Amazon Prime members get free delivery at Amazon, and if you haven't already signed up for a free trial then doing exactly this will get you that perk for the next 30 days. But if you've no interest in Prime, the only way to get free delivery is to use someone else's Prime account or to qualify for Free Super Saver Delivery. We'll deal with the latter here.
How to get free delivery on Amazon without Prime
Qualifying for free delivery used to be easy, but Amazon now demands you spend £20 on goods (£10 on books; £25 in ROI). So you can spend £16 on goods and fork out £4 for delivery, costing you a total of £20, or you can spend £20 on goods and get free delivery, still costing you £20.
It's also incredibly frustrating when you've searched far and wide for the best deal on the web, yet the delivery charges push you over what you wish or can afford to spend.
The best way to get around this is with a 'filler item' - something that costs a few pounds, will be of some use to you, but more importantly makes you feel as though you are getting your money's worth. While you'll still pay £20 in total, you will receive £20 of goods in return. And you can always sell or give away the items you don't want.
The only difficulty here is finding the items that will take your basket total up to £20 - and more specifically, items at the right price that are also Super Saver Delivery compatible. There are some services that can help.
How to find filler items
We like FillerChecker.co.uk, which searches Amazon UK for items of a specific price. You can narrow down the search by category - such as Beauty - to help you find something you might actually want to use.
Browse to the website, then enter the amount you need to spend to fill your basket to £20. In our case that's £2.01.
Now choose a category from the drop-down menu. We've chosen Office products.
Click Find It! to begin your search.
FillerChecker will search Amazon's entire UK store for items that are as close to that amount as possible, then return a list of results ordered by price from low to high.
We found a PaperJoy Inkjoy 700 pen for £2.08, which takes our total basket value to £20.07 and qualifies for free delivery. It's cheaper than what we'd pay for delivery, and who doesn't need a pen?
When you've found an item that you'd like to order, click on the link to be taken directly to its product page on Amazon and add it to your basket.
There are plenty of other services that do much the same thing if you don't fancy FillerChecker. For example, FillerItems.co.uk is a Chrome add-on that lists dirt-cheap products on Amazon without you needing to leave the site.
If you're finding that you need to do this often, you might want to consider signing up to Amazon Prime. It offers more than just free delivery. You can find out everything you need to know about Amazon Prime here.