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Amazon just dropped its free-shipping minimum to $35

Want free two-day shipping from Amazon but don’t have Amazon Prime? $35 is all you need to spend to get it.

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Want free shipping from Amazon but don’t have Amazon Prime? $35 is all you need to spend to get it.

For the folks without Amazon Prime, Amazon just just cut the minimum order for free shipping to $35, down from $49, reports Digital Trends. However, when it comes to book deliveries, the minimum order for free delivery remains the same, at $25.

So why did Amazon decide to bring the price down? Digital Trends speculates, “It seems the move could be in response to Walmart’s recent decision to offer free two-day shipping on eligible orders worth $35 or more. But there’s a difference: Amazon’s deliveries will take between five and eight business days to arrive, considerably longer than Walmart’s promise of just a couple of days.”

The Verge adds, “Amazon appears to be working to compete with traditional retailers looking to muscle their way into the online retail space. Last month, Walmart introduced free two day shipping on orders $35 and over, while Best Buy introduced its own $35, two day free shipping for its members last July.”

The obvious solution here to bypassing the minimum $35 order is signing up to Amazon Prime (30-day free trial here), which gets you free two-day shipping  along with countless other benefits such as Prime Video, Prime Music, access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and a whole lot more. The only kicker, it’s $99 for the year but totally worth it when you add up all the savings.

Digital Trends via The Verge

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