You Can Get Free Shipping on All Amazon Orders During the Holidays

Amazon's warehouse in Fall River Massachusetts.                  Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

The mega online retailer announced it will offer free shipping on all holiday orders in time for Christmas, doing away with a minimum purchase price - even if you aren't a Prime member. You can also search for deals by "most-shopped-for interests" which Amazon says will make it quicker and easier to shop.

The announcement could help Amazon sustain its rapid sales growth. The current quarter typically is Amazon's biggest.

Amazon did not announce a cutoff date for the promotion, but said that free shipping will be available for all orders arriving in time for Christmas. The offer starts November 1 and ends December 22.

These will be available in "limited quantities" according to Amazon, meaning customers will need to act fast to take advantage of the offers.

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Thousands of Sri Lankans also protested in the capital in the past week demanding Sirisena immediately convene Parliament. Guterres "offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all the parties to resolve the situation", it said.

Just over half of all U.S. households have a Prime subscription, analysts estimate. Plus, Prime members can now use "Prime Wardrobe" which allows members to have their favourite fashion products delivered for no extra cost, try them on at home, and only pay for the items they decide to keep.

Amazon is now courting those outside the club, hoping its brand and wider selection will set it apart. Amazon previously offered free shipping on orders that included eligible items and had a total purchase amount of $35 or more, but that's being waived because Amazon wants you to get your presents from it and not one of its competitors.

As retailers look to snap up toy business with Toys R Us out of the picture, Barron's Jack Hough wrote today, this deal should put Amazon in the driver's seat.

According to the Seattle company's latest annual filing, shipping costs almost doubled from 2015 to 2017, reaching $21.7 billion.

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