Amazon Just Changed Its Free Shipping Policy

The Internet retailer has increased its minimum purchase.

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If you want to take advantage of Amazon.com’s free shipping option, you might need to add a few more items to your cart the next time you shop. The site increased its minimum purchase requirement from $39 to $49 over the weekend. If you purchase eligible items on the site—goods that are shipped and fulfilled by Amazon and have “Free Shipping” on the product description—that total more than $49, your order will ship within 5-8 business days without a cost. But there's some good news if you’re ordering books: If your purchase totals more than $25, you’ll qualify for free shipping (and so will the other eligible items in your order).

Of course, if you have an Amazon Prime Membership, you’ll always get free two-day shipping on most items. This new policy might be a way for Amazon to convert more Amazon Prime members, who in addition to enjoying free shipping, can stream movies, TV shows, and music, along with other perks (check out a list here).