Does anyone besides me think that Amazon’s free shipping is taking significantly longer than it used to?
I’m one of those dopes who usually loads up my cart every time I go onto Amazon because I want to hit the 25 dollar floor needed to trigger free shipping. And yes, I know it alerts you that free shipping usually takes something like 7 to 9 days — as opposed to, say, 3 to 5 for paid shipping — but in the past, packages delivered using free shipping have usually arrived within five days. Now, however, it seems they’re determined to make good on that 7 to 9 day thing. Packages I ordered on October 7, for example, do indeed arrive on October 15.
It wasn’t always this way. It used to be that the Free Shipping was a nod and a wink agreement between you and Amazon — a flirtacious dance that went something like this:
Me: Hmm, Plan 9 from Outer Space is only $4.99. Maybe I’ll order that and R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country.
Amazon: That’s only $18.56, though. Add $6.44 and I’ll throw in Free Shipping!
Me: Yeah, but shipping for these two things would only be $3.98. I could get both of these for less than 25 bucks — and it would ship faster, too.
Amazon: We both know that’s not true. I’m legally obligated to tell you that Free Shipping takes 7 to 9 days, but really, I love you so much that I’ll get it to you in 3 to 5 days — the same as if you’d paid for shipping.
Me: In that case, let me add The Coon-Sanders’ Nighthawks, Volume 2 to kick things over 25 bucks, since Free Shipping doesn’t really take as long as it says it does. And don’t worry, I won’t tell a soul.
Amazon: Let’s never argue again.
I’m not really complaining, mind you — if I wanted my packages delivered faster, I’d pay the shipping. But I might not be as quick to load my cart up to hit the 25 dollar trigger if I know that the free shipping will take . . . well, as long as it says it’s going to take.It’s Amazon’s fault, really, for having been so quick in the past to get my items in the mail to me.