Mad Dash: Amazon Extends Holiday Shipping, Falls Short of Wal-Mart

Amazon.com added a two-day extension to its free holiday shipping window today. For all of you procrastinators, you have until 11:59 pm PST on Dec. 19 to receive free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24. That still doesn’t top Wal-Mart’s offer. It’s offering free shipping until 11:30 pm PST on Dec. 20, or nearly 24 hours longer. Wal-Mart estimates it will save customers $25 million in shipping fees this season.


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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