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Amazon Introduces Same-Day Delivery to 6 New Markets

Not to be outdone by Google, Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service to additional cities. The company announced that customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC may now purchase many items on Amazon and have them delivered in mere hours. 

All shoppers in eligible areas have the option of same-day delivery 7 days a week, but Amazon Prime members predictably receive a discount. Shipping is normally $9.98 for the first item and $0.99 thereafter, but subscribers to Prime pay a one-time fee of $5.99.

Yesterday marks the first expansion of Amazon’s same-day delivery service since May, when the company introduced service to the San Francisco area. With a commanding presence in 11 markets, the program has handily outpaced encroaching services like Google Shopping Express and eBay Now, perhaps signaling an urgency for Amazon to retain market dominance before competitors roll out more broadly.

Have you been able to use this service yet? Fingers crossed for Portland, OR next.

Via: Amazon
  • Jon

    I actually used same day shipping today in Los Angeles. Ordered a Shiatsu neck massager at 9:30 AM and it arrived around 8PM. I paid $6 or $7 extra for the privilege.

    I also love the Sunday deliveries by the post office. It really is easier to just order something on Amazon and forget about it than to add a trip to a retail store to my daily list of things to do. Amazon has way more choices than local stores (even in Los Angeles), and I absolutely rely on Amazon product ratings to buy anything from anywhere.

    And screw Ebay, Amazon sells used items that are just as easy to find since they are listed right there along with the new product. I’ve had nothing but great experiences buying used items on Amazon vs Ebay.

  • ATLien

    I’ve actually seen this as an option where I live, in Atlanta, so it’s likely they will continue to announce more markets before too long

  • PaulESteen

    All shoppers in eligible areas have the option of same-day delivery 7 days a week, but Amazon Prime members predictably receive a discount. Shipping is normally $9.98 for the first item and $0.99 thereafter, but subscribers to Prime pay a one-time fee of $5.99. http://surl.bz/LfAvf

  • Green

    I wonder if I’m close enough to B-more? About 20 minutes? I wonder if I need anything that urgently? I wonder if it would be worth the $10.00 just for the experience? I wonder why I’m talking in questions?

  • Daniel Russell

    This shouldn’t be a DroidLife article.

  • Suicide_Note

    Release the drones!

  • DanSan

    about 45 minutes outside of Philly so doubt this will apply to me 🙁

  • mcdonsco

    I love amazon prime; we generally have something showing up on our doorstep 3-5 days a week. Dog biscuits, shoes, pond test strips, coffee, *trying yet another “case” for my surface 3*…whatever we run out of/need/want, pull out the phone, amazon app, buy with one click, done.

    Prices are usually better than in store too. Plus, for us to buy anything in a store its $4+ automatically as its a gallon of gas for the round trip where we live, so more saving there too.

    And returns? Easy peasy and a lot of times the vendor doesn’t want it back and just refunds it with no need for returning it (I have a few phone & tablet cases collecting dust as well as a metal watch band for the g watch I tried (didnt like it enough to keep, waiting for , you guessed it…the 360).

  • Raven

    Since I discovered that I can get free 2 day shipping via Shop Runner which I get for free for having an AmEx card, Newegg and TigerDirect have been getting more of my business than Amazon lately.

  • Christopher Moore

    Sounds like a nice idea but I also like no taxes.

    • mcdonsco

      Come to Oregon…no sales tax on anything and full service at the gas pump 🙂

      • mgamerz

        Everytime I go to a gas station in oregon it’s just so… weird! I don’t really like it. I don’t know why.

      • I still try to pump my own gas when I visit Oregon, I agree it is weird.

  • Finire

    This is to help out anyone who had an issue with not spending enough money…

  • Funny how Washington State is home to Amazon but we’re not on that list. Google and Amazon are really starting to bother me.

    • Derek Robinson

      It is important to note that these are the cities they are expanding to and not a list of all cities that have same day shipping. If you look on their website you’ll see that Seattle is actually covered.

      Here’s the link

      • OhHai

        Yea for an alleged intellectual his INT rating is pretty low.

        • My “INT rating” is low and being judged on Droid-Life boo hoo so what, when you start cutting me checks then I’ll care about how I appear to you on the internet until then go fucc you and your “INT rating system” because it’s irrelevant in real life. Stop living on the net. I never said I was a genius and knew everything.

        • Oh and I don’t think you’ll ever be in a position to cut checks in your life so that really makes your opinion irrelevant..

          • OhHai

            So mad

          • Nope just reminding you how irrelevant your comment and existence is can’t be mad at that

          • OhHai

            The anger is real

        • mcdonsco

          What the hell is the INT rating?

          • Something he made up to pass time between getting unemployment checks and food stamps.

          • mcdonsco

            Ahh k…comments on it made me wonder if it was really “a thing”.

          • mgamerz

            I’d assume it’s intelligence, e.g. a shorthand version you’d see in a game (like fallout).

      • Oh thanks for that info, kinda busy didn’t read the article only scanned to see the cities and started complaining Lol.

    • j

      Has everything to do with warehouse locations and availability of same day goods, and nothing to do with where the company’s HQ is located.

  • Joseph A. Yager

    I feel like I order enough from Amazon to justify Des Moines, IA as a market.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Oh this is not good for my wallet

  • hfoster52

    ever since NC started taxing Amazon I mostly go to bestbuy and get the price match. Same day service. 🙂

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      OH SNAP! SAME DAY! . . . . Once they start charging Taxes in my State i’d probably be doing the same thing. . . As of right now my state had tax free weekend this past weekend, and Best Buy had a Sale…first time I’ve seen them beat Amazon on Pricing….So I bought a macbook

    • Wolfpack93

      I’m not sure how they decide what gets taxed in NC, but I only seem to get taxed on some items in my Amazon purchases.

      • hfoster52

        Not sure. I mostly buy stuff for the kids. SC is going to start taxing next year.

      • SlyKrysis

        If the item being shipped is shipped from a state that collects tax on Amazon, then it will apply. For instance, I just bought 4 items from Amazon, and only 2 of them collected tax.

      • Swauger

        Amazon only collects the sales tax if the item comes directly from one of its warehouses. If you buy it though Amazon, but its “Bob’s Electronics” selling it, they don’t collect the tax since Bob’s is getting the sale and they are only taking a percentage of the sale.