Sam’s Club Plus Members Get Free Shipping (but Don’t Drop Amazon Prime Yet)

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If you have a Sam’s Club membership, you might’ve been a little disgruntled last month to find out the company would close 63 locations. Well, the company released an announcement on Wednesday that might cheer you up.

Sam’s Club just revealed it will offer free shipping with no minimum purchase for all Plus members.

Hold on: Before you resume your bulk purchases of Mountain Dew, there’s some fine print.

Only ground shipping orders and products marked “free shipping” on Sam’s Club’s website are eligible. Items on the auction site, in-store-only items and most grocery products are also ineligible.

And unlike Amazon Prime, Sam’s Club won’t offer guaranteed two-day shipping.

So what can you get shipped for free?

Sam’s Club says 95% of the products on its website are eligible for free shipping, including nearly all of the club’s in-house Member’s Mark brand items.

Sam’s Club is also paring down its three membership options to two. Its Club membership is $45 per year and includes in-store shopping. The Plus membership is $100 per year and includes all the benefits of the Club membership, plus the free shipping.

Sam’s Club plans to focus on expanding its e-commerce sales through converting some of its closed stores to distribution centers — the first will open in Memphis, Tennessee, this spring — and eventually including free two-day shipping for Plus memberships.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She hangs out on Instagram as @savingwithspunk.