Amazon Holiday Shopping Deadline for Free Shipping–Dec. 17

Procrastinators, listen up! Amazon.com says that next Friday, Dec. 17, is the final day you can get free shipping on orders of $25 or more and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Among a plethora of other options, the next best is for Amazon Prime customers, who can wait until Dec. 21 and still get presents out on time for free. The deadline of Dec. 17 is an official day of sorts, with the Web site freeshippingday.com claiming to get thousands of merchants to commit to offering free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve in the U.S. if orders are made before midnight.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work