It does look as though the program is designed to cheat Prime members out of one of their main benefits. For now they are saying it allows them to offer items that they would not otherwise be able to, but I bet that a lot of current Prime-eligible low-cost items will soon migrate to the Add-On Item class. If that happens, I'll probably drop Prime.
According to complaints from around the net, including Amazon's own discussions, customers have already seen items that they previously ordered with Prime now moved to Add-On Item status - and prices RAISED. I just turned off auto-renew on my Prime membership, which just auto-renewed last month. Maybe if enough people to this, they'll get the message. Either that or they just might want to phase out Prime anyway.
fluffy - It's good to see that others are feeling "cheated" like I am... I still love getting free shows and movies and being able to rent a book a month for free - but it's taken out the fun of the Hunt and Find on getting the super low prices shipped 1 at a time whenever I please... I still have over 6 months on my Prime Membership - but I DO think I will write Amazon to let them know my feelings on this "NEW" program of theirs!
FibroMom (rep: 223k) posted Sep 30, 2012
Ah ha! I found an item on my own Amazon order history that was $3.79 with free shipping when I ordered it, and is now $4.30 and only available as an Add-On Item. So the ruse that Ad-On Items are previously unavailable items is complete BS, and they're RAISING the prices to boot! Also, ALL of the seller options, including Amazon, have it only as an Add-On Item now.
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