Free or cheap shipping has become pretty commonplace, but some retailers still charge quite a bit. These stores will occasionally offer free shipping, but with a caveat: you have to spend at least $50 or $75 or more to get the deal. Try to get around this by opening a chat session with the retailer. Then, ask for a better deal.
Over at Wise Bread, savings expert (and former Two Cents writer) Kyle James explains:
Many websites employ live chat operators who have a select number of coupons to hand out if you politely ask. Just start a chat session, explain your situation, and tell the operator how you'd like to complete your purchase but can't justify the shipping charge since you're so close to the minimum order threshold. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with your result and stand a great chance of scoring a free shipping coupon without adding something to your cart that you don't need.
Your success will probably be hit or miss. However, this is something I've never even thought to do, and it's easy enough to try for retailer that offer an online chatting option. Check out the full post for more tips.
5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money [Wise Bread] Photo by Mike Mozart.