Next-day delivery no longer fast enough for Amazon

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According to the gang over at Gizmodo, who picked up on an article from The New York Times, it is suddenly going to become much harder to control our gadget-buying impulses. Thanks to Amazon, starting today, instant gratification takes on a whole new meaning, with the online giant unveiling a new service that guarantees same-day delivery in several markets here in the US.

"Local Express Delivery" will initially be available in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Within the next few months, the service should be expanded to include Chicago, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. As long as orders are placed before 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., depending on the city, that shiny new gadget will be all yours on the same day after an express charge of $15 or more (varies according to item and weight). Amazon Prime members will see their express fee whittled down to only $6.

Coming from someone who uses Amazon quite a bit for their great prices (along with no tax) and excellent service, let me just say that my wallet is breathing a sigh of relief after seeing the absence of San Antonio on that list. On the other hand, if the service were somehow ever able to be implemented in Hawaii, Amazon better look out!

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Chris King

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