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Amazon raises floor to $35 in spending to get free shipping

Amazon's new rule still beats Walmart’s.

Ross D. Franklin /Associated Press/File 2010

Amazon's new rule still beats Walmart’s.

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 comes ahead of the busy holiday shopping season — and after Walmart.com made a similar change earlier this month.

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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 website, as well as access to its streaming service for TV shows and movies.

In a post on its website, Amazon.com said that it’s the first time in more than a decade that it has increased its minimum order size for free shipping.

At Walmart.com, customers need to spend $50 to qualify for free shipping, up from $45.

Walmart also increased the number 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, a spokesman said.

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