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How Amazon Same-day Delivery Works


That could be your mom's birthday present.
That could be your mom's birthday present.
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You know the feeling. Early one morning, a reminder pops up on your phone to let you know that tomorrow is your mother's birthday. Oh no! You completely forgot! Now, you love your mom, but let's face it, she can be difficult sometimes — especially if she feels you aren't thankful for all the years she spent raising you and shaping you into the fine young person you are today. You have to get her a gift, and you have to get it NOW.

Here's the problem, though: Your mom's favorite thing in the world is this very special candy that can be exceedingly difficult to find. You could spend all day running from store to store looking to see whether they have any in stock, but you have to go to work. You don't have time for that. But if you don't get her that something she really likes, well, you'll be written out of the will — or at the very least, sitting at the kiddie table for Thanksgiving.

What about the Internet, though? You can buy anything online, right? Yes, but it could take days for your order to arrive with standard shipping, and overnight costs an arm and a leg (your mom also taught you to be frugal). If only there were some way you could get an order fast without having to dish out the big bucks — some yet-to-be-invented service that allowed you to enjoy the convenience of online ordering with the instant gratification of brick-and-mortar stores.

Well, my procrastinating friend, welcome to the future — courtesy of Amazon. Beginning May 28, 2015, the online retail giant began offering free same-day delivery to its Prime customers living in select metropolitan areas across the United States. So if you're the kind of child who forgets his or her mother's birthday — or simply demands a great selection and fast, free delivery — you'll want to hear our take on how Amazon same-day delivery works.

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