Skip to Content

Amazon Add On Item Program Hitting Prime Members Nerves!

Post may contain affiliate links.

Okay, I knew I wasn’t loosing it. I had a commenter ask if I am sure I know what I’m talking about and then I found more people complaining about so not to beat a dead horse (is it me or do you get an awful image every time that saying is said) — but this Amazon Add On Item Program is NOT good people.

Here are a few comments from Amazon’s site.

Short and skinny of this whole add on b.s. is that I had several items I ordered before that were free shipping and are now add-on items. Total B.S. Yes. It does defeat the purpose of Prime and when Amazon starts tacking on taxes in the next year or so, I’ll be dropping Prime because I have a gut instinct that more and more items I was able to purchase with free shipping will now require me to purchase $25. Man I am so hoping the usually reliable Amazon gets burned to the ground on this derriere move.

I knew I wasn’t losing it! 

Interesting reply from Amazon because it comes from MBA’s who are looking for ways to outsmart its loyal Amazon Prime customers. Using key trigger phrases like “conserve resources” and “reduce our environmental impact” is a simpleton marketing ploy that belittles those of us who bought the Amazon Prime membership with the intended benefits of receiving any prime eligible item without the $25.00 mininum that is required for those without the membership.

To quote the Amazon rep’s reply, “Unfortunately, our system won’t allow the order for the add on items for below $25.00 orders.” It’s not a system problem or glitch; it’s a well-thought-out strategy.

This is truly a disappointment and I don’t buy into Amazon’s jargon that, “Our new Add-on program allows Amazon to offer thousands of low-priced items that would be cost-prohibitive to ship on their own.” Look at what is already happening to others who have replied here about items they have purchased in the past that were not a part of the Add-on program and now they are. Soon we will all being paying $40 to $80 for a membership that’s only covering the cost of an extremely limited library of movies and tv shows.

So what do you think? Amazon Add On Item good or bad? At the end of the day, it’s Amazon’s call and sure they need to make more money but it’s just sad. What’s next? Is Zappos going to lose free shipping (Amazon company?)

blech. I hate when good companies go to the dark side.

5 Apple iPhone 5 Rumors That Are Buzzin'
Cool Thursday Tech - USB Wall Plug

Ricardo Gardebner

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

I never really got the reason why people actually kept Amazon prime membership in the first place, I just keep a list of Add-on items handy which I refer to regularly and simply purchase things and wait and the free shipping does it for me vs paying for prime. I dont think Add-on items are going anywhere its Amazons way of moving small items that we would not even want to buy by themselves so they insentivise the who think to keep us buying them.


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Note that this isn't just a problem for Prime members. You can't order these items even with a non-Prime account. So even when you DO pay for shipping, Amazon claims it can't afford to ship them. It's total BS.

Adam Jensen

Monday 11th of November 2013

This is just ridiculous. I'd rather they increase the price of prime then make some products un-buyable. I bought prime so iI didn't have to think or worry about any of this, and just buy what I want, when I want. Amazon should be able to figure out how to make this work cost effectively on their end, and if that isn't $79 then raise the price or add a higher tier at a higher price. Very frustrating and I can't think of a time where Amazon has ever made me frustrated before this. To me it really isn't about the money its about them not understanding how their customer's user their service.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

Yes, this is obviously a cost control function. Amazon must be rolling this out slowly, testing the waters. I do not like it, and will be canceling Prime.

It's just a matter of time before Amazon will begin limiting the upper range of items costing or weighing too much. Eg. Items over $250 and/or weighing more than 20 pounds will only be eligible for 1/2 price ground shipping.


Saturday 9th of March 2013 food article and good idea. writing can't hurt.

Comments are closed.