Last minute shoppers celebrate free shipping day

COAST CITIES — Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone but don’t worry. Now there is Free Shipping Day, a one-day online shopping event Dec. 17, when participating merchants offer free shipping to their customers with guaranteed delivery by Christmas.
Luke Knowles, founder of www.freeshippingday.org, is the instigator of Free Shipping Day. Knowles created his Web site, offering members a year-round listing of any merchant who offers free shipping. For more information, visit www.freeshippingday.
“Free Shipping Day is unique because it extends the holiday shopping season for merchants and allows shoppers who procrastinate to still find a good deal online,” Knowles said.
Knowles hatched the idea for Free Shipping Day just two weeks before the event last December. In a sudden brainstorm, he thought that merchants would go for the opportunity to extend online holiday shopping, which typically peaks around Dec. 10 because consumers are concerned about their gift orders arriving in time for Christmas.

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