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Amazon is now offering same-day delivery - if you live in certain large American cities.

Today, the uber-etailer announced something it likes to call a "Local Express Delivery Option," providing same-day delivery for customers in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington D.C. And it plans to extend the new service to Chicago, Indianapolis, and Phoenix "in the coming months."

On the east coast, customers must place their same-day-delivery orders before 10 or 10:30am, while Las Vegas residents can wait until 11am and those in Amazon's Seattle home town can press the button as late as one in the afternoon.

Of course, the service is limited to certain items.

For those who've signed up for Amazon Prime - which affords two-day shipping on all orders for $79 a year - same-day delivery is an extra $5.99 per item. Otherwise, prices vary depending on what's in the package. Baby goods, for instance, will cost you up to $16.99 per shipment, computers up to $18.99.

You can see all the details here.

And so, Amazon is harking back to the the heydey of the dot.com, when startups like Kozmo and Urban Fetch raced around New York on bicycles, delivering batteries and doughnuts to people too lazy to get off the couch. But it won't use bicycles. It's tapping existing delivery services from Dynamex and A1.

Amazon nemesis Barnes & Noble already offers same-day delivery, but only in Manhattan. This speedy New York delivery is free for orders of more than $25, $5 a pop for anything less. ®

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