For the first time in over a decade, Amazon raised the minimum order size for free shipping from $25 to $35. This new standard goes into effect today. Amazon first offered this promotion in 2002, but only orders of more than $99 qualified. Six months later, they cut the qualifying price to $49, before eventually settling at $25 in 2003. With the increased rate on free shipping, Amazon is expected to see a surge in Amazon Prime memberships. Amazon Prime costs $79 a year and gives the member free two day shipping on all orders, the ability to stream TV and movies through Prime Instant Video, and access to the Kindle Lending Library. The free shipping alone makes Prime worth it, but the TV, books, magazines, and movies make it a great deal.