Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Amazon is offering free shipping with no minimum purchase

Amazon is offering free shipping with no minimum purchase

Of course, if you want more benefits, like free videos, music streaming, books, and guaranteed shipping speeds, you may want to try out a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.

Amazon says it will offer customers free shipping on orders delivered through Christmas regardless of whether they are members of the Prime membership program, a move that comes two weeks after rival Target undercut the company with its own free-shipping offer.

Target last month raised the stakes for the all-important holiday shopping rush, offering USA customers free two-day shipping.

"This holiday, customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase amount on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas, including items from Amazon's expertly curated Gift Guides across electronics, fashion, home and toys", said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon.

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Two-Day Shipping on 100 Million Items: Free Two-Day Shipping is available to all Prime members in the US on more than 100 million items with no minimum purchase amount all year. Before, the purchase threshold was $25.

'Tis the season for online shopping, especially if Amazon is your go-to destination.

Amazon's shipping costs have grown rapidly in recent quarters. Sales in November and December - excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants - are expected to increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent over 2017 for a total of $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion, according to figures from the National Retail Federation. The same week, Walmart announced that two-day shipping would be free for Marketplace items.

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