Google Shopping Express: Free $15 and 6 Months Same-Day Delivery
Previously, I wrote about how to get free two-day shipping via ShopRunner. Well, it was only a matter of time before free same-day delivery became reality. Google recently launched Google Shopping Express in San Francisco and Manhattan, and the service offers same-day delivery from a variety of retailers. That means now, we can all become more of a hermit than ever before! For a limited time, sign up for Google Shopping Express and get the service free for 6 months. After 6 months, the service will automatically expire unless you choose to renew so even if you forget that you signed up, you won’t be charged anything later on. In addition, you’ll also get $15 off your first purchase if you use my referral link; the normal signup link only gives you $10 off your first purchase.
[Update 6/9/14] The special referral $15 signup bonus is no longer available, but you can still get $10 off your first purchase by signing up for Google Shopping Express through the public offer available to everyone.
Google Shopping Express
Google Shopping Express appears to be Google’s challenge to Amazon Prime. Instead of selling you products like Amazon, Google Shopping Express simply acts as the logistics middleman. You actually buy products from stores, such as Target and Costco. Google Shopping Express may be useful in San Francisco where the city is more sprawled out but in Manhattan, it’s very easy to get most of your daily needs within a 3-block radius. So why would you want to sign up for Google Shopping Express if you lived in Manhattan? The answer is free same-day shipping from Costco.
Costco doesn’t really do deliveries (unless you use a third-party vendor), and it’s a pain to get to in Manhattan. The one Costco in the city is near Harlem on 117th St., and you have to pay for parking. Of course, most New Yorkers don’t own a car, but it’s also impossible to carry giant bulk packages home by hand. That means you’ll need to hitch a ride with a friend, hail a cab, or take an Uber. With Google Shopping Express, however, all those problems disappear. Google will even return your order for a full refund or replacement if you encounter issues.
The Main Point
The one negative aspect of Google Shopping Express is that you forgo the opportunity to earn cash back on all your shopping by using Top Cash Back, Mr. Rebates, and/or Ebates. Since you have to log in and do all your shopping via Google Shopping Express, you can’t first click through from a cash back portal. But that’s not really an issue for Costco since no cash back portal offers cash back for Costco anyways.
So my recommended strategy is to use Google Shopping Express strictly for Costco shopping and continue to use a cash back portal, such as Top Cash Back, for all other shopping purposes. Of course, if you really need an item on the same day, Google Shopping Express is helpful in a pinch. Last but not least, you should definitely take advantage of the promotion for a free $15 off your first purchase.
Disclaimer: I receive referral credit for some of the links above if you sign up through them, which I appreciate
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