Starting in November, Amazon will sell live Christmas trees measuring about 7ft tall with free shipping for Prime customers. The company plans to offer multiple tree varieties, including Douglas fir, Norfolk Island pine, and Fraser fir, giving customers in the United States a way to get a live tree without renting a truck or driving to a farm. The company will also offer a decorative wreath and plant.
The information comes from the Associated Press, which reports that it got the details from an Amazon holiday preview book. Though this isn’t the first time the online retailer has offered Christmas trees for sale, last year’s option was only 3ft tall, limiting their appeal for many buyers.
According to the report, Amazon will source at least one type of Christmas tree from a farm in North Carolina, though it’s unclear whether it has other providers in the pipeline. Customers in the US will be able to pre-order the trees and schedule their delivery, ensuring they’re available before the holidays start.
In addition to the trees, which will cost $115 USD according to AP, the holiday preview book also lists a “red-leafed plant” with a candy cane decoration for $25 USD and a wreath for $50 USD. Trees will be delivered to the buyer within 10 days of being chopped down.
This marks the company’s latest push into new markets, though it’s unclear how many people will be willing to buy a Christmas tree they can’t first view and select. Tree purchasing is considered a traditional by many and it’s anyone’s guess whether those individuals will let Amazon take it over.
SOURCE: Associated Press