Amazon *UPDATED* Their Subscribe & Save Policy!
I LOVE Subscribe & Save!!!
- Just in case you didn’t know… Amazon recently made some changes to their Subscribe & Save program. Because we all love this handy feature, we thought we’d go ahead and clue you in on the changes they made. Amazon may roll out more changes over the upcoming months, so if you see something we missed please leave us a comment so we can update this post. For those of you unfamiliar with Subscribe & Save, it is a program offered by Amazon where you can get monthly products shipped to your home. The best part about it is that you can update the frequency or even cancel your subscription at any time without penalty. We love using it for household products like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and even snacks too! The more items you have in your “subscription list” the bigger discount you receive on those items. Plus, you get FREE Shipping on every Subscribe & Save order! It’s a great program that is really helpful and eliminates the need to constantly run to the grocery store! To make your life easier we went ahead and listed the changes made to Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program below.
Extra Savings + Immediate Shipping!
- The biggest change to this program is that you’ll save 5% on your initial order AND it will ship right away! Previously, you would have to wait up to a week or more for your product to ship in many cases. You also did not automatically receive 5% off your first order. After the initial shipment, any future shipments of that same product from the subscription will ship on your chosen monthly delivery date. Future subscriptions will be eligible for the additional savings of 15-20% when you receive 5 or more subscriptions in a single month. This means that your first installment of any item will ship right away without any delay. I’m super excited about this new feature, as it was a pain to have to wait for the monthly due date on the first order… The downside to this means that any digital coupons that you “clip” will only apply to the first subscription. While this is the way it’s always been, previously you were able to stack the coupons with the extra 15-20% off your initial order instead of just the 5%. If you only occasionally use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save feature without reaching the 5+ subscription threshold, you may not even notice this change.
Normal Amazon Shipping Applies!
- Your first shipment of any Subscribe & Save order now ships like a “normal” Amazon order. This means that shipping restrictions may apply! For example, Add-on items will only ship with orders of $25 or more (regardless of whether or not you’re a Prime member). This also means that Non-Prime members will either need to pay for shipping or wait until their cart holds $25 or more to get Free Shipping. The benefit of this change is that you can stack multiple purchase promotions with Subscribe & Save offers for more savings. Previously, you had to sign up for subscriptions one at a time making it almost impossible to stack promotions and offers. The downside is that Non-Prime members will NOT get Free Shipping on their first order unless their order is $25 or more. However, you can combine subscription AND non-subscription items to reach the $25 Free Shipping threshold. In the end, it makes your Amazon Prime Membership more valuable because Subscribe & Save orders are restricted to Amazon’s “normal” shipping policies.
How will this impact me???
- The first thing you will notice is that the Subscribe & Save option is now a checkbox located below the price and will not be selected automatically anymore. After checking that box, you’ll need to select your auto-delivery term. You can still choose to receive your item every 1-6 months. Then you will click the “Add to Cart” button to proceed to checkout, unlike before where you would immediately be taken to checkout. From there you will complete the transaction as you would a normal Amazon transaction. This also means that the “normal” shipping policies will apply (as discussed earlier). This is important because Non-Prime Members will need to have $25 or more of products located in their cart to receive Free Shipping (see paragraph above for more details). Amazon Prime members will also be able to select a “Skip immediate delivery and just add subscription” option, which allows Subscribe & Save to work just like before in regards to the shipment schedule. With this option selected, you can forego the immediate shipment of your first installment and just receive it at the monthly scheduled time. This is not the default setting and is just an extra feature available to Prime Members. Let us know what you think of these changes and if you found any other new things that we missed by leaving a comment on this post!