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.