Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Free Shipping for Heavy Products - A Programming Challenge

While writing yesterday's blog post about electricity, portable generators, and the power outage in my town, I jumped on Amazon to look at the prices of portable generators. To my surprise, free shipping was available for many of them including the Ryobi 6500 watt generator that I own. I know from moving it a bunch of times lately that it is quite heavy (205 lbs according to the website). 

Seeing an item that weighs 205lbs available with free shipping made me wonder what is the heaviest Amazon item that ships for free. You might eventually find the answer by manually browsing Amazon. But I bet there is a clever programming student out there that has the skill and time to create a program to find the heaviest item that ships for free. 

Related note, one of my neighbors writes programs like that to find specific products at specific price points which is a handy, cost-saving skill.