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Old 04-05-2017, 10:50 AM
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Amazon outbids Twitter for rights to livestream Thursday Night Football games



https://arstechnica.com/business/201...ootball-games/

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pretty neat!
I dont have twitter and the move to a streaming service is welcomed!
never had cable and could NEVER watch thursday games
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At least now you can stream games to your TV with a cleaner app
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Sweet! We don't have cable or sat (or Twitter for that matter) either... so this will make it easier to stream!
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with all these extras, i get the feeling they're going increase the prime fee soon.
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Hmm they just lowered the price for free shipping to everyone. Are they going to hit their preferred customers with the cost? I'm sure that HBO licensing is pricey too.
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Hmm they just lowered the price for free shipping to everyone.
To match Walmart's free shipping price point. But they haven't raised Prime sub price in 3 years (March 2014), so there could be a bump in price coming. Their shipping costs are rising faster than their shipping revenue, and the difference is growing bigger and bigger each year.

Shipping costs were $16.2 billion in 2016, up 40% from 2015.


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pretty neat!
I dont have twitter and the move to a streaming service is welcomed!
never had cable and could NEVER watch thursday games
The Thursday Night games are pretty unwatchable anyway.
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^

True story... especially earlier in the season...
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I don't think I have watched a Thursday night game in two years or more. They are terrible.
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To match Walmart's free shipping price point. But they haven't raised Prime sub price in 3 years (March 2014), so there could be a bump in price coming. Their shipping costs are rising faster than their shipping revenue, and the difference is growing bigger and bigger each year.

Shipping costs were $16.2 billion in 2016, up 40% from 2015.

Yes and I read they were looking at competing with shipping companies by handling it themselves. Some might bail if they match Netflix's monthly.
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Funny enough their shipping is what is making us consider canceling Prime. About 6 months ago they seem to shift to using couriers more than UPS/FedEX/USPS for some reason (guessing cost). Problem is our local courier service is awful. I know this for a fact b/c when I worked for a large professional services firm, we canned them b/c they were inconsistent with their deliveries. Several others in the city canceled them as well.

But Amazon is using them more and more and they're just awful. Anytime we see the courier is delivering, we know we'll have issues. They are constantly late, items are shown as delivered but do not show up until the next day, or more likely, they deliver to the wrong address. Now, if our houses were close and close in numbers, I can get that once in a while... but we are pretty spread out and since it's a private neighborhood, the numbers are spread out as well. I am 8 digits away from my neighbors address and we're not even in the same range (example, if we were 832, they would be 840... so should be pretty obvious a house with an address ending in the 30's shouldn't be delivered to a house ending in the 40's). Worst one was when I ordered something SAME DAY delivery on a Thursday (ordered in the AM) and it didn't show up until late morning Saturday.

As much as we love Amazon and do basically all of our shopping there, we are pretty close to canceling. The only saving grace has been their customer service... but at some point, enough is enough.
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The Thursday Night games are pretty unwatchable anyway.
well, thanks Debbie Downer!

i figured i went 30 years without cable, i'm most likely not missing out on anything
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It's football. Not sure how it could be unwatchable
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Amazon has been doing it's own shipping now. They started in our area 7 weeks ago and now we're getting Prime packages delivered in one day instead of two
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Originally Posted by Mr. Maker View Post
It's football. Not sure how it could be unwatchable
Cleveland at Chicago. Not football.
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Hmm they just lowered the price for free shipping to everyone. Are they going to hit their preferred customers with the cost? I'm sure that HBO licensing is pricey too.
Lowered purchase minimum for free shipping again. Now it's $25.

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Order with Free Shipping by Amazon

All orders of $25 or more of eligible items across any product category qualify for FREE Shipping.

With free shipping, your order will be delivered 5-8 business days after all your items are available to ship, including pre-order items.

To place an order online, do the following:
  1. Add at least $25 of eligible items to your Shopping Cart. Any item with "FREE Shipping" messaging on the product detail page that is fulfilled and shipped by Amazon is eligible and contributes to your free shipping order minimum.
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Originally Posted by #1 STUNNA View Post
Amazon has been doing it's own shipping now. They started in our area 7 weeks ago and now we're getting Prime packages delivered in one day instead of two
Yea I ordered 3 things last night at 5:30 pm and they were delivered today around 1 pm lol.
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Yeah and when did the USPS start delivering on Sundays? That's a thing now, which is cool
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Yeah and when did the USPS start delivering on Sundays?
Since late 2013....

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...-usps/3479055/

Amazon starts Sunday delivery with US Postal Service

Nov. 11, 2013

Amazon.com unveiled a new partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver online orders from the world's largest Internet retailer on Sunday for the first time.

The service started this weekend in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas and Amazon plans to expand it to a large portion of the U.S. population in 2014, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix.

Amazon is not charging extra for the new service, so members of the company's popular Prime service will be able to buy products on Friday and get them by Sunday for free. The service also applies to non-Prime members, who can get free five to eight-day shipping on orders of at least $35 (up from $25 previously).
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How long will Amazon hold the line on their yearly price?

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/am...-20-2018-01-19

Amazon raises Prime monthly membership fee by nearly 20%

Jan 19, 2018

Amazon.com Inc. has raised the cost of its monthly Prime membership fee to $12.99 from $10.99, a nearly 20% rise, though the $99 cost of the full-year Prime membership has not changed.

The new pricing is now available on the Amazon website, with a note that monthly members can “cancel anytime.” Both the Prime Monthly and Prime Yearly memberships offer the same perks, including Prime Video access, free two-day shipping and unlimited reading and music. The Prime Yearly membership option is marked “best value.”

A separate Prime Video membership option is also available, which only offers access to that function. The price for that membership will stay at $8.99.

In October, Amazon launched a Prime Student offer at $5.49 per month, which is now $6.49. Members can cancel at any time. The annual membership is $49 per year.

The Prime Student membership starts with a six-month trial.

Amazon also offers a Prime membership for $5.99 per month for low-income customers with a valid EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card. EBT cards are used for government assistance programs. The company launched that option in June 2017 as another competitive move against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Wal-Mart generated about $13 billion in sales in 2016 from shoppers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, also known as food stamps, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon said more than four million people started Prime trials or started paid memberships in one week during the holiday season.

A majority of Prime members, 85%, browse on the Amazon site at least once per week, according to data provided provided by Feedvisor, a machine learning solution for marketplace sellers. Nearly half, 45%, purchase something at least once a week.
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who the hell pays monthly?
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People who rarely buy from Amazon except during the holidays? People who just want to binge exclusive to Amazon shows in 1 month and then cancel after?
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I'm sure I cost Amazon $100 in shipping charges in a month alone..

I for one am not shook by this
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Amazon Prime is not only 2day shipping it's. It's a whole lot of media as well.
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who the hell pays monthly?
I have a friend who does.

The 100 a year isn't beneficial to him.

He only shops Amazon from November - December. I also think he does it for prime day as well.

Doesn't use any of the other services Amazon provides.

I have the Student prime account after learning about it 2 years after having regular $99 prime. I have been thinking about getting their unlimited music service for the small fee.
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I have no problem with them charging more monthly and discounting yearly subscriptions. Seems pretty standard to me
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I had no idea that a monthly option was available. I'll look into buying one from November~December.
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Prime membership price going up $20. Will be $119 starting May 11

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/26/amaz...ive-may-1.html

Amazon will increase the price of its annual Prime plan effective on May 11

Apr. 26, 2018

Amazon is increasing the price of its Prime membership from $99 to $119 starting later this year.

The company just announced the price increase on its first quarter earnings call.

Here's what Amazon's chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said on the call:

"The value of Prime to customers has never been greater. And the cost is also high, as we pointed out especially with shipping options and digital benefits, we continue to see rises in costs. So effective May 11, we're going to increase the price of our U.S. annual plan from $99 to $119 for new members. The new price will apply to renewals starting on June 16. Prime provides a unique combination of benefits, and we continue to invest in making this Prime program even more valuable for our members. As a reminder, we haven't increased the U.S. annual price Prime since our single increase, which was in March of 2014."
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The CEO wouldn't be worth 120 Billion dollars if they were losing money on shipping.
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Gotta pay for Prime Video somehow.
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The CEO wouldn't be worth 120 Billion dollars if they were losing money on shipping.
How do you figure?
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Amazon stock surges to record high on monster earnings report https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-earnings-today-prime-subscriber-increase/
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Prime membership price going up $20. Will be $119 starting May 11

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/26/amaz...ive-may-1.html
I dump it in with my expenses at work since I buy so much for work anyway. The problem is AMZN doesn't send you a notification when they bill it.
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wow after all that and they are gonna raise the annual price to 119. looks like i won't be renewing for now.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-...119-1524782720
asianspec.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/05/amaz...day-sales.html

Amazon drops free shipping minimum, heating up fierce competition for holiday sales

Published 4 Hours Ago

Amazon.com said on Monday it would offer free shipping with no purchase minimum for the first time this holiday season, heating up the competition with Walmart and other rivals vying for customers' Christmas shopping sprees.

The U.S.-only promotion, effective from Nov. 5, waives the $25 minimum that customers outside Amazon's loyalty club Prime must hit for free shipping. The deal lasts until Amazon can no longer promise items in time for Christmas with free delivery, which typically takes five to eight business days.

The announcement could help Amazon sustain its rapid sales growth. Shares of the world's largest online retailer were hammered last month after it forecast the slowest rise in revenue at least since the start of 2016. The current quarter typically is Amazon's biggest.

Amazon cut its order minimum for free shipping to $25 from $35 indefinitely in May 2017.

Monday's news will pile pressure on Walmart and Target, which in recent years have chipped away at Amazon's lead with their own offers of free two-day shipping. While Walmart has maintained its $35 order threshold this holiday, Target has scrapped its minimum until Dec. 22.

Just over half of all U.S. households have a Prime subscription, analysts estimate. Prime remains the cornerstone of Amazon's business because shoppers buy more from the retailer once they pay $119 for the year-long membership. Perks include same-day shipping and video streaming.

Amazon is now courting those outside the club, hoping its brand and wider selection will set it apart. Free shipping can apply to hundreds of millions of items on Amazon, versus hundreds of thousands on Target. Target promises to deliver the items faster, however.

It was unclear how free delivery on small-ticket items would impact net income for Amazon, which last month touted improvements in efficiency.

According to the Seattle company's latest annual filing, shipping costs nearly doubled from 2015 to 2017, reaching $21.7 billion.

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The slow evolution of Amazon into a logistics company.

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Adding another 20 planes... and stake in logistics company. Amazon will probably buy them out at some point if things work out favorably.

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Prime Airplanes. Prime delivery service?

Amazon?s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx - WSJ
Taking another step into FedEx's and UPS's (and USPS?) domain

FDX: $171.47 : -$4.43 (-2.52%)
UPS: $99.56 : -$3.12 (-3.03%)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazons...ps-11548251763

Amazon’s Pitch to Woo Shippers: Fewer Fees Than FedEx, UPS

Jan. 23, 2019

Amazon.com Inc., which is rolling out its own delivery network, is trying to poach shippers from FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. by targeting a common complaint: fuel surcharges and extra fees that drive up the cost of home deliveries.

Amazon recently expanded its nascent home-delivery service, called Amazon Shipping, beyond test markets in London and Los Angeles. The online retailer is offering to pick up shipments from merchants’ warehouses and deliver them directly to shoppers. The end-to-end service is part of Amazon’s quest to build up its own delivery network and handle more of the millions of items sold through its site.

To woo shippers, the retailer is promising to cut out many fees that the traditional carriers use to pad their revenues, like extra charges to deliver packages to homes, during the peak holiday season or on weekends, according to an email sent last week to shippers in the New York area and reviewed by the Journal.

“If it’s a guaranteed service with none of those surcharges, they’re going to undercut the residential delivery market,” said John Haber, chief executive of the supply-chain consultancy Spend Management Experts.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company is “always working to develop new, innovative ways to support the small and medium businesses who sell on Amazon, including testing shipping programs that help these businesses get packages to their customers quickly and reliably.”

Such fees can add up. The residential surcharge at FedEx is $3.80 per parcel and $3.95 at UPS. That alone can account for more than 40% of the average ground delivery charge, which was $8.81 at FedEx and $8.71, according to the most recent public data.

The two carriers also impose fuel surcharges, which fluctuate with market prices. The current weekly surcharge for a domestic ground delivery is 6.75% at FedEx and 7% at UPS. UPS also imposed surcharges on deliveries during the peak holiday shopping season each of the past two years.

Mr. Haber said fees can add up to more than 30% of the shipping cost in many cases. One merchant who reviewed Amazon’s shipping rates said they were about 10% lower than UPS and FedEx on average.

Large carriers use the fees to cover the added costs of building out their networks to handle the surge in e-commerce packages. Residential delivery, for instance, can have higher costs than delivering to businesses, where multiple items can be dropped off. Fuel surcharges also provide transparency into one of the costs baked into deliveries and can fluctuate.

Since Amazon’s service is designed to deliver packages to homes, not businesses, the costs of residential delivery are factored in, eliminating the need for a surcharge. The company wants to handle more of its own deliveries to keep up with its growth and loosen its reliance on the U.S. Postal Service and other carriers, whose rates continue to rise. FedEx and UPS typically raise rates an average of about 5% annually.

Amazon’s shipping pact with the Postal Service, which delivers most of the retailer’s packages to homes, also has come under attack from President Trump for straining the agency’s operations and not generating enough profits.

In addition to leasing airplanes and trucks, Amazon is recruiting small businesses to carry more of its deliveries during the last leg of a package’s journey to the consumer’s door. It has a program that lets entrepreneurs sign on to lease about 20 to 40 Amazon Prime-branded vans.

FedEx and UPS have in the past played down the ambitions of Amazon, which is a significant customer to both, in the delivery field. They have noted that it would take billions of dollars and years of expertise to build out a full competitor with the breadth of coverage that either carrier offers globally.

A UPS spokesman declined to comment on Amazon’s moves. “UPS has a healthy and growing small-package business,” the spokesman said “capable of transferring goods competitively from dock to doorstep anywhere in the world.”

A FedEx spokeswoman also declined to comment on Amazon’s strategy. “We are confident in our position as a global transportation trailblazer, and optimistic about the future,” the spokeswoman said.

Amazon is promising other features that position it as more user-friendly than traditional carriers. According to its marketing pitch to shippers, Amazon will offer rates that are easier to understand than the pricing systems that UPS and FedEx use and any delivery mistakes won’t impact seller ratings.
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Anyone know why Amazon is still offering free shipping to non prime members for basically anything? I'm surprised that it's still going on now that the holidays are over.
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