We’ve discussed our thoughts on return shipping from online orders before.  I personally feel that all return shipping should be free.  If you are a non-standard size (short, tall, slim, plus size, etc.), many times retailers force you to shop online to find your size.  This means that you could pay $10 or more just to find out that something doesn’t look good or fit right.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve kept an item I bought online simply because I was stubborn.  “Well, I paid for the shipping fees, so I will make it work.”  Bad attitude, and it led to some seriously ill-fitting clothing.

But there’s good news on the horizon!Nordstrom Free Shipping

Nordstrom announced yesterday that from now on, ALL orders will ship free – no minimums, every day!  Even better, returns are free too!  (There was, however, a note mentioning that international orders do not apply to this program – bummer!)

Rue La La, a well-known sample sale website, also introduced a new shipping program recently. With the new Rue 30 plan, you pay $9.95 shipping once, then receive free standard shipping for 30 days!

From the Rue La La website:

We’re putting on our party hats. Throwing confetti. And definitely making a few impromptu purchases. The Rue 30 is here, it’s new, and we’re so excited to introduce it to our Members. Now when you make a purchase and pay $9.95 for shipping, for the next 30 days your shipping is free.

Other retailers that are shipping-friendly:

  • Asos: Free shipping internationally, but returns are free only in the UK.
  • Zappos: Free shipping and returns
  • Endless.com: Free shipping and returns
  • Piperlime: Free shipping and returns
  • Lands’ End: Free returns (and frequent free shipping codes)

Here’s hoping that more stores will follow Nordstrom’s lead!

What do you think – are retailers finally starting to come around? Do you have any other retailers to add to the ship-friendly list?

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One Response to The Next Big Thing: Free/Discounted Shipping?

  1. Shannon says:

    I think LL Bean has free shipping and returns.

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