There is a lot of buzz lately about the rising cost of shipping and how free shipping isn't really free anymore. In fact, retailers are inflating the minimum order threshold to qualify for free shipping and that makes us spend more!
Consume expert Andrea Woroch stops just before Free Shipping Day, December 16th with some helpful tips around this
Last minute shoppers have reason to celebrate: Tomorrow is Free Shipping Day when over 2,200 retailers will free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve, which means there is still plenty of time to wrap up last minute gift needs without dealing with crowded malls or paying for rush shipping.
READ THE FINE PRINTMore than 75% of e-Retailers will offer free shipping with no minimum on Free Shipping Day but some will require an order threshold be met to qualify. Also make sure that sale or clearance items aren't final sale.
REVIEW RETURN AND EXCHANGE POLICIESRetailers change return and exchange policies during the holidays: find out if there are return shipping charges, re-stocking fees or if the product can be returned/exchanged at the brick and mortar location. All important information when gifting.
GRAB THE CODES FROM FREESHIPPINGDAY.COMThese free shipping day offers will be shared as coupon codes listed on FreeShippingDay.com. Check the site now to find out who is participating but check again late tonight or first thing tomorrow to find out about the deals on top of the free shipping! And always compare free shipping offers among the thousands of retailers participating on Free Shipping Day.
COMPARE PRICESDon't assume the lowest price just because it's marked in read. Still compare prices among the many retailers that are participating on Free Shipping Day. Use PriceGrabber.com for instant comparison from multiple retailers and feel free to call the customer service hotline or chat with live sales rep to see if they will price match.
SKIP EXTENDED WARRANTIES If you are buying a big ticket item, you will be prompted to add an extended warranty to your purchase. It's best to avoid buying this because you don't get what you pay for and most items won't need repair within that extended period. Instead, pay with a credit card that double the manufacturer warranty.
BE CYBER SAFEDon't shop on public networks found at coffee shops, libraries or airports where hackers can easily steal your bank or credit card information. And only shop from reputable retailers listed on FreeShippingDay.com because some phony offers may be lurking.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times