Re: Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49


Gerald Levy
 

The problem with requesting that Amazon deliver your packages to a nearby locker location is that if a package is large and heavy, how are you going to get it home? For instance, if you order something like a motorized treadmill which can weigh 150 pounds and it is delivered to an Amazon locker instead of to your front door, what are you gonna do? In my case, if a shipment I orderd is left with my super and it is too heavy for me to haul upstaires myself, he'll bring it upstairs to my apartment for me. Is the guy at the locker location gonna do this? I don't think so.

Gerald

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

Amazon now has lockers. Which are located for me in most seven eleven
stores. If you don't want packages left on your front door, Amazon will give
you a code to get your package at one of their locker locations. They say it
also makes it convenient to return items as well.
Andrew
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt" <matt.from.florida@gmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 3:46 PM
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Yes totally agree!


Matt.from.florida@gmail.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Levy [mailto:bwaylimited@verizon.net]
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:28 PM
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And lately, there is another fly in the ointment, so to speak. Fedex and
UPS now have delivery services called Fedex Smart Post and UPS Sure Post,
respectively, whereby Fedex or UPS picks up the package from the shipper,
but instead of delivering it directly to you, it is first transported to a
regional US Postal Service facility. The USPS then delivers the package to
your home with a regional mailman if the package is too large to fit in your
mail box or with the regular route mailman if the package is small enough to
fit in the box. This arrangement just complicates the delivery process and
makes it more likely for packages to get lost in transit, which is what
happened to me last year. UPS blamed the Postal Service and vice versa for
the lost package, and in the end, I never received it.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Matt
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:13 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

Yes it is nice to have tracking numbers but with USPS they tend to run
behind on getting the tracking info updated . Most of the time it works out
forme if it is Shipped by USPS and there is tracking number. But here again
I don't live in a big city or even a town. I live way out in the country
side. So it is a little different.



Matt.from.florida@gmail.com


-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@nyc.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:31 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

Yep, I've had packages which were completely lost in the system as well. A
couple of times even when they claimed it had been delivered. I've also
experienced packages simply being left out in the hall. Or claims of
attempted deliveries which I know for a fact never took place. Granted,
those experiences are not necessarily frequent, but frequent enough that
there is definitely at least some laziness and incompetence involved if
nothing else.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerald Levy" <bwaylimited@verizon.net>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:19 AM
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Absolutely not true. The USPS is so incompetent and inefficient that I
often do not get updated tracking infornation until after my shipment has
been delivered. Last year, they managed to lose two fairly large packages
that had been shipped by Amazon which just vanished without a trace
somewhere in their system, never to be seen again. In both cases, Amazon
refunded the cost of the orders.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Norman
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:54 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

Hi.
Does it matter?
You always have tracking numbers and can find out where you're packages are.


On 2/23/2016 1:54 PM, Gerald Levy wrote:

But with Amazon, you have no control over which shipping carrier they
will choose for your order. It could be UPS or USPS or Fedex or one
of those fly-by-night smaller outfits like Laser Ship or A1
International. And if they split up your order into two or more
shipments, they may use different carriers for each one.

Gerald



-----Original Message----- From: Matt
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1:47 PM
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Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

I take where I am at UPS or FedEx anytime over USPS!


Matt.from.florida@gmail.com


-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Canazzi [mailto:aa2vm@roadrunner.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:55 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

privatize privatize privatize; It's always better isn't it?!


On 2/23/2016 8:58 AM, Gerald Levy wrote:
But here’s another dirty little secret about UPS, Fedex and USPS
shipping that you guys may not be aware of. If you live in an
apartment complex,these three delivery carriers will no longer
deliver large packages directly to your door,even if you have paid a
pretty penny out of your own pocket for delivery. Instead, their
drivers now usually leave packages with the super or building manager
in the basement or other central location. The problem with this new
policy is that if the super isn’t around to sign for delivery or
place the packages in a secure location, the driver will simply leave
them outside his door where anyone can walk by and steal them. I
have complained numerous times to UPS customer service about this
practice, but to no avail. Whenever I order stuff that is delivered
by UPS or Fedex or the USPS, the driver now always leaves the package
with my super. But if he is not around to sign for delivery, the
driver just leaves the package outside his door where anyone can walk
by and take it for themselves. Fortunately, I have not yet had one of
my deliveries stolen, but I am still very unhappy over this
lackadaisical attitude on the part of these delivery carriers.

Gerald



From: Loy
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:42 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

I don't see how Amazon does the free shipping even at that price. I
guess the shippers give the big shippers a big discount. I sent a 13
pound package by UPS recently and it cost me $37, much more than the
cost of the contents of the package.
"1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one
another."
----- Original Message -----
From: Matt
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49

Yes I seen that this morning on the news. I am a prime member so
it might not affect me so much.

But this would not be unusual as things is slowing down on buying
and so you would expect this. I don’t think they had or even thought
of the blind people when doing this . It is just good business sense.
If you not selling as much you cannot afford to cut the price of
shipping or the price of things just go up as people is now not going
to be buying as much. JST







Matt.from.florida@gmail.com



From: Gerald Levy [mailto:bwaylimited@verizon.net]
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:00 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $49





Yikes! Imagine my horror when I visited Amazon.com this morning
to discover that they have raised their minimum order size to qualify
for free shipping from $35 to $49 for non-Prime members. This is a
whopping 40% increase, and makes it more difficult for those of us
blind consumers who live on limited incomes to now shop there. It’s
bad enough that Amazon keeps tinkering with its web site to the
detriment of screen reader users like us. But now, to add insult to
injury, they have now made it more difficult to get free shipping. A
pox on Jeff Bezos and all his ancestors!!! LOL!!



Gerald

















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