But you have to pay to get free shipping. In my book, that defeats the purpose. I normally do not buy enough from pulse in a year to even out the cost..7 orders at 6.99 shipping vs $50 free shipping /year. Grant it Amazon prime cost money too, but you get far more perks that made it easier to join AP. But b4 we did join AP, between my wife and I, we were always able to make a >$25 for free shipping using at amazon,
I signed up way back when they first announced Pulse. I usually DO order from Hasbro when they have the items I'm looking for. And the exclusive access to convention exclusives, not to mention the sale they had a few months ago that was only for Pulse members. You got 40% off any order over $75. So I was able to pick up the Rey Black Series saber for about $160. It's been a work in progress, but the program has been slowly getting better each year.I used to balk at paying them $50 a year for the privilege of free shipping, but not any longer. I don't know if they're now basing shipping costs on location, or if they've just raised their rates, but the cheapest shipping charge for me now is $8.99. That's for a single TVC figure.
I've only bought exclusives through Pulse (except when there's a sale), but since the HISS campaign when I joined I've saved well over a $100 in shipping costs alone. That's just in less than three months. Not to mention I was able to pick up GI Joe restocks & exclusives early, which was a huge benefit. So, while not for everyone, it's been an immense benefit for me compared to what it would've cost.