Amazon is giving shoppers more time than ever before to place orders with free shipping in time for Christmas as the war for customers rages

  • The last day for non-Prime customers to order from Amazon and receive their items in time for Christmas is now Tuesday, December 18.
  • The deadline was originally December 14, but Amazon extended it.
  • That’s another bonus for shoppers who aren’t Prime members, who also get free shipping on all orders this holiday season.
  • Prime members can order by December 22 for two-day shipping and the 23rd for one-day shipping and still get items in time for Christmas.

Amazon customers still have time to order gifts and get them in time for Christmas this year.

The e-commerce giant announced on Thursday that it had extended the deadline by four days to December 18 for non-Prime members.

Amazon earlier announced it was offering free shipping for non-Prime members this holiday season, regardless of order size.

Amazon has two tiers of shipping: standard in four to five days and super-saver shipping in five to eight days. The free shipping was originally available only for the super-saver tier, but Amazon is in effect bumping it up to standard shipping through the 25th.

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Last year, the last day for customers to order with super-saver shipping was December 15; this year is the latest so far. The new super-saver deadline now matches last year’s date for free standard shipping.

Prime members still have a few days longer. The company says they can order by December 22 for two-day shipping and the 23rd for one-day shipping and still get orders in time for Christmas.

Amazon’s extension of the promotion may be a response to competition from big-box stores that are also running free-shipping promotions. Most notably, Target announced last month that it would offer free two-day shipping to all customers until December 22, with no order minimum. Best Buy also removed its free-shipping threshold but gave no time guarantee.

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