Amazon Extends Free Shipping Deadline To Woo Last-Minute Christmas Customers

If you’re not already shopping online, Amazon is trying to make sure that you do so with them this year, by extending their free shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19. It’s not exactly the equivalent of heading out to find gifts Christmas Eve, but for online shopping, the clock is definitely ticking.

Many retailers offer low or free shipping but have to set a deadline for those who want gifts to arrive by Christmas. In this case, Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping applies for orders of $25 or more. If you’ve ordered less or wait until after Dec. 19, you’ll have to pay extra for shipping in time.

Reuters cites a survey by Big Research for the National Retail Federation that says 87 percent of retailers have a standard shipping deadline of December 20 at the latest for delivery by December 25, which could be how smaller retailers are trying to compete with Amazon’s hold on the online shopping world.

Others have been using tactics like free shipping with no conditions, as in the case of Nordstrom, or lowering the amount you have to spend before free shipping kicks in, as Macy’s did for Cyber Monday.

Amazon extends Christmas shipping deadline [Reuters]

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  1. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Amazon has gotten so much of my money this year, the company should name a wing of a fulfillment center after me. It has better selection, better prices (most of the time), and it’s pretty valuable for anyone who hates going to stores during the holidays.

    • dolemite says:

      After years and years, I finally broke down and got their Amazon card. The interest rate is really high, but I do so much shopping on there and 3 pts for every dollar is enticing. Sure, there are better rewards cards, but it’s nice having everything tied into your Amazon account.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        the chase amazon visa? i like being able to use the points immediately on amazon too.

    • LoneHighlander says:

      This describes me too. My credit card bill is line after line of Amazon. The one thing that prevents me from getting their rewards card is the fact that it’s backed by Chase Bank. I’ll never willingly do business with that bank.

  2. Cat says:

    Amazon didn’t even have to do that. I just add stuff to my wish list until I have enough to get free super saver.

    Still, thanks Amazon.

  3. caradrake says:

    Has anyone noticed the prices of Amazon-fulfilled items changing drastically in price from one day (or even hour) to the next? A couple of examples – the Imaginext batcave was $44.00 with prime/fulfilled by amazon, and it jumped to $95.95 in just a couple of days. The My Little Pony – Pinky Pie started at 12.14, jumped to 24.99, and then dropped to $11 over the course of 8 hours.

    Another MLP started at $22.99, dropped to $16.99, then to $8.99 and $7.99.

    And these are just the changes I’ve seen, since I was actively watching those for my kids.

    On the whole, I love Amazon. They gave me a $1 credit when I ordered the MLP at $9 and it dropped to $8 an hour later. Almost all of our shopping has been through them, and we have like 8 packages due to arrive today.

    • caradrake says:

      I do want to clarify that I’m aware of third-party items changing and going way over retail, but I’ve never seen it happen with actual Amazon items.

      • LoneHighlander says:

        Sometimes it’s “fulfilled by Amazon” items that are third party. In that case they qualify for Amazon Prime, but I think the price is not necessarily set by Amazon. The DS game I bought for my daughter last week at $29.99 is now $19.99. I pretty much knew that would happen, but decided it was worth it to me to have it in hand and not stress about its availability closer to Christmas. A doll I’ve been watching that should retail for around $20 has fluctuated between $40 and $60. In that case I can wait.

        • caradrake says:

          Can you explain how third party sellers can sell items that get fulfilled by Amazon? It’s always been something I don’t quite understand. You don’t have the item, but you can sell it, and get paid for it?

          • howie_in_az says:

            Can you explain how third party sellers can sell items that get fulfilled by Amazon?

            The merchant sends their merchandise to Amazon (like huge pallets of the stuff). The merchant then tells Amazon “you ship it” and sits back to collect a check. Amazon does, of course, take a little more out of the transaction than it would if the merchant handled shipping by themselves.

    • flipflopju says:

      Yes, in the course of 10 minutes I watched one item go up first 10 cents, then 40 cents, then 4 dollars, and by the time it was all over it was $19 more. I had already bought it from a b&m chain store but was hoping to beat the price. I know it was because they were running out but it was awful to watch as it went down from 5 left to 1 left. Then they switched suppliers and that one didn’t offer the free shipping. I’m checking the game now (Zelda Skyward Sword) and it’s up $12 from last night but shipping is included again.

  4. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Amazon Prime is amazing. If I could do my grocery shopping there I would. I already to do some extent, just not the fresh stuff.