Amazon extends Christmas shipping deadlines

In this still frame from video, a worker moves pods of merchandise that are moved by robots, seen on a tour of one of Amazon's newest distribution centers in Tracy, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. This Amazon Fulfillment Center opened in 2013 and was refitted to use new robot technology in the summer of 2014. All year Amazon has been investing in ways to make shipping faster and easier to prepare for this holiday season. At this Northern California warehouse the company is employing robotics and other new technology to help workers process the annual onslaught of shopping orders. (AP Photo/Brandon Bailey)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is courting last-minute holiday shoppers by extending its free-shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19.

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Orders over $35 are eligible for free shipping. Last year’s deadline was Dec. 18. The e-commerce company says members of its $99 annual Prime loyalty program can order by Dec. 22 for two-day shipping.

One-day shipping for items ordered on Dec. 23 costs $2.99 and up for Amazon Prime members. And same day delivery is available in 12 cities on items ordered by 10 a.m. local time for $5.99 per shipment.

Retailers are hoping to avoid shipping snafus that occurred last year while at the same time getting the last-minute online shoppers dollar.

Wal-Mart said last week the cutoff for orders with standard shipping to reach homes by Christmas is Dec. 19.

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