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(ABC)   Remember Amazon's "free shipping" for their valued 'prime' customers? Yeah, about that   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 78
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2014-03-13 01:04:57 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: WOOT Free Shipping!
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except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.


You should check out their deals on a case of water.
 
2014-03-13 01:26:22 AM  

Lsherm: Lsherm: The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.

In case anyone asks:

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It really ties the room together.  Like a rug, but taller.


I saw a ton of those (various colors/shapes) at the consignment shop here a year or two ago (had to be from a liquidation), that particular one was about $30.

// I bet I could make money buying items from a consignment shop and then selling them on amazon. The key is knowing what will sell.
 
2014-03-13 01:27:24 AM  
I've haven't paid a dime on shipping from Amazon in years and I've never paid for prime either, I just use the free super saver shipping. It's not 2 day, but if I need something that fast I'll just buy it locally.
 
2014-03-13 02:13:08 AM  
Um, duh. Everyone with a brain that uses Amazon already knew this. That's why you, you know, compare the prices from different retailers on the same items. It's really not that hard to do, considering YOU'RE ALREADY ON THE AMAZON WEBSITE. If the lowest price + shipping is < the lowest prime price, don't buy the prime one. If it's > the lowest prime price, buy the prime one. This isn't rocket surgery.
 
2014-03-13 02:27:53 AM  

MutantMotherMouse: Warchild: bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.

I believe the term is "ladyboner".

or moist


The scientific term is "wide-on".
 
2014-03-13 02:29:16 AM  
That reminds me, I've got a new litter box and another damn 40-pound box of litter sitting outside. Man I don't feel like bringing all that in tonight. Opening the door.
 
2014-03-13 06:27:47 AM  

unlikely: Prime is worth it to me for the streaming alone.

The shipping... well... it might vary from object to object but I find that the prime stuff is rarely more expensive than not, and in the few cases where it is, the price difference is still substantially less than 2 day shipping.


This and this.  Fake outrage is fake.  Some attorney needs another gold plated bathtub somewhere.
 
2014-03-13 07:00:02 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: WOOT Free Shipping!
[i.imgur.com image 640x228]

except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.


What's the cost of their membership fee now?
 
2014-03-13 07:01:54 AM  
Amazon prime offers free two day shipping, not standard. The price comparison she was doing includes standard shipping which is and inferior service to what is included with Prime.
 
2014-03-13 07:22:30 AM  

Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.


That's true, but the lawsuit contends that Amazon is selling Prime as a service that includes free shipping. Now everyone knows that's bogus - the cost is just baked into the price. Amazon can get away with this because you can't get the item for cheaper at Amazon, plus shipping.

But Amazon is explicitly telling vendors to bake in their shipping costs to make their items prime eligible. That's a problem because it directly contradicts how Amazon is selling Prime, regardless of the fact that everyone knows how the game works.
 
2014-03-13 07:37:49 AM  
I noticed a while ago that some Prime item prices were jacked so I learned to make sure to look at the non-Prime offering to see if there was much if any cost savings.  The largest difference that I found were some pet treats that I buy for an aunt who is to afraid to shop online.  Prime usually list them at $6 per bag where non-Prime is often $2-3 and shipping has been pretty static at about $3.99 from anywhere from 6 to 20 bags (non-Prime started selling by the carton) at a time.
 
2014-03-13 07:42:50 AM  
Tried the free trial since I had a couple gifts to order, but mainly wanted to see how their streaming service was. Gotta say it is shiat. The setup is terrible, on the ps3 anyway. The selection is weak as hell, and some of the older mtv cartoons I wanted to see again or other older shows i looked for they wanted me to rent. Doesn'tseem worth the 80 bucks to keep it going. Maybe I'm missing some awesome thing about it.
 
2014-03-13 07:59:44 AM  

Carth: Amazon prime offers free two day shipping, not standard. The price comparison she was doing includes standard shipping which is and inferior service to what is included with Prime.


I don't see how facts are relevant at all.

/Prime Member.
// I like it.
 
2014-03-13 08:30:06 AM  

Confabulat: Most things I buy on Amazon are still cheaper than at the Walgreens down the road, and I don't have to lug it up the stairs. I buy everything but food there, stuff like 40 lbs of cat litter make Prime worth it pretty quickly. And they have movies too.


I love Prime. Been a member for several years. I couldnt' even begin to quantify the time and hassle that it has saved me had I had to go the brick-and-mortar route for the stuff that I buy. And their streaming service works fine for me on my various iThings and my Roku.
 
2014-03-13 08:32:34 AM  

fozziewazzi: Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.

That's true, but the lawsuit contends that Amazon is selling Prime as a service that includes free shipping. Now everyone knows that's bogus - the cost is just baked into the price. Amazon can get away with this because you can't get the item for cheaper at Amazon, plus shipping.

But Amazon is explicitly telling vendors to bake in their shipping costs to make their items prime eligible. That's a problem because it directly contradicts how Amazon is selling Prime, regardless of the fact that everyone knows how the game works.


Shipping is baked into the price of everything, including the stuff you buy at a brick-and-mortar retailer--their logistics cost is factored into their prices. They don't explicitly disclose that either.
 
2014-03-13 08:52:59 AM  
.edu email gets you half price Prime so suck it. A lot of the Prime stuff I buy is the SAME price as other sites/brick and mortar and I get free shipping. I just ordered a 'big sister' book and vinyl repair kit last night and I'll see them Friday. Totally worth not driving.
 
2014-03-13 09:18:23 AM  

milowitz: .edu email gets you half price Prime so suck it. A lot of the Prime stuff I buy is the SAME price as other sites/brick and mortar and I get free shipping. I just ordered a 'big sister' book and vinyl repair kit last night and I'll see them Friday. Totally worth not driving.


Didn't know that. Do you know if a credit card is needed for the free 6 months?
 
2014-03-13 10:33:27 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Vlad_the_Inaner: WOOT Free Shipping!
[i.imgur.com image 640x228]

except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.

What's the cost of their membership fee now?


Cheaper than the one they tell you about on the signs.  Like $40.   But I buy things other than Raisins there.

/They don't seem to like to mention there is a regular membership below their 'advantage' one.
//they also have tryout days where you can shop without being a member, and coupons in the mail.
 
2014-03-13 10:39:32 AM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Free is free, it's just not 2-day. They subcontract it to Lasership and other 3rd party vendors who fark it up majorly. I had to take a morning off from work to get the package from Lasership's warehouse myself after waiting a week. FAIL.


Thankfully Lasership delivery where I live is pretty damn good.  Used Prime on a video game this week, supposed to get it today.  It came early yesterday, a day earlier, so it was basically free overnight shipping.  Obviously YMMV.  Kind of pissed they are raising the Prime price $20 though.
 
2014-03-13 01:20:10 PM  

Lsherm: It really ties the room together.


Your man card.   Turn it in.
 
2014-03-13 01:27:53 PM  
See, I've always seen it as the other way around. Most things I see on Prime are priced at where I would expect. I always figured that the "non-prime" sellers were lowering the price of the item to make it look more attractive, but then making up the difference by charging you an obscene amount of shipping.

Like, say the expansion to a board game goes for an MSRP of $59.99 + Free Prime Shipping if I buy it from Amazon.
Someone else will have it listed for like, $44.97 but then have like, a $15-16 shipping charge associated with it.
 
2014-03-13 01:39:06 PM  

Confabulat: Most things I buy on Amazon are still cheaper than at the Walgreens down the road, and I don't have to lug it up the stairs. I buy everything but food there, stuff like 40 lbs of cat litter make Prime worth it pretty quickly. And they have movies too.


It's all about the cat food that makes it worth it. I order cases of canned food, and the price itself is way way lower than PetSmart/PetCo.

I am surprised no one here's mentioned the Prime price hike. It's now going to be $99. :/
Still worth it for me I guess. Dicks.
 
2014-03-13 02:04:36 PM  
What a nice day to receive an Email from Amazon, mentioning that the Prime subscription rate goes up to $99 dollars on my next renewal. It lets me be topical in a next to dead thread.

I actually think that Amazon policies help expedite shipments from Amazon partners. I suspect that they don't see any money until the purchase is officially shipped. This seems to get it out the door quicker. I almost suspect that some of the partners are people working from home, and when their email goes DING, they pack that puppy up the same night as purchase, then off to the post office the next morning to make that milestone ASAP.

That said, it seems that some of them get to count computer generated UPS or Fedex paperwork as shipments, so its not quite on a real truck as fast, but it still counts as shipped.

But long and short, I have seen regular shipping (non-prime) get to my house in two-three business days.

More often than not, actually.
 
2014-03-13 02:06:51 PM  
I ordered a 150 lb portable AC unit with Prime, I paid the extra $3.99 for over night.

If I had ordered that from another place it was $200 for regular freight shipping, 20+ days. If I put a rush on it they wanted $500 to get it there in 5 days.


The over sized, over weight things are where Prime really pays for itself.
 
2014-03-13 04:46:30 PM  

NickelP: this may be one of the few class action lawsuits I would get a notice for and opt out, not because I want to pursue it on my own but because I like the service the defendant has given me.


I will be opting out, also. I love Amazon Prime. In my experience, it is true that 3rd party +shipping is around the same price as Amazon w/ Prime free shipping, but the 2-day shipping is worth it. I just ordered something from a 3rd party (Prime wasn't available on this item) and it's going to take 10 days to get here. I want my potato chips now!!! Waiting sucks.

And then there is the free streaming! You can't forget the free streaming.
 
2014-03-13 06:27:43 PM  

clyph: Lsherm: It really ties the room together.

Your man card.   Turn it in.


Failing to get a Big Lebowski reference? LEAVE NOW
 
2014-03-14 02:39:15 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Confabulat: This giant glass computer desk I'm typing on now required three people to bring it upstairs to my apartment.

Shipping on that alone would have been more than my Prime membership.

I got two 25 pound weights and a weight bar shipped for free with Prime.


Yep, i got two 45 pound plates and an olympic bar shipped for free, and I paid about a dollar a pound for the weights, which is super cheap.
 
2014-03-14 02:41:11 AM  

Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.


No, Prime is a loss leader program, but is slowly being turned into what you are talking about.
 
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