Shipping costs have always been a deciding factor for me. If you guys shop online a lot, you can probably understand why.
I will definitely pick a website with free (If not, cheaper) shipping to cut down my costs. I mean, why pay more when you can pay less, right?
At the end of the day, you could probably buy a nice meal with the money you’ve saved on shipping too.
However, I’ve got some bad (well, not exactly) news for my fellow online shopping enthusiasts.
On 6 Dec, Amazon announced the launch of the Prime membership programme for Singapore, ending the free shipping we’ve always enjoyed.
(Yo, chill man)
Previously, Singapore was eligible for free international shipping with a minimum order of US$125 for qualifying merchandises (Hey, I buy things in bulk, so free shipping is really important to me).
According to Amzaon, “unlimited free international shipping will now be exclusively a Prime member benefit moving forward”.
Singapore will be the first country in South East Asia to launch Amazon Prime. For a monthly or yearly fee, members will receive free shipping and access to other services Amazon provides.
Here, take a look at this picture from Amazon:
Free international shipping will be available for orders of more than $60 from Amazon’s US store.
Prime membership in Singapore will cost $8.99 per month. However, for a limited time only, the membership will go for $2.99 a month.
See, I did say that it isn’t exactly bad news.
Amazon Prime Video and Twitch Prime will also be bundled as part of the membership. However, if you’re simply a subscriber of Prime Video, be rest assured that you will not be forced into joining Prime.
Jamil Ghani, Amazon Prime International’s vice president, said that more benefits will be added to the Prime membership in Singapore.
Mr. Ghani has also stated that the Prime programme in Singapore has been designed to cater to Singaporeans and also encouraged “anyone living in Singapore to leverage the Prime membership package developed specifically for Singapore”.
Lazada launched their very own membership programme back in April in anticipation of Amazon Prime.
Hmm, are you guys seeing what I’m seeing here?
With more competition, the companies will be forced to compete with each other. As such, I think we can really expect more discounts and deals in the future!
Boy, am I ready do some shopping again! (I’m sorry, Mr. Wallet)
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