Amazon Just Changed Its Free Shipping Policy
The Internet retailer has increased its minimum purchase.
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).