As the Amazon World Turns! At the moment when you surf around Amazon product pages without being logged on to a Prime Amazon account, you will notice that the free shipping minimum has changed again. Instead of $49+, you only need $35+ in products sold and shipped by Amazon, and/or sold by 3rd-party sellers but fulfilled by Amazon’s facilities. The $25+ book option also remains in place. I am not sure yet whether this is a temporarily experiment or permanent. It is possible that Amazon is price-matching the Walmart-Jet $35 minimum.
For example, here’s a random $40 item that shows free shipping for non-Prime members.
UPDATE: the Prime benefits comprehensive guide has been updated with this, along with a screenshot of the rare Prime shipping from 3rd-party sellers option [see a6300 post].
The Nikon A900 (20mp 1/2.3″, 35X optical zoom) is down to $366~ with free shipping in either black or silver at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself. Be sure to read reviews if you are not familiar with this as it has its fair share of trade-offs and issues. It is powered by lions (okay, Li-Ion) not AA.
If you are interested in off-lease refurbished computers, Dell Refurbished (formerly Dell Financial Services)i is offering 40% off select computer items (excludes Clearance items and 7010 Desktops) with free ground shipping when you use coupon code PRESIDENT2017 until Monday 2/20/2017 at 11:59pm central time. You can buy as many eligible items as you like. Dell Refurbished offers a 100-day warranty on most of these (check individual listings as usual to be sure).
It’s Black Friday level pricing for this kit as well, also part of the Monoprice Camera Clearance, the new condition Canon D-Rebel T6 with 18-55 and 75-300 kit is on sale for $400 with free standard US shipping. Limit one unit per customer.
This feels like the old days. It’s raining sales left and right! As part of the Monoprice Camera Clearance, the new condition Canon D-Rebel T5i with 18-55 IS STM is on sale for $400 with free standard US shipping. Limit one unit per customer. The T5i was one of the influential-affordable APS-C DSLRs back in the earlier days. Canon has released many and more APS-C DSLRs since including the brand new D-Rebel T7i that is coming out in the next few weeks. The T7i with 18-55 goes for $900.
Doorbuster time! Monoprice appears to be “discovering” doorbusters. They are currently offering the 32GB Sandisk Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $7 with free standard US shipping. Yes, Monoprice free shipping! You can buy as many as you like. Per the shopping cart test, they appear to have thousands available. This is one of the items in their current Clearance Sale – click on the sub-tabs there, eg Computer items or Camera items.
Another option in the E-system a6XXX-series, the Sony a6300 with 16-50 and 55-210 kit is currently on sale for $1196 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo and by Beach upon Amazon (Prime shipping speed but ships directly from Beach Camera). To detect this benefit, you have to be logged as a Prime member, and pay attention to the highlighted areas of the screenshot below:
Note also that the a6500 two-lens kit with the same lenses will be discounted to $1700 on Sunday. The usual price trade-offs of latest versus not-latest model.
The Sony 55-210mm lens goes for $350 on its own but it is combined-purchase discounted when it is bundled with camera kits or bundles.
While not reaching Nikon APS-C DSLR level of choice overwhelm, the Sony E-system is getting there with many old and new cameras and kits floating in the market. One of them, of potential interest as a “taking pictures with” starter kit is the Sony a6000 with the 16-50 and 55-210 lenses, on sale for $798 with free shipping at B&H Photo (with 5% promotional rewards = $40~ to spend in future B&H purchases) and Adorama (Slinger, 16GB Lexar, filters, Corel)
Two Sony a6500 kits discounts will go live on Sunday but one of them has already gone live, it’s a non-standard kit, the Sony a6500 with 55-210mm (f4.5-6.3 OSS E, black) is currently on sale for $1546 with free shipping at B&H Photo. The sale continues until March 4 in 2017, so you can wait until Sunday if you are not certain which one of these kits to get.
TL;DR: the a6500 with 55-210 is on sale NOW, while the other two kits (16-50 or 16-50 & 55-210) will go on sale on Sunday.
This is a Heads Up alert! Starting on Sunday 2/19/17, the following two Sony a6500 kits will be discounted at B&H Photo as follows:
+ a6500 with 16-50mm will drop from $1700 to $1546
+ a6500 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm will drop from $2044 to $1696
+ the above prices will go live on Sunday 2/19/17
For reference, the a6500 body only currently goes for $1400. I do not know if that will be discounted.
If you are interested in either of these kits, you may want to wait until Sunday. However, another non-standard kit with the 55-210 has already gone live. That one in the post above this!
This offer expired…
If you looking to buy camera or photography books, especially ones that have the same price at all retailers or ones that rarely get discounted, good until Monday night (2/20/17), coupon code BNPRES20 gets you 20% off a single item at the Barnes and Noble website. Free shipping with orders of $25+ or if you are a paying B&N member ($25 per year). The usual B&N coupon terms apply (ebooks are not eligible, but printed physical books are eligible).
As of a 2/19/17 recheck, this is sold out… Used supplies are limited…
To add to the option-overwhelm, the Sony a6300 with the 16-50mm is available in “Used – Condition 9” at B&H Photo for $930 with free shipping.
Used items at B&H come with a 90-day warranty from B&H. Given that B&H is a well-known and reputable dealer, this is a lower risk used purchase than buying from cookie-cutter eBay refurbishers and such.
Note also that many of the new condition a6X00 kits are on sale now and a couple of a6500 kits will go on sale this weekend – check the Sony E-System posts to see them all.