A couple years ago Amazon created something called “Add-On” items. You’ve probably seen them. Their marked with a small “Add-on Item” badge next to the price they’re products which are really inexpensive and thus “cost-prohibitive to ship on their own.” Because of this, they require you to order at least $25 worth of merchandise to get the add-on price. Doesn’t matter if you’re a Prime member or not, you still need to spend at least $25 to get the low price.
But what if you just need one or two items, that total less than $25, and they’re add-on items? Alas, never fear, as I have an Amazon hack for you that’ll enable you to get your inexpensive add-on items delivered without reaching the $25 minimum. Here’s the dealio:
Add “Add-on Items” to Your Cart
Simply add the add-on items you want to purchase to your virtual Amazon cart. Examples of popular add-on items include smaller household stuff, office and school supplies, electronics cables, and even some smaller electronics and accessories.
Add a “Pre-Order Item” to Your Cart
Once you’ve got your cart loaded, simply add any unreleased “pre-order” item to your cart that will get you over the $25 minimum. Because Amazon doesn’t charge your credit card until the pre-order item is actually released, you’ll get the add-on items delivered now.
Then once your add-on items get delivered, you can simply cancel the pre-order item if you wish. Something like Carrie Underwood’s upcoming album or Just Cause 3 for the PlayStation could fit the bill.
A Word of Caution:
If your conscience is a little shaken at the the thought of canceling the pre-order, simply look for an item you’d be ordering anyways. Also, I have a feeling that if you constantly use this hack, they’ll catch on and let you know you need to knock it off.
But if you’re ever stuck needing an add-on item quickly, and don’t want to pay for shipping, this hack will work beautifully.
By Kyle James