If you prefer to do your holiday shopping online,
procrastination can pay off. Consumers can score free shipping with
guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve and other discounts by waiting
until Free Shipping Day on December 17.
The Kip Tips iPad App
More than 1,100 merchants already have signed up for the event,
which is in its fifth year. Luke Knowles, creator of Free Shipping
Day and founder of FreeShipping.org, says that he expects more than
2,000 merchants -- perhaps even close to 3,000 -- to participate
this year. Knowles expects that most major retailers will
participate. Big-name merchants such as Nordstrom, Best Buy, Barnes
& Noble and Lands' End have already signed on, along with
hundreds of small merchants that sell unique items. The homepage of
lists all the participating merchants, so it's easy to find
retailers you know and discover new ones.
At least 83% of participating retailers will provide free
shipping on all orders, not just for certain items or purchases
above a particular dollar amount. Knowles says that this percentage
is much higher than in previous years. He also expects to see more
discounts from retailers that want to stand out from competitors by
offering more than just free shipping.
The Freeshippingday.com site also will have a new feature called
staff favorites (available only on December 17) that will allow
shoppers to see which merchants have the best free shipping offers.
And it will offer a mobile version of the site available December
17 for people shopping on their smart phones.
Before jumping at a free-shipping deal, though, make sure you're
getting the best price for an item. Use a price comparison site,
, to see whether another retailer is offering a similar item at a
price that's low enough for you to come out ahead even without free
shipping (if it isn't offered).
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