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careers Offers Free Holiday Shipping

10/25/2011 11:36:47 AM Eastern

Minneapolis - Best
Buy has upped the holiday season stakes by offering free standard shipping for
its entire online assortment from Nov. 1 through Dec. 27.

The eight-week offer
applies to all of the more than 400,000 products carried on except
those sold by the site's third-party Marketplace merchants. No minimum purchase
is required.

Previous free-shipping holiday offers by full-line retailers including Walmart and Target were limited to select SKUs, required a minimum purchase amount, or set a maximum ship weight. For Sears, which yesterday announced a free shipping offer that will run Oct. 30 through Dec. 19, qualifying purchases must be more than $99 and less than 150 pounds. Sister chain Kmart will similarly provide free shipping on "qualified mailable orders" totaling more than $49.

"Consumers are
looking for value, service and savings this year, and our goal is to provide
them with convenient, creative and less costly ways to make the holiday
shopping experience more enjoyable," said executive VP and chief marketing
officer Barry Judge.

The free-shipping
offer joins a host of previously announced "hassle-free"
holiday initiatives
, including an extended return and exchange period of
Nov. 13 through Jan. 24. The chain will also maintain its year-round no
restocking fee and in-store pick-up policies.

The deadline to
place a free-shipping order for Christmas delivery is 11 a.m. EST, Dec. 20,
although last-minute orders can be placed for in-store pick up until 3 p.m.
local store time on Dec. 24.

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