NEW YORK (AP/WAVY) - Amazon.com customers will need to spend more money on the site in order to qualify for free shipping.
The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. The change, made Monday, comes ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. It also comes after Walmart.com made a similar change earlier this month.
Amazon.com Inc. is pushing customers to sign up for its Amazon Prime service, which costs $79 a year. Members receive free two-day shipping on millions of items on the site and access to its TV and movie streaming service. Shoppers can also sign up for Amazon Mom , which gives members discounts and free two-day shipping at no cost for the first three months of service.
In a post on its website, Amazon.com Inc. said that it's the first time it has increased its free shipping minimum in more than a decade.
At Walmart.com, customers now need to spend $50 to qualify for free shipping, up from $45. It also increased the amount of items that are eligible for free shipping. Now, nearly 99 percent of Walmart.com's items qualify, including electronics, toys and clothing, up from 15 percent before, said spokesman Bao Nguyen.
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.