Free shipping is something we all love seeing when we order online, but it usually comes with a catch, generally, a minimum order total. For Amazon, that total has been $49 for the past couple of years. But in response to competitors, the online retail giant is changing up its policies a bit.
Recently, Amazon has quietly changed its minimum order total for free shipping from $49, to a much more reasonable $35 — like it was in the past.
This comes just a few weeks after Walmart started shipping orders over $35 for free, as Best Buy has also been doing for a few months. Obviously, this is a huge benefit for customers, as it won’t require quite as big an order to qualify for free shipping. It’s worth noting, though, that this only applies for standard shipping speeds, not the two-day offer Amazon is well-known to offer.
Amazon Prime customers, of course, still have access to faster shipping speed on all orders, regardless of size. With this change, Prime’s $99 yearly fee might not be as worthwhile for many customers, especially those who only make a handful of orders per year.