The move ups the ante for other big retailers as Target tries to make up for last year’s slow holiday sales and credit hack mess. Last year Walmart made this same announcement where currently they’re offering 6-9 day free shipping on $50+ purchases. We’ll see if they follow Targets lead.
Free shipping has a huge influence on online purchases. According to a new WSJ story, nearly half of shoppers surveyed said the have abandoned their cart because they didn’t qualify for free shipping. In fact, the majority of online shoppers will add extra items to their cart in order to qualify (meet spending thresholds) for free shipping. This behavior has caused some retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart to raise the spending threshold.
Today, almost 9 out of 10 retailers offer some sort of free shipping option or flat rates. Smart shoppers will stack cash back and other qualifying coupons and/or promo codes to really sweeten the savings. Many stores offer free returns, too! As always, some exclusions may apply, but here is a short list of top retailers free shipping options, including ):
Top 20 FREE SHIPPING w/no minimum
Apple Store (iPods, iPads and iPhones)
L. L. Bean
Linens ‘n Things
Musicians Friend (free std, flat $4.95 3-5 day ground)
Sports Authority (shoes and clothes)
Target (all online orders through Dec. 20, 2014)
The Body Shop
Top 20 FLAT RATE / SHIPPING Thresholds
Amazon Free over $35
Amazon Prime / FREE 2 day shipping for members ($99/year)
Ann Taylor $8.95, Free with $175+
Banana Republic $7, Free over $50w
Best Buy Free over $35 Children’s Place $5
Drugstore.com $5.95, Free over $25
Gander Mountain Free over $50
Gap $7, Free over $50
Kohl’s (free shipping for Kohl’s Card holders + $10 Kohl’s Cash w/$50+ purchases)
Levi’s Free with $100+
Macy’s $9.95, Free over $99
Moosejaw $5.95, Free over $50
Nike Store Free with $75+
Old Navy $7, Free over $50
Target (see above) Free over $50 or free with Target Red Card purchases
Sears Free over $59
Ulta $5.95, Free over $50
Urban Outfitters $10, Free over $60
Walmart 6-9 day free shipping on order $50+
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