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Free Shipping Now Costs $49 On Amazon

Amazon shoppers who don't have a Prime membership will be stacking their carts a little higher to get free shipping. The online retail giant increased its minimum purchase for free shipping from $35 to $49 per order.

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The change may cause a number of Amazon shoppers that don't have Prime accounts to consider the subscription service, which offers free two-day shipping alongside original television content, movie rentals, music streaming, books and photo storage in the cloud. The company offers a 30-day trial of Prime, after which it costs $99 per year.

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If you're ordering books from Amazon, you'll get a break. Orders with $25 of books that ship directly from Amazon (and some third-party sellers) will be free.

Prime members are eligible for same-day delivery and one hour delivery, in some zip codes. But shipping perks is far from the end of the reasons Amazon shoppers may want to try the service. You get full access to Amazon Music, Amazon Video and access to the Kindle lending library. Plus, Prime members enjoy special discounts. So, if you buy from Amazon just twice a year (making sure your shipping is free), your Prime membership might pay for itself, and then some.