Amazon has once again raised the minimum purchase to qualify for free shipping. It’s gone from $35 to $49 — unless you’re buying over $25 in books.
Does anyone still buy enough books to hit the $25?
The company has updated its Shipping Options page to reflect the change:
“Orders including $25 or more of eligible books qualify for FREE Shipping. All orders of $49 or more of eligible items across any product category also qualify for FREE Shipping. With free shipping, your order will be delivered 5-8 business days after all of your items are available to ship, including pre-order items.”
This is the first minimum purchase increase to free shipping since 2013, when Amazon bumped the requirement from $25 to $35.
Amazon Prime remains at $99, meaning the company will continue promoting the service to customers who want fast and free shipping. Prime subscribers receive free two-day shipping on all orders.
According to Engadget, the company’s logistics costs increased 33% over the last year, so the price increase can likely be attributed to rising shipping costs and customers demanding fast deliveries.