Consumer Confidential: Amazon extends free shipping, Best Buy gets healthy
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Here’s your fists-of-fury Friday roundup of consumer news from around the Web:
--Friday is Free Shipping Day on the Web (although, to be honest, it’s pretty much been a free-shipping holiday season among desperate e-merchants). But just in case you still need some incentive to cyber-shop, our friends at Amazon.com are extending their free shipping to midnight Sunday -- and guaranteeing that your giftie arrives by Christmas. The free-shipping offer applies to many purchases of at least $25. Shoppers also can get free two-day shipping on many orders if they belong to Amazon’s ‘Prime’ program, which costs $79 a year. Shoppers using Amazon’s standard shipping option have until Dec. 20 to buy gifts that will be delivered by Dec. 24.
--For its part, Best Buy doesn’t want you to just be a sofa spud, watching TV and playing video games. The electronics giant says it’s expanding its health and wellness offerings to 600 stores nationwide. The chain will sell products related to running, walking, swimming and yoga, including heart-rate monitoring watches, pedometers, headphones, yoga mats, scales and blood pressure monitors. Best Buy had been testing the offerings in 40 stores in some markets.
-- David Lazarus