25 retailers with free shipping — no matter how little you spend

Free Shipping? More Like Not-So-Free Shipping

Recently, Amazon decided yet again to hike the minimum amount you need to purchase to qualify for free shipping. Doing so has brought attention to the retail giant's competitors with lower minimums.

Amazon's minimum is now $49 — a 40 percent increase — while Target, for example, requires online shoppers to spend a minimum of only $25 at a time to qualify for free shipping. Walmart and Best Buy have $35 minimums.

But there are also plenty of online stores that continue to ship for free — no purchase minimum or promo code is required. We've identified 25 of them.

Sure, these retailers can't compete with Amazon, as they tend to sell a limited range of product types with prices ranging from moderate on up. But they sell items that are also offered on Amazon.

So check this list before you next shop Amazon for items that total less than $50.

And don't forget to check a cash-back portal like Ebates as well. You'll likely save money because most of the 26 sites highlighted below partner with Ebates, which essentially pays you to shop online. (Such shopping portals get a commission from stores when you make a purchase, and Ebates opts to share a percentage of that money with you.)

Just sign up for an account, which is free and requires you to provide only an email address. Then, visit Ebates.com before shopping online. That's it.

For example, if you want to earn cash back while shopping at Nordstrom, instead of going directly to Nordstrom.com, visit Ebates' Nordstrom page and click on the orange "Shop Now" button.

Now, on to the retailers that offer free shipping on all purchases. It is important to note that in most cases, it is only "standard shipping" that is free. Also, free rates may not apply in Alaska and Hawaii:

  1. Ashford, an online-only retailer that sells designer watches for men and women
  2. Asics, a brand of athletic shoes and clothing for men, women and children
  3. Barneys New York, an upscale department store
  4. BaubleBar, an online-only retailer that sells women's fashion jewelry
  5. Bergdorf Goodman, an upscale department store
  6. Blue Nile, an online-only retailer that sells fine jewelry for men and women
  7. Coach, a designer brand of bags and other accessories for men and women
  8. Dell, a retailer that sells computer, electronics and accessories
  9. DermStore, an online-only retailer that sells makeup, skin care and hair care products
  10. Hush Puppies, a comfort-shoe brand for men, women and children
  11. Jack Spade, a designer brand of clothing and accessories for men
  12. Kate Spade, a designer brand of clothing, shoes and accessories for women and children, as well as home decor
  13. L.L.Bean, a brand of clothing and shoes for men, women and children as well as luggage and outdoor equipment, including hunting and fishing gear
  14. LovelySkin, a dermatologist-owned retailer that sells makeup, skin care and hair care products
  15. Madewell, a retailer that sells women's jeans as well as other women's clothing, shoes and accessories
  16. Molton Brown, a British brand of bath and body products
  17. Neiman Marcus, an upscale department store
  18. Nordstrom, an upscale department store
  19. Perricone MD, a dermatologist-backed brand of skin care products
  20. Philips, a brand of personal care, baby and household products
  21. Ray-Ban, a brand of sunglasses and eyeglasses
  22. Smashbox, a brand of makeup
  23. Sunglass Hut, a retailer that sells sunglasses for men and women
  24. Theory, a brand of clothing, bags and accessories for men and women as well as shoes for women
  25. Zappos.com, an online-only retailer that specializes in shoes for men, women and children but also sells clothing and accessories for men, women and children as well as handbags

Related: Hacks to save money while shopping online

Money-saving online shopping hacks
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25 retailers with free shipping — no matter how little you spend

1. Clear your browser history

Some retailers might sneakily increase prices based on your browsing patterns and demand - so make sure to always clear your history and cookies before shopping! 

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2. Use an alternate email address

When you log in to a retailer's site with a new email address, retailers will often welcome you as a new customer with exciting new promotions and discounts. 

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3. Note price changes throughout the week

Another pro tip: Prices and deals can fluctuate based on the day of the week. For instance, if you're purchasing a flight, monitor prices for around a week to see if they take a dip on any particular day before purchasing. 

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4. Let items linger in your cart

Here's a hack: Add items to your cart, but let them sit for 24 hours before purchasing. The retailer might attempt to lure you back with additional discounts.

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5. Check out multiple sites

Do some research! Don't settle for the first price you see - poke around on a search engine and find the best deal. 

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6. Bargain with customer service

Use customer service to your advantage. If you ask (politely!) about an expired coupon, you'll often find yourself pleasantly surprised by an extension or new code! 

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7. Don't purchase impulsively

Try this shopping hack - don't buy that shiny, new toy right away. Step away for a few hours, and if you find yourself itching to go back and click 'purchase', then you know you won't regret your investment!

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8. Avoid shipping fees

Take advantage of free shipping! If you are a few dollars below the free shipping price point, add a low-cost filler item you need anyway (like socks!) and make the math work out in your favor. 

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