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Old 03-19-2016, 12:36 PM   #41
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The main reason I like Prime is that I can ship things to family members quickly and the yearly charges are less than if I boxed and shipped each item myself. However, I have noticed that Amazon prices while competitive seem to be inching up compared to some of the brick and mortar stores in my area.

So... I may not renew it come next year. Like many I will keep a list of inexpensive items I use so I can get past the minimum order amount to get free shipping. But, sometimes I can get these items cheaper at the brick-and-mortar store.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:56 PM   #42
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A number of things we've ordered came in 2 days, even without Prime. I ordered cooking spices from a company in Wisconsin. They arrived in 2 days via USPS.

Then there was the UBS cable for my smartphone, ordered through Amazon, which came from Shenzhen, China and took 6 weeks. (And didn't work as expected, either). To be fair, there was a terrible earthquake in Shenzhen during that time period.

We haven't bothered with Prime other than a one-month trial. I guess we subscribe to Senator's point of view: 3-5 days is way better than weeks and weeks with old-fashioned mail order.

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Old 03-19-2016, 01:20 PM   #43
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We've been Prime members for 2 or 3 years now and signed up mainly for the free delivery, and we also use the streaming service quite a bit. I've never noticed or really cared whether the goods arrive in 2 days or 10 days.

The prime account is in my wife's name. In November I ordered a gift for my wife using my regular Amazon account so she wouldn't get the emails and see what I'd bought. To avoid shipping fees I added a picture calendar (National Parks) for $5 to get me over the limit. Last week she commented that our return trip cruise from England, November 5th, is going to be on a Thursday so we should have plenty of options for trains to get down to Southampton with it being a work day. (In 2013 we had to get from Scotland to Southampton on a Sunday which was impossible to do before the boarding deadline of 4pm).

I was sat at my PC and double-checked and noticed that November 5th is a Saturday. Another check of the calendar on the wall showed it was a 2015 calendar. No wonder it was only $5!! (I logged onto Amazon and confirmed that I had bought a 2015 calendar in November, 2015 - my mistake, not Amazon's)
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I was looking through a box of old books last year, and found a Buffy the Vampire Slayer calendar from 1998 and noticed it matched the days for 2015 perfectly. I just hung it up and used it. How's that for frugal?
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You have to watch carefully when you order. Amazon ships for vendors also, and an item can be listed as Prime for free shipping, but no 2 day.


Watch carefully when you order. BUT if an item does no arrive when promised, I contact them (using the link on the order detail page) and tell them politely that I am disappointed that as a prime member, I did not receive the item as promised. They have always extended a credit, ranging from the item is now free to a few dollars toward next purchase, or a month extension on the subscription. I have no qualms doing this, as I am paying annually for that service.
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Just saw this Want to get banned from shopping at Amazon? Do this - MarketWatch

I see a second online retailer to Amazon might benefit from all this negative publicity, I know I'm ready for a change...but there's no one else to my knowledge, is there?
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Just saw this Want to get banned from shopping at Amazon? Do this - MarketWatch

I see a second online retailer to Amazon might benefit from all this negative publicity, I know I'm ready for a change...but there's no one else to my knowledge, is there?

http://Jet.com Started by a former Amazon exec. Often cheaper, though Amazon seems to be matching more often. Free shipping at $35
Not nearly the same selection, but that is growing
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http://Jet.com Started by a former Amazon exec. Often cheaper, though Amazon seems to be matching more often. Free shipping at $35
Not nearly the same selection, but that is growing

I just noticed that Amazon's free shipping now requires a $49 minimum.


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I love Amazon Prime. Rarely have a surprise... if it's going to be longer than 2 days, it'll say it's not Prime eligible before you check out. Maybe once or twice in several years has it been 3 days. I'm fine with that.
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I'd quite like to be a Prime member, but don't think I buy enough things to make it worthwhile. I get nearly all of my groceries and supplies from local stores (all except one which are within a mile or two), and enjoy the regular bike rides there and back. If I were to order from Amazon, I don't think I'd save any money, and might even spend a bit more.

As for the non-consumable purchases (consumer electronics, shoes, etc etc), I either don't make them often enough, or Amazon doesn't represent sufficient savings over purchasing from local brick and mortar outlets, to justify a Prime membership.

OTOH, if they ever start offering drone delivery, I might have to sign up just for the novelty factor
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I avoid buying from Amazon. I often check their prices for stuff and find I can get it for less or same elswhere, usually fleebay. Most often with free shipping.
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I placed an order this last Friday (early evening) using Amazon Prime. Sunday morning I received an email from UPS stating that the order would be delivered Monday (today) between 10:30-11:30 AM. The package arrived on my doorstep at 11:36 AM. Close enough. To me, it's kind of like magic (how do they do that)?
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:45 PM   #53
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As an interesting experiment after reading this thread I placed an order for an item using Amazon Prime the other day. Free two day shipping with expected delivery of July 25th through August 25th. 😁 I want to see how long it will take. Generally when I have ordered items that have a delivery date out in the future they have always shipped much sooner than predicted so we will see.

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They recently raised that to $49. Makes it a little harder sometimes. I do keep a bunch of stuff that I have no real time frame for so I can fill out an order, I think I need to look around the house and see if there are any regular consumable/disposable items that I should add to my list.

But it also has me looking at other places. I've recently placed two different orders on-line at Walmart for some of the things for my Mom in Assisted Living. Walmart just had better pricing, better products and free shipping >$50, no restrictions that I noticed.

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I believe Walmart is free shipping to home for > $50, shipping to store is free at almost any price level. I've had to replace a heating element in a ge oven at my mom's house and my own, and ordering it through wally world and picking it up there only set me back about $13.

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