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Get It There By Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

It’s not too late to order online with Christmas delivery. is a great resource for offers still on the table. Here are some of my favorites:

Apple: Place your order by Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Christmas Eve delivery

Neiman Marcus: To get free rush delivery on orders of any amount, use code NMQUICK and choose “promotional shipping” as your shipping method. This offer is valid until 11:59 am CST on Thursday, Dec. 22

The North Face: As long as you place your order of $100 or more by 11:59 pm today, Dec. 20 you’ll be upgraded to 2-Day Shipping for free

Nordstrom: Get free shipping and guaranteed Dec. 24 delivery on orders placed by 2 p.m. CST today, Dec. 20

CB2: Get free shipping with guaranteed holiday delivery on select gift and home items ordered by noon Wednesday, Dec. 21

American Eagle: Orders of $100 or more placed by 5 a.m. CST on Dec. 21 can be upgraded to 2nd Day Shipping for only $5

L.L. Bean: Free shipping and guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery on all orders placed by 11 a.m. CST Wednesday, Dec. 21

Zappos: This is unbelievable–Free shipping with guaranteed holiday delivery on all orders placed as late at 3 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 23! (And they’ve got a whoooole lot more than shoes.)

Keep in mind, many more retailers will be glad to get your presents delivered on time…it just will cost you extra. A couple other ways you can still use online shopping to your advantage at this late date:

- Order online for in-store pick up. Available at many major retailers, including Best Buy and REI At least you’ll avoid the store lines.

- Gift cards. An electronic version can arrive in their inbox on Dec. 25 no matter how late you order.

- Magazine subscriptions. The notice can be sent immediately, and it looks like you put some thought into it.

Free Shipping Day

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Look, I love to be in the stores at Christmastime–the hustle, the bustle, the gift wrap and free-flowing cider. It’s lovely to stroll a city street, or even a mall, and peer in the shop windows full of possibilities.

Except when it isn’t. I’ve been out and about almost every day, but honestly, I’ve accomplished much of my gift buying from home, late at night, online. I’ve taken advantage of online-exclusive offers to get deals better than I could have in-store, and I haven’t paid for shipping.

Neither should you: Friday is Free Shipping Day, one of the many created-for-commerce occasions that’s turned out to be pretty solid in just the past couple of years. More than 2,300 retailers have signed on, promising free shipping and delivery by Christmas Eve. Participants include national chains–Best Buy, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Toys ‘R Us, but also a lot of smaller independents including many based in the Twin Cities, like Creative Kidstuff, Finn Style, Foat Design and Moss Envy. Start browsing–Free Shipping Day begins at 12 a.m. EST. The lights stay on at the online stores all night long, and there’s no dress code. Many retailers will offer special Free Shipping Day deals as well. Gotta love those made up holidays!

Shopping Zara at Home

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

I sprinted through Zara at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie, Ill. over the weekend – so close to an $89 buttery brown motorcycle jacket and $49 skinny green jeans, and yet, so swiftly interrupted by two little boys determined to get over to Marbles: The Brain Store.

No problem.  Tomorrow, I’ll be shopping from the couch after the boys are in bed. The Spanish fast fashion chain is launching online shopping in the U.S. on Wednesday, Sept. 7–with free delivery to all 50 states. You won’t miss a thing: Zara’s full range of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing will be available online.

If you’ve never had the chance to shop one of Zara’s 30 U.S. stores–there are 4,000 stores worldwide–you’re sure to be delighted. It’s a step up from H&M, but with similar nimbleness to transform runway looks into affordable street wear. Zara is known for quickly responding to customer demand–if red dresses are flying out of the store, expect more styles in stores within days. Zara has taken its move to online seriously–the site promises a consumer friendly shopping experience with multiple ways to search for colors, sizes, prices and more. Online returns will be free within 30 days. Here’s a peek:

Free shipping day!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

It’s not too late to order online for Christmas delivery. In fact Friday, Dec. 17 is likely the very best day:  nearly 2,000 online retailers, national and independent, are participating in Free Shipping Day – waiving shipping charges and guaranteeing delivery by Dec. 24. Get the details here.

How a furier does a snow day

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Adapt to survive in Minnesota! Ribnick Fur isn’t sulking about losing one of the last big shopping days before Christmas to a blizzard. The Minneapolis retailer is launching its first online auction today: $165 leather gloves – starting bid: $1! Bundle up- and click here for details.

This pricing is Bananas

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Bananaflat Maybe it's the straight pants, or maybe it's the running after children, but I'm liking my flats lately. Found some cute ones at Banana Republic last weekend: patent finish, pointy toe, bright, coral-y red. Best part: the price: $40.99 (marked down from $98). But they didn't have my size. The salesperson said I'd find them online, and I did – for $69.99! I complained to online customer service and received an email that said, in a nutshell, "sorry – we don't match store prices." Online, store – to me, and, I'm guessing, most consumers, it's all the same. There's no excuse for price differences – unless the online items are less, to compensate for shipping charges. Today's shopper jumps from online to stores and back again. She's extremely price sensitive and a $30 discrepancy serves only to make her suspicious of the company's prices across the board.
I found the shoes in my size at another store. Just checked again, and it seems someone important must have read my email: the online price has been reduced to $49.99. Better, at least, but still offensive.
And they wonder why consumers abandon virtual shopping carts.

Why go to the store without going online?

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I didn't have to hope Lowes would have the drapery rod I wanted – I checked the stock at local stores before venturing out. I then bought it online so I could breeze into the store and pick it up at the customer service desk without having to wait in a cashier's line. What a fantastic way to shop, and it's becoming more common. Home Depot's website also lets you check inventory at specific stores and order online for in-store pick-up at no additional charge. JC Penney has added a local inventory check as well. And electronics stores like Best Buy were some of the first to venture into ordering online and picking up at the store. I was raving about the service this week to Deloitte retail analyst Brad Fritz, who assured me that retailers realize this is the efficient way to shop. Take advantage! | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved