Shipping fees are often the price you pay for the convenience of shopping at home. But these days, you can easily find retailers dropping shipping charges as a trick to get you to spend more money.
In the 2016 Walker Sands Future of Retail study, 88 percent of survey respondents said free shipping would make them more likely to shop online. If you’ve been raring to scratch that retail itch, but don’t want your shopping cart bogged down with shipping fees, check out these stores offering free shipping.
Amazon shoppers can get free shipping year-round in two ways. The first is to become an Amazon Prime member, which costs $99 per year or $10.99 per month and qualifies you for free two-day shipping on marked items. In eligible zip codes, you can even get free same-day shipping.
If you’re not a Prime member, you can still get free shipping if you purchase $49 or more of eligible items, or $25 of eligible books. This offer is available on orders shipped to any address in the 50 states. Orders will be delivered in five to eight business days.
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The biggest name in electronics also offers free shipping on all items. The iPhone gets free next-day delivery, and all other in-stock products get free two-day delivery. Apple also covers return shipping costs.
3. Best Buy
Best Buy offers free shipping when you purchase $35 or more of qualifying items. Some items even get free two-day shipping. Over the holidays, you can save money at Best Buy with free shipping on orders.
The electronics retailer does not offer free returns unless the reason for the return is due to a store error.
4. Better World Books
Online bookseller Better World Books sells new and used books to fund literacy initiatives. It offers free standard shipping worldwide.
5. Blue Nile
Every order made through jewelry retailer Blue Nile qualifies for free shipping within the U.S. and to select countries. Note that free shipping is one-way only — you are responsible for all return shipping costs.
Men’s clothing retailer Bonobos offers free shipping on online orders and returns made within the U.S. Purchases are shipped via UPS and arrive within one to five business days.
Dermstore, an online beauty emporium, offers free standard shipping within the U.S. and to Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Orders can be expected to arrive within five to eight business days, or less. Return shipping is free.
Fossil offers free shipping within the U.S. Expect your order to process in one to two business days. However, return shipping is not free.
9. L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean offers free shipping to the U.S. and Canada on qualifying orders. Expect items in the contiguous U.S. to arrive within five business days. Return shipping costs $6.50 per package.
10. Mac Cosmetics
Makeup retailer Mac Cosmetics offers free three- to five-day shipping with no minimum order required. The store also covers return shipping costs, on top of exchanges and refunds.
11. Neiman Marcus
Shoppers looking for a broad range of mid- to high-end apparel and home items can enjoy free standard shipping within the U.S. and to U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Shipping takes three to five business days once the order has shipped. Items can also be returned free of charge if returned within 15 days of receipt.
Upscale retailer Nordstrom keeps a simple shipping policy: Most items on its site ship for free to anywhere in the U.S., including Puerto Rico. Free standard shipping does not apply to Nordstrom Rack orders. Shipping is free for returns.
The famed sunglasses brand provides free shipping on orders within the U.S. Returns are free if made within 45 days of receipt of shipment. Ray-Ban does not ship internationally.
This members-only online shopping destination offers free two-day shipping and free returns on qualified orders. Annual membership for ShopRunner is $79, but you can shop from over 140 retailers. It also offers a free 30-day trial, and some American Express cardholders qualify for free membership.
The office supply store offers free shipping on all Staples orders over $14.99 through its free-to-join Staples Rewards loyalty program. Staples also offers free delivery on orders placed at an in-store kiosk, that total $49.99 or more, or include ink, toner or case paper. Best of all, Staples offers a price-match guarantee.
16. Sunglass Hut
Sunglass Hut offers free two-day shipping on all orders made through its online store. To receive the order within two days, make your order by 2 p.m. EST. Sunglass Hut will also cover shipping costs for returns made within 90 days.
Target offers free shipping on orders of $25 or more. You can also use your REDcard to get free shipping and other perks. Items are shipped via standard shipping and typically arrive within three to five business days. Target will also cover shipping for some returns.
The women’s clothing retailer offers free standard shipping on all orders within the U.S. Your order will arrive within four to seven business days. Shipping is also free for all returns made through UPS.
Get free two-day shipping on 2 million of Walmart’s most popular items, from diapers to electronics. Orders must be at least $35.
The online shoe, apparel and accessories retailer offers free shipping and free returns. Standard shipping takes four to five business days. Join the free Zappos Rewards program and enjoy free expedited shipping, plus other benefits.
Elyssa Kirkham contributed to the reporting for this article.