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Mar 12, 2014 20:35 |  #1

Interesting... and they're thinking about raising the prime membership to, what was that, $120 a year?

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Mar 12, 2014 20:49 |  #2

What a BS frivolous lawsuit. So many consumers have no idea that free shipping isn't actually free for the seller.


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Mar 12, 2014 21:05 |  #3

cdifoto wrote in post #16754371external link
What a BS frivolous lawsuit. So many consumers have no idea that free shipping isn't actually free for the seller.

My first reaction, too, was how "frivolous" the lawsuit, then after mulling over it a while, I thought it timely to keep them honest, especially now that the prime membership might jump to $120 a year.



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Mar 12, 2014 21:05 |  #4

I hardly ever shop at Amazon. Reason is, it always seems that when I'm looking for an item, and there is that link for "As Low As XXX", I can never find that XXX price, or even though shipping is supposed to be free when you hit $25 or $35, there always seems to be some reason that I'm getting charged shipping fees. I do believe Amazon plays with their pricing, almost in a bait-n-switch type of way.


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Mar 12, 2014 21:17 |  #5

KirkS518 wrote in post #16754406external link
I hardly ever shop at Amazon. Reason is, it always seems that when I'm looking for an item, and there is that link for "As Low As XXX", I can never find that XXX price, or even though shipping is supposed to be free when you hit $25 or $35, there always seems to be some reason that I'm getting charged shipping fees. I do believe Amazon plays with their pricing, almost in a bait-n-switch type of way.

Not really. I shop primarily through Amazon, so it's been obvious for a long time that things sold as "Prime" are often the same cost as the same item sold by a non prime seller (i.e. not fulfilled by Amazon) after their shipping is included. Something that is Prime eligible might be $5 while the same thing from a third party might be $2.50 and $2.50 for shipping. I've seen large items that where $50 plus maybe $100 shipping sell as Prime for $150. It's the nature of the beast. Hasn't stopped me from using Amazon though. As far as the "lowest Price", that is often times a used price from a third party and may not always be available.


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Mar 12, 2014 21:28 |  #6

Prime means 2-day shipping at ground rates (ie no extra charge and no minimum) and prioritized fulfillment (although they won't admit to this one). It doesn't mean cheaper stuff. It never has meant cheaper stuff.


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Mar 12, 2014 21:33 |  #7

I've been using prime for years and have always seemed to make out on the shipping savings. Although I've gotta say I haven't ordered nearly as much as I used to so if it does go up to the $120 mark I'll probably be cancelling it. :(


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Mar 12, 2014 21:41 |  #8

BS lawsuit. If you don't like the price, shop elsewhere. She thinks non-prime members see a different price? Got proof of that?

I've always looked at Prime as a free upgrade to two-day shipping, not free shipping. You also get a nice break on next day delivery as well.


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Mar 12, 2014 21:47 |  #9

We buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, but for camera related stuff I like Adorama.




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Mar 12, 2014 21:59 |  #10

I have been using Prime for a few years and just renewed for the last time in February. I won't be renewing again, my purchases, especially around Christmas time always total out to more than $35 anyways. I did just buy a new camera and lens and extras on there so that was nice getting it in 2 days with the prime ship but otherwise it's kind of a waste, especially now that very low cost items you can only get prime shipped if they are "add on" items to an order over $25


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Mar 12, 2014 22:24 as a reply to Ta2edmom's post |  #11

We joined because of amazon mom program. Diapers, wipes etc are about 20% cheaper through the subscription. The savings paid off the membership in 3-4 months. For the most part our orders have been above the 25/35 threshold. It was nice for a while to get some $10 items shipped free in 2 days. Now those are considered add-on items and won't ship until you have some higher value items shipping. Unfortunately we never nixed our Netflix in favor of the prime video. All in, if not for diapers, I probably wouldn't renew. If you aren't subscribed to diaper delivery, you would be crazy to pay $120 a year.


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Mar 12, 2014 23:02 |  #12

It's true. If you look at the same item, which sells by various sellers, the one with Amazon prime tend to be more pricey. Once you factor in the shipping cost of the same item (none-prime), the total cost is almost the same.

Amazon is not an honest seller. In a few occasions, I added a couple items in my cart and then left it there for a couple days, the price would go up in some items; if I were to remove those items in the wish list, the price would miraculously dropped back to it original price. It happened to me several times lately.


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Mar 12, 2014 23:48 |  #13

gpswiz wrote in post #16754652external link
It's true. If you look at the same item, which sells by various sellers, the one with Amazon prime tend to be more pricey. Once you factor in the shipping cost of the same item (none-prime), the total cost is almost the same.

Amazon is not an honest seller. In a few occasions, I added a couple items in my cart and then left it there for a couple days, the price would go up in some items; if I were to remove those items in the wish list, the price would miraculously dropped back to it original price. It happened to me several times lately.

They definitely do play pricing games. I've experienced the same thing.


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Mar 13, 2014 03:43 as a reply to cdifoto's post |  #14

If you suspect fowl play open an "incognito" window along side the original and check prices on Amazon as a non-prime customer.


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Mar 13, 2014 04:19 |  #15

I don't think I care if a vendor adds shipping costs to the final price. I'm still going to compare prices and if that tactic means they end up costing more I won't buy the item from them. This person feels since they pay an annual fee for Amazon prime they have to be the lowest price or they will sue them?




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