is to make small single items not prime elligible as many items have been in the past. This would allow people to still purchase the item by paying for shipping or put together a $25 order. It really is that simple. Instead of forcing a garbage program by promoting it as a boquet of roses, just take the prime option off the small stuff. Oh and if the real agenda is to cut shipping costs (which we all know it is) quit sending an order containing 5 items in 5 different boxes.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 3:07:02 PM PDT
Brian Festa says:
I am done with prime

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 6:58:47 PM PDT
Dark Lacky says:
All my son wanted is a small Lego Magnet, which was $4.70. I found this page as I am no longer given the choice to purchase this item. Luckily a "third-party" was selling the same product for the same price and I can check out. I am appalled by this. I'll be looking else where for my purchases, because frankly other organizations are wising up and meeting Amazon's prices and they're not pulling this kind of BS.
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