The catch with Free Shipping Day on Friday

Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 17, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-17 16:53:15-05

Friday, Dec. 18, 2014 is the annual Free Shipping Day.

More than 1,000 online merchants will offer free shipping this year with the promise your items will arrive by Christmas Eve.

This is the last day to get free shipping this season with guaranteed Christmas delivery.

While the official offers from each merchant won't be revealed until 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, the website says 986 merchants are participating this year. They include:

  • The Body Shop
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Levi's
  • Cabela's
  • Dockers
  • REI
  • Harry & David
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Omaha Steaks
  • Under Armour
  • Zales
  • Talbots
  • Coach
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Keurig
  • Chico's
  • J. Crew
  • Brookstone
  • Fossil
  • Gander Mountain
  • Nike
  • Shari's Berries
  • Lots & Taylor
  • 1-800-Flowers
  • Sports Authority
  • Zappos
  • eBags
  • Eddie Bauer and more

See all of the deals

There's Always A Catch

The promotion comes with some catches.

For starters, Target and Walmart already offer free shipping this year, so you can get that any time till Christmas.

Amazon offers free shipping to Prime members anytime, as well.

Meantime, the consumer site says Free Shipping Day could be a bust for many shoppers.

It says this is not Black Friday, and says you should not assume you are finding a great deal. You will not find big screen TV's slashed by hundreds of dollars, for instance.

In addition, it warns you to watch for minimum purchases to qualify for free shipping. Some stores are offering free shipping only if you buy $30 or $50 worth of merchandise.

That makes you spend more than you had planned to.

As always, don't waste your money.