Oz shoppers not so worse off while the US enjoy “free shipping day”

By Roisin Kelly-Goldsmith ·

In the days after Thanksgiving this year, savvy shoppers around the world took advantage of outrageous “black friday” and “cyber Monday” deals. But you probably haven’t heard of “free shipping day”, the retail day in the US that kicks off tomorrow where websites are encouraged to offer free postage on all online orders.

While Aussies won’t get the chance to reap the benefits from what the US is offering, it can be an inspiration to opt for brands that offer free shipping anyway. They are after all, shopping online a lot this year. 

From the results of a recent survey by Australia Post, 87% of Aussies are buying from the net this Christmas. The Australia Post survey that found this figure also estimated that it will be delivering around 1.3 million parcels each day this month. 

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It’s no surprise then that the online retail sphere is growing too. According to market research body IBIS World, online retail has had a steady 18% year-on-year increase. Given that the average Aussie will spend around $1,215 for Christmas according to IBIS World, opting for free shipping would provide some welcome relief.

So how can Aussies pay homage to free shipping day and forgo paying for postage? Read on for some brands which offer it:

BONDS: Whether your order is just a pair of socks or a bundle of cotton apparel, postage with BONDS is always free. Their Christmas cut off date this year is midnight, December 20. 

FishPond: The online store with electronics, toys, books and everything in between does not charge for postage in Australia, but some postcodes in remote areas may incur a small fee. Fishpond also have a price match guarantee on most products!

Strawberrynet: The online store for branded cosmetics and perfumes, Strawberrynet always has free postage. 

Monster Threads: If you want to buy quirky tees and trinkets for under the tree, Monster Threads is the online place to shop. They offer free postage all year long.

Book Depository: Still trying to hunt down the niche book your niece wants for Christmas? Book Depository probably has it, and also has free delivery all the time. The website has an extensive list of cut off dates in Oz. 

ASOS: If you want to buy your Xmas gifts from UK clothing store ASOS, get your skates on and do it before the cut off date at 2pm tomorrow. They offer free postage for orders over $40 all throughout the year. 

There are plenty more sites around that don’t slug you with postage fees if you research first. Just make sure you’re shopping with the right piece of plastic to avoid extra fees. Head on over to our credit cards hub to find a good match for your online spending habits.

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