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Amazon is Now Selling Live Christmas Trees with Prime Free Shipping

It's a story about the Prime free shipping that stole Christmas.
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Getting a Christmas tree is, unquestionably, inconvenient — it takes a sleigh-load of time out of your already cramped holiday weekends. Between mandatory family visits and Christmas gift shopping, who has the time to plunk the family in the car, crank the Christmas music, and go on a journey to a tree farm?

After a morning spent debating and walking through the winter wonderland of snow-covered evergreens, who has the time and/or effort to then bundle the winning tree and haul it home?

"Not you!" says Amazon. For the first time ever, Amazon is offering live Christmas trees for the 2018 holiday season, and with Prime free delivery, of course. The trees come from a variety of sellers, with some sold and shipped by Amazon while others are only fulfilled by Amazon.

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As long as the trees are designated as Prime eligible, Amazon is promising that they will "arrive before Christmas." For example, the 6 - 7 ft. Hallmark Real Christmas Tree, Fraser Fir, has a price tag of $109.99 and usually ships within 3-5 days.

Shipping is free, of course, and if you ordered one on December 3rd, you could expect to see it arrive between the 12th and the 17th. Thus, for a little more than $100, you can skip the hassles of wrangling a tree from the farm and say hello to the future: Amazon-delivered Christmas trees.

To be fair, not everyone buys a Christmas tree from a tree farm. Many people pick one up from places like Home Depot or their local greenhouse nursery. And the reason folks opt for local stores is same the reason Amazon is now delivering them: convenience. Whether Amazon's trees are of comparable quality and price to your local options is yet to be seen. If they are, then convenience-focused consumers might be hard-pressed to step outdoors for their Christmas tree this season. At least, no further than their front doorstep.

As for those who prefer the wintertime tradition of the local tree farm? We won't blame you if you pass on this particular Amazon offering. We prefer the inconvenience — just this once — too.

What do you think? Are Halloween pumpkins next? Would you consider buying your tree from Amazon? Let us know in the comments below!

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Taryn Ziegler Contributor

Taryn Ziegler is a localization writer working in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington Bothell and harbors a deep love for all things related to literature and indie gaming. She is happily married and owns altogether too many pets for her own good.


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