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.
35 Stores With Free Shipping
These 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.
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.
Known for its boots and outdoors wear, Timberland offers free standard U.S. shipping on every order.
3. The North Face
The North Face sells outdoor apparel and equipment for men, women and kids. Standard shipping is free on all orders in the U.S.
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!
5. Neiman Marcus
Much like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus is top-of-the-line. But there’s no shipping costs added to their premium offerings, and you’ll have your goods in 3 to 5 business days.
6. Kate Spade
Everyone’s favorite purse label — which also sells clothing, shoes and jewelry, by the way — offers free shipping and free returns in all 50 states, via USPS.
7. Lily Pulitzer
You know this brand for its brightly colored tropical and paisley prints. But did you know Lily Pulitzer offers free economy shipping on all orders in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico?
8. Tiffany & Co.
The most storied jewelry store ever offers free shipping and free returns on every precious order.
This sustainable women’s clothing maker uses the tagline “Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2.” Bonus: It offers free shipping and free returns on all orders.
This men’s clothing and accessories shop distinguishes itself with free shipping and free returns in the U.S.
11. Cents of Style
Cents of Style is an affordable women’s retailer selling clothes, shoes and accessories. Double down on the deals with free shipping all the time.
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.
You probably know Fossil for its watches. But it also has full lines of men’s and women’s clothing, plus bags and jewelry. All of it ships for free in the U.S. and territories, with delivery in 7 to 10 business days.
Enjoy free shipping and free returns on all your sneaker orders.
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. The site also offers free returns for one year.
Zappos uses USPS Priority Mail to make sure your order gets to your doorstep in four to five days.
16. MAC Cosmetics
Makeup, skincare products, kits, makeup tools, fragrances — all MAC products ship for free with standard shipping, which arrives in 2 to 5 business days.
Dermstore, which sells skincare products, makeup and hair care products, offers free standard shipping on all orders — including to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
If the iPad or Mac you’re eyeing is in stock on Apple’s online store, it most likely ships for free. (Excluded are such items as customized Macs and engraved products.) For iPhones you can even get free next-day shipping.
Microsoft will give you free standard shipping on all orders to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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.
Samsung offers free shipping on all order in the contiguous United States, including on big TVs. Mobile devices and accessories default to free expedited shipping.
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.
23. Otter Box
Otter Box makes mobile phone cases, yes. But they also sell outdoor gear including coolers, dry bags and tumblers. All U.S. orders ship free.
24. 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.
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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
8 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping if You Pick Up in Store
These retailers don’t offer free shipping directly to your home without a minimum purchase. But they do let you order online and ship — for free — to one of their stores. Then you pick up your order there.
You can order thousands of different items from Walmart’s website and pick them up for free in a store — many of them same day.
Free two-day shipping from Verizon requires a $49 minimum purchase. But you can pick up your devices in store for free.
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 shipping cost. However, oversized items like furniture may not qualify.
32. 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.
33. Home Depot
More than a million items at Home Depot are available for free in-store pickup, many within a couple hours.
Like its big competitor, Lowe’s also offers free in-store pickup on its many home improvement items.
35. 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.
Ian Chandler is a freelance writer based in Ohio. Senior editor Molly Moorhead contributed to this report.