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Amazon extends deadline for Christmas free shipping

December 10, 2010 |  3:18 pm

OK, all you slackers out there who haven't made lists or checked them twice, has a holiday gift for you: The online retailer has extended the deadline for free shipping.

Xmasshop Amazon will guarantee Dec. 24 delivery for orders placed through Dec. 17. Shipping on orders of more than $25 is free. If you belong to Amazon Prime, you can get free shipping on Christmas gifts on orders placed by Dec. 22.

Free shipping is a big selling point especially for the total cheapskates (guilty as charged). But it also raises costs for Internet retailers.

The Santa (or Scrooge, depending on your perspective) this year was, Amazon's arch-rival, which has been offering free shipping on millions of items through Dec. 20 with no minimum order.

-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Shoppers in the pre-dawn hours make their purchases at a Target store in Glenview, Ill., on Black Friday. The day after Thansgiving is the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. Credit: Tannen Maury / EPA