Online Holiday Shipping Deadline Looms

Holiday shipping offers set to expire

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Most holiday shipping offers are set to expire on or before December 18, according to a new study by Shop.org and BIGresearch.

Nearly two thirds (62.3%) of retailers’ shipping deadlines for Christmas delivery will fall on or before December 18, with 34 percent of shipping deadlines occurring on December 18 itself.

Many of the busiest online shopping days of the year are set to take place this week as shoppers go online to make holiday purchases in order to meet impending shipping deadlines.

"Online shoppers don’t need to deal with long lines, store hours or winter weather, but they do need to plan ahead," said Scott Silverman, Executive Director of Shop.org.


"To entice online shoppers on a budget, many retailers will offer special sales and promotions as shipping deadlines near."

Shoppers looking to save on shipping should also be aware of December 18, as 17.9 percent of retailers said that would be the last day they would offer a free shipping promotion for holiday gifts.

According to shop.org’s eHoliday survey, released in October, the majority (79.4%) of online retailers will offer free shipping with conditions at some point during the holiday season, while more than half (57.4%) also plan to offer free shipping without conditions. The popular promotion is one element driving shoppers online, with 33.1 percent of holiday shoppers planning to spend more on the Internet this holiday season because of free shipping.

"In this economy, shoppers are taking a look at the entire purchase price – including shipping – before deciding where to shop," said Phil Rist, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, BIGresearch.

"Though free shipping isn’t "free" for retailers, companies know these promotions can set themselves apart from their competition and are relying on them more heavily to bring in shoppers."

For shoppers who miss standard shipping deadlines they may be still able to use expedited shipping from some retailers. More than half (54.2%) of online retailers will offer overnight shipping options for Christmas delivery through December 23.

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  • http://www.SALE.com VivatSALE

    Ah, the December 18 deadline seems to be true! I saw that there’s something called “Free Shipping Day,” which is December 17, 2009 (http://www.freeshippingday.com/). SALE.com has put together a list of holiday shipping deadlines for your favorite stores: http://bit.ly/4VDArF and will soon put together another list just for Free Shipping Day.

    If anyone needs help finding out about shipping deadlines or anything shopping related, feel free to contact me us on Twitter – @VivatSALE or @SALEcom. We’d be more than happy to help!

  • http://www.chaudierelodge.com Ontario Fishing Lodge

    UGH I didn’t even think so this – i better get on that. I was bragging to everyone I wouldn’t be leaving my house to go shopping this year…but totally forgot about shipping deadlines, some are even earlier than the 18th…ugh.

  • Vivian

    Free shipping is at its pick with sellers listed in major shopping sites offering this deal for holiday gifts. One such site is Onewayshopping.com ( http://www.onewayshopping.com ). But deadline ends today.

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