Best Buy is enticing online holiday shoppers with a special shipping promotion in what has become an annual tradition among retail giants. As of Sunday, online shoppers will receive free shipping with no minimum order required through Jan. 2, 2016, on all items sold by and shipped from Best Buy.
The Consumer Electronics Association says 65% of Americans (160 million people) are planning to buy tech gifts this holiday season, and it’s clear Best Buy sees the opportunity.
So what will people be buying? The consumer electronics trade group says 58% plan to purchase a tech accessory this season; it expects headphones and earbuds (28% and 27% of consumers, respectively) to be the most popular tech. Tablets (26%) will also be popular this year, followed by portable Bluetooth speakers (25%), smartphones (24%) and notebook/laptop computers (25%).
Best Buy will also try to get shoppers into the store early this season – it’s offering a special day of deals on November 7th at 400 of its retail stores. It promises Black Friday-like deals, and in-store events will feature robot and virtual reality demos. (The special deals day is in addition to the real Black Friday event on November 27th.) More information will become available on October 29th at BestBuy.com/ShoppingEvent.
Here’s the fine print on this year’s Best Buy free-shipping offer:
“Customers will enjoy free shipping on all items sold by and shipped from Best Buy from Oct. 25, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016. Eligible items will have Standard Shipping automatically selected in the shopping cart. Select Marketplace items, some scheduled delivery items and items displaying an “In Store Only” message are not available for free shipping. Starting Sunday, customers can visit BestBuy.com/Shipping for more information.”
Here’s a link to learn more.