Walmart recently dropped the news of their “Unlimited 3-Day Shipping Service” which is a direct attempt to compete with the Amazon Prime (Free 30 Day Trial) free 2-day shipping service. Their service, titled Shipping Pass, will roll out this summer to a select group of test customers and they’ll have access to about a million products that’ll be eligible for 3-day shipping. Below are the details of the program, and whether or not it might be a good option for you when/if it becomes available to the general public.
- Amazon Prime currently sells for $99 a year and includes free 2-day shipping, a Kindle lending library, and an online streaming program. Check out all the Prime Perks here.
- Walmart’s new shipping service will be priced at half the Amazon price at $50 a year, and won’t include a streaming service or lending library.
- Exactly how Walmart will select participants to test out the shipping service this summer is yet to be determined.
- Based on previous test programs, Walmart will probably gear their selection process towards more rural customers where shopping at Walmart is often a necessity.
2-Day Prime Vs. Walmart 3-Day Shipping
The crux of the issue that Walmart is attempting to decipher, via the test program this summer, has to do with the 3-day shipping versus Amazon’s 2-day. Are shoppers willing to accept the longer ship time in exchange for a cheaper overall service?
When compared to Amazon Prime, it comes down to paying $49 less a year to get packages to your doorstep one day later.
Personally, I would be okay with the extra day shipping in exchange for the annual savings of $49, but I know many that would gladly pay the extra $49 as they are very loyal to Amazon.
It will be interesting to see if Walmart has success with their program and if shoppers like it enough to keep it around.
Ask the Reader: Would you consider the Walmart 3-day shipping program for $50 a year, or do you love the consistency and timeliness of Amazon’s 2-day Prime? Neither is also an option, as both already offer everyday free shipping – Walmart requires a $50 order to get free delivery, while Amazon has a $35 minimum.
By Kyle James