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48 Major Retailers That Offer Free Shipping, and How to Get It

Hint: You'll probably have to spend a minimum amount, and expect to wait awhile for your stuff to arrive.
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Online shopping helps you nab the best deals by making price comparisons a lot easier. But those shipping fees can be downright painful!

Thankfully, a lot of online stores will ship your orders for free, but those bargains often come with limitations. To help you navigate, we've put together a list of 48 retailers that offer free shipping, plus some tips on how these deals work.

Know the Facts About Free Shipping

While some retailers offer slightly better (or worse) deals, here's how free shipping typically works:

  • It will be offered for the slowest shipping option. If you need your items faster, you'll have to pay.

  • It only covers domestic shipping, sometimes within the continental United States only.

  • It's typically not available for bulky items. Some retailers have a specific weight limitation for free shipping.

  • The minimum you'll need to spend to bag free shipping is usually calculated after any discounts and before taxes.

  • Some retailers only offer free shipping promotions at select times of the year. You're most likely to see these offers during the holiday season, but you shouldn't always count on it: while its competitors provided free holiday shipping last year, Walmart stuck with its usual $50 minimum purchase requirement.

SEE ALSO: 50 Retailers That Let You Buy Online and Return In-Store

50 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping

The list below covers retailers that offer free shipping, typically after a minimum purchase, on all items except for those that are large or bulky. Click on the "more details" links to check the exact shipping policies for each store.

Of course this list doesn't cover every retailer that ships for free. In addition to the above retailers that offer free shipping on all (or almost all) items, you'll find some — Sears being a prime example — that offer free shipping on select items. If your preferred retailer is not listed here, look out for free shipping on particular items, or coupons that will give you free shipping on occasion.

Readers, where do you shop online to get free shipping? What are the best free-shipping deals you've found? Let us know in the comments below!


Contributing Writer

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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6 comments
mmendoza
All I know if the deal has minimum purchase for free shipping, that kills the deal for me. It is not worth it spending money with a minimum amount in order to get free shipping, it also keep me not buying unnecessary stuff and instead save money.
cjyap
Of course, If you are ordering on line, but have a store local you can order the minimum amount and simply return the other items you really didn't need. Sometimes if you call and ask, shipping will be waived. I was trying to order at Patagonia, but had problems, so I called and without even asking, they waived the fee. Some stores will allow you to order while at the store, Kohls and Macy's, and that waives the fee. If you have American Express, you qualify for Shoprunner, and the beauty of that site is the stores there are all free shipping for members.
LonnieMcClure
Free "ship to store" options also shouldn't be overlooked, although the in store pickup experience can vary. This can also be advantageous for those that have no one at home during the day to receive packages, and don't want to risk them being left unattended.
joe1512
I do not understand this logic. Shipping is never "free". It is included in the price. You should always comparison shop based on total price, which includes tax possibly and shipping. I mean, why focus on a 30 dollar product with free shipping, if you can get it for 20 bucks +4 shipping from a different seller?

Also, you might not want to spend 50 bucks for free shipping for a 15 dollar item... might be better to pay 12 bucks+5shipping instead of buying 35 bucks of "filler"
streamco
target offers free shopping for red card holders. The debit red card is free and bags you 5% off in store and online orders as well, it connects to your bank and debits your checking account within 2 days of purchase. They also have a credit red card as well, it's a credit card tho.
ski522
If you're a Kohl's MVC card holder, they routinely have free shipping with no minimum. Also there was a time I would not buy online if there were shipping charges, but as time has gone on I realize my time is valuable (You can find a lot of "What is my time worth" via google). Combine the latter with cost of gas to/from a store and many times shipping cost is a lot less then wasting both my time and gas.
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