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Amazon's latest holiday offer: Free 1-day shipping starting Saturday

December 16, 2011 |  1:13 pm

Amazon fulfillment center

Amazon is rolling out another holiday promotion, offering shoppers free one-day shipping on thousands of items starting Saturday.

The latest offer follows the Internet retailer's controversial holiday promotion last week, when it gave shoppers up to $15 for using its price check app in a bricks-and-mortar store and then buying that item from Amazon.

That offer led several retail groups and a senator to lash out at the e-commerce giant, accusing it of using physical stores as showrooms.

The shipping promotion -- which includes cameras, diamond earrings, video games and laptops -- ends Wednesday. Amazon will apply the shipping discount at checkout after customers add a qualifying product to their shopping carts and select One-Day Shipping.

Also this week, Amazon announced it was extending the order deadline for free "Super Saver Shipping," guaranteeing that orders placed by Dec. 19 will arrive in time for Christmas. After that, shoppers will have to select faster delivery options for orders to arrive by the holiday.

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-- Andrea Chang

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Photo: An Amazon fulfillment center in Phoenix during last year's holiday season. Credit: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

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