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Amazon Now Offers Free Same-Day Delivery for Prime Members
Amazon Prime just got even better by offering same-day shipping, and it's not going to cost you a dime more as long as you fill up your shopping cart with at least $35 worth of stuff.
The new service is available now, seven days a week, but it does have some limitations.
- It's only available in 16 metro areas, but that actually covers 500+ cities and towns.
- You can't get everything sold on Amazon delivered the same day, but there are more than a million products available for same-day shipping.
- If you're spending less than $35, you will have to pay $5.99 for same-day shipping if you're a Prime member. Non-members shipping cost starts at $9.98.
- You have to place your order by noon to receive it by 9 p.m.
For those who were contemplating forking over the $99 annual fee for a Prime membership before, this will probably settle the debate -- assuming you live in one of the cities shown above. Additionally, Prime members in New York City, Miami, Baltimore, Dallas, Austin and Atlanta can now access even faster shipping using the Amazon Prime Now mobile app. With the app, shipping is free for two-hour delivery and $7.99 for one-hour delivery, with a $15 minimum purchase. Of course, this speedy shipping is limited to the products available on the app. There has also been recent news that Amazon is planning on adding its own line of groceries, such as milk, pasta and coffee. If that's true, you could do your grocery shopping before lunch and have the shopping bags (or boxes) waiting for you at the front door by the time you get home from work at no extra cost. Eh, where do we sign up?
Two weeks ago, Walmart was in the news for announcing they were going to create a subscription service for free two-day shipping, similar to Amazon Prime, but for half the price. Target is also making a big push to increase their e-commerce business, having cut their free shipping minimum to $25 from $50 last year, and making hundreds of their stores available as distribution centers to speed up delivery times. These significant changes are all in an effort to go after some of Amazon's business. However, when Amazon counters with something as appealing as free same-day shipping, the competition's efforts seem equivalent to a Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fight. The opponent is swinging away, but the punches are either not connecting or just not doing any damage.
The gap might be closing soon, but for now, Amazon is still the one to beat.
*This article was update on 10/28/15 to reflect additional cities added to Amazon's same-day delivery areas.
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