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July 10th, 2008

Target.com’s Crazy Fast Shipping

When it comes to shipping from online stores I have to admit I don’t expect much. Zappos and Endless and ShoeBuy will be super fast, Amazon will be acceptable, and other places are a crapshoot. I’m happy to report that at least on a furniture item, Target.com delivered. (Hah!)

We ordered a new headboard last Monday and the expected delivery time was 2-6 weeks… painful, but all right given the price. Thursday afternoon I noticed the UPS truck pull up the drive when I was working at home. Was it my eBay order? No – but it was the headboard.

That’s pretty darned fast!

I’m not expecting everything from Target.com to get shipped that quickly but they certainly won on this one. Good job, folks!

Posted in Consumer Commentary

Maria July 10, 2008, 5:39 am

I think they ship most of their furniture for free, so you may not have encountered this problem, but for items that don’t get free shipping, their shipping rates SUCK! Now, I love Target, but I must be spoiled by so many other companies offering free shipping. There are certain instances where I will pay for shipping without much chagrin, but I recently contemplated an order from Target for a $14.99 item that weighed about a pound and wasn’t oversized by any means. They wanted something like $8.60 for shipping. I couldn’t justify it. If Target doesn’t have something in the store, I probably won’t buy it, because the shipping is so cost prohibitive.

Incidentally, I received that item, ordered from Target.com, as a gift later, and it arrived broken. Needless to say, I’m not too thrilled with Target.com. Still love the store, though.

Paul July 10, 2008, 11:08 am

Oh yes, the non-free shipping rates are terrible. We priced out another piece of furniture and shipping was $80. That’s pretty darned high.

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