For those without an Amazon Prime membership, Super Saver Shipping allows them to get free 5-7 day shipping on their orders when they spend a minimum amount. Until this weekend, that amount was $35; now it has increased to $49 — unless your order includes a book (a physical book, not an ebook), in which case the threshold was dropped to $25.
This recent move has no impact on Amazon Prime. Prime members still get free two-day shipping, no minimum order required.
With this price increase, Amazon is making their Prime membership more appealing, in my opinion. If you frequently order from Amazon – or if you want to take advantage of their other benefits (like the free television programming thru Prime TV) – the $99 is looking better and better.
Since prices on Amazon change so quickly, I appreciate the flexibility of Prime to order something when it’s at its rock bottom price, rather than having to wait until I have a $49 minimum order — and the price will possibly have gone back up in the meantime.
You can take Amazon Prime for a test-run with a free one-month trial. Note that the trial will automatically convert to a paid membership at the end of your month unless you go into your account and opt out of that.
You can read more about my thoughts on Amazon Prime and whether it’s worth it HERE.