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Amazon offers free shipping for everyone through the holidays

Amazon offers free shipping for everyone through the holidays

Target last month said it would offer free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items, with no minimum order size, from November 1 to December 22 - a move created to keep customers looking to shop online from defecting to rivals like Amazon or Walmart, which both charge for expedited shipping. Walmart said it's adding millions more items to its free two-day shipping program, but kept its $35 minimum.

As part of the promotion, the online retailer is waiving the $25 purchase minimum for non-Prime members starting Monday.

Amazon has not announced a cut off date for the event, but they said the items should arrive in time for Christmas. We'll see if it makes an announcement in the coming days. Check out Amazon's Early Black Friday deals, and get inspired with Amazon Holiday gift guides.

When Amazon is your biggest competitor you have to think outside the box around the holiday season in order to entice customers away from the giant of online shopping. Normally, free two-day shipping is something only Prime subscribers get, and a Prime subscription can cost a fair amount of money.

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Target also announced it would offer, for the first time, two-day shipping, with no minimum purchase this holiday.

Amazon's ultra-fast delivery service, Prime Now, will also offer special Black Friday deals to more than 30% of the United Kingdom population, providing an ideal selection of gifts, gadgets, fashion and Christmas treats which can be delivered in scheduled one- and two-hour delivery windows or within 60 minutes in selected postcodes.

Like previous years, Amazon UK will offer 'Deals of the Day' every day throughout the period across the site along with 'Lightning Deals' - products available at a discount, in limited quantities, for a short period of time - with new deals becoming available as often as every five minutes.

Prime Now will also offer special Black Friday deals to more than 30% of the United Kingdom population which can be delivered in scheduled one and two-hour delivery windows or within 60 minutes in selected postcodes.


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