For the first time in 10 years, Amazon is raising shipping prices and lucky (yeah right) for us, just in time for the holidays.

In the old days, just last week, anything purchased $25 or more was shipped free.  Now you have to spend at least $35 to qualify for free shipping.  After doing a bit of research on the internet, it's easy to understand why.  Simply put, Amazon is continuing to see a decline in earnings.  I would imagine the economy, government shutdowns, and the overall pulse of the nation have something to do with it.  Even though people order from from all over the globe, when Americans aren't in a spending mood, the world is affected.

Amazon is also encouraging people to sign up for its Prime subscription service, which has no minimum for free two-day shipping and offers users access to the site’s TV- and movie-streaming service, all for $79 a year.

Maybe stores in our hometowns should go back to stocking the shelves like they used to,  hire people who are courteous and knowledgeable about the products they sell, and give it to us at a price we can live with and where they can make a little money too, so we both win.  Not to mention, we can have what we want today and not have to worry about how much Amazon is going to charge for shipping.