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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.

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.

PatPatPatPat

Free shipping on orders over $35

Select items only. Ends 9/9/20 at midnight. T&Cs apply.

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JourneysJourneys

Free shipping and 365 days returns

T&Cs apply

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ChewyChewy

30% off your first Autoship order

Then 5% off all future Autoship deliveries. Free shipping on orders over $49.

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FryeFrye

Free shipping on orders over $150

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RaddishRaddish
Exclusive

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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GlossierGlossier

Free shipping on orders over $30

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BarkBoxBarkBox

Free shipping on all orders

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Retailers that offer free shipping

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

Free standard shipping

Free shipping on orders over $50

Gymshark

Free shipping on orders over $150

Watch for free or reduced shipping deals

Showpo

Free shipping on orders over $50

Free shipping on orders over $50

Free shipping on orders over $250

Free shipping for 7 days when you become a member

Free shipping on orders over $40

Free shipping on all orders

Free shipping on all orders

PAIGE Denim

Free ground shipping on all orders

Free shipping on orders over $40

Free shipping on orders over $50

Free shipping on orders over $60

J.Crew

Free shipping on orders over $150

Free standard shipping

Sign up for Shoprunner and enjoy free 2-day shipping

Free shipping on orders over $75

Free shipping on orders over $100

Free shipping on orders over $99

Free shipping on orders over $75

Free shipping on any order

Free shipping & returns

Free shipping on orders over $99

Free shipping on any order

Free shipping on orders over $175

Free shipping on orders over $50

Free shipping on every order for Nike members

Free shipping on orders over $200 or with subscription

Free 2-day shipping for Prime members

eBay

Free shipping varies by seller

Free 2-day shipping available on many items

Free 3-day shipping if you sign up for Newegg Premier

Free shipping on orders over $35

Become a Gold member for free shipping perks

Free 2-day shipping with every order

Free shipping on orders over $30

Free 2-day shipping for a year for just $10

Free shipping on orders over $50

Free shipping on orders over $50

Free 2-day shipping on orders

Free shipping offers vary by item

Free shipping on orders over $49

Some furniture is eligible for free shipping

Free shipping on orders over $49

Free shipping on gifts over $119

ThinkGeek

Free shipping on orders over $75

Free shipping on orders $50+

Free shipping options vary by seller

Instant e-vouchers – no shipping needed

Look for e-tickets that don’t require shipping

Free shipping & returns

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 NordstromShopbop 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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

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

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