Macy's Unveils Everyday Free Shipping on Orders Over $99

Roll out the ticker tape and prepare to save: Macy's has joined the free shipping parade.

On Wednesday, Macy's unveiled a new set of delivery policies for its online store. Free shipping is now standard on nearly every order over $99 -- all day, every day. Orders below the limit are a flat rate of $8.

The offer is good for standard ground shipping on all clothing, jewelry and home items delivered to the same address. Macy's sweetened the pot further for shoppers who covet cosmetics with free shipping on beauty supplies over $50.

While much of the department store's vast catalog is covered, the offer doesn't apply to furniture, mattresses and Coach brand items. Large or heavy merchandise, such as appliances and bedframes, may still carry a delivery surcharge.

Macy's is the latest in an ever-growing list of merchants to treat free shipping as the rule, not the exception. Other department stores with everyday free shipping include Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. In the fourth quarter of 2010, Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic began to offer free shipping everyday on orders over $50.

Macy's is blazing a new path by requiring no annual fee, but a swath of programs exist for frequent shoppers. For merchants with members-only benefits, see our list of free shipping clubs. Stores with complimentary delivery on orders of any size are found under our free shipping on all orders category.

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