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Initial post: Apr 24, 2013 4:49:20 PM PDT
Stanger 07 says:
What's with the increased shipping cost from $2.99 to $3.99???

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 5:07:47 PM PDT
tonyS says:
3.99 minus 2.99 equals 1.00. The price of shipping goes up, the customer pays more. Seems simple enough.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 5:09:45 PM PDT
I don't pay for shipping. I have Prime, so I have no idea what you are talking about.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 5:48:37 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Prime doesn't cover orders from marketplace sellers.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 5:50:41 PM PDT
LegoGirl says:
It does if the sellers are fulfilled by Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 5:51:15 PM PDT
Would you be willing to package an item and drive to the post office and back for $1 ?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 5:53:58 PM PDT
The yearly rate for Prime is $79.99, so yes, you do "pay" for shipping.

And if you have a discounted Prime account because you're a college student, you still pay for it, you just pay less.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 5:56:46 PM PDT
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BHL says:
Oh? you get free shipping with Prime?

I thought prime was purely for the Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library. But you get two-day shipping also? Man, that $79 just keeps getting better and better.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 6:04:18 PM PDT
I found the video offering to be lacking in comparison to other subscription services. Prime's main selling point has always been the two-day shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 7:01:57 PM PDT
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Prime's main selling point has always been the two-day shipping.
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I can direct you to some threads where numerous people insist that Prime's "main" selling point has been that you don't need $25 to get free shipping.

To each his (or her) own. Different people value the different components of Prime differently.

But back to the main topic of this thread, the carriers raise their prices as their costs go up. The people who work in the fulfillment centers get raises, too. The cost of shipping is always going up, and while Amazon went for a long time without raising the amount that they pass-through, eventually they're going to raise prices, too. And, apparently, that time has come.

Why would that be so hard to understand?

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Posted on Apr 24, 2013 9:00:14 PM PDT
Just go with Target, and get their credit card - you get 5% off of every order, no minimum order, no add-on BS, free shipping, and actually quick processing. Their prices are in most cases the same as Amazon as well. Only con is that you cannot find every item that you find on Amazon on Target.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 9:21:06 PM PDT
Dave says:
Wow. So you expected shipping and employee wages, et al. to just stay static?? When has that ever happened?

Well, folks, just ya wait. It won't be long before Amazon Prime gets an increase. Can't wait to see all the forums blossom that day...lol...

I'm thinking about starting a 'forum pool' for guessing the new Prime price.

I'm taking the $100 square...(for the new price...)

How do we get this going??

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 9:47:49 PM PDT
SHIPPING INCREASE FOR DVDs AND CDs.
The cost conscious customer will wait till they have a $25 order to save shipping on DVDs and CDs direct from Amazon. If they do not have such an order, and another seller's price is low enough that adding the 2.98 now 3.99 shipping does not put the price above Amazon's they will buy it from the other seller. Most other sellers do not collect sales tax and Amazon now does, effectively making the price difference greater. I would not be surprised if some Amazon bean counter felt that if Amazon's total price and another seller's price were close enough, they could level the playing field by effectively raising the other seller's total price. This of course hurts both the other sellers and the cost conscious customers. What ever the reason for the shipping increase that is the result.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 10:19:18 PM PDT
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But a 33% shipping and handling increase on DVD's and CD's does seem high to me.
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I don't know how long it was $2.99, but let's say conservatively that it's been that price for a decade. The underlying costs have gone up about 6-8% a year. Would you have been happier if they had raised your price 7% for each year for the last 10 years?

This is what you would have seen if they raised the price as costs went up:

2003 $2.99
2004 $3.20
2005 $3.42
2006 $3.66
2007 $3.92
2008 $4.19
2009 $4.49
2010 $4.80
2011 $5.14
2012 $5.50
2013 $5.88

I think $3.99 versus $5.88 is a good deal.

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Add to this the sales tax that Amazon has recently started taking out of each purchase
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The states aren't taking any sales taxes that you didn't already owe. There are no new taxes -- the states are just getting Amazon to collect what you owe instead of depending on you to pay what you owe on your own, which apparently you were neglecting to do.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 10:21:17 PM PDT
Nick Dalton says:
I previously bought a lot of blu rays from 3rd party sellers (@ the 2.98 for shipping) and I simply won't do so anymore. Half.com still has the 2.99 ship, and I have bought one from there yesterday and I will simply check there from now on. Amazon has lost all of my future business with this greedy move. and not even a heads-up email? discourteous to say the least.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 10:29:28 PM PDT
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and not even a heads-up email?
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An e-mail to whom? Every one of the 4-billion e-mail addresses in their records?

And since when does a price increase require that kind of proactive reaction? Every day prices of things go up and down, and no one is suggesting that they send out e-mails.

My favorite grocery store has my e-mail address. Do they e-mail me every time a price changes? Of course not. Who does that? Why on earth would you even suggest that they should have sent out e-mails???

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 10:31:34 PM PDT
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Artist says:
Accusing everyone who doesn't agree with you of being a company stooge or plant is ridiculous.

Edited to take out a word that the bots normally delete.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 10:57:56 PM PDT
Domino says:
.25 cents would have been appropriate. Amazon sets the price and will be the beneficiary of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 11:07:27 PM PDT
Dawn M says:
People keep saying Target prices are the same as Amazon, and I usually just don't see it. If I see a movie or a video game on sale at Target, I usually cross-check it to Amazon first, and more often than not I still find myself putting it back on the shelf and ordering from Amazon instead. Guess I'm just looking at different items than everyone else I suppose?

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