Is the cost of Amazon Prime’s yearly service getting too hard to swallow? It might be time for you to consider their fiercest new competitor – Target.
Target’s brick & mortar stores are known to be a mom’s best friend, a cheap-chic escape into aisles of aromatic coffee and buffalo-checked throw pillows. Now they’re fighting hard to make their online site just as beloved to moms who’d rather stay home and shop.
In fact, Target has just entered the world of Free Shipping as a major player.
From Nov. 1 – Dec. 25, average joes can now receive the same benefits that RedCard members always have – the joy of getting anything you want shipped to your door for Free.
And though this is a seasonal offer, the rest of the year you can get free shipping at Target on a mere $25 purchase, while Amazon members who don’t pay for Prime will need a $35 purchase to qualify. (If you haven’t tried Prime, you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial just in time for Christmas shopipng.)
And let’s talk about the Holiday price wars….
Target has officially expanded their Price Match Guarantee program to match top competitors’ pricing from Amazon, Walmart, Costco, Best Buy and many more. This is HUGE – I’ve taken advantage of this several times to pick up a coveted video game in my howmetown Target when it was on sale at Best Buy 40 miles away.
Add to that the bonus 2 weeks shoppers get to match any lower competing prices after your purchase and that’s a game-changer for holiday shopping.
Of course, there’s no getting around the fact that Target doesn’t carry the vast quantities of items that you can find on Amazon – I mean who does? But for some, this Free Shipping price war will have them saying goodbye to the $99 fee this Holiday Season and choosing the Bullseye instead.
To be fair – our household really gets our $99 out of Amazon Prime. We use it constantly for everything from toilet paper to birthday gifts. We also use the Prime TV because we don’t have cable and we’re all avid Kindle readers. I share with my mom and brother who use my account for free shipping as well (though this restriction is tightening). My kids use our prime accounts to shop with their allowance, which I love so I don’t get stuck in the LEGO aisle at Walmart for 3 hours. You can sign up for your Amazon Prime Free Trial here and decide for yourself!
And if you consider yourself a die-hard Target shopper, you might want to see if you know ALL of these tricks…. 12 Ways to Save at Target.