Shopping online? Cheap shipping deadline coming fast

Shopping online? Cheap shipping deadline coming fast
Attention online shoppers: Your first big shipping deadline is just days away.

If you want to buy presents at Internet retailers and have your gifts make it by Christmas without spending extra for rush shipping, better plan to make your purchase by December 17th.

The Web site dealnews.com says a few e-tailers, such as Best Buy, Macy's L.L. Bean, Nordstrom, and Williams-Sonoma will give you a few more days -- and still only charge you for standard shipping.

By the way, this Thursday, December 17 is "Free Shipping Day." There are more than 600 online merchants taking part in this promotion. They'll offer free shipping on some orders placed that day and guarantee delivery before Christmas.

In some cases, there may be a minimum required to get the free shipping, and you need to figure out if it makes more sense to buy less and pay the shipping. Take time to stop and do the math.

You can see all the stores taking part at the Website www.freeshippingday.com.

You'll find lots of familiar names: Omaha Steaks, Godiva Chocolates, Made in Washington, Ritz Camera, ToysRUs and Zappos, just to name a few.

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 2009