Online retailers are beating their physical competitors this holiday season with one key weapon: free delivery.
Of all the online purchases made in the past week, nearly two-thirds have been shipped for free, reported Brad Tuttle of Time.com.
The truth is, we should have added “Online Delivery Fees” to our list of 15 things you should never waste your money on.
These days, almost all retailers offer some sort of option that allows your purchases to be delivered to your door at no additional cost.
Rockstars like Zappos and LL Bean are among the rarest companies to offer free shipping on every purchase, said Tim Chen, CEO of NerdWallet. But most companies will require a minimum purchase before they let you go.
To help track down deals on shipping, Freeshipping.org is a great source. The site stores information about expiration dates, tells you how much to spend to qualify, and lets you search by store name or product, Chen explains.
The site is so popular that more than 2,000 retailers have signed up to participate in Free Shipping Day on December 16th.
Participating sites promise to ship your purchases before Christmas Eve, but every retailer’s exact free shipping offer (and all qualifiers) won’t be available until midnight December 16.
If you can’t wait until then, there are other ways to save on shipping costs while you wait.
Chen recommends joining a club like Amazon Prime that offers free two-day shipping rates for an annual plan. Shoprunner.com has a similar deal and both cost $ 79 per year.
“You won’t have to worry about unexpected shipping charges on your purchases, and you won’t have to wait long for them to arrive at your doorstep,” explains Chen.