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Free shipping and online shopping: What you need to know

Shopping online is that much better when you don’t have to pay for shipping.


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Nothing completes an online sale faster than seeing the words ‘free shipping’. One of the biggest advantages of online shopping is the convenience, so it’s a bonus when that convenience doesn’t come with costs you wouldn’t have to pay while shopping at a store – namely delivery costs.

Free shipping with promo codes

Promo codes are a great way to score free shipping. Browse through our deals pages for a complete list of all the latest deals. See below for the latest free shipping codes.

Some sites, such as Showpo, will only offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount, while other sites, like ASOS, will offer free shipping on any purchase. You can often find coupon codes for free express shipping.

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Save $15 on a 6 month membership at checkout!

Raddish brings the whole family together in the kitchen and at the table. Teach kids to cook with these fun and educational kitchen kits. Free shipping.

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U Beauty U Beauty

20% off + free shipping for new subscribers

Free shipping on subscriptions. U Beauty plants a new tree with each order. T&Cs apply.

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20% off orders totaling $600 or more

Limited time special offer. Free shipping. T&Cs apply.

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Amerisleep Amerisleep

Save 30% on your total mattress purchase

Free shipping. T&Cs apply.

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Amerisleep Amerisleep

Up to $1500 off bed packages

Pair an adjustable bed and Amerisleep mattress for ultimate savings. Receive a 100-night, zero-risk sleep trial (mattress only), free shipping, plus free in-home setup (adjustable bed only) and extended warranty. Promo automatically applied at checkout. T&Cs apply.

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$80 off over your first 5 meal subscription boxes

Plus free shipping on your first box. Limited time only.

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Save up to 70% on thousands of items + free shipping on everything

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Retailers that offer free shipping

Below is a table which shows the featured retailers on which have free shipping and any considerations with this.

RetailerFree Shipping Offer
AmerisleepFree standar shipping
BoohooFree shipping on orders over $50
GymsharkFree shipping on orders over $150
PrettyLittleThingWatch for free or reduced shipping deals
ShowpoFree shipping on orders over $50
AthletaFree shipping on orders over $50
AllSaintsFree shipping on orders over $250
Rue La LaFree shipping for 7 days when you become a member
ASOSFree shipping on orders over $40
SuperdryFree shipping on all orders
TopshopFree shipping on all orders
PAIGE DenimFree ground shipping on all orders
Forever 21Free shipping on orders over $40
Urban OutfittersFree shipping on orders over $50
Nasty GalFree shipping on orders over $60
J.CrewFree shipping on orders over $150
JourneysFree standard shipping
American Eagle OutfittersSign up for Shoprunner and enjoy free 2-day shipping
UniqloFree shipping on orders over $75
Free PeopleFree shipping on orders over $100
Saks Off FifthFree shipping on orders over $99
Century 21Free shipping on orders over $75
TargetFree shipping on any order
Macy'sFree shipping on orders over $99
ZapposFree shipping on any order
SneakersnstuffFree shipping on orders over $175
YOOXFree shipping on orders over $50
NikeFree shipping on every order for Nike members
U BeautyFree shipping on orders over $200 or with subscription
AmazonFree 2-day shipping for Prime members
eBayFree shipping varies by seller
WalmartFree 2-day shipping available on many items
NeweggFree 3-day shipping if you sign up for Newegg Premier
Best BuyFree shipping on orders over $35
FTD.comBecome a Gold member for free shipping perks
BluemercuryFree 2-day shipping with every order
GlossierFree shipping on orders over $30
SephoraFree 2-day shipping for a year for just $10
The Body ShopFree shipping on orders over $50
UltaFree shipping on orders over $50
Home DepotFree 2-day shipping on orders
HorchowFree shipping offers vary by item
Pier 1 ImportsFree shipping on orders over $49
Bed, Bath & BeyondSome furniture is eligible for free shipping
WayfairFree shipping on orders over $49
AdrenalineFree shipping on gifts over $119
ThinkGeekFree shipping on orders over $75
EtsyFree shipping options vary by seller
Cloud 9 LivingInstant e-vouchers – no shipping needed
SeatGeekLook for e-tickets that don’t require shipping

What is free shipping?

Sending anything comes with a cost, especially when you’re sending something overseas. Usually, a retailer won’t offer free shipping or won’t be able to absorb the associated costs, so you’ll need to pay the delivery fee. Delivery fees can vary according to how heavy the item is, where it’s coming from and how quickly you need it.

Many online retailers now offer free shipping on items bought through their stores. These can be offered in a range of different ways, some designed to encourage you to spend more and others designed to get you coming back. Read on to learn more about the most common ways you’ll find free shipping online.

How does it work?

Below are the most commonly found free shipping offers on the internet.

Free shipping on all orders

These retailers offer free shipping on all orders made through them. Generally speaking this will be through regular couriers or mail services, with optional express postage services attracting fees.

Retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop and City Chic offer free shipping on all US orders.

Free shipping on orders over a certain value

Many retailers employ a free shipping offer when you spend over a certain amount of money. Retailers like Boohoo and Showpo offer free shipping for purchases of over $50, whereas other retailers may set a higher purchase values.

Free shipping on selected products

As part of temporary promotions, some online stores will give you free shipping on a specific range of items. This is offered as an incentive for increased sales.

Free shipping considerations

One key thing to remember here is that shipping is never free to retailers. They may try to raise the price of the item to cover the cost of including free shipping, so ensure that the price of the item you’re buying isn’t inflated and carry out a comparison on similar sites first.

Ask why a certain range of products has free shipping offered on it. Is it an inferior product which isn’t selling well? Do some research on any products you’re not sure about before you buy them.

If you log online to buy something don’t be lured into extra purchases just to get free shipping unless your order would cost more without qualifying for free shipping.

For example, if a store has free shipping for purchases of over $100 and you have an order of $85, do some maths. If shipping is $20, this will come to a total cost of $105. If you instead find some items and add them to your cart until it reaches $100 worth of value you’ll not only save $5 but get an extra or better item.

Pros and cons of free shipping


  • You don’t pay extra for your item, so you get a further saving (especially when buying items from overseas!)
  • Some retailers offer free express shipping, so you’ll get your items for free and quickly


  • Items may be inflated in price because of the free shipping
  • Conditional free shipping may encourage you to spend more

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