rocao wrote:[quote=staff]You get free shipping from Amazon if you add something cheap to your cart to bring your total over $25. But you get VIP points through Shop@Home. Decisions, decisions....
It's not much of a decision for me, and it shouldn't be for anyone else, imo. The $5 discount is more than the 5% return with Lego VIP points. Moreover, Amazon purchases are not taxed to residents of nearly all states and shipping is free (with Amazon prime or a small filler).
I love Shop@Home and Lego retail stores, but in the end, it usually is a simple matter of bottom line. I think they really should offer better "rewards" since they stand to profit more from direct sales. The move from their stamp based system to VIP actually was a decrease in $ back for the consumer.
I'm one of those lucky ones that gets to pay sales tax on my Amazon orders since they recently opened a warehouse here, but I don't pay tax on my LEGO Shop@Home orders because we don't have a LEGO store in my state.
Of course the free shipping still tips the scales towards Amazon on smaller orders.