We’ve all been there: You finally find an item you’ve been looking for online, and it’s on sale for $5!
You add it to your cart, go to check out — and realize you have to pay $8 for shipping. It’s not such a good deal anymore.
Here’s another common scenario: You add everything you need to your cart, and the total comes to $25. The site offers free shipping — but only on orders over $50.
Shipping costs often double or even triple the price you pay for small orders — eliminating the savings of shopping online. But if you know where to look, you can get thousands of items shipped for free.
These 17 companies offer free shipping with no minimum purchase. Some of them ship worldwide for free, while others only ship free within the continental U.S. Some also offer free shipping to your local store.
Nordstrom is known for its high-end products, but it offers free U.S. shipping to soften the blow — including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
If that’s not enough, it also offers free returns!
If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you can get free U.S. shipping to any of the 48 contiguous states. Your order will arrive within three to five days, and you won’t spend a penny extra.
Dell also offers a price match guarantee to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
AT&T offers free express shipping on all orders, which normally costs $14.95. Accessory-only orders get free priority shipping, and AT&T will even pay for the return shipping if you choose to send an item back.
If you prefer Verizon for your mobile needs, you’re in luck! It offers free 2-day shipping in the U.S., though only to the contiguous states. If your order contains only accessories, you can get free ground shipping.
If you prefer, Verizon also offers free shipping to your local store, even in Hawaii (sorry, Alaskans; you’re still out of luck here).
If you have a Target REDcard, you’re in for a treat!
In addition to saving 5% off your order, you qualify for free U.S. shipping. Alaska and Hawaii are included, and Target also ships to APO/FPO addresses.
6. Crate & Barrel
Longing for a new addition to your kitchen? Crate & Barrel boasts a wide range of products that all ship free.
As long as you’re in the contiguous U.S., you can snag this deal. Make sure your cart only contains eligible items, or else you’ll have to fork over the shipping cost.
What’s cooler than a pair of slick shades? Free U.S. shipping from Ray-Ban!
Alaska and Hawaii are included, and orders usually arrive within two to three days. If you want to send an item back, you can return it for free.
When is a $10 necklace not a $10 necklace? You guessed it: when you have to pay shipping.
Enter Baublebar. This jewelry hub offers sitewide free U.S. shipping. With every package, it includes a prepaid USPS label for easy returns.
From shoes to handbags, Zappos has a wonderful selection of clothing and accessories, and everything ships free. This includes Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories.
Zappos uses USPS Priority Mail to make sure your order gets to your doorstep in four to five days.
Until 11:59 p.m. PT on November 5, you’ll get free standard shipping and free returns on every order. That’s plenty of time to grab some new gear for school.
If you’re a musician who regularly buys gear, consider buying from Sweetwater. The highly reputable site offers free U.S. shipping on thousands of items.
While APO and FPO addresses qualify, Alaska and Hawaii don’t. Most of the company’s orders ship the same day, so you’ll get your new equipment at lightning speed.
12. Amoeba Music
Need another reason to buy that record you’ve been eyeballing? Free U.S. shipping from Amoeba should do the trick. It offers cost-free USPS media mail shipping for all music and movie formats.
While orders can take 5 to 21 days to arrive, the wait is worth it.
13. Molton Brown
Molton Brown’s wide selection of cruelty-free bath and body products is even cooler because of the free U.S shipping. If you’re in the contiguous states, you’ll receive your order within three to seven days.
Bonus: You’ll get a free 1-ounce sample with every order and a complimentary gift box if you’re buying for someone else.
AbeBooks has a humongous selection of books at unbelievably low prices, and thousands of them qualify for free shipping.
The best part? You can search for books that will ship for free specifically to your corner of the world. The site allows you to search for free shipping to the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and they even have a worldwide option.
Staples has a great in-store selection, but its online selection is even better. If you see something you like, you can have it shipped to your local store at no extra cost. However, oversized items like furniture may not qualify.
16. Ace Hardware
Ace offers a wonderful ship-to-store option for tons of items. Your order will arrive at your local store in one to seven days, and you’ll receive an email confirmation when it’s ready.
Ace will even ship to Alaska and Hawaii, though it will take a little longer. Your local store will hold your orders for five days, so there’s no rush to pick them up.
17. Guitar Center
If you have a Guitar Center store nearby, you can buy online and have your order shipped there for free. It also offers free in-store returns with immediate credit. Certain orders like clearance items and oversized products don’t apply.
Your Turn: Did we miss any of your favorite free shipping options? Share them in the comments so other readers can benefit!
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Ian Chandler is a freelance writer based in Ohio, currently studying English at Kent State University.