WalMart’s ShippingPass has had a bit of a rough run
In 2015 I posted a deal to get ShippingPass for just $1. It turned out that WalMart was still beta testing the program, so they gave a $50 gift card to everyone who enrolled in the $1 offer.
ShippingPass went public last year for $49/year and shortly thereafter started offering a a free trial and 2 day shipping instead of 3 day shipping.
And today they are killing the ShippingPass program. They will automatically refund everyone who paid to join it.
Instead they will offer free 2nd day shipping on most items when you make a $35+ order.
Orders under $35 will cost $5.99 and they will also come in 2 days.
Personally I don’t see why WalMart can’t offer free $35+ shipping and a ShippingPass membership option. I love using Amazon Prime and ordering items without needing to meet minimum order requirements, though I can’t stand add-on items that require a $25 order, let alone a $35 order as WalMart will require. Luckily Amazon offers the ability to subscribe to some add-on items which waives the requirement to make a $25 order.
Still, the $35 order level is competitive for people who don’t pay for Amazon Prime. It will be interesting to see if it forces Amazon to lower their $49 free shipping threshold for non-Prime members or it they’ll be wary to do that in order not to cannibalize Prime membership signups.
One thing is certain, competition is always good for consumers.Amazon offers free shipping with $25+ orders or get free 1 day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you up to 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student. EBT/Medicaid Cardholders can save on Prime Membership here.