If you're shopping on Amazon's website and hoping to score free shipping, you may have to increase your order size. Previously, Amazon offered its customers free "Super Saving" shipping on qualifying orders of at least $25, but for the first time in over 10 years, the e-tailer decided to bump up the minimum order amount. You must now spend $35 on qualifying items to receive free shipping.
"Amazon's minimum order size for free shipping has changed to $35. This is the first time in more than a decade that Amazon has altered the minimum order for free shipping in the U.S.," Amazon said. "During that time, we have expanded free shipping selection by millions of items across all 40 product categories. Look for 'FREE Shipping' on product pages to discover eligible items."
That's a bit of a bummer if you're used to making small orders that barely qualify, though $35 is still a relatively low amount compared to what some of its competitors charge for free or reduced shipping. Alternately, Amazon Prime members receive free two-day shipping on more than 15 million qualifying items, plus access to unlimited streaming of over 41,000 movies and TV shows, and access to over 350,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
Amazon Prime members run $79 per year, or $39 per year if you're a student.