Free Shipping Day is December 17th This Year

Posted on November 21, 2009

Free Shipping DayFree Shipping Day is December 17th this year. The official website at says over 335 merchants have already signed up to offer free shipping deals with delivery by Christmas Eve. The site also posted an update about 2008's Free Shipping Day event.
In 2007 online shopping peaked on December 10th, fifteen days before Christmas. Seeing this as a bad thing for online shopping, Luke Knowles of the popular money-saving website had the idea to create a day late in December when merchants would offer free shipping to shoppers with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. He hoped that over time this would convince shoppers that they can shop later into December and have their orders arrive in time for the big day, thus benefiting all involved with online shopping. The first annual Free Shipping Day was Thursday, December 18, 2008.

On December 8, 2008 the website was launched with 25 participating merchants. Over the next ten days hundreds of blogs and websites, newspapers, radio stations and TV networks ran stories about Free Shipping Day. Because of all the media attention Free Shipping Day received, more than 250 merchants ended up participating and the website had more than 250,000 visitors including 105,000 on Free Shipping Day itself.

It's a great idea both for retailers and consumers. Retailers are always looking for extra sales near the end of the holiday season and consumers love free shipping. The free shipping offers will be revealed on the site on December 17th.