If you’ve bought anything from Amazon before, you know that many of the products they sell are eligible for “Free Super Saver Shipping.” With the offer, if you spend at least $25 dollars on eligible products, you’ll get free shipping. It’s as simple as that. I’ve never come across anything on their site that didn’t qualify for the free shipping which is nice, but the only problem is when I’m purchasing something that is slightly under $25, Amazon tacks on shipping charges. The additional expense can make the item I’m purchasing (which may have been a good deal to start with) more expensive than purchasing it in a brick and mortar store and I’m usually purchasing at Amazon because of the price. Luckily there’s an easy way to spend $25 and get free shipping every time you make a purchase at Amazon for eligible products.

There are at least two sites that we know of that list out the cheap fillers you can buy so that your order will qualify for free shipping. The first is Amazon Filler Item Finder (which seems to be the nicer site) and the second is found at Freebieville.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that there was a pair of New Balance shoes on clearance at Amazon that I wanted for around $21.50. Of course Amazon tacked on shipping because the order wasn’t over $25. If I found an item for $3.50 that I could purchase, my order would still be cheaper than paying shipping charges, so I headed over to both Amazon Filler Item Finder and Freebieville to see if there was something I could find for around $3.50.

First I went to Amazon Filler Item Finder. They allow you to simply enter the amount you need to spend to get free shipping, and then you can search particular categories. I entered in $3.50 as the amount I needed to spend and they returned a whole list of items in the categories that I chose. With this service, you can enter in an amount that ranges from a few pennies up to $14.99.

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To compare results, I headed over to Freebieville to see what they had. They only list fillers that are up to $5, and you can’t enter in a certain price, they just list out specific items. In that respect it’s not as nice as the previously mentioned service, but it still does the trick.

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The next time you place an order at Amazon that’s slightly under $25, try to find a filler item to see if spending the $25 and getting free shipping is still cheaper than just paying the shipping charges. Chances are, it will be and you can save yourself some money.

Source: Lifehacker

There Are 9 Comments

  1. Even if a suitable filler item isn’t the same or less than the shipping charges, I still usually try to buy an item to put me over the $25. For instance, if I purchase a DVD that’s $19.99 I’ll buy a $5 or $6 item even though the shipping on a DVD is only $3.49. I’d rather add a little more money to my order and actually get something, than spend it on shipping charges. That’s just like giving money away. :)

  2. Michael Dobrofsky

    Wow, thanks Ashley, what a great idea for a website. I’ve been caught like that, too, trying to tip my purchase of the $25 dollar mark…cybermarking this one.

    alotta stuff always seems to be just under the $25 :P

    [amazon.com]

  3. Yeah, But why would you just random junk that you’ll just send to the landfill when it arrives, just to save a few bucks.

  4. Andrew wrote:
    Yeah, But why would you just random junk that you’ll just send to the landfill when it arrives, just to save a few bucks.

    I didn’t exactly mean to buy a piece of junk that you’d throw out anyways. :) I meant it would be good to go through to see if there’s a household item or anything else that would interest you or be of use to you, that would be worth purchasing to get free shipping.

    Michael Dobrofsky wrote:
    Wow, thanks Ashley, what a great idea for a website. I’ve been caught like that, too, trying to tip my purchase of the $25 dollar mark…cybermarking this one.

    alotta stuff always seems to be just under the $25 :P
    [amazon.com]

    Your welcome! I’ve noticed the same thing, a lot of the books I want to buy are just under $25. If I can find something that I need to bring my order up to the right amount to get free shipping, I’m all for it!

    Kate wrote:
    Even if a suitable filler item isn’t the same or less than the shipping charges, I still usually try to buy an item to put me over the $25. For instance, if I purchase a DVD that’s $19.99 I’ll buy a $5 or $6 item even though the shipping on a DVD is only $3.49. I’d rather add a little more money to my order and actually get something, than spend it on shipping charges. That’s just like giving money away. :)

    You’ve gotta love Amazon, there’s always something to buy from there!

  5. Thanks for the site. Of course my 2 DVD purchases added up to $24.98. I needed to spend two cents to get free shipping. Found a book for a $1.00 that is a classic literary read. In this day and age, any little bit helps. Thanks!!

  6. It may be worth your time to check out [jungle-search.com] It often has filler items as low as $0.02, and seems to be accurate and updated regularly.

  7. I’ve been using the Amazon filler item finder to get [filleritemfinder.com.] I found it superior to most of the other filler item sites.

  8. This is a good tip if you’re in a hurry for something. Amazon saves the shopping cart for months and keeps it updated. Registered users are notified if the item goes up or down in price. I just leave under-$25 items in my cart until I want something else that would push the order over the minimum.

  9. This helped tons; thanks!

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