Monday, December 13, 2010
Money Monday: Free Shipping Day
Shopping online can get pricey once you include shipping costs, but not if you know when to shop. That's because Friday is free shipping day. 7's Lynn Martinez is here to show us how it works, on tonight's Money Monday.
WSVN - Online shopping takes the stress out of gift giving, until you start adding up the shipping costs.
Cathy Obenour-Duffin: "Some of the sites do get more expensive generally as you do get closer if you're short on time and you have to FedEx it or second day it."
But, this Friday shipping those last-minute presents won't cost a thing, thanks to free shipping day. It starts at 12 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17 and runs to 12 a.m. on the 18th. During this time, whatever you buy from participating merchants ships for free with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.
Luke Knowles, Free Shipping Day: "We started this three years ago for two reasons, we wanted to extend online shopping later into December, because that's what our business is about and also because we wanted to give shoppers, you know, an extra day, kind of like a holiday to save money."
More than 1100 merchants from all over the country are taking part this year, like Miami based Comp-USA/Tiger Direct.
Gilbert Fiorentino, CompUSA, Tiger Direct: "With this program we can let more customers know we are participating, let them know what a great deal they can get."
A quarter million shopped free shipping day merchants last year and organizers expect twice that number this year.
Cristina De Basto of Liba Style says her customers look forward to it.
Cristina De Basto, Liba Style: "I think that the most important is the guarantee that not only you're saving, you're getting your gifts there on time."
And for last-minute online shoppers that's a Christmas present in itself.
Cathy Duffin: "If someone's going to offer the free shipping and you know you're going to get it by that deadline, that's an awesome deal."
Over 1300 merchants are participating in this year's free shipping day and more are expected to sign up this week.
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