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Are you confused by the different Amazon delivery options?

Amazon is a great shopping option for a variety of reasons and millions of people use it every day. In fact, Amazon claimed nearly half (44%) of all e-commerce sales in the U.S. last year. That’s a massive chunk of sales, and they’re only expected to keep growing in the coming years.

If you’re not completely familiar with the site, all the different shipping and fulfillment options might seem a little confusing. We’re here to help break down everything you need to know, so your next Amazon delivery arrives on time.

Determine Your Amazon Delivery Options

Before we break down the most common shipping options, you should understand exactly how Amazon works.

When you buy a product on Amazon, it’s either fulfilled by Amazon directly from one of their warehouses or sold by an independent third party on their website. Amazon discloses who is selling the product in the product’s description.

To see who is selling the product, you’ll either see something along the lines of “fulfilled by Amazon” or sold by Company Name with a link to the company’s Amazon page. You can often save money on products by shopping through a third party on Amazon, as they’ll sometimes offer used goods rather than new.

However, it’s important to know who you’re buying from, because this will impact which shipping options are available to you.

Options for Amazon Fulfilled Deliveries

Amazon delivery options are notoriously fast and convenient, so naturally they have tons of different delivery options. Some of the most common options you’ll see are as follows:

  • Same-day delivery
  • One-day shipping
  • Two-day shipping
  • Standard shipping (this varies from 2-4, 4-7 and 7-10 business days)
  • Express delivery (within two hours of ordering)
  • Amazon Pantry (next-day or scheduled delivery)
  • Scheduled delivery

You might see one or all of these options when you checkout, depending on where you’re shipping your items to. Purchasing Amazon Prime also helps, as you’ll receive free two-day shipping on a lot of different items.

Amazon Prime members also have access to a lot of fast and easy shipping options. For example, if you live in certain service areas, you could order a new computer on Amazon and have it delivered in just a couple hours or less.

Options for Independent Sellers

Because independent sellers package and ship items on their own, Amazon has less control over shipping speeds and things don’t move as quickly. When you purchase from a third-party, there are three main shipping options available:

  • 2-4 business days
  • 4-7 business days
  • 5-14 business days

The cost and actual delivery date will vary, depending on where you live. Some sellers might also take time to package and ship the item and this processing time isn’t factored into the above delivery estimates.

Sellers will typically display their prices on their Amazon pages, so be sure to thoroughly research the seller before purchasing. You don’t want to be surprised when you still don’t have your item two weeks later.

Want to Learn More?

Amazon is constantly adding new features, products and shipping options, so it’s important to stay up-to-date. Check out the rest of our blog to learn more about e-commerce trends and any new developments with Amazon delivery options.