I guess I’m in the minority these days. Our family orders plenty of products from Amazon, but I can’t figure out why I’d want to sign up for Amazon Prime, their “all-you-can-eat express shipping” program. Here’s my problem: I order from Amazon when I don’t need the book today, tomorrow or even next week. If I need the book soon, I typically head over to my local brick-and-mortar store – there are no less than 5 within a 15-minute radius.
It’s also important to note that I’m the ultimate tightwad. I have no problem ordering one more product, if necessary, so that I achieve the minimum total required for free shipping. That’s generally not even a problem ever since Amazon lowered their free Super Saver Shipping minimum to $25 – my typical order generally has 2 books or more, making that minimum easy to exceed. Sure, the free shipping option sometimes takes a week or two to arrive, but I’m OK with that. Why would I want to pay $79 now so that I can have free 2-day shipping all year? Again, if I need the book that soon I’ll go down the street and buy it in person.
As is the case with just about anything, I’m seeing blogs that are both supportive and critical of this program.. I’m not sure why anyone needs to complain though…it’s not like you have to participate in order to buy from Amazon.
I’m simply too patient and cheap to fork over $79 for this deal. What’s your opinion?
P.S. – I absolutely love it that Amazon experiments with programs like this. I just don’t see this one working for me.