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Amazon.co.uk Launches Free Delivery For Christmas Shoppers


Monday 4th November 2002: Amazon.co.uk today announced it had officially kicked off Christmas with the launch of its first ever free delivery offer.

As part of its relentless focus on lowering prices, the UK's leading on-line retailer is offering customers free UK delivery on all orders over £39. The offer has been timed to coincide with the launch of Amazon.co.uk's gift store (www.amazon.co.uk/gifts) and a range of Christmas pricing offers and will run for 39 days over the busy Christmas period until 12th December 2002.

Commenting on the announcement, Robin Terrell, Managing Director of Amazon.co.uk said, “We continue to focus on offering customers the best possible shopping experience through lowering prices, increasing selection and providing a site that's quick and easy to use. Shipping charges can be one of the main barriers to shopping on-line and with free UK delivery now in place we're hoping that more customers will try our service this Christmas. Quite simply - if you're shopping elsewhere, you could be wasting time and money”.

Amazon.co.uk has consistently lowered prices across the site and today's announcement marks the sixth significant price decrease in 2002

  • March: 50% off Columbia DVDs launched
  • April: 20% or more off new VHS releases
  • May: 2 CD Compilations for £12.99
  • September: 50% off hundreds of Computer & Internet books launched and extension of the book bestseller offer to 50% off 50 books
  • October: Reduced the price of hundreds of DVDs to just £7.99 

WHAT CAN YOU BUY FOR £39?

Amazon.co.uk has historically seen the size of customer orders rise over the festive season, as customers buy a range of Christmas presents from across the site. The table below details some examples of just how easily customers can qualify for free UK delivery:

Robbie Williams “Escapology” CD - £9.99

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Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Kitchen book- £12.50

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones DVD - £16.99

 

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£39.48

Michael Palin Sahara book - £10

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Simon Schama: A History of Britain III book - £12.50

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Beauty and the Beast Collector's Edition DVD - £17.99

 

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£40.49

Minority Report DVD - £16.99

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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Version DVD - £22.49

 

 

 

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£39.48

FIFA 2003 (PS2) video game - £34.99

 

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Gareth Gates – What My Heart Wants To Say CD - £9.99

 

 

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£44.98

Autoroute 2002 software - £39.99

 

 

 

 

 

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£39.99

SiPix Web3 Digital Camera - £39.99

 

 

 

 

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£39.99

  *Note – the above are illustrative examples only

OTHER CHRISTMAS OFFERS ON AMAZON.CO.UK

As well as free delivery, customers can take advantage of a range of great Christmas savings across the site including: 

  • 50% off 50 book bestsellers such as Jamie Oliver's “Jamie's Kitchen” and Simon Schama's “A History of Britain III”

  • Chart CDs for £9.99 such as Robbie Williams “Escapology” and Westlife “Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits”

  • Up to 32% off blockbuster DVD releases such as Star Wars: Episode II, Minority Report and Spiderman

  • At least 20% off new and upcoming VHS such as Beauty and the Beast and Band of Brothers box set

  • Amazing savings on electronics such as a £60 off the Canon PowerShot A40 Digital Camera [2.0MP 3xOptical] - now just £199.99. Only £299.99 for the Sony DCR-TRV140 Digital8 Camcorder – a saving of £70 and the Toshiba SD220 Multi-region DVD Player now for just £119.99, previously £139.99

  • Fantastic prices on new video games such as Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as well as a special Christmas Xbox package at £152.99

  • Great savings on software for the whole family such as Microsoft Autoroute 2003, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and Bob The Builder

Other Christmas highlights include Amazon.co.uk's Gift store, which provides gift recommendations for family and friends, a gift wrapping service, wish lists and gift certificates. .

Detailed information on “Free UK delivery on all orders over £39” can be found at www.amazon.co.uk/free-delivery



About Amazon.co.uk 
Amazon.co.uk opened its virtual doors in October 1998, Amazon strives to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.co.uk and sellers list millions of new and used items in categories such as books, CDs, videos, DVDs, software titles, PC & video games, electronics and toys. Through Amazon Marketplace, zShops and Auctions any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.co.uk's millions of customers. Amazon.co.uk has strategic alliances with Carphone Warehouse, Waterstones and Expedia.co.uk. Amazon.co.uk customers enjoy the benefits of industry-leading, online shopping technology such as secure credit-card payment; personalized recommendations; streamlined, 1-Click® ordering and hassle-free Bid-Click auction bidding. Through Amazon Anywhere, Amazon.co.uk also is available on mobile phones with WAP technology; look at www.amazon.co.uk/anywhere for details. 

Amazon.co.uk is one of five internationally focused websites operated by Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle USA; the others are the French-language site Amazon.fr; the German-language site Amazon.de; the Japanese-language site Amazon.co.jp and Amazon.ca. Amazon.co.uk is the trading name for Amazon.com Int'l Sales, Inc., and Amazon.com International Auctions, Inc., which are both wholly owned subsidiaries of global online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).

Please note all prices/reductions quoted are either against RRP or Amazon.co.uk previous price. Prices/reductions subject to change. Products subject to availability. Please see www.amazon.co.uk for details of current prices/availability.


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