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Amazon Prime vs. Walmart’s ‘unlimited shipping’: Which deal is really better?

Published Jun 9th, 2015 2:52PM EDT
Amazon Prime Vs. Walmart Unlimited Shipping

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Walmart recently unveiled its new trial program aimed at taking on Amazon Prime: For $50 a year, you’ll be able to get unlimited three-day shipping for products you order through the giant retailer. This is $49 less than the $99 that Amazon Prime charges users every year for free two-day shipping and other perks, although Rather Be Shopping points out that Amazon’s deal could still deliver stronger value depending on your needs.

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Even though Amazon Prime costs more than twice what Walmart’s unlimited shipping deal does, it also offers video streaming through Amazon Prime Instant Video and unlimited cloud photo storage as well. Other perks include early-access deals through the Amazon-owned shopping website and same-day delivery in a limited number of markets. Walmart’s new service won’t include any of these extra goodies and will offer three-day shipping instead of two-day shipping.

That doesn’t mean Walmart’s offer won’t be good for some consumers, of course — anyone who’s interested only in getting lots of package deliveries should give Walmart’s unlimited shipping offer a serious look. However, if you like having all kinds of extra online perks to go with your quick package deliveries, Amazon Prime‘s $99 annual fee still looks like a good deal.

For a more thorough breakdown of what you get with Amazon Prime and what you’ll get with Walmart’s service, check out Rather Be Shopping’s full comparison here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.