Recently Amazon has changed its minimum purchase requirement for non-Prime customers to be eligible for free shipping. Now customers can qualify for free shipping only with the purchase of $49 or more. Evidently Amazon wants to encourage its customers to switch to Amazon Prime, the $99-per-year subscription service provided with free two-day shipping on most orders.
This change in Amazon's delivery policy places the store in the similar category as Walmart, with its online purchases of $50 required for free shipping. Both Amazon and Walmart offer the slowest delivery method possible for free shipping. For example, Amazon's customers can expect their purchase of $49 or $25 (or over for books) delivered free only within five - eight business days.
But there are some major retailers that continue to offer free shipping on orders less than $50. Not only are their purchase requirements less tough but their delivery systems are also often faster than Amazon's non-Prime free shipping. Let's look into free shipping options provided by some Amazon competitors.
Target offers free shipping (3- to 5-day standard shipping), plus free return shipping on online purchases of $25 or over. In addition, customers who use a Target Redcard credit or debit card qualify for free shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase requirement plus get a nice bonus - an extra 5% off on purchases in stores or online. Online customers can also take advantage of special promotions and deals available through Target Coupon Codes to get the products at the lowest price possible.
This discount shopping site offering cheaper prices than Amazon on many products provides 2-day free shipping on purchases of $35 or more.
Best Buy offers free shipping on qualifying orders of $35 or more.
Shoppers who subscribe to the shipping service ShopRunner get free two-day shipping as well as free returns on purchases from such major retailers, as Ralph Lauren, Toys R Us, Neiman Marcus, Harry & David, Adidas, and others. Some retailers require a minimum purchase of $25 to obtain free shipping, but others don't. And even though the price of a ShopRunner membership usually is $79 per year, those who subscribe with an American Express credit card enjoy the service absolutely free. Shoppers are even not required to make purchases with the AmEx, they just need to sight up for ShopRunner with the AmEx card.
Store that Always Provide Free Shipping
Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, and Amazon-owned Zappos are some of the retailers that always offer free shipping on all orders, with no established threshold. Nordstrom and Zappos also provide free shipping on all returns.