Free Shipping Day: December 17

December 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Shopping

Here’s a heads-up on how to get free shipping from online retailers, with delivery promised on or by Christmas Eve.

Free Shipping Day is on December 17, 2012, and over 1,200 stores are currently signed up to give customers free shipping on that day. They say delivery will be by Christmas Eve for addresses in the continental United States. Online merchants taking part include Lands’ End, LL Bean,, Eddie Bauer, The Cook’s Warehouse, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sears, Kohl’s, Harry & David, Best Buy, Radio Shack, REI, Cost Plus World Market, Tory Burch, Zappos, and a whole bunch more.

Many retailers will offer free holiday shipping on all orders. Others will have either a minimum order requirement, or offer free shipping on select items only. On Monday December 17 the full details of all participating merchants and the info on their offers will be shown on the Free Shipping Day website – but you know we’ll remind you too with a post on Monday highlighting some of the best shopping deals. (Subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap – it’s free! – to get our email digest of posts or to read by RSS feed.)

Amazon of course always offers free Super Saver Shipping on orders totaling $25 or more, valid on most items, and their holiday shipping dates show the last day for free Super Saver Shipping is December 18.

I’m always nervous of free shipping so close to Christmas as my Christmas tree has been left with holes under it in the past when the package didn’t roll in till after the Big Day. Now I generally pony up to pay shipping if it’s someone’s main gift, to avoid disappointment. However, the Free Shipping Day folk have said that many merchants will pay for expedited shipping to get it to shoppers by Christmas Eve. How cool is that?

I’d always encourage you to shop from local businesses, but if you shop online at the national retailers anyway, perhaps to send gifts to distant friends or relatives, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save a few dollars on gifts.

–Tania FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.


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