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7OYS: Amazon offers free 2-day shipping through Christmas in holiday shipping battle

Holiday shipping wars (ABC7 photo)

The first shots have been fired in the war to get your holiday shopping dollars. On Monday, Amazon fired off a huge blast. For the first time ever the online giant is offering free two-day shipping on all items from now through Christmas.

It's not just for Amazon prime users, and there are no minimum dollar purchases, it's free shipping for many items. Prime customers get free same day shipping.

Michelle Grant told Seven on Your Side, “the number one reason for people to shop online is for free shipping.” Grant studies the retail industry for Euromonitor International and says Amazon free shipping offer is a response to its competition. “The other retailers have really caught up with delivery offering two-day or buy online pick up in the store, so Amazon really had to come out with a strong response.” All this means big savings for us.

Amazon is offering free shipping for all its customers. Walmart: free two-day shipping on orders of more than $35.

Target is offering free two-day shipping now through December 22, and Best Buy offers free standard shipping now through December 25.

Now that you can get the big bargain on shipping you want to make sure you buy and send your items in time to make it for Christmas.

Shopping expert Sarah Hollenbeck of blackfriday.com says “even with the two-day shipping with Amazon and things like that, you still want to do your shopping as early as possible because you never know if there are going to be any delays in delivery. So the earlier you shop and purchase those items the better.”

Here are your deadlines to ship to get your package to its destination in time for Christmas:

Amazon and Walmart is December 21

Target at 12 p.m. December 20, and Best Buy by 3 p.m. December 21.

Also a number of other retailers like Ikea, Nordstrom, and Apple are also offering free shipping.

Here is a list of other retailers, their holiday shipping offers and their shipping deadlines as compiled by blackfriday.com

This story has been updated Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018


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