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Amazon extends free holiday shipping through December 18th

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Same-day and one-day delivery are available in 10,000 cities

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Amazon’s free holiday shipping promotion, which removes the minimum $25 purchase requirement for non-Prime members, has been extended until December 18th. Orders placed by then are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas. Amazon says it has also expanded free one-day shipping and free same-day delivery for Prime members to more than 10,000 cities this year, so last-minute gift buyers can shop for holiday items until December 24th.

In the 30 or so cities with Prime Now, you’ll be able to order something as late as 9:15PM local time on Christmas Eve.

Here’s Amazon’s guide to 2018 holiday shipping cutoff dates:

Dec. 18 (extended): Last day for free shipping with no minimum purchase amount, free for all customers
Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping, free for Prime members
Dec. 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free for Prime members
Dec. 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free for Prime members in eligible areas
Dec. 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free for Prime members in eligible areas (order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
Dec. 24: Prime Now offers free two-hour delivery windows, reserved exclusively for Prime members in eligible areas (order by 9:15 p.m. local time or earlier)
Dec. 24: Whole Foods Market stores, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Pop-up device kiosks open Christmas Eve (store hours vary by location)

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The free holiday shipping promotion has been in effect since November, and this is the second time Amazon has extended it for non-Prime members. As always, Amazon is competing for a dominating share of the holiday market against retailers like Target, which recently introduced free two-day shipping until December 22nd, and Walmart, which offers free two-day shipping for orders $35 and up.