Last Minute Shipping Deadlines
December 21, 2011 by staff
Last Minute Shipping Deadlines, Not only has free shipping been readily available to online shoppers this holiday season, the deadlines for placing an order shipped for free in time for Christmas have never been closer to the holiday itself. While most stores cut off such free shipping offers earlier this week, several e-retailers are still floating promotions featuring overnight or two-day delivery that’s free-and, most importantly, is guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve.
There is still time for online shoppers to score free shipping on gifts that can be handed over on Christmas Day, but even the worst procrastinators must know that time is seriously running out. In most cases, the late-late deadline for such free shipping deals is Thursday, December 22, but cutoffs vary from site to site. So do the requirements that must be met in order to get free shipping-in many cases, free expedited shipping is only granted to customers who hit a minimum-purchase threshold.
Here are some retailers where free shipping guaranteed for Christmas remains a possibility:
Adorama: All sorts of digital cameras and camcorders from manufacturers such as Canon, Olympus, and Pentax come with free overnight shipping, so long as orders are placed by December 22.
Amazon: Free overnight shipping is available on dozens of electronics, video games, jewelry, and other select gift items, but only if orders are placed by midnight on December 21. Also, all Amazon Kindles come with free two-day shipping-also guaranteed to arrive by December 24-if purchased by 8 p.m. on December 21.
Aveda: Lotions, skin care products, and many gift items come with free overnight shipping if purchased by 11 a.m. on December 22.
Blue Nile: The jewelry specialist offers free FedEx shipping guaranteed to arrive by Saturday, December 24, for orders placed as late as 5 p.m. the day before-but only for purchases of $500 or more. For purchases under $500, overnight priority delivery is available for $5.50.
Garnet Hill: All orders placed by 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, get an upgrade for free shipping guaranteed to arrive by December 24.
MacMall: Orders of Apple products and other electronics come with free overnight shipping, provided two stipulations are met: The purchase has to be over $299, and the cutoff time is 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. Pacific) on Thursday, December 22.
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