Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays

Amazon's warehouse in Fall River Massachusetts.                  Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

And more than three-million items will be eligible for same-day delivery during the holiday season for Prime members. Amazon has not confirmed when the promotion is due to end in the United States, but described the deal as a "limited-time offer for the holiday season" in the announcement. Shoppers who aren't Prime members will get slower shipping, which can take five to eight days.

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

Well, Amazon has struck back; now it too is offering free shipping with no minimum to all customers, according to Reuters. Also mentioned was the previous free-delivery threshold on orders larger than $25.




Bottom line: Buy one of over 100 million items you want on Amazon and get free shipping without having to spend $25 now up until Christmas. But you can enjoy the freedom of placing smaller orders without having to worry about an extra shipping fee.

The National Retail Foundation forecasts holiday retail sales will climb by up to 4.8% compared to a year ago. During the fourth quarter of 2017, the company spent a record $7.3 billion getting packages to customers. The spokeswoman said the company expects to announce that cutoff date later, after assessing customer demand and its logistics network.

Like previous year, more of Amazon's Echo smart speakers will no doubt feature in its Black Friday sale, which will see thousands of deals across consumer electronics.

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