9 Places to get Backpacks for Back to School Shoppers

Buying school backpacks solely for school is so passé. An ever-expanding selection of packs -- messenger bags, backpack purses and rolling backpacks -- means modern bags shoulder more weight than backpacks of old. They'll pull multiple duties as suitcases, shopping bags, grocery carts, lunch boxes, trash bins, camp stools, friends and confidants.  


But the roadblocks to backpack bliss are plentiful. A mountain of other school-related costs could convince you to skimp on your back-to-school backpack buy, resulting in the purchase of a shoddy, kitschy, ultimately embarrassing mess of straps not worthy of the endearing term "pack-pack."

Indulge the urge to splurge with backpack free shipping codes from a slew of merchants. Pay a digital visit to one of the online stores below and haul away the savings.

And don't forget all the other back to school free shipping offers for such goodies. Them books ain't gonna learn themselves.    

1. eBags
eBags free shipping plus 10 percent off any backpack order. 
The selection of backpacks at eBags is immense. After all, "bags" is in the name. Browse through literally thousands of packs, including over 500 laptop backpacks and 1,000 school backpacks. The free shipping deal ends Sept. 1.  

2. Sports Authority
Sports Authority free shipping on all backpack orders. 
To kick off it's back to school extravaganza, Sports Authority is giving every backpack a free ride home. Choose from over 120 sturdy Jansport backpacks and daypacks. Kiddos everywhere recognize the iconic suede-bottomed bags, and now that they've graced the pasty shoulders of Bella from Twilight, the pack is hotter than ever. The promo ends Sept. 15, so shake an immortal leg.

3. Dick's Sporting Goods
Dicks Sporting Goods free shipping on backpacks $39 and up.  
The Dick's Sporting Goods coupons are good until Aug. 14, but if you spend $49 or more on a backpack before then, Dick's will toss a $10 iTunes card on top of the free shipping. North Face backpacks are a suave and sensible bet, with a range of colors fits specific to women and men.

4. Finish Line
Finish Line free shipping on Under Armour backpacks. 
You know those drawstring backpacks, the flimsy ones everyone hands out for free and are as hot as the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore? Finish Line doesn't carry those. They do, however, carry the snazzy Under Armour "sackpack" in four colors, perfect for those after-class GTL sessions. Finish Line does not endorse fist pumping, nor will it continue the sale after Sept. 20.

5. Endless
Endless free overnight shipping on all orders. 
For a more eclectic array of backpacks, hit up this style-infused outlet and get free shipping both ways. The good folks at Endless know how much a lady hates to be kept waiting, so they've generously added free overnight and second-day shipping to their selection of backpack purses, leather backpacks and most everything else. Feeling like a major splurge? Snag the Tylie Malibu Runaway Bender backpack for an ever-so-reasonable $679. One thing for sure, you'll never leave it alone in the library.

6. BagsBuy.com
Bagsbuy.com free shipping on all orders. 
Another great online bag depository, BagsBuy.com has nearly 1,300 backpacks to ogle, including 60 rolling backpacks for those with strap-aphobia. BagsBuy.com offers free shipping both ways, meaning if you're disappointed with your purchase, returns are on the house. Best of all, both free shipping offers never expire.

7. Gander Mountain
Gander Mountain free shipping on every order. 
Outdoorsy folks shouldn't overlook the hunting and camping specialists once summer ends. They carry over 90 High Sierra backpacks, including hydration packs. If you head to college and end up following the path of Chris "Supertramp" McCandless, buy one of 28 internal frame backpacks with your remaining couple bucks. You'll soon forego all worldly possessions, but until you stumble upon a remote bus hideaway of your own, you have to store that dirty underwear somewhere.

8. Pottery Barn Teen
Pottery Barn free shipping on select backpacks. 
Pottery Barn, you say? Why would anyone want a porcelain/terra-cotta/non-stick backpack? Pottery Barn Teen, one branch of the Pottery Barn brand, now has bags in their Gear-Up Backpack collection eligible for free shipping until Sept. 15. Styles range from checkers and solids to bags plastered with peace signs. They make great kids backpacks and come in both the rolling and regular variety.

9. REI
REI free shipping to store. 
Let's face it: School seems new and exciting for about a week. But when the first round of tests rolls around, you'll itch for a break. Prepare for that soirée with backpacking gear from REI. Osprey backpacks make great day or weekend trip bags, perfect for the last minute traveler. REI has a lineup of over 50. Members always get free shipping on orders over $75, while regular Joe's can garner free site to store shipping.

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