Amazon Extends Order Deadlines For Last Minute Christmas Shoppers


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Amazon may be the largest online retailer, but it can't magically deliver Christmas packages to you at the last minute. That being said, the retailer has extended its deadlines for people who want to get gifts in time for Christmas without having to resort to expensive shipping.

It was announced today that Amazon has extended its ordering deadline by two days. That means that those who use Amazon's Free Super Saver Shipping have a bit more time to get those Christmas orders in. Amazon Prime members also benefit as their free two-day shipping translates to some serious last minute shopping. Here's the new schedule shoppers must abide by if they want their packages to arrive by Christmas:

  • Dec. 18: Free Super Saver Shipping
  • Dec. 19: Standard Shipping
  • Dec. 21: Two-Day Shipping (order as late as 7:00 p.m. EST; varies by item; free with Amazon Prime)
  • Dec. 22: One-Day Shipping (order as late as 3:00 p.m. EST; varies by item; as low as $3.99/item with Amazon Prime)
  • Dec. 24: Local Express Delivery (while available; select cities; varies by item; as low as $3.99/item with Amazon Prime)
  • Dec. 25: Email and printable Amazon Gift Cards can be sent immediately, at any time
  • With this move, Amazon is positioning itself as the go-to destination for the last minute Christmas shoppers that can never decide what to get friends and family until it's already too late. At least one can now pick a gift from Amazon's massive selection of products instead of going to the local dollar store and picking up a cheap ornamental dolphin.