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Amazon’s in-garage delivery service is going to cost a little extra for the convenience

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Amazon will charge $1.99 per delivery for in-garage deliveries that used to be free if the customer wants to get them made outside of their designated weekly “Amazon Day,” as described in an update to Amazon’s blog post. Screenshots of in-app notifications posted on X (formerly Twitter) and Reddit by subscribers note the new policy kicks in starting on October 4th.

Amazon spokesperson Amanda Gan confirmed the new policy and said in an email to The Verge, “We will change the free default option for Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery to Amazon Day with Key Delivery. Customers will have more flexibility and control over their Amazon deliveries using Amazon Day with Key Delivery, including the ability to choose their delivery day and combine in-garage deliveries so they’ll arrive on the same day.”

Until now, Prime members could have delivery drivers drop packages inside garages for free, regardless of the day, if they enabled the service and used a supported smart home garage door opener from companies like Chamberlain and Genie.

Widespread belt-tightening at Amazon comes as it has recently implemented several massive waves of layoffs over the last year, and a number of executives have left the company, including Ring founder Jamie Siminoff and hardware boss Dave Limp. Amazon is also looking down the barrel of a possible FTC antitrust lawsuit, incoming EU regulation over its status as a tech gatekeeper, and the now-in-effect EU Digital Services Act, which is forcing it to make changes that Amazon complains are unfair.

Beyond the new fee for in-garage delivery, Amazon recently raised the minimum order amount for free Amazon Fresh grocery deliveries sharply, and it’s raised the minimum order price for free shipping by $10 per order for some non-Prime customers. Last month, the company began charging sellers if they don’t use Amazon’s in-house fulfillment. Amazon even raised the monthly and annual prices of Amazon Music Unlimited, aka the only place you can legally stream Garth Brooks’ music, in August, with the individual plan going up from $8.99 to $9.99 per month.

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