How to Get Free Shipping on Amazon Without Prime

Joel Lee 10-11-2015

Many people don’t realize that Amazon Prime comes with many benefits on top of free two-day shipping 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More , such as Prime TV and unlimited photo storage. If you don’t have Prime yet, you should really consider it.


However, even if you don’t have Prime, there’s still a way for you to get free shipping on orders: by spending at least $35. This only works for items marked as eligible, but most items sold through Amazon are eligible, so it’s nothing to worry about.

But wait, there’s one more trick you should know.


Let’s say you want to buy an item worth $30, or two items worth $15 each, with a shipping fee of $5. Instead, why not tack on an item worth $5 in order to unlock free shipping? If you do that, the additional item is basically free, isn’t it?

Here’s the trick: Use an “item filler” website to find cheap items that fill out your cart and help you reach the $35 threshold. There are many item filler websites Top 5 Amazon Filler Item Finders To Qualify For Free Shipping Read More to choose from, but SuperFillers and FillerItemFinder are both pretty good.


If you can find small items that you’ll eventually need anyway — like toilet paper, batteries, all-purpose cleaner, etc. — then you won’t be wasting any money at all.

To be clear, this is a technique that’s best for one-off purchases where you just need a few more dollars to unlock free shipping.If you regularly buy from Amazon throughout the year, a subscription to Prime is more than worth it Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More .

Have you ever used an item filler service? Do you think it’s worth the effort? Or would you recommend Prime instead? Share with us below!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I am not a regular shopper on Amazon,as I can get free delivery to a local post office (five minute walk from where I live) from Walmart when I order online,and my biggest recent Amazon purchases have been gift certificates (which are a godsend at Xmas) which have no shipping fees,of course.

  2. Anonymous
    November 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I do the same thing you mention here about fillers, using my wishlists. I'm constantly browsing and throwing items of all kinds into my wishlists, which are named appropriately for different categories like, "Books", "Electronics", "Gifts for Dad", etcetera.

    It's the work of a moment to click any list and eyeball some low-buck "gotta-have" already-vetted item, and toss it in the cart. :)

    If you live with other family members or maybe board with a roommate, it's just as easy. Everybody needs stuff, right? Tack on their electric toothbrush or whatever and then split the shipping...oh, wait! No shipping!

    • Joel Lee
      November 18, 2015 at 2:55 am

      True, keeping wishlists like that can really come in handy. Never pay for shipping ever again!