Target Now Offering Free Shipping On Orders Of $50 Or More

Target Now Offering Free Shipping On Orders Of $50 Or More

In an effort to cut out a bigger piece of the online retail pie, Target has announced that almost all Target.com orders that total at least $50 will qualify for free shipping. [More]

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Amazon Quietly Ups The Free Shipping Minimum Purchase To $35

For as long as we can remember, Amazon.com’s minimum purchase requirement to qualify for its free super saver shipping was $25, a pretty easy threshhold for many shoppers to reach with perhaps a couple of books or a really nice salad spinner. It’ll be a bit tougher now, however, as Amazon has quietly increased the free shipping amount to $35. [More]

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The Heaviest Item On Amazon To Qualify For Free Shipping: A 1,509-Pound Gun Safe

When shipping is always free after an annual fee, who’s to say where Amazon Prime members will stop shopping? Sure, the company is betting that most members will be shipping smaller, everyday items — but what if you wanted to ship something super heavy, say, a 1,509-pound gun safe? Well, that would be free, too, even though it’d probably cost Amazon a tidy sum to ship. [More]

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Sears Parts Direct: Free Shipping Means We Only Charge You For Shipping Once

A chat customer service representative at Sears Parts Direct advised Jan about which part she should order for her garage door opener. They advised her incorrectly, which she figured out shortly after placing the order. It was too late: the wrong order couldn’t be reversed. A second chat agent offered to order the correct part, with free shipping. Jan interpreted this to mean “we’ll refund your shipping for the first, erroneous part, too.” Not so. [More]

E-Commerce Warehouse Wage Slaves Race Against The Clock To Send Your Crap

E-Commerce Warehouse Wage Slaves Race Against The Clock To Send Your Crap

Consumerist readers, and Americans in general, love having things shipped to us online, but resist paying for the actual shipping. But those aren’t robots pulling your stuff off the shelves shortly after you hit “submit order.” They’re real people, pushed to work at an impossible pace for middling pay, with mandatory overtime. Mother Jones writer Mac Mclelland briefly worked in one such warehouse this past holiday season, pulling books, dildos, and cases of baby food off the shelves. She wrote about the experience. It might make you think twice before placing your next massive online order. Or not.

Amazon Extends Free Shipping Deadline To Woo Last-Minute Christmas Customers

Amazon Extends Free Shipping Deadline To Woo Last-Minute Christmas Customers

If you’re not already shopping online, Amazon is trying to make sure that you do so with them this year, by extending their free shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19. It’s not exactly the equivalent of heading out to find gifts Christmas Eve, but for online shopping, the clock is definitely ticking. [More]

Fine Print In Ad Offering Free Shipping Explains It's Not Actually Free

Fine Print In Ad Offering Free Shipping Explains It's Not Actually Free

Funny how an ad with a big “Free Shipping” graphic can then turn around and warn in the fine print that shipping isn’t included in purchases. Confusing, and exactly what Corey spotted in a promotion for Vistaprint.com. [More]

How To Make Sure Your "Free" Shipping Doesn't Cost Too Much

How To Make Sure Your "Free" Shipping Doesn't Cost Too Much

Online sellers don’t offer free shipping with minimum spending amounts just to be nice. They’re trying to squeeze enough extra purchases out of customers to justify the expense of eating their shipping costs. Savvy shoppers can use such offers to their advantage, but they’ll have to out-smart the rigged system. [More]

Earning Free Shipping Isn't As Cheap As It Used To Be

Earning Free Shipping Isn't As Cheap As It Used To Be

As you click away, happily shopping for Cyber Monday sales, it’s important to realize that you might have to spend more to trigger that free shipping at checkout. While more retailers are offering free shipping this year compared to last year, consumers will likely have to pay a minimum on goods first. [More]

50% Off Amazon Prime Renewals For Students

50% Off Amazon Prime Renewals For Students

Students who signed up last year for a free year of Amazon Prime are getting close to their expiration date. So, Amazon is offering them a renewal for $39, 50% off the regular price of $79. [More]

Shipping Rates And Info For Over 50 Online Retailers

Shipping Rates And Info For Over 50 Online Retailers

Here’s a handy to the shipping rates and free shipping info for over 50 top online retailers. From Amazon to Zappos, they’ve got it all so you don’t have to go digging through the site or go through the entire checkout process just to see what you’ll get charged. Consider it a candidate for your bookmarks list. [More]

Put A Lid On Shipping & Handling Charges

Put A Lid On Shipping & Handling Charges

The price of a clock radio we found at Target.com: $9.99. The cost of shipping and handling said clock: $6.13. That’s reasonable, based on what UPS or the post office would have charged, but who wants to pay two-thirds of a product’s price to have it sent? Especially at holiday time, you’ll want to avoid S&H gotchas. Here’s how: [More]

Walmart Offers Free Shipping

Walmart Offers Free Shipping

Starting today, Walmart.com is offering free shipping on gift items, including toys and gadgets. [More]

Get Amazon Prime Free For 1 Year With .Edu Address

Get Amazon Prime Free For 1 Year With .Edu Address

Amazon is giving students a free year of Amazon Prime, which gives you free two-day shipping and some other nice bonuses. [More]

IKEA Wouldn't Sell Me An In-Stock Item, But It Did Ship It To Me For Free

IKEA Wouldn't Sell Me An In-Stock Item, But It Did Ship It To Me For Free

Responding to last week’s post about a guy who couldn’t get IKEA to sell him a desk it had in plain view because the store does its restocking overnight, Ross writes in with a story of how he found himself in a similar situation. Only Ross came out a winner by guilting the staff into shipping the item to him for free. [More]

See Which Retailers Offer Free Shipping

See Which Retailers Offer Free Shipping

The website istobe offers a daily free shipping report for over 500 online retailers, where you can quickly see whether there’s a minimum purchase requirement or if the retailer offers free shipping at all. It’s a good resource to use as you compare prices, and istobe says they update it daily.

Note The Scare Quotes Around Target's "Free Shipping" In This Headline

Note The Scare Quotes Around Target's "Free Shipping" In This Headline

Lisa ordered a sewing machine and a dress from Target.com and had the silly idea that clicking on the “free shipping” option, purportedly available on orders over $50, would lead to free shipping. Lo and behold, she was stuck with $5 in shipping charges!

Not-So Accurate Free Toys 'R' Us Shipping Promise Makes Reader Shoot Self In Foot

Not-So Accurate Free Toys 'R' Us Shipping Promise Makes Reader Shoot Self In Foot

Toys “R” Us has a clever little “free shipping” trap going on with its Nerf guns, reader Chi writes. The site offers a couple of compelling deals that, when combined together, cancel one another out and pretty much screw you over.