As a personal first for me, nearly all of my gifts will be purchased online from Amazon.com this Christmas, but without free shipping, this probably wouldn’t have happened.
While I’m all about avoiding the crowds, I refuse to pay a significant premium for the convenience of online shopping. A small $5 – $10 shipping and handling fee is usually my limit, but when I’m buying something bulky or large, I usually suck it up and buy my gifts from a physical brick & mortar store because shipping and handling comes at a fairly heavy mark up.
But it looks as if Amazon has a solution — free shipping and handling on a large proportion of their items.
When you locate the item you’re interested in buying, look for the “Free with Super Saving Shipping” in bold face text, like this:
Obviously, your package(s) is going to take a few extra days to arrive considering you’ve selected the lowest class of snail mail possible. If you’re a procrastinator waiting until December 23rd, this isn’t an option, but if you have the time, the cost savings are probably worth the extra 5 to 8 business days waiting period.
Personally, waiting up to 8 business days versus paying $26 is more than worth it.
Here are the basic Amazon rules:
- Place at least $25 of eligible Amazon.com products in your Shopping Cart. (Eligible items will say “eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping …” next to their price.)
- Proceed to checkout.
- Ship your items to a single U.S. address.
- Select “Group my items into as few shipments as possible” as your shipping preference.
- Select Super Saver Shipping as your shipping speed. Your order will be delivered within 5-8 business days.
- Place your order, and enjoy the free shipping!
- Naturally, fine print rules also apply.
So for just one order, out of several over the last week, I saved $26 using Amazon’s “Free Super Saver Shipping” promotion. It doesn’t sound all that much, but when you consider it’s a 38% markup from the price of the actual merchandise, plus the number of gifts I’m going to be purchasing online this year, the cost savings really adds up.