Amazon Prime Pantry Subscriptions Will End in January
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It looks like Amazon is planning to end its popular Prime Pantry subscription service.
On December 11th, Amazon Customer Service began emailing its Prime Pantry subscribers to let them know that the Amazon Pantry subscription program will be ending early next year. An email with the subject line “Upcoming changes to your Amazon Pantry subscription” read in part,
Starting early January 2021, we will be ending the Amazon Pantry subscription program. At the same time, we will be transitioning thousands of everyday household products from Amazon Pantry to the main Amazon.com store so you can get them faster with Prime delivery and without an extra Pantry subscription. We will refund the Amazon Pantry subscription fee remaining on your account as of January 6, 2021. If you want to cancel your Amazon Pantry subscription sooner, you can do so anytime here.
Amazon Pantry is a service that lets Prime members buy packaged groceries and household items in smaller quantities than what would normally qualify for free shipping. The basic version of Amazon Pantry is free with an Amazon Prime membership, but it does come with a $35 minimum spend. A Pantry subscription offered Prime members free shipping on Prime Pantry orders of $10 or more for an additional monthly fee of $4.99. Members of AmazonFresh, Amazon’s $14.99 per month grocery delivery service, automatically received free shipping on all Prime Pantry orders as an added benefit.
Other than emails sent directly to Amazon Pantry subscribers, it doesn’t appear that the company has made a formal announcement about its plans to end the Pantry subscription program yet. The option to subscribe for $4.99 per month has been removed from the Amazon Pantry storefront, though. Back in June, Amazon Pantry subscriptions were discontinued in the UK in a similar manner.