When is Free Shipping Day 2017?
If you’ve been wondering when Free Shipping Day is this year you’re not the only one. Plenty of people will be taking advantage of the day to get some of their last-minute Christmas shopping done without having to pay the cost to send it.
This year Free Shipping Day is on Friday, December 15, 2017. According to the official Free Shipping Day website, there are approximately 705 participants in this year’s events and retailers are continuing to join the Free Shipping Day event.
What Retailers Are Participating in Free Shipping Day?
If you’ve been wondering, “when is free shipping day” you’ve likely also been wondering what retailers are participating in the event. There are some HUGE names, including:
- Barnes & Noble
- Ashley Stewart
- Tommy Hilfiger
- The Limited
- American Eagle
- Lane Bryant
- Neiman Marcus
- Russell Stover
- Toy R Us
- Babies R Us
- New York & Company
- Bass Pro Shops
- T.J. Maxx
These are only a few of the biggest names participating in this year’s Free Shipping Day. It is likely that online retailers such as eBay and Amazon will also participate in the event as they did last year. You don’t have to wait until December every year to get free shipping though.
How to Get Free Shipping Year-Round
Free Shipping Day isn’t the only day you can get free shipping throughout the year. Many retailers offer free shipping on certain orders, certain days or even orders over a certain amount (usually $50).
For example, if you have an Amazon Prime account you can get free same-day shipping throughout the year. Of course, Prime costs $9.95 per month so if you aren’t using the other Prime services and aren’t buying enough to save $10+ per month on shipping, it probably isn’t worth your time.
Another retailer that often offers free shipping on certain items throughout the year is eBay. Usually, it is up to the seller’s discretion whether they will charge shipping or not but for sales over $50, sellers tend to ship for free. Additionally, if you buy manufacturer-refurbished items on eBay shipping is also usually free.
Larger retailers like Walmart, Target, Costco and big-name stores oftentimes offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more. If you’re already planning on spending $50+ then you’ll be able to take advantage of the free shipping. If you enjoy waiting until Free Shipping Day each year, however, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
How to Prepare for Free Shipping Day
There are a few things you can do to prepare for Free Shipping Day to get the most out of the day.
Before Free Shipping Day on December 15, you’ll want to make a list of people you still have to shop for. Once you’ve got your list put together and the items you plan to get each person you’ll want to scout out the best deal for that item. For example, if Walmart has the PlayStation 4 Pro cheaper than Target you’ll want to shop there instead.
After you’ve scouted all the best deals, make sure those retailers are participating in Free Shipping Day (most are). If the retailer is not participating in the event see whether saving on shipping will be worth switching to a more expensive retailer for your item.
Additionally, be prepared for retailer websites to be a little bit slower on Friday due to the Free Shipping Day event. The event lasts for a full 24 hours though, with some retailers offering free shipping through the end of the holiday season. Happy Shopping!