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Amazon Will Pay You $1 To Choose Slow Shipping

31 July 2014

From The Huffington Post:

One of the best things about being an Amazon Prime member is getting free, two-day shipping.

Prime members with a little patience, however, are now getting an extra benefit: $1.

Starting Wednesday, prime members who choose “No-Rush” shipping on any order will get a $1 credit for Amazon’s Instant Video service.

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The promotion is a brilliant way for Amazon to get people more comfortable with downloading movies and TV shows from its service, or, put another way, get more people into Amazon’s “content ecosystem.” If you’ve spent a few months getting discounts on downloads, and built up an Amazon library of movies and shows, then you may be more likely to go back to Amazon for full price purchases — instead of, say, iTunes, which has similar stuff.

Link to the rest at The Huffington Post and thanks to Patricia for the tip.


22 Comments to “Amazon Will Pay You $1 To Choose Slow Shipping”

  1. I read that as too many people are signing up for the 2-day shipping. I’m someone who doesn’t care too much how long it takes to ship most of the items I buy (as long as it’s not over 2 weeks) and I *still* did the Prime trial for the faster shipping. Heh.

    • I think the problem is that it defaults to two-day shipping when you order something via Prime. Even when I don’t need it that fast, why should I go to the trouble to change the default?

  2. They have done this sort of thing before with MP3 credits. I took advantage of it a number of times.

  3. I have limited access internet, and can’t watch a streaming video without using up almost an entire month’s allotment. I wish Amazon would stop advertising it to me!

    mp3 credits are another matter entirely – I’ll take them up on that!

  4. High definition movie rentals on Amazon are either $4.99 or $5.99 so I would have to forego prime shipping on at least 5 orders, which is usually a couple months for me, to even get a free rental out of it.

    Not worth it to me.

  5. This would work for me. I order products when I’m running somewhat low and in no hurry to get them. I thought I might get to choose the slower option when I ordered paper towels last night. No such luck. They’re delivering them Saturday.

    Since I do not have a cable tv subscription, getting a dollar toward a movie rental is quite nice.

    • Yeah, don’t mind if I do. I don’t have either cable or broadcast TV, so Amazon gets a lot of streaming business from me, and a lot of the time it doesn’t matter if the package arrives in 2 days.

      • I also don’t get broadcast tv. Dropped tv entirely a few months ago and haven’t missed it yet thanks to Prime videos.

        • And you won’t. Miss it, that is.

          We dropped Comcast in early 2009. We use our internet access to watch movies and shows on Hulu Plus ($7.99 mo.) and Netflix ($7.99 mo.). To do this we use an XBox in one room and an Apple TV in another room. Very rarely, a couple of times a year perhaps, we might purchase a series we really like via iTunes. Recently we have been adding Amazon Prime Video to the mix, but a lot of the shows we already follow are set up in our Hulu/Netflix so there’s some entropy there.

          We do have an antenna in the attic, and it is plugged up to the leftover cable system in the walls. We plug a TV into it on the rare occasions we want to watch live network television (Olympics was the last time).

          It’s been 5.5 years and we still are very very happy with our choice to drop cable tv. We watch what we want, when we want to watch it, without having to remember to “record” it, and with a minimum of commercials (Hulu).

          We do, still, joke about when we had 800 channels and nothing on to watch, though. 🙂

          • Patricia Sierra

            That lack of channels despite a boatload of them influenced my desire to cut the cord, but the stronger reason was 24/7 news. I couldn’t seem to resist turning it on and letting it run all day and night, but doing so tended to depress me. At first after dumping tv, I did stream the local news, but even that is no longer something I do very often. My mood is much improved.

            • Yes. I was guilty for years of turning on the television just to have some background noise, and often that would be news (such as while getting ready for work in the morning).

              I didn’t realize how much anxiety the news propaganda machine provoked in me until I stopped.

              Now, I only get news in limited ways from limited outlets on the internet, so I control what I see and where I see it. I’m much, much happier. The only thing I haven’t quite figured out how to manage well is election season – I take voting seriously and try to follow the candidates, but all the crap around political campaigns just exhausts me.

  6. This could lead to many 1 item orders unless as mentioned above, the option isn’t always available…

  7. I saw the option last night when I shipped a paperback directly to a reader. I guess there is such a thing as too much success.

    • My take on it is what the article suggests: Amazon wants Prime subscribers to get used to renting movies and tv shows. What better way than to give them a way to get the dough to pay for them?

      • I suspect that people are more likely to stick with Prime if they’ve experienced the streaming video. I had a Prime trial during the holidays so I could use the faster shipping, and Amazon kept reminding me to try the streaming video. I would have except I couldn’t find anything I wanted to watch at tat time…

        • Patricia Sierra

          I didn’t find much at first, either, but that changed when I started rating movies I’d seen over the years and some tv series. That resulted in Amazon delivering suggested movies and series. They’re pretty good at that. I then started rating the goodies they recommended. You can also do the opposite: tell them titles not to use for recommendations. Amazon understands me far better than Netflix ever did. I’d keep getting messages that they had zero recommendations for me. When they did come up with suggestions, few hit my hot button. Eventually I dropped Netflix.

  8. This is aimed at me. I would snap this up in a second (well, if I had lots of seconds to wait for my order.) I’ve often felt…embarrassed? guilty?…when the FedEx guy rushes up my front step to give me a package containing kids’ underpants, as if we’ll die without them a few days. (OK, OK, depends what stage of development they’re in.) I’ll take the delayed shipping just for that reason. Getting $1 toward the latest episode of TOO CUTE is a nice bonus.

  9. Family prime. My wife got prime for the music, and she filled in something that gave me a link that allows me to also have prime, but only the shipping benefit. The idea there is that I’ll convert to my own prime once I’ve tasted the shipping part.

  10. I got a snail mail letter from Amazon yesterday, the kind written on real paper, in an envelope, and comes from the mailman. I ripped it open, sure that Bezos had read my book and ordered Amazon to publish .

    Another dashed hope. They were pushing Prime Video and asked why I even had a Netflix subscription since Amazon has a zillion free videos.

    And it worked. It prompted me to go look at Amazon videos again. They really did have some stuff I couldn’t get on Netflix.

    So with the shipping $1 credit, and the paper letter, maybe they are on a campaign for Prime Video.

  11. Another reason, in a continuing series of reasons, why I have Amazon Infatuation Syndrome.


  12. It would be nice for me if they would let me apply the 1$ to buy another book. 🙂

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