If you’re a Prime member, you’re probably well aware of Amazon’s No-Rush Shipping credits. They’re incentives, like $1 Digital Credit or $5 Prime Pantry Credit, for voluntarily selecting a slower shipping method instead of the free 2-day option that Prime members are entitled to receive. It appears as though Amazon recently began offering immediate discounts on select items if you opt for no-rush shipping.
No-Rush Shipping rewards typically come in the form of account credits that can only be used towards a future purchase in a specific category. The most common reward seems to be $1 Digital Credit, which can be used on eligible Kindle eBooks, Amazon Appstore apps, Amazon Music downloads, Digital Video Games, Software Downloads, or Amazon Video rentals or purchases. Rewards can be as much as $10 towards things like TVs, furniture, and home services. At one point Amazon was even offering $3 generic Amazon credit as a No-Rush reward, which many consider being the best reward because it carries the least number of restrictions.
Regardless of the type of No-Rush credit offered, they all come with restrictions and expiration dates, so there’s no guarantee that a Prime member will be able to benefit from the reward before it’s gone. What made matters worse was that during the program’s infancy, there was no easy way to keep track of one’s No-Rush rewards. Amazon has since created a No-Rush-Reward Summary page where you can see how much of each reward your account has built up and when the rewards will expire.
For a seemingly very small selection of items, it appears that Amazon has begun offering instant discounts at checkout if Prime members select the No-Rush shipping option. This tape measure is one such item for me, although, the offer may vary for different Amazon accounts. The regular price of the tape measure is $5.00 and Prime members are given the option to save $0.29 immediately for selecting the slowest shipping option. While that’s not much of a discount, another example with a much more substantial discount is this set of measuring spoons, which are $9.99 with $3 off if you select No-Rush shipping.
The instant savings offer appears in search results under the item listing as an orange savings flag with the words “No-Rush SHipping” next to the flag. On the product page itself, the discount is listed in bold green text. During checkout, where you would normally see which, if any, No-Rush reward is offered it simply says “Get an instant discount” and you’ll need to select the slow shipping option before seeing how much of a discount is given.
There’s no way to filter search results to only include items that have No-Rush discounts, so you’ll just need to keep your eyes peeled for the orange flags. With some discounts being as much as 30% off, and possibly higher, they’re likely significant enough to even sway purchase decisions for some people.