Walmart takes on Amazon Prime with free 2-day shipping — no membership required

Walmart is going after Amazon on one of its signature offerings — and undercutting the price.

The United States' biggest retailer is introducing free two-day shipping with no membership fee. Amazon offers free two-day shipping through Prime, which costs $99 a year.

"In today's world of e-commerce, two-day free shipping is table stakes. It no longer makes sense to charge for it," Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, said in a statement.

Walmart's two-day shipping will require a minimum purchase of $35, down from $50. Without Prime, Amazon customers have to same spend $49 for free shipping that takes longer than two days.

Walmart bought Lore's Jet.com, an Amazon e-commerce competitor, for $3 billion in August. The acquisition was seen as a major play against Amazon.

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"We are moving at the speed of a startup," Lore said. "Two-day free shipping is the first of many moves we will be making to enhance the customer experience and accelerate growth."

Walmart's no-membership free shipping will be a major play against Amazon, but Prime membership still comes with a host of other benefits that Walmart can't provide, including original TV series and music streaming. And free shipping through Prime doesn't require a minimum purchase.

Amazon has also been launching Prime around the world. Walmart's 2-day shipping will be available in U.S., excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

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1. Chia Uncle Si Robertson

Price: 7.99

Some of the most unique Walmart deals made their initial appearance on the small screen. For the “Duck Dynasty” fan in your life, consider the As Seen on TV Chia Pet — Uncle Si Robertson, a decorative clay planter that sprouts a wonderful, green, lush chia beard in just a week or two. And the best part: It costs less than $8, helping you save even more money at this retailer if you usually do most of your gift shopping here.

And in case one beard-bearing Chia Pet isn’t enough, Walmart also offers a Chia Willie Robertson, a Chia Kermit, Chia Zombies, Chia Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.

2. 3D Chrome VIP Lounge Toilet Seat

Price: $49.99

Sure, the price tag is nearly $50. But if you’ve ever wanted to create that feeling of exclusivity in your very own bathroom — and who wouldn’t? — consider this VIP Lounge Toilet Seat available on the Walmart website through its Marketplace partner program.

This wood-composition toilet with a chrome finish seat is decorated with “diamond-look gems” and embossed letters that will have you feeling like a VIP every time you VI-pee.

3. 2 Hot Does Estrus Scent

Price: $7.68

Are you a hunting enthusiast? Do you have a hunter in the family whose favorite sport is deer? If so, this is just one of the many hunting products designed to attract animals through smell.

This “all-natural, Estrus-blend formula” keeps both local does and bucks intrigued, according to the item’s description. This is how it works: The scent “mimics nature” and attracts bucks to your area. If you’re near does that are actively breeding, it’s advised you place three to four scent wicks upwind of your hunting spot. Just don’t spill any on your clothes.

4. Official Major League Baseball Caskets and Urns

Price: St. Louis Cardinals Urn ($559)Casket ($2,259)

All jokes about die-hard fans aside, Walmart.com offers official Major League Baseball caskets and urns featuring some of your favorite teams’ logos and colors.

And, although it might have little to do with records and rivalries, it’s worth noting Walmart’s prices sometimes vary by team, at least when it comes to urns. For example, at the time of writing, a Chicago White Sox urn retails for $469.41 while the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets urns are as high as $798 each. Those prices might be high, but they’re nothing compared to these ridiculously expensive baseball memorabilia.

5. ‘The Exorcist’ Movie Head Platter

Price: $72.99

This platter featuring the head of the possessed child portrayed by Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” is perfect for a Halloween party, an Oscar party or any other time you want to impress your party guests — but only if you’re sure the green vomit oozing from her mouth won’t have them running away in disgust.

And the doll head isn’t just decorative. It also rotates, flashes red eyes and recites lines from the classic 1973 horror film.

6. Slipper Genie Dusting Slippers

Price: $9.12 per pair

Fashion meets function in these chenille slippers that allow wearers to clean their floors while they walk. Of all the things to buy at Walmart, this could be the perfect gift to sweep that special someone off their feet.

And, considering the As Seen on TV Superstore price of $12.99, the Walmart price offers some significant savings for the cost-conscious clean freak.

7. Inflatable Big Baby Adult Halloween Costume

Price: $30.13

Sure, DIY Halloween costumes are usually the way to go, especially if you want to save money on your kids’ costumes. But this year, go big on your costume — real big.

This full-body big baby adult costume includes a battery-powered fan to inflate it. Just buy four AA batteries, and you’re good to go. And, considering Walmart lists this costume at more than $10 less than some other retailers, you won’t have to steal any candy from real babies, as the old saying goes.

8. Redneck Christmas Mug

Price: $7.20

Need a funny and cheap gift that will make someone laugh? Consider this ceramic mug, which showcases a cartoon titled “A Redneck Christmas.”

The cartoon features some rather regional snacks for “Sante,” including a can of PBR Beer and a paper sack of roadkill jerky. Hung by the chimney with care is a stocking for Billy Bob.

9. Trailer Park Santa Kit Gingerbread House

Price: $24.99

In keeping with similar holiday themes, skip the traditional, boring gingerbread house and buy this Trailer Park Santa Kit instead.

Offering a “humorous twist on a holiday tradition,” according to its description, this kit includes everything you need to make one gingerbread trailer and sleigh. This item is currently out of stock on Walmart.com, but it’s also available on Amazon.com for a few cents less, leaving you plenty of time for assembly between now and Christmas.

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