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Friday is Free Shipping Day

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Friday marks the fourth annual free shipping day! Roughly 2,573 merchants are participating, promising free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve, with restrictions of course.

The idea for free shipping day was started by Luke Knowles who created the website in 2007, in an attempt to extend the online holiday shopping season to benefit both shoppers and vendors.

In only three years, free shipping day has managed to bring in more money in sales than Black Friday. In 2010, free shipping day beat Black Friday by nearly $300 million, and earned a place in the record books doing so. On Dec. 17, 2010 more than $900 million was spent over the internet nationwide, making it the third heaviest shopping day in history.

In 2010, more than 1,750 stores registered with the official Free Shipping Day website, attracting almost 313,000 visits in a 24-hour period. Some of the most popular stores include JCPenney and Lands’ End.

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More Than 1,700 Stores Offer Free Shipping; Deadlines for Christmas Deliveries

Photo Courtesy - FreeShippingDay [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- For those last minute shoppers still surfing the Net to buy gifts for their loved ones, Friday might just be the day to finalize those purchases.

In what's known as Free Shipping Day, over 1,700 online vendors are offering free shipping deals to consumers nationwide Friday and guaranteeing deliveries by Christmas Eve.  To view the full list of participating stores, visit

On a related note, deadlines are approaching for shipping holiday packages.

To ensure delivery before Christmas, customers using FedEx's Ground and Home Delivery services must ship their items by Dec. 17.  Otherwise, they can use the company's 2Day service on the 22nd or ship with FedEx Overnight on the 23rd.

Those shipping via UPS will have until Dec. 21 to ship their packages with 3-Day Select or, like with FedEx's Overnight service, they can use Next Day Air on Dec. 23 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

For shipments via the U.S. Postal Service, First Class Mail needs to be sent by Dec. 20, Priority Mail by Dec. 21, and Express Mail by Dec. 22.  The deadline for letters and packages to U.S. service members overseas is Dec. 18.

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