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Amazon Prime Offers Free Same-Day Delivery in 14 Markets

It’s getting difficult to keep track of the speedy delivery options Amazon offers to Prime members. The company is now offering free same-day delivery in over 500 cities and towns in 14 markets, it revealed this week.

The news comes the same week reports surfaced that eBay and Walmart are racing to launch their own versions of Amazon Prime.

An Amazon spokesperson told EcommerceBytes that Prime members can make unlimited orders with the new “Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery” service. “Orders of $35 or more are free, and orders under $35 cost a flat $5.99 per order. Same-day delivery pricing for non-Prime customers has not changed, and starts at $9.98 per order.”

The service is different than Amazon Prime Now, which offers 2-hour delivery for free or 1-hour delivery for $7.99, and is limited to orders from a dedicated mobile app. With Prime Same Day, customers can order eligible items by noon on mobile or PC and receive them by 9 pm – seven days a week. Orders placed after noon will arrive the next day.

Amazon explains the three offerings available to Prime members now include:

Prime Now: Members in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, Manhattan and Miami can choose from tens of thousands of everyday essentials for ultra-fast, free two-hour delivery from a dedicated mobile app. (1-hour delivery costs $7.99, and earlier this week Amazon announced it’s now offering 1-hour delivery from local stores as well.)

Prime FREE Same-Day: Members in 14 metro areas, which includes more than 500 cities and towns, can order by noon and have that order delivered before bedtime. Members can choose from a broad selection of more than a million items, seven days a week – even Sunday. (Orders under $35 cost $5.99.)

Prime FREE Two-Day: Prime members in the United States continue to enjoy unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all product categories.

Amazon Prime Same Day is available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas-Ft Worth, Indianapolis, the Greater Los Angeles area, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay area (now including Oakland), Seattle-Tacoma, and Washington, D.C., and newly added same-day areas including San Diego and the Tampa Bay area.

More information is available on Amazon.com/sameday.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.