This will be the busiest week of the online shopping season 2006. The UPS Ground shipping deadline is Friday, December 15th and Monday, December 18th, will be the busiest day of the season for the US Postal Service with over 280 Million First Class Cards and Letters to be sent.
In that vein, I received an email over the weekend from Amazon Associates (I had signed up long ago for the program) and there are two interesting tidbits of news from the largest online retailer.
First, the last day for Amazon Super Saver Shipping is Friday, December 15th to receive gifts by Friday, December 22nd. No word on any special expedited shipping services for those procrastinators out there.
However, Amazon Associates are being told to pimp the Amazon Gift Certificate. These gift certificates have a 6% referral fee and they can be sent through email, an e-card or snail mail.
With this emphasis on the gift certificates, I am wondering if Amazon got burned on their late expedited shipping offerings last year.