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  •  If you are careful and order in lots of $35, you (11+ / 0-)

    avoid most shipping charges.

    Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

    by 88kathy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 11:16:03 AM PST

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    •  for now maybe (0+ / 0-)

      I don't do enough Amazon shopping for it to matter much but they can't afford to keep doing this. Their delivery prices will go up in years to come, probably very substantially. Eventually, they will have to start being profitable, or investors will bail.

      •  Everything you buy is delivered. It all costs to (2+ / 0-)
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        be delivered. The $50,000 dollars you spend for your delivery option counts too. Most people have car's to use as grocery carts because carrying groceries on the bus is awkward.

        Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

        by 88kathy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 11:28:26 AM PST

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        •  This still does't make (1+ / 0-)
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          Amazon a "free shipper." I think one of the main reasons that people don't realize that Amazon provides free shipping is that it doesn't.

          •  Why is this so hard to understand? (3+ / 0-)
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            They ship millions of things every day.  They agregate the total cost of logistics and slice it out on every micro-transaction.  The $35 cut-off point it make sure this breaks in their favor.

            Its a simple comparison of their price (including shipping) and their competitors plus shipping, and they win.

            As shipping costs go up they will go up on everyone, be it Amazon or someone who is attempting to compete with them.  

            Amazon will continue to spread it out across MILLIONS of shipments to minimize the effect much much effectively then their competitors could ever hope to.

            We know its baked into the price, the point is that people sometimes falsely conclude that Amazon prices are low but then you have to pay shipping.  And thats just it... you dont.  You just pay their price (and the shipping overhead is baked in on the backside) and they are usually much cheaper.

            Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

            by Wisper on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 11:44:36 AM PST

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          •  I don't mind paying shipping. I like it included (8+ / 0-)

            in the price from the get-go. Not something sprung on me at the last click in check out.

            And there isn't free shipping on anything.

            I will tell you again. The amount it costs to deliver it to point of use is always paid one way or another.

            Picking the item up in your $50,000 Ford grocery cart is not free. Delivery is cheaper and more efficient when it is delivered by a commercial vehicle in a route that makes sense with other deliveries in the same area. The single trip $50,000 Ford grocery cart is the least efficient model of delivery.

            Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

            by 88kathy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 11:49:25 AM PST

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        •  and that's the only reason to buy a car? (0+ / 0-)

          To buy groceries once a week?

        •  Delivery Costs (0+ / 0-)

          88kathy wrote:

          Everything you buy is delivered. It all costs to be delivered.

          But when I buy a shirt at a brick and mortar store, it was shipped in a box with a dozen shirts, which was part of a container with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. The shipping cost of my shirt is spread across the whole lot of merchandise, and a couple of cents are added to the cost of the shirt.

          For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

          by Grey Fedora on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 06:14:11 PM PST

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