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Today is 'free shipping' day

Today is this year's designated "Free Shipping Day," when as many as 2,000 retailers offer free shipping with delivery promised by Christmas Eve. Many participating retailers offer special discounts on merchandise in addition to free shipping.

Luke Knowles, the event's founder, said the promotion was created in 2008 because online orders typically trailed off earlier in December, since consumers didn't have confidence their orders would arrive in time for Christmas. The free shipping event has helped increase awareness among shoppers that online orders can be placed much later in the month for holiday delivery, he said.

According to Shop.org, an arm of the National Retail Federation, roughly half of retailers will end standard shipping promotions by Dec. 17, although some will go a few days later.

Of course, you don't have to wait for the "official" free shipping day to get free shipping. Some retailers, like L.L. Bean and Nordstrom, offer free shipping year round with no restrictions, while many others offer it with minimum purchase amounts.

Go to http://www.freeshippingday.com for details.

Today is 'free shipping' day 12/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 3:30am]
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