Shopping from the convenience of your computer allows you to plan ahead, explore all of your options for the best price and (hopefully) make smart buying decisions—but excessive shipping costs sometimes trump all of that due diligence. As you stock up on essentials for the new season, do yourself (and your savings account) a favor, and opt for online retailers who offer the convenience of both free shipping and returns. Here’s a list of 16 stores to get you started—fine print included.
Nordstrom offers a wide variety of women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, accessories and beauty products. Their standard free shipping will arrive within 3-6 business days.
This site features apparel, shoes, outdoor gear, luggage and home décor. All deliveries to the United States and Canada will receive free shipping automatically, and L.L. Bean sends customers a prepaid shipping label for returns.
Zappos offers up shoes, clothing, home and beauty items—as well as free shipping on all domestic orders, arriving within 4-5 business days. If you shop with Zappos, you’re guaranteed a full refund on returns.
This apparel, beauty and home brand uses free standard delivery. Residents in Alaska and Hawaii won’t incur any extra cost, but their items do take longer to arrive. A prepaid label comes with each package, and return shipping is free—but only if completed within 15 days.
6PM sells shoes, clothing and accessories and offers free shipping and full refunded returns—if completed within 30 days.
This watch and jewelry brand uses free ground shipping to continental U.S., P.O. Boxes, APOs and FPOs. This offer does not apply to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico. Ashford does allow free returns with the option of store credit.
ShoeBuy features shoes and clothing and offers free ground shipping and free returns with a prepaid label.
This clothing, beauty and household retailer ships for free and allows free return shipping by offering a prepaid label. One catch: Barneys cannot ship to P.O. Boxes.
This site—which offers shoes and clothing—uses free economy shipping and sends a free shipping label with the package. Online Shoes offers another perk by allowing customers to return for up to a year later.
This shoes and accessories store allows free standard shipping, but the return label will deduct $6.95 from your refund if an item is sent back. So sure, it’s not technically free, but the automatic deduction is at least a convenience.
This shoes and accessories site uses free ground shipping, but does not ship to P.O. Boxes, APOs or FPOs. A free return shipping label is included and applies for 60 days.
Shopbop is a clothing, shoes and accessories brand with free ground shipping. The brand can ship free to APOs and FPOs, but cannot ship to P.O. Boxes. The returns are free with a prepaid label if sent within 15 days.
Sunglass Hut uses free standard shipping, and returns are free if completed within 90 days.
This watch and sunglass retailer ships free to all U.S. destinations, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. World of Watches will ship to APO and FPO addresses, and returns are free for 30 days.
The shoes and accessories brand offers free standard shipping with the exception of Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. This offer is unavailable for APOs, FPOs and P.O. Boxes. Returns are free at any time after your package arrival.
This men’s apparel site has both free shipping and returns. You may return an item within 90 days for a full refund. Beyond that 90 days, you can receive store credit or exchange an item for up to 365 days after your purchase.
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