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An Amazon Prime subscription offers its members many benefits (more than 25, in fact), but one of the best and most popular perks is free two-day shipping. The convenience of purchases delivered straight to your door, sometimes only within hours of ordering, is well worth the annual cost of Prime alone.
Non-Prime members have to order at least $25 of eligible items to get free shipping, and orders aren’t guaranteed to arrive within two days. If you order less than $25, you’ll be charged a shipping fee, which varies on the shipment weight and selected shipping speed.
For example, ordering an Anker Powerline+ II USB-C Cable, our pick for the best smartphone charging cable, would typically cost $15 with free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members. Since the order amount is less than $25, non-Prime members would have to pay $6 extra for standard shipping, $10 for two-day shipping, and $13 for one-day shipping. Of course, that cost may vary depending on location, shipment weight, and Amazon seller.
Assuming $10 is the average cost of tw0-day shipping, if you opt for two-day shipping on two under-$25 orders per month, an annual subscription to Amazon Prime would still be cheaper ($119 v.s. $144 per year).
If you’re in the Contiguous US and willing to pay the yearly fee, you’ll have a handful of different shipping options at your disposal, year-round:
- One-Day Shipping: free
- Two-Day Shipping: free
- Same-Day Delivery: free on orders over $35 or $3 per order
- Prime Now: free 2-hour delivery in eligible zip codes
- Amazon Day Delivery: free weekly delivery on a day you choose
- No-Rush Shipping: free
- Standard Shipping: free shipping within 4 to 5 business days
- Release-Date Delivery: free on qualifying pre-order items
No matter how many benefits Prime membership offers, it’s inevitably up to you to determine if it’s worth the cost to join. Whether it’s because you’re not much of an online shopper or you just don’t feel like the $119 membership is for you, you can still qualify for free shipping that’s fast enough if you’re able to spend over $25 per order.