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Nothing undermines the thrill of securing an online deal like going to the checkout screen and seeing a shipping fee eating into your savings.
Or having to waste time scouring a website for something else to buy, in order to get your total over the minimum to qualify for free shipping.
A majority of retailers still charge you for the luxury of having your goods delivered to your doorstep, and some occasionally offer free shipping codes, but there are dozens of companies willing to cover the shipping costs no matter how little you spend — meaning the price you see is actually what you pay.
The catch: Many of these online retailers aren’t exactly discount or budget-friendly brands. “Companies do this to entice you to shop with them and, they hope, make you more loyal to them, says consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow, author of Decoding the New Consumer Mind.
In general, high-end stores are more likely to forgo shipping charges, although Money did uncover a couple of budget options as well. The following is a list of all the online retailers we could find that never charge you a shipping fee; where noted, they also offer free returns. (Are we missing any? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Just remember it is always good to comparison shop before you hit that “buy” button — no matter how much you hate shipping fees. The retailer may be making up those mailing costs somewhere else.
Nordstrom: This high-end store sells everything from bedding to designer shoes. It offers free shipping and free returns to anywhere in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Barneys New York: Free shipping will help spare you some of the sticker shock at this luxury store, known for its designer offerings.
Bergdorf Goodman: Given its swanky Fifth Avenue storefront, you can expect the retailer’s online presence to be just as upmarket, selling a plethora of designer goods.
Neiman Marcus: Well-known for its extravagant Christmas catalogue, this luxury department store also offers free shipping and returns.
Billabong: A surfer shop known for for its swimwear and wetsuits, Billabong also offers free shipping and returns on all orders.
Bonobos: This retailer offers a wide selection of dapper formal and casual menswear, with free shipping and free returns.
Cents of Style: Cute yet affordable T-shirts, shoes and colorful accessories.
Chicwish: Test out a new trend with one of this shop’s affordable women’s “fast fashion” pieces.
East Dane: An online emporium selling men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, it also offers free 3-day shipping and returns for any item.
Front Row Shop: It’s been called the Chinese Zara, thanks to its wallet-friendly runway-inspired women’s clothing. Shipping to the U.S. is free, but items will take 15-18 working days to arrive.
Jack Spade: Get free shipping and returns for beautifully designed men’s clothing and accessories.
J.O.A.: Also known by the name Just One Answer, this L.A.-based women’s clothing company creates flirty fashions at affordable prices. All orders come with free shipping and returns.
Kate Spade: Sister brand to Jack Spade, the women’s store offers fun printed dresses, whimsical jewelry and handbags, and a selection of home goods. Expect free returns as well.
Lovers+Friends: This women’s clothing brand exudes California cool, with cute swimwear and date-night dresses.
L.L. Bean: Get outdoor gear for exploring, fishing, hunting, camping, and any other adventure.
Madewell: This brand specializes in women’s denim, but also boasts an entire clothing line including shoes, handbags, jewelry and intimates. To get free shipping, you must sign up for a free Madewell Insider account.
Nylon: Boots embroidered with astrological signs, funny slogan T’s, and other funky threads. Returns are covered as well.
Reformation: Designed in L.A., this fashion brand crafts clothing in small batches from sustainable fabrics.
Revolve: This website stocks hundreds of midrange and designer clothing for women, men, and kids, plus accessories and shoes, with an emphasis on the upscale California beach aesthetic.
SheIn: Trendy and cheap clothing, shoes, accessories, and tons of jewelry, with plenty of stock under $10. Items take 6-8 business days to arrive.
Shopbop: The site features an extensive selection of women’s fashion brands, including clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. All items come with free 3-day shipping and returns too.
Theory: This men and women’s fashion label offers well-cut, minimalist styles.
Trina Turk: All items ship for free — and can be returned for free — at this designer brand, known for its colorful prints and swimsuits.
Universal Standard: This store offers stylish fashions, great fabrics, and mid-range price points for women who are a size 10 to 28. Returns are also free.
Apple: The tech giant provides free shipping on all orders, no matter which iProduct you buy.
AT&T: Get new phones and accessories sent to you without having to pay for shipping.
Dell: Free shipping (and returns) for new computers and accessory products.
Verizon: Free two-day shipping for all Verizon mobile phones and accessories if the order totals $49 or more. Spent less? it will ship in 3-5 days.
Animi Causa: If you’re looking for a perfectly quirky housewarming or hostess gift, this shop offers great kitchen tools, furniture, lighting, even pool toys. Every item ships free worldwide and orders to the U.S. arrive in 12-21 business days.
Crate & Barrel: To be fair, not everything at this modern home accessory and furniture store comes with free shipping, but many items listed on the website come with a no shipping charge perk. So as long you put only free-shipping eligible items into your cart, you shouldn’t have to fork over anything extra.
Inmod: This modern furniture, lighting and home decor company, which specializes in mid-century designs, offers free shipping on everything from small vases to massive headboards.
Ashford: Those in the market for luxury men and women’s watches or jewelry can snap them up from this retailer and have them delivered at no extra cost.
BaubleBar: Cocktail rings, pom-pom earrings, chokers — whatever your costume jewelry craving, you can find it here for less than $50. (And if that statement necklace isn’t right for you after all, you can send it back for free.)
Blue Nile: Buying an engagement ring online can be tricky, but it becomes a little less scary when you know you can ship it and return it for free.
Coach: The luxury leather brand known for its designer handbags won’t charge you for shipping — or for returns.
Fossil: Known for high-quality watches and leather goods, this company offers free shipping and returns on all items.
FY: The website acts a marketplace for unique jewelry, beauty products, and accessories crafted by independent designers. All orders ship free worldwide; for U.S. shoppers, items take 10-12 business days to arrive. If you’re unhappy with an item, you can ship it back for an exchange or refund at no cost too.
Ray-Ban: The iconic sunglass company will mail you a pair with no additional charge, and cover any return shipping costs.
Sunglass Hut: Whether you’re after cat-eye frames or aviators, this sunglass emporium will likely have a pair for you — and no matter which one of the hundreds of frames you opt for, you can expect free two-day shipping and returns.
Zappos: The site can sometimes feel like it’s got every shoe ever made, with listings ranging from luxury shoemakers to brands you can actually afford. You have a year to send back any soles you’re unhappy with, for free.
Hush Puppies: This comfort shoe seller will ship any pair for free within 2-6 business days.
Nine West: This women’s shoe brand offers office-appropriate pumps as well cute date-night heels. To take advantage of its free shipping offer, you must sign up for the free Nine Loves loyalty program.
Shoes.com: Sneakers, sandals, dress shoes, and hiking boots for everyone in the family.
ShoeMall: Based out of Wisconsin, this retailer offers a massive selection of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, as well as accessories and clothing.
Better World Books: Stock up on new and used books at this site, which also uses some of its proceeds to donate books and otherwise support libraries and global literacy programs.
Amoeba Music: Stock up on vintage records and CDs without having to fork over anything extra to get your tunes.
Sweetwater: Try your hand at a new musical instrument or simply get some new guitar strings or audio cables. Either way, the order will ship for free if you live in the contiguous U.S.
DermStore: This skincare destination features expert-curated and -tested skin treatments, spa care and cosmetics. Return shipping is free if you want to make the swap for store credit.
LovelySkin: Skincare junkies can buy beauty products and tools.
MAC Cosmetics: This prominent makeup brand carries everything for your face, from bold lip color to brushes to stay-all day foundation. If any product turns out to be a dud, send it back for free.
Molton Brown: This London-based bath and body product company offers free shipping if you live in the contiguous U.S. Expect to get products in 3-7 days.
Perricone MD: The award-winning skincare brand covers shipping and return costs for its customers.
Smashbox: Known for its primers and face makeup, this cosmetics company won’t charge for delivery.