How to Get Free Shipping on Amazon
I’ve figured out four ways one can obtain free shipping from Amazon without buying a Prime membership. I’m a fan of Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping option, and I believe the yearly $99 fee is worthwhile. Still, I can see why others wouldn’t think the same.
Perhaps you don’t do too much shopping on the internet, or perhaps you don’t require the extra benefits that a Prime membership brings. This is completely understandable. The following suggestions will aid you in bypassing shipping fees on Amazon.
You can get free shipping on lightweight items.
In June 2017, Amazon began providing free shipping on an abundance of lightweight, small products like in-ear headphones, cosmetics, and mobile accessories without the need for an Amazon Prime membership. There is no minimum order to qualify for free shipping on these items, to boot. Be mindful that, since every item is shipped from the company’s Kentucky warehouse, it will take about four to eight days for your order to be received based on how far away you are from the bluegrass state. Small and Light items have no minimum basket or add-on threshold.
Learn what products ship for free on a product’s page. When you click “Other Sellers,” you will see most of the qualifying items.
Get free shipping by adding ‘filler’ products.
Amazon provides everyday free shipping on orders of more than $49, even if you’re not a Prime member. But there are plenty of independent sellers who provide free shipping without a minimum order. Be sure to check the shipping incentives offered by “Other Sellers on Amazon.” Note that, if you’ve purchased books, you only require $25 to get free shipping.
This does beg the question, what if the total amount of your order is just under the minimum required? Rather than paying for shipping, you can opt to buy something you don’t truly require. This convenient website lets you enter the precise financial amount you must qualify for to get free shipping, in addition to the product categories that might interest you. uHotDeals Amazon Hidden Discount Find Tool will help you dig out deep discounts up to 75% off.
As you can see, you can be eligible for free shipping simply by adding products to your cart that you legitimately desire. Things to use around the house, or perhaps a gift for a loved one. Gift cards no longer qualify for minimum order thresholds, unfortunately.
Getting free shipping by pre-ordering.
Meet the minimum order requirement by adding items that can be pre-ordered. These items qualify towards your minimum order amount to get free shipping.The best part is that you won’t be charged for the products you pre-order until they are ready to be shipped. As such, if you have a change of heart about those times, simply cancel the pre-order before it is ready to be delivered.Popular pre-ordered products include video games, books, small tech items, and BluRay films.
Note: this is not a hack to be abused. If Amazon believes you’re up to shenanigans, you’ll be obligated to pay for the products you pre-ordered. However, you can use this approach two or three times annually without triggering suspicion from Amazon.
Subscribe and save.
Everyone uses products that must regularly be replenished. They may include soap, shampoo, cat food, diapers, garbage bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and the like. It is free to join Amazon’s ‘Subscribe & Save’ program. When you do, you’ll receive these items inexpensively and get it sent to your front door without being charged for shipping. There is no Prime membership required for such a convenience. Also, by using the Subscribe & Save program, you’ll get 15% off the normal Amazon retail price.
Here is the process:
- Pick a qualifying product from the ‘Subscribe & Save’ section.
- Choose your frequency delivery and create a subscription.
- Cancel your subscriptions or skip your deliveries whenever you want by viewing “Your Account,” then “Your Subscribe & Save Items.”
- You also can connect your subscribe item with Amazon Dash
Before every delivery, you will receive a reminder by email displaying the item cost and all relevant discounts for your pending delivery. The cost of a product might go down or up per delivery based on the Amazon price when the order is processed.
Extra Hack: Finding products that come with “free shipping.”
Find out what Amazon items come with free shipping by searching for a product, then filter your search by clicking “Free Shipping by Amazon.” You may not receive the product as fast as those with a Prime membership, but what difference does it make if you’re not in a rush for what you bought? At the end of the day, you didn’t have to pay for shipping.