NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Free Shipping Day has become an annual tradition for the holiday shopping season. Started in 2008 by FreeShipping.org, the event attracts nearly 2,000 online merchants who offer some sort of free shipping on the designated day.
Today is Free Shipping Day 2011, and the site says that 1,876 retailers are participating this year. But not all free shipping offers are created equally: While some are offering free shipping on all orders with no minimums, others have minimum purchase requirements. Meanwhile, the shipping deadline for Christmas Eve delivery has passed for some retailers, so be careful to check estimated delivery times to make sure your package will be under the tree on Dec. 25.
With that said, many retailers have not only done away with minimum purchase requirements but have also gone the extra mile and used Free Shipping Day as an excuse to offer a special discount for online shoppers. Here are a few of the online retailers making a particularly strong case for your dollars today.
The Children’s Place: The retailer’s deadline for Christmas delivery doesn’t come until Monday at 1 p.m. EST, so you have plenty of time to shop. And if you place your order today you’ll not only get free shipping on all purchases, but you’ll also get 25% off your purchase. Just use the coupon code N7F2011.
Land’s End: As long as you’re shipping to the 48 contiguous states and you’re not getting anything monogrammed, an order placed by Tuesday will arrive in time for the holidays. The retailer is also offering 40% off and free standard shipping on all orders until Monday at 11:59 p.m. CST. You may need to use the coupon code DONNER to get the deal.
J.Crew: The clothing retailer is offering free shipping until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight. As an added bonus, you’ll get 30% off your entire purchase – just use the coupon code CHEER. The shipping deadline isn’t until Monday, so you’re in the clear as far as Christmas delivery goes.
Pfaltzgraff: The kitchen goods retailer offers free shipping with no minimums today, and orders are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. You’ll also get 25% off any one item when you use the coupon code AFF25OFFONE.
Shoes.com: The site always ships for free (and even covers return shipping), so the site’s participation is a given. But it goes a step further by offering 20% off site-wide with the coupon code HOLIDAY20. Note that many shoe brands are excluded from the offer, so see the website for details. Orders placed by Wednesday are eligible for the discount, and will arrive in time for Christmas.
For the full list of participating retailers and their Free Shipping Day promotions, visit FreeShippingDay.com.