Ever since Amazon went to $35 minimum for free shipping (now raised to $49), I’ve been using them less and less. Most of my shopping with them in the past has been for small items, so the shipping and taxes they started charging were not encouraging.
But I found a mechanical keyboard I wanted at their site and with discounts and gift cards I’ve been saving up, the total out of pocket for me was only $10, and it was eligible for the free shipping option. Couldn’t pass that up. But on an item sold and shipped by Amazon, showing in stock, it took them six days to actually get it out the door and into the shipper’s hands. It will be another five days to get to me, barring any slowdowns by USPS.
Anyone else with this kind of service lately? There has been a lot of speculation on the net that they are trying to push people to buy their Prime service, with its two day shipping, but for the occasional shopper, this is not a good bargain, unless you also use the Amazon streaming video. It does seem that the free shipping items are put on the back burner, so you’d best not be in a hurry.
I suspect I’ll be buying from Newegg quite a lot in the future instead of Amazon, since I have free, two day shipping through Shoprunner there. But the Amazon gift cards were piling up and I needed to get rid of them…hey they were Christmas gifts, so I did pretty well not spending them for a little while.