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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.
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.
|Retailer||Free Shipping Offer|
|Boohoo||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|Gymshark||Free shipping on orders over $150|
|PrettyLittleThing||Watch for free or reduced shipping deals|
|Showpo||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|Athleta||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|AllSaints||Free shipping on orders over $250|
|Rue La La||Free shipping for 7 days when you become a member|
|ASOS||Free shipping on orders over $40|
|Superdry||Free shipping on all orders|
|Topshop||Free shipping on all orders|
|PAIGE Denim||Free ground shipping on all orders|
|Forever 21||Free shipping on orders over $40|
|Urban Outfitters||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|Nasty Gal||Free shipping on orders over $60|
|J.Crew||Free shipping on orders over $150|
|American Eagle Outfitters||Sign up for Shoprunner and enjoy free 2-day shipping|
|Uniqlo||Free shipping on orders over $75|
|Free People||Free shipping on orders over $100|
|Saks Off Fifth||Free shipping on orders over $99|
|Century 21||Free shipping on orders over $75|
|Target||Free shipping on any order|
|Macy's||Free shipping on orders over $99|
|Zappos||Free shipping on any order|
|Sneakersnstuff||Free shipping on orders over $175|
|YOOX||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|Nike||Join NikePlus for free shipping on every order|
|Amazon||Free 2-day shipping for Prime members|
|eBay||Free shipping varies by seller|
|Walmart||Free 2-day shipping available on many items|
|Newegg||Free 3-day shipping if you sign up for Newegg Premier|
|Best Buy||Free shipping on orders over $35|
|FTD.com||Become a Gold member for free shipping perks|
|Bluemercury||Free 2-day shipping with every order|
|Glossier||Free shipping on orders over $30|
|Sephora||Free 2-day shipping for a year for just $10|
|The Body Shop||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|Ulta||Free shipping on orders over $50|
|Home Depot||Free 2-day shipping on orders|
|Horchow||Free shipping offers vary by item|
|Pier 1 Imports||Free shipping on orders over $49|
|Bed, Bath & Beyond||Some furniture is eligible for free shipping|
|Wayfair||Free shipping on orders over $49|
|Adrenaline||Free shipping on gifts over $119|
|ThinkGeek||Free shipping on orders over $75|
|Etsy||Free shipping options vary by seller|
|Cloud 9 Living||Instant e-vouchers – no shipping needed|
|SeatGeek||Look 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.
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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