Amazon’s free shipping

As you may well know by now, if you order $25 or more worth of stuff from Amazon, you have the option to have free shipping. This is the slowest method of delivery possible, and Amazon says you won’t get your package for a week or more.

I pre-ordered the BABYLON 5 second season DVD set that was released on Tuesday. I received it today, Thursday.

In other words, I see no need to pay for shipping at Amazon anymore.


8 Responses to “Amazon’s free shipping”

  1. John
    30. April 2003 at 16:53

    I’ve noticed that as well – I think its partly being in the NY area, I’d imagine they have a relatively local dist. center. Of course, they won’t guarantee delivery quicker, but if 9 time out of 10 it comes quicker – why pay?

  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    30. April 2003 at 17:08

    Hi John,

    I believe they’re coming up out of Delaware or Maryland. So I would guess the local East Coast area would be good.

    I like the feeling of adding an extra couple of dollars in savings, though. Now excuse me while I go spend that at the comics shop after work tonight. =)


  3. Paul
    30. April 2003 at 17:11

    Shipping? What’s shipping?

    I’ve done the same thing for over a year now and I live in Oklahoma. I wonder if it has something to do with being relatively near a distributor. I know my packages always start out in Coffeyville, KS.

  4. BronteJD
    30. April 2003 at 23:43

    Augie, did you receive your item regular mail or via another carrier? (UPS, FedEx, etc.). It may have to do with a combination of factors: local distribution center, if the carrier had room on their trailers/trucks, so they could upgrade your service at no cost, etc.

    Ah, the wonders of working for a transportation company. ;)

  5. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    30. April 2003 at 23:58

    No, really, it’s just plain old USPS. They do ship out of Delaware, though, which is only a four hour drive from here. I’m sure Pat’s right: it’s just the luck of the draw that I live close enough to the distribution center to get packages here quickly.

    I fully plan on taking advantage of this situation, though. heh


  6. JLK
    1. May 2003 at 01:48

    I’m so jealous … I live in Louisiana, and all of my Amazon packages seem to come out of Lexington, Kentucky … 900 miles away … so “Super Saver Shipping” does indeed take a week or two.

    The irony of MY situation … until six years ago, I lived in Lexington, KY.

    And whenever I have used Super Saver, they always send it via Airborne Home, which involves the Airborne courier service delivering the packaging to the POST OFFICE, who in turn will deliver it to your house … thusly adding approximately three days to your delivery time … which makes it just as fast as if it went through USPS. Odd. Especially since I specify delivery to my work address … which is a shipping center … that accepts Airborne packages … and it STILL goes through the postal service …

  7. name Craig
    1. May 2003 at 11:05

    comment I think I can do one better. I preorder B5, Season 2 from in Canada. I got e-mail saying it shipped on Friday and it arrived on Monday, the day before it was to be released. Chapters also has free Xpress post shipping for orders more than $39 (Canadian).

    I don’t know what other outlets are charging, but I paid $76 (Can) for the set. That’s roughly $52 US. I’m sure as hell impressed.

  8. Broc Heasley
    1. May 2003 at 15:42

    Don’t know if anybody’s been by lately but they have the most amazing deal on comics I’ve ever seen. Not only do they free ship all their graphic novels, but they take about 30-37% off the cover price. They ship out of California which means that I get my order within a few days as opposed the 2-3 weeks they advertise, which is what I’m sure you East coasters would have to endure (which is only fair since it seems like every other freakin’ thing in the universe ships from the east side of the country). Anyways, sweet deals aboud, and they are not to be found at your local comic store.