Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays

Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays

Just in time for holiday shopping, Amazon will offer free shipping on all orders arriving in time for Christmas.

Consumers have long heralded Amazon for its free two-day shipping for Prime accounts on eligible items, prompting other big-box retailers such as Target and Walmart to offer free expedited shipping during the holiday season as well. The offer covers every product category, and although no end date is listed in the Amazon press release, orders arriving in time for Christmas suggests it will end around December 22 just like Target's offer does. That is important for the world's largest online retailer since a revenue slowdown it forecast last month spooked some investors and sent its stock tumbling. Amazon spent more than $7 billion on shipping in the fourth quarter a year ago, before subtracting the shipping fees it collects from customers. That was a definite hit at Amazon.

Shares of Walmart and Target rose about 1 percent each on Monday.

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Don't all your friends with Amazon Prime seem so. well, smug? "That's what today's price action tells you".

For now, non-Prime U.S. customers can use Amazon and not pay for postage. Perks include same-day shipping and video streaming. Amazon previously offered free shipping on orders that included eligible items and had a total purchase amount of $35 or more, but that's being waived because Amazon wants you to get your presents from it and not one of its competitors. Target, however, promises to deliver the items more quickly.

Amazon UK hasn't revealed any of the Black Friday deals for this year, but in its announcement it did highlight some of the top deals from last year. But you can enjoy the freedom of placing smaller orders without having to worry about an extra shipping fee.

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