MSE News: Amazon shopper? It's upping the minimum spend needed for free delivery

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Shop but don't drop
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  • Amazon has finally confirmed it's increased the minimum spend for free delivery from £10 to £20...
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    Amazon doubles free delivery threshold after days of confusion

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  • edited 1 May 2015 at 2:21PM
    PincherPincher
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    edited 1 May 2015 at 2:21PM
    How can anybody make money selling things any more?


    The price a local shop charges obviously has to include all the overheads like rent, rates, staff's wages, as well as transport to get the goods on the shelf. By shopping from Amazon et al, we are obviously saying we don't want to pay the other overheads, but at the expense of paying for delivery.


    Now the expectation seems to be the delivery should be free as well.


    I think there is a need for a major re-organisation.
    If I was the Green Party, I would call for Royal Mail to use standardised re-usable boxes with RFID. When you receive delivery or collect from a depot, they take back the box. Think about the amount of cardboard saved, and the foam filler! They can use conveyor belts and robots to pack trucks/lorries in the most efficient manner. All I need is a text or e-mail, and I can pick it up myself. This should reduce the cost of delivery, a lot.


    Note: Buy shares in Tupperware if this happens.
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    If your as suspicious and cynical as I am; you'd look at this and see it as an attempt for Amazon to
    1. Recoup their losses after having to refund many with an Amazon subscription account.
    2. Trying to lure people onto the Amazon subscription account which offers free delivery by default.


    I do think they will lose many sales over this and end up having to bump up the delivery fees again. Could Amazon be the next Tesco? Watch this space!
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    jon81uk wrote: »
    It used to be £15 minimum for super saver delivery back in 2008 anyway, before it went down to £5 and then down to no minimum.

    Trouble is now most other places offer a free collect from store option, which Amazon can't / doesn't do.

    Well they can and do.
    Amazon lockers,collect+,Royal Mail local collect to name some.
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    Ianh82 wrote: »
    i have had a row with them about prime delivery only yesterday. CS sent me an email as i ordered a in stock item with the prime logo next to it but it didn't get next day delivery. i ordered around 11.30 am but still didn;t get next day because it might be far away in the warehouse. however, if i paid £5.99 extra, i could get it next day. they just sent the email about the super saver delivery and on there it clearly states 'get unlimited next day delivery with prime for in stock items'

    i replied to CS email saying they should make it more clear in the T&C's and say 'with prime, not all in stock items qualify even if it has the prime logo next to it, because your item may be far away in the warehouse somewhere so will be dispatched next day when found. however, if you pay £5.99, no matter where the item is, you'll get it delivered next day'

    i await there reply! i am a prime member.

    They usually use the term 'one day'.
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    jenniewb wrote: »
    If your as suspicious and cynical as I am; you'd look at this and see it as an attempt for Amazon to
    1. Recoup their losses after having to refund many with an Amazon subscription account.
    2. Trying to lure people onto the Amazon subscription account which offers free delivery by default.


    I do think they will lose many sales over this and end up having to bump up the delivery fees again. Could Amazon be the next Tesco? Watch this space!

    They did not have to refund anyone. The refunds they did give would not even dent their profits.

    No, Amazon will not be the next Tesco, they have completely different business models. I don't think they'll lose "many" sales, people have a tendency to stomp their feet for a week or so and then go back to their same spending habits.

    (And it is you're, not your!)
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    custardy wrote: »
    They usually use the term 'one day'.

    And, since it's always 'today' when you place an order, and 'today' + 'one day' is 'tomorrow', and 'tomorrow' is always the next day after 'today', they can't weasel out of it like that.

    The should, in any case, make it clear that it will not generally be 'one day' if ordered on a Saturday. I gather that in some instances they do deliver on a Sunday, but not universally.
    There are two types of people in the world: Those that can extrapolate information.
  • edited 2 May 2015 at 11:25AM
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    Well I will look elsewhere to shop, I tend to use Amazon as cost are often less or competitive when adding p&p on other sites but I will not order if I have to spend £20 for free delivery or incur p&p costs.

    I looked at one item as an example today and found of the first 20 sellers cost wise with Amazon @ #1 and fulfilled by Amazon @ #2, the next 18 sellers were all cheaper either by cost alone or cost plus p&p.

    I am betting a lot of sellers who use Amazon to fulfil the orders will now dispatch themselves or lose sales if you can buy for less direct with a seller.

    I can not be forced into Prime something I have no use for @ £79 a year just to get free delivery.

    I wonder how long this will last when they see sales fall???
    (They are bad enough at upping their prices by £'s the same day or next days (one item I ordered the other day £8.85, today £14.99!).
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    I got this this morning

    [FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif]Changes to Super Saver Delivery. [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif][FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif] Our Super Saver Delivery service is changing. From 01 May 2015, orders including £10 or more of books qualify for FREE Super Saver Delivery. All orders of £20 or more across any product category also qualify for FREE Super Saver Delivery. Previously, a £10 threshold applied for all orders to qualify for FREE Super Saver Delivery. To find out more please click here. [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif] In line with the above change, Add-on items are now eligible for free delivery with Super Saver Delivery and Amazon Prime on qualifying orders of £20 or more. The Add-on programme allows Amazon to offer thousands of low-priced items that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive to dispatch individually. To find out more please click here. [/FONT]
    [/FONT][FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif][/FONT][FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif] The Associate advertising tools, including banners and widgets, have been updated to reflect this change. All content on the Amazon.co.uk site has also been updated. You should, however, check your site to ensure any reference to FREE Super Saver Delivery and Add-on reflects these changes. This change relates specifically to FREE Super Saver Delivery. All other delivery services remain unchanged.[/FONT][FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif][/FONT]
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    Nothing here. All I've received is their 'Daily Deal' email, and there's no mention on there of the rise, that I can see.
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