Today, I received an e-mail from Max Blankfeld, one of the partners at Family Tree DNA. He said that per their promise a month ago, if they obtained a minimum volume of orders during their July promotion, they would retain the $99 price on their autosomal DNA test, Family Finder. Well, the $99 price is now permanent. What this does is to level the playing field between the three autosomal DNA players, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe and Ancestry…..sort of. All other things are not equal, even though the price now is.
1. Company - Family Tree DNA
Shipping cost for kits: $5 domestic, $7 international
Where kits are shipped: worldwide
2. Company - 23andMe
Shipping cost for kits: $10 US, $60 Canada and $75-$120 other international
Where kits are shipped: some international, US except NY and MD due to state laws regarding the medical/health aspects of the testing
3. Company - Ancestry.com
Shipping cost for kits: $10
Where kits are shipped: US only
Caveat: Ancestry does not have analysis tools that Family Tree DNA and 23andMe include.
Hmmmm….maybe the playing field isn’t so level after all!