Free Shipping Day: Good or Bad for the Savers?

For those of you that don’t know, today is free shipping day. Not every merchant on the planet is a part of free shipping day, but most of the ones you shop at are. This means that you can jump onto their webisite and order anything from their inventory, not pay any shipping fees and get your last minute package by Christmas eve.

How it all got started

The short story is that a guy named Luke Knowles concieved free shipping day in 2008 and with a small team originally at organized and petitioned merchants to get involved and offer free shipping to their customers one day a year.

The response by merchants, media and customers was huge. No one could have anticipated this but over 700 merchants particpated in the free shipping day for 2009. It has now become a tradition and more and more merchants get involved every year. This year, the Free Shipping Day team is shooting for over 1000 participating merchants and more media coverage, publicity and participation.

It’s a great idea!…

Free shipping is a great idea. Personally, I do most of my shopping online and a large factor in what I buy and don’t buy comes down to free shipping. I know it sounds silly that I will pass up on a sale if there is no free shipping but I’d prefer that $5 or $10 dollars goes into purchasing my product and not delivering it.

This day means that those of us that are still doing a bit of last minute Christmas have one last chance to get our shopping done and still get it to our doorstep and under our tree before Christmas while saving a little cash.

…with a catch

Free shipping is awesome but I can’t help but think it is yet another ploy to get us to buy just a little bit more during the holiday season. Some people don’t really need any extra incentive to go overboard during the season but those of us that are cost conscious and try to save and be frugal during the holidays – those of us that are concerned with our future beyond Christmas morning are who this gift of free shipping day is targeted at.

It seemes every year that the holiday season is morphed into more and more of a shopping spree and every year the deals and their dates get extended while they are always sold as a one time deal. Some of my favorite retailers are even getting in on the farce, with one 72 hour lightning sale after another. I’m kind of getting sick of them crying wolf and have yet to see the sales slow down, or at least the promotion for them. I have noticed that while the deal emails keep coming, the prices keep going up higher and higher and retailers are betting on us breaking under the pressure of constant bombardment.

I suggest instead of taking advantage of free shipping day, keep your money where it belongs. Spending your money on your family at home and don’t get caught up in the one time special of free shipping. Buy some hot cocoa, some treats and warm goodies, bake some f resh foods and sit at home with the ones you love.

Will you be taking advantage of free shipping day?

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8 People have left comments on this post

» MoneyConeNo Gravatar said: { Dec 17, 2010 - 01:12:16 }

Didn’t realize there was a story behind this movement! I do most of my shopping via Amazon and like you said, if an item doesn’t have free shipping, I pass.

I’m going to sit back and enjoy the snow!

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

😉 You rock, that’s the best thing to do especially around here..the temp is sitting at 20 degrees with wind chill!

» Kay Lynn @ Bucksome BoomerNo Gravatar said: { Dec 18, 2010 - 09:12:17 }

I already had my shopping done so didn’t take advantage of free shipping yesterday. So many retailers have been offering free shipping for the entire month, that it seemed a non-event.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Very true, with the wide spectrum of great online retailers you can almost always find free shipping on what you need anyway. Good for you on having your shopping all done though! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

» Kevin @ Thousandaire.comNo Gravatar said: { Dec 20, 2010 - 08:12:27 }

I didn’t get free shipping, but Eddie Bauer said they’d make sure my gift is delivered by Dec 24th with the standard shipping rate as long as I order before Wednesday. That was good, because I was thinking I’d have to expedite the shipping.

You can’t be mad at a company for offering free shipping. It just saves you money if you want to buy. You don’t have to.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Oh I’m not mad, I love free shipping. I’m more frustrated by the flow of “special sales” and gimmicks around Christmas time to milk a tiny bit more money out of us before the end of the year.

» krantcentsNo Gravatar said: { Dec 23, 2010 - 03:12:32 }

Thanks for the info. Free shipping is good marketing. Whenever I buy on the Internet, I always look for free shipping. I usually use shopping bots to find the lowest overall cost on an item (including shipping & tax).

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

It’s great that we now have the ability to employ computers in our price comparison research.

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