Amazon drops free shipping to Haida Gwaii

  • May. 19, 2015 8:00 p.m.

By Stacey MarpleHaida Gwaii ObserverAmazon.ca can be added to the list of companies no longer offering free shipping to Haida Gwaii. Due to Canada Post’s designation of the islands as a Remote Area, people who order something off the popular website will now see a big increase in shipping prices. What used to be free will now cost a minimum $29 shipping charge on purchases. The standard shipping rate will now be the only option Haida Gwaii customers, as per the company’s policy for addresses in designated remote locations.The amazon website states that remote locations are postal codes that are difficult to serve. They give examples of towns far away from a shipper’s hub, towns that are infrequently served by shippers and Canada Post air stage locations, where mail must be airlifted at certain times of the year.Two of the three examples for standard shipping relate to Haida Gwaii. As many island residents are forced to order some goods off-island out of necessity, it didn’t take long to see a stream of complaints on social media. “So nice to know Iqaluit is less isolated in Canada’s Post mind than Queen Charlotte,” posted one user. Canada Post has classified the postal codes of Haida Gwaii under the standards of remote areas. The Observer reached out to Amazon for answers about the new shipping charges, but the company only restated their policy, saying that due to “the economic and shipping complexities in remote locations of Canada, as of April 8, Amazon.ca will offer Standard Shipping to remote locations,” a representative of Amazon.ca said in an email.”Our goal is to offer fast, affordable shipping to all of our customers and we are committed to exploring new delivery solutions that better serve customers in remote locations.” With the already-slow shipping times to Haida Gwaii some residents are blaming Canada Post for classifying the postal codes of Haida Gwaii as remote. Other large retailers like Walmart and Ikea have already implemented a charge for shipping to remote areas.

Just Posted

Sustainble economy flourishing in Haida Gwaii and Great Bear Rainforest thanks to First Nations investments

From 2008-2018, funding initiatives led to more than $286 million in new investments

New exhibit at Haida Gwaii Heritage Centre, Kay Llnagaay

Ubiquitous Cocoons: My metamorphosing life by Kathy Pick will be running until Sept. 1, 2019

Steve Nash Youth Basketball wraps up in Massett

RCMP coordinated the 12-week program for children between the ages of eight and 10

Smithers man receives two-year sentence for fatal car crash

Over a year after a fatal crash, a Smithers man has been sentenced to two years plus a day in jail.

Backyard burning still prohibited on Haida Gwaii, fire chief warns

Village of Queen Charlotte fire chief Larry Duke is reminding the public… Continue reading

First ever Nisga’a mortuary totem pole unveiled in Prince Rupert cemetery on Father’s Day weekend

The pole was unveiled at Fairview Cemetery in honour of the late Robert Tait, renowned carver

First ever Nisga’a mortuary totem pole unveiled in Prince Rupert cemetery on Father’s Day weekend

The pole was unveiled at Fairview Cemetery in honour of the late Robert Tait, renowned carver

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read