Amazon Lockers are secure sites where shoppers can ship their Prime packages and pick them up at their own convenience by entering a code.

Amazon has been slowly rolling out Amazon Lockers since 2011, but it’s only been since this year that they’ve placed one in basically every Whole Foods — which means most states have an Amazon Locker.

Here are a few things you might not know about Amazon Lockers, plus tips to save time and money:

 

1. Amazon Lockers are free with your Prime membership.

Think of it just like Free 2-Day Prime Shipping, except instead of landing on your doorstep, your purchase will go to an Amazon Locker and wait for you.

You’ll have three days to pick it up, and you can do so anytime the store your Locker is at is open — evenings, weekends, whenever!

 

2. Start Amazon Prime on Nov. 20 and use Lockers while you’re holiday shopping — free!

If you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime yet, wait to do so until about a month before Christmas. Here’s why:

When you sign up for Prime, you get a free 30-day trial. Use it to do your Christmas shopping, and have all your Amazon Christmas orders shipped to a Locker for security.

Which leads me to. . .

 

3. Ship to a Locker if you know you won’t be home.

This is probably the biggest reason to use Amazon Lockers.

If you have an Amazon order arriving on a day you’re out of town or you know you won’t be home, shipping it to a Locker will give you peace of mind.

Nobody will be able to access it but you, and not until you’re ready (although you only have 3 days to pick up your stuff).

TIP: If your packages tend to arrive late in the day, consider that you may be able to receive a shipment sooner if you send it to a Locker. Your mileage may vary, but it’s worth a try!

 

 

4. Return any Amazon purchase to a Locker instead of shipping it back.

Initiate your return on Amazon, and if there’s availability in a Locker for your return, you’ll receive a code to enter on location. Enter the code and leave your package. Voila!

Learn more about returning items to an Amazon Locker.

 

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5. Quickly look up your city to see if you have a locker nearby.

There are Amazon Lockers in over 3,000 locations spanning over 50 metropolitan areas.

Just type your zip code to see if there’s one near you. They’re usually located inside convenience stores like QuickTrip and Whole Foods grocery stores.

 

6. Go ahead and ship anything less than 20 lbs. to a nearby Locker.

There are a few things that might make some items ineligible for shipping to an Amazon Locker.

Two biggies — first, weight. Your item must weigh less than 20 lbs. Next, dimensions — it must be smaller than 19 x 12 x 14 inches.

But as long as it’s not insanely valuable jewelry (can’t exceed $5,000 in value) or hazardous materials, you should be fine.

When you’re checking out on Amazon, instead of choosing to ship it to your home, select an Amazon Locker.

 

 

7. Love Subscribe & Save? Choose it over Amazon Lockers.

You can’t receive your Subscribe & Save items at an Amazon Locker (bummer!).

Amazon Lockers work best with any random shipments you won’t be home to receive.

 

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