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Amazon’s New Prime Perk and 5 Other Expert Shopping Tips to Know Before Black Friday

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Red cups are now at Starbucks and Christmas car commercials are starting to air, so it must be holiday shopping season. I’m here to help make your holiday gift planning a little easier by filling you in on some of the new Amazon perks (for both Prime and non-Prime members). Plus, other stress-relieving holiday shopping tips.

#1: Free Same Day Shipping for Prime Members on Over 3 Million Items

According to a press release, Amazon will offer free same-day shipping on three million times for Prime members. The offer starts today, with no end date given. Same-day shipping qualifies when an order is placed in the morning and arrives by night, seven days a week.

Don’t have Prime? Sign up for a 30-day free trial here and get your holiday gifts delivered the same day for free before the holidays.

#2: Free Shipping on ALL Orders Before the Holidays

As per the same announcement, Amazon will offer free shipping on all orders regardless of your account status. Previously, users had to meet a $25 minimum for free shipping. Now, there is no minimum price requirement for the holiday season.

#3: Black Friday Deals Have Already Started

Did you know Amazon already has thousands of Black Friday deals live? You can shop here by department category.

#4: Don’t Like Shopping Online? Amazon Is Launching Pop-Up Stores Nationwide

For those who prefer to shop at a physical store, head to an Amazon 4-Star, Amazon Pop-Up, or Amazon Books location. Amazon Pop-Ups will sell Amazon devices and will be in select Whole Foods, Kohl’s, and shopping malls. Learn more here.

#5: Curated Holiday Gift Ideas and More

Check out Amazon’s curated holiday gift guide page. And if you’re stuck on what to give, give the gift of a Prime Membership.

#6: Target’s Answer to Amazon Prime

Amazon isn’t the only one in the free-shipping game. Target also announced that it will offer free, two-day shipping on most items for all customers during the holiday season. The company removed its shipping minimum this month and says it will continue this offer thru December 22.

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