We calculated how much 2-day shipping would cost without an Amazon Prime membership, and the tally proves why the $119 fee is worth it

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  • Amazon Prime includes free 2-day shipping for members, who pay $119 per year.
  • For non-members, shipping is free with purchases over $25, but not guaranteed within 2 days.
  • If a non-member placed 2 orders per month and paid for 2-day shipping, they’d spend about $144 per year.
  • While there are many perks of a Prime membership, free two-day shipping is one of the best.

An Amazon Prime subscription offers its members many benefits (more than 25, in fact), but one of the best and most popular perks is free two-day shipping. The convenience of purchases delivered straight to your door, sometimes only within hours of ordering, is well worth the annual cost of Prime alone.

Non-Prime members have to order at least $25 of eligible items to get free shipping, and orders aren’t guaranteed to arrive within two days. If you order less than $25, you’ll be charged a shipping fee, which varies on the shipment weight and selected shipping speed.

For example, ordering an Anker Powerline+ II USB-C Cable, our pick for the best smartphone charging cable, would typically cost $15 with free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members. Since the order amount is less than $25, non-Prime members would have to pay $6 extra for standard shipping, $10 for two-day shipping, and $13 for one-day shipping. Of course, that cost may vary depending on location, shipment weight, and Amazon seller.

Assuming $10 is the average cost of tw0-day shipping, if you opt for two-day shipping on two under-$25 orders per month, an annual subscription to Amazon Prime would still be cheaper ($119 v.s. $144 per year).

This doesn’t even account for all of the perks and benefits included with Prime, like access to Prime Video and deals during the upcoming sales event, Amazon Prime Day 2021.

If you’re in the Contiguous US and willing to pay the yearly fee, you’ll have a handful of different shipping options at your disposal, year-round:

No matter how many benefits Prime membership offers, it’s inevitably up to you to determine if it’s worth the cost to join. Whether it’s because you’re not much of an online shopper or you just don’t feel like the $119 membership is for you, you can still qualify for free shipping that’s fast enough if you’re able to spend over $25 per order.

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How to get a free 15-day trial of Walmart Plus, Walmart’s Amazon Prime-like membership

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Walmart launched its own Amazon Prime competitor earlier this year. The new subscription shopping service is called Walmart+ and it costs $98 a year or $13 a month.

Like Amazon Prime, Walmart+ features several benefits for its members, including free shipping on many items, as well as gas discounts and a new “Scan & Go” feature for in-store shopping. More perks are expected to be added over time. You can read more about all of the Walmart+ benefits here.

If you’re on the fence about signing up for a new subscription service, Walmart is allowing new members to test Walmart+ with a free trial before they commit to a paid membership.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about the Walmart+ free trial, including how long it lasts, what you get, and how it compares to Amazon Prime’s free trial.

How to get a free trial of Walmart+

Walmart+ includes a free 15-day trial period for new members. You can sign up for the free trial now through the Walmart+ website.

When you sign up for the trial you’re first required to enter in your address to see what features are available in your area. After your address is confirmed you can either sign into an existing Walmart account or create a new one. Customers can then select the annual or monthly plan option and enter in payment details.

The website states when your trial will expire so you know when payment will begin. If you decide not to extend your Walmart+ membership beyond the 15-day trial and you want to avoid paying the fee, you should cancel your membership before the trial expiration date.

What’s included in the Walmart+ free trial?

The Walmart+ free trial includes all of the features and perks that come with a paid subscription. With that said, certain features may not be available in specific locations yet, so you’ll need to confirm what features are offered in your area when you sign up. Key benefits that members receive with the service include:

  • Free delivery: Members receive unlimited “fast as same-day” free delivery on more than 160,000 products. Walmart previously offered this option for a yearly or monthly fee via its “Delivery Unlimited” subscription service. Current “Delivery Unlimited” subscribers will automatically be upgraded to Walmart+. Walmart has also removed the $35 minimum order requirement for this feature, so members can now take advantage of free two-day or next-day shipping on most purchases shipped by Walmart. Walmart+ members can also utilize two-hour Express Delivery for just $10, while non-members must pay an additional delivery fee on top of the $10 Express Delivery fee.
  • Gas discounts: Subscribers can save up to 5 cents a gallon on gas at Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express locations. Sam’s Club gas stations will be added at a later date.
  • Scan & Go: With the Scan & Go in-store shopping feature, members can use the Walmart mobile app to scan and pay for items with Walmart Pay as they shop.

Walmart+ free trial vs. Amazon Prime free trial

Walmart+ and Amazon Prime both offer free trial options for new members, but the duration of each trial differs. The Walmart+ trial currently lasts 15 days while the Amazon Prime trial lasts 30 days. When it comes to perks and benefits, both trials include everything that a paid subscription offers.

Though you do get 15 more days to try Amazon Prime for free, once the trial ends the paid subscription cost is actually a little higher than the fee for Walmart+. Amazon Prime currently costs $119 a year or $13 per month. Meanwhile, Walmart+ charges $98 a year or $13 per month.

For more details on how Walmart+ stacks up against Amazon Prime, check out our Walmart+ and Amazon Prime comparison here.

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Peloton stock price surges 14% to record high on $420 million Precor acquisition

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  • Peloton shares spiked as much as 14% to a record high on Tuesday, boosting the connected-fitness company’s market capitalization by up to $6 billion.
  • The maker of internet-connected exercise machines has agreed to acquire Precor, a leading commercial supplier of fitness equipment, for $420 million in cash.
  • Peloton intends to use Precor’s US manufacturing facilities to ramp up production and improve its delivery times.
  • The company also expects the deal to bolster its innovation and generate more sales of equipment and subscriptions to gyms, hotels, colleges, and other commercial customers.
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Peloton stock surged as much as 14% to a record high on Tuesday after the connected-fitness company struck a deal to acquire Precor for $420 million in cash. The rally added up to $6 billion to Peloton’s market capitalization.

Precor makes cardio and weight machines, and ranks among the largest commercial suppliers of fitness equipment in the world. Peloton plans to use the 40-year-old company’s 625,000 square feet of US manufacturing capacity to make more equipment and ship it to domestic customers sooner.

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The takeover will also add nearly 100 people to Peloton’s research-and-development team. Moreover, Peloton hopes it will boost sales of its bikes and treadmills – which are equipped with internet-connected screens to allow users to stream live and on-demand classes – to gyms, hotels, colleges, apartment blocks, and companies that buy exercise equipment for shared use.

Peloton stock has skyrocketed 450% this year as the pandemic has spurred more people to invest in home gyms and online fitness classes. The company’s revenues spiked 232% year-on-year last quarter to $758 million, swinging the company from a $50 million net loss to $69 million in net income.

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However, Peloton’s manufacturing and distribution has been severely restricted this year, resulting in lengthy waiting times for customers. Its Precor purchase is likely intended to help iron out those issues.

Here’s a chart showing Peloton’s remarkable stock-price gains this year:

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