Amazon Offers Free Shipping for Everyone Until Christmas

Amazon Offers Free Shipping for Everyone Until Christmas

Amazon Prime members, including customers enjoying a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, will have an exclusive 30-minute early access period to all Lightning Deals.

Amazon claims it will be rolling-out new offers "as often as every five minutes", meaning those who want to get their hands on the best deals will have to keep their eyes glued to the site throughout the 10-day sales extravaganza. This promotion waives that minimum for the time being, and puts Amazon in-step with competitor Target, which waived its $35 order minimum and now offers free two-day shipping to all customers through December 22. Prime account holders will receive free same-day delivery instead of two-day shipping on eligible items.

Beginning today, Amazon is offering free shipping without a minimum purchase amount requirement to all United States customers.

Instead of the usual $25 order minimum before shipping and taxes, Amazon is offering free shipping almost all orders shipped and sold by Amazon.

Three Girl Scouts, chaperone killed in Wisconsin hit-and-run
A third girl died at a hospital. "I will be weeping often this morning, I know that", Pastor Jim Woldhuis said. The driver, identified as 21-year-old Colton Treu, fled the scene but later turned himself in to police.

When Amazon is your biggest competitor you have to think outside the box around the holiday season in order to entice customers away from the giant of online shopping. In the wake of Walmart's change, it lowered the threshold twice that same year: to $35, and then to the current non-promotional threshold of $25.

Amazon is looking to boost holiday sales and add new prime members.

A day after Target's announcement, a public-relations firm hired by Amazon had sent journalists an email detailing the company's own delivery perks, a rundown that primarily listed features of the paid Prime program.

Amazon's shipping costs have grown rapidly in recent quarters. The spokeswoman said the company expects to announce that cutoff date later, after assessing customer demand and its logistics network.

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