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News Deliveries are Waaaaaay Behind Schedule This Year

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If you were planning on leisurely filling out your one-click holiday shopping list this year, too bad. is running way behind. Or maybe they are blackmailing you into joining their new membership club, Amazon Prime. If you place an order today, December 8th, and pay for 2-day shipping, you can't trust your items will arrive by Christmas, much less in time for Hanukkah. They warn you:

Estimated delivery date for these 7 items: December 23, 2008 - December 29, 2008

Even if you pay for 1-day shipping, you get this notice:

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Estimated delivery date for these 7 items: December 22, 2008 - December 23, 2008

Imagine the way you're going to be biting your nails and peeking through the curtains like you're on coke waiting for that UPS truck on the 23rd. Back orders, paperwork, loading trucks - we understand shipping time is not only time en route, but come on, paying 2-day shipping and not receiving a package until 21 days later?

But if you sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime you automatically get free 2-day shipping on your order and the possibility of overnight delivery on future orders. We wonder if the Amazon Prime 2-day orders have an earlier estimated arrival date. We figured, why succumb to their pushy marketing? Below the jump are a few other options for online shopping. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section.

Barnes and Noble had all of the same books and music merchandise with the same discounts. They promise free 3-day delivery and that items are "usually shipped within 24 hours".

Borders has free standard (3-8 day) shipping with books shipping withing 24 hours.

Powells Books, the keeper of hard-to-find and out-of-print books usually ships within 24 hours. Double check, as many of the books are used if you are giving them as gifts. Of course, cool friends won't mind.

This does not even begin to touch on all of the independent bookstores, record stores, toy stores, etc. That could really use your business. Feel free to share.

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