December 21, 2009
| by Stephen Hopkins
If you’ve waited this long to finish your holiday shopping ... well, today’s the day to finish up that online shopping in hopes of it arriving on time, but chances are you’re going to pay out the nose for 2-day or overnight shipping.
Instead, sign up for a free one-month trial of Amazon Prime. This premium membership affords you free 2-day shipping with no minimum on all orders fulfilled by Amazon, along with upgrades to overnight shipping for only $3.99.
After the trial expires the annual fee jumps to $80, but all you have to do to prevent this is disable “Automatic Renew”. With that disabled you’ll be able to enjoy the entire one-month trial period with no fears of being charged once it expires.
So don’t limit your last-minute shopping to gas station air fresheners and summer saugage of questionable origin. Amazon Prime can get all your gifts in on time, and without giving you the yule log treatment.
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.