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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 5:11:35 PM PST
I have had Netflix for years and Prime for one year. Today I cancelled Netflix. I am not a movie buff but I do watch a few movies a month. Although Netflix was only $100.00 per year I have come to the realization that Prime serves my video needs, plus I get the lending library and two day shipping. Also, with the savings I can rent a movie for $3.00 whenever I am so inclined.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:02:44 PM PST
Reed says:
Thanks for the explanation. I didn't understand that you couldn't order these items at all without a $25 order.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:36:21 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
There are no rates, unless I misunderstand your question. These are items you can't order at all unless your order totals $25 of Amazon-shipped merchandise. "Add-on Items" are always clearly flagged as such. There does not seem to be a way to order one of these items and pay to ship it by itself.

With these items, the only difference between Prime and Super Saver shipping is speed; your order has to total $25 in either case.

I do find the whole thing rather odd, but I won't be upset by it until I run into something I really need immediately that Amazon won't ship unless I pad the order. I bought Prime, years ago, so that I would not have to worry about padding orders.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 2:47:37 PM PST
Sarida says:
Well, I read the whole page. That was confusing.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 2:31:27 PM PST
Reed says:
Thank you all for your feedback. I was hoping I got the story wrong. From your experience it sounds like some discounted items under $25 are "add ons" and some are not. Since joining Prime I have ordered a number of items from $5 to $15 that I would not have gotten if I had to pay a few dollars in shipping.
The web page didn't specify the minimum charge for add-on shipping. Has anyone seen the actual rates for add-on shipping?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 11:54:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 11:59:47 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Reed, I have run into this a couple of times -- items that were not eligible for free shipping unless added onto another order. Here's one such item:

Koss PORTABLE Replacement Cushions

And here is a link to the page about the "Add-on Program" --

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200876660&pop-up=1

ETA: I order a fair amount from Amazon -- 82 shipped orders in the last 6 months -- including many under-$10 items. Nothing that I regularly order has changed status from solo-shippable to "add-on'" so I am reserving judgement. Does anyone know of anything that was once Prime-eligible on its own but is now an add-on?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 11:51:15 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
I have not had a Prime membership and therefore have not bought "a lot" of stuff on Amazon. From reading the description of the add- on program, though, I get the impression that these are items that Amazon did not previously offer individually and that now they can afford to so long as it is shipped with a bigger ($25 or more) order. Now I suppose this could just be spin to justify the change but it appears that before the the add-on program you could not get these idividual items at all so that you really would not have recived free shipping because they were not there. Can you still buy multi-packs (the only way Amazon is saying these were offered before) and get the Prime Free Shipping?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 11:50:09 AM PST
KessaJo says:
Paula, what are you talking about? I just bought something that cost $6.95 & also wanted something else that cost $1.96 (it was an add-on).

I did not need to make my cart be $25 to get the add on.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 11:35:16 AM PST
Tinker-bella says:
You're welcome, G. McNeil

I don't find it a big issue, either, as most items I purchase qualify regardless. In today's economy, if it allows the Prime program to remain viable and continue, I can live with the changes.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 11:21:32 AM PST
The Blade says:
The add-on program has been around for a couple of months, at least. I know Wife had mentioned it to me awhile back. For us it hasn't been a big deal. I think we have run into a couple of makeup items for her that fell into that category but we buy a lot of stuff and we haven't been inconvenienced yet.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 11:16:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 11:19:51 AM PST
G. McNeil says:
Paula (and Tink-erbell) thanks for the info. I was unaware of this new policy. I went back through my orders for this year, and only once would it have been a problem. My first guess is I will use the add-on feature to take advantage of the reduced prices, so that means more shopping finding the deals.

I guess I am an optimist as I see this as a "not bad" idea. Reduced cost and free shipping. Assuming the prices are actually a good deal, then win-win for me. And, if not, then no real changes to how I use Prime. If all I want is an item that happens to be an add-on, Amazon loses the sale to local merchants or other sites that will ship.

To each, his/her own, I guess.

ETA Tink-erbell in the thanks....

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 10:56:13 AM PST
Lauren says:
I really REALLY dislike the new "add on" program... it substantially reduces the value of having a prime membership, IMO. There are now many items that I could get with free shipping before (as a prime member) which now I cannot get unless I buiy $25 of stuff. That's BS and is one of the main reasons I'm probably not going to renew my prime membership again. If I have to buiy $25 of stuff to get the free shipping, then WTH is the point of paying for prime membership? Amazon is adding more and more stuff to the 'add on' program each day, meaning less value for prime members. And there are very few videos I want to watch that don't still cost extra $$, so the value of prime membership is not as good as it used to be, IMO.

I loved my prime membership and planned on renewing until I kept finding that stuff I wanted to buy has been added to the 'add on' program. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 10:46:23 AM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Here is a description of the "add on" program:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-2?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200876660&qid=1352745915&sr=1-2

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 10:40:04 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
The main point of Prime *IS* free 2-day shipping for items mailed by Amazon with no minimum order.
Since January 1, I have ordered 56 items from Amazon. That was 34 separate orders. I have Prime and never paid for shipping on those 34 items. Most of the orders were less than $25. Some things I got the day after ordering.

Also, I could not have found those items in local stores or at least not at the price I got through Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 10:36:11 AM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Amazon will specifically denote next to the item if it is "Prime eligible."

If it is an item which is an "add on" only, it will be stipulated as such on the page.

It should be noted that in the past, not every item Amazon stocked and sold was considered a "Prime eligible" product.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 10:35:54 AM PST
I've not heard this. Items either qualify for Prime, or they don't. Not all items ship with Prime benefits, but it's always been that way.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 10:32:46 AM PST
Reed says:
Has anyone heard of a new "add on" policy of not including low cost items shipped by Amazon in Prime's free 2 day shipping. I read about this in another forum, but if it were true someone would have mentioned it in this discussion. Does Prime still cover free two day shipping for items mailed by Amazon with no minimum order?

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 9:43:37 AM PST
metz1295 says:
jazzy, they probably make mini hdmi to rca adapters, but i imagine the quality will not be as good as just watching on your kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:36:44 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
What if we don't have HD TV's??

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:34:19 AM PST
Shan923 says:
Fire HD also has an HDMI out, so you can watch your content on your TV. :)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 9:23:00 AM PST
G. McNeil says:
Tara - as mentioned before, Prime is a great shipping program. 2 day delivery for free. At 79.00 a year, I have saved twice that this year when compared to standard shipping. As you can tell, I shop on Amazon a lot.

The streaming movies/TV shows for free is an added bonus that we have used quite a few times, more than I thought we would. We watched all three "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo from Sweden (available in both subtitles and dubbed in english) for nothing.

If I were you, I would sign up for the free 30 days, then order your fires for free 2nd day delivery, then play with the streaming, borrow a book for free (I think if you let Prime expire the borrowed book will quit working, so read it in the 30 days), and see if it fits your needs or not.

Then you can make a decision on keeping it or not. Like I said, it ends up being better than free for me with all the savings I see with free shipping.

Good luck, and enjoy your new toys (yes, I said toys - just like this overpriced, high speed computer of mine is a toy more than a workstation).

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 9:14:40 AM PST
metz1295 says:
jazzy makes a point. netflix does have more content. my pov was that of not being a huge movie watcher and not wanting to pay for two of the same thing. if you only want one, as i do, i recommend prime if you're going to be a kindle owner....from my pov.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:10:28 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
There is no reason to dump Netflix. You can have the best of both worlds. Netflix has a lot more content.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 9:09:15 AM PST
metz1295 says:
tara: i have prime and will have 2 kindles in my family. if you are a netflix online user, i strongly recommend dumping it for prime. you'll get access to somethign similar to netflix and the cool shipping and library features that come with prime for about the same amount of money. i watched part of a movie on my laptop last night through prime. good quality. tonight, i will plug into my hdtv to see what i get out of it.

we received our paperwhite last week and i'm looking forward to the fire HD 8.9 showing up in 10 days.

we're all in for kindle, prime and amazon for awhile.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 8:55:12 AM PST
Nope. Totally optional.

*I* like it; I use the heck out of the streaming. But if you're not interested in that, or the shipping aspect, skip it!
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