If you're an Amazon Prime member and plan on doing a lot of holiday shopping on the site this year, you may want to get started early. That way, you can benefit from the expanded "No-Rush Delivery" option that Amazon is attaching to eligible items.
As you know, Amazon Prime members pay $79 a year to receive free two-day shipping (among other things like streaming media). Last year, Amazon introduced a "no-rush delivery" option for Prime customers that allowed them to choose standard 5-7 day shipping, for a reward. That reward was a $1 credit to spend at the Amazon MP3 Store.
Now, Amazon has upped the ante by offering a $3 credit for movies and music on select items if you choose the no-rush delivery option.
If you're looking to use this option, here's what you need to know:
Prime members may also have the option to choose Free No-Rush Shipping during checkout. You may want to select No-Rush Shipping if you don't need your items right away. Items will typically be delivered a week after you order them.
Promotional credit in either the Amazon Instant Video Store or the Amazon MP3 Store may be offered for selecting No-Rush Shipping. If so, the credit will be automatically applied to your Amazon.com account once the first package from a No-Rush Shipping-eligible order ships. We'll send you an e-mail as soon as the credit is available for you to use. You may select No-Rush Shipping as many times as it's offered to you, but you will not be eligible for the credit if you cancel your No-Rush Shipping order or return items from it.
Earlier this month, Amazon allowed some users to sign up for Amazon Prime on a monthly basis. The $7.99-a-month options wound up costing users more over the course of a whole year, but would have allowed people more flexibility. A few days later, Amazon confirmed that it was merely a test, and that they would be disallowing the monthly subscription option.[via Business Insider, Image via Muhammad Saleem]