How Does the New Walmart “Unlimited Shipping” Program Compare to Amazon Prime

May 14, 2015 by Kyle
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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 vs Walmart

The Details:

  • 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

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Susan Bewley

Probably not. I usually go out of my way to avoid Wal-Mart since I dislike their business practices.

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JR Rogers

The other thing to take into affect is the Walton family, who owns Walmart does very little to give back to the community, let alone give Walmart employee’s decent benefits or wages. Walmart is just now trying to raise wages to keep out the unions and avoid a raise of minimum wages to $15/hr. The owner of Amazon on the other hand, has built a space oriented company, promoting and encouraging our development into space technologies. Also you don’t see Amazon being sued by states because the employee’s qualify for food stamps because they make so little.

Karen
Karen

I can see by the date that your article is quite old, but I know that even on that date, Amazon still included many more benefits for their annual fee versus Walmart’s. It’s not so simple as 3-day shipping or 2-day shipping, a lending library and movie streaming. Go to the website offered in the following link and you’ll have a better idea why people are so willing to pay the $99 for Amazon v. $50 for Walmart. This link doesn’t set it out in a list like they had before, but you’ll see that there are far more incentives for going with Amazon:

They keep adding to the list as time goes by, too. One thing it doesn’t set forth is that, if you opt for regular shipping, Amazon will give you a credit toward your next shopping, such as $3 for Kindle e-books, $5 for Prime Pantry, or whatever they come up with next. I also agree with the person who spoke about Walmart’s wages and such. I used to live in CA, where Walmart was renowned for hiring a multitude of PT employees so they wouldn’t be required by law to give them benefits.

Once I moved to the state where I now live, that is not so much an issue. I also agree that, with as large a corporation as Walmart and the profits it makes, Walmart could be doing far more for their communities and charitable organizations.

Amazon is not stingy with their profits. They make a difference in many charitable ways, and, in addition, they also have a “smile.amazon.com” website that allows you to choose your charity, and each time you shop on that specific website, they donate a percentage of your purchase toward that specific charity. Some people may consider that a small pittance, but when you consider the millions who shop on Amazon every day, those “small pittances” add up to a whole lot of money.