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How to Set Up Free Shipping on Shopify?

How to Set Up Free Shipping on Shopify?

Last modified: December 2, 2021

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If you are wondering how to activate free shipping on your Shopify eCommerce site it should mean you already have your store up and running or are almost finished setting it up (if you haven’t yet set up a Shopify eCommerce you can learn how to do that here). Free shipping is a great way to attract customers and keep customers coming back. Nobody likes to pay for shipping, you put all of your items in your cart, see a total but then when you go to pay the price suddenly increases! By offering free shipping (even if it means having a minimum order total) it makes people much more inclined to shop with you. Let’s find out how you can include free shipping as a shipping option on your site when visitors checkout.

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What are the Options for Setting Up Free Shipping?

Not having a free shipping and handling choice is a common cause of why visitors abandon their baskets before completing checkout. There are a few different options for setting up free shipping on your Shopify retail site through the Shipping page in your Shopify admin.

There are 3 ways to offer free shipping or discounted shipping to your potential customers:

  1. Cost based rates
  2. Free shipping codes
  3. Weight based rates

You might be getting worried about the expense to your business of having free shipping but you can combat this cost by increasing the prices of your products. People are more likely to abandon a cart due to shipping and handling fees than the actual price of the items they are intending to buy.

How to Offer Free Shipping on a Fixed Amount?

If you decided that you want to offer free shipping on a set purchase amount here’s what you need to do:

  1. In your Shopify Admin click Settings and then choose Shipping
  2. Click Edit by the zone where you will offer free shipping
  3. Where it is written Price Based Rates click Add Rate and enter a name for the shipping rate and the minimum/maximum value for an order
  4. Check the free shipping rate and then click done.

Now any of your customers with cart totals that fall between your set values will be able to receive free shipping.

 

How to Offer Free Shipping on Weight?

If you want to offer free shipping on a set weight just follows these few steps:

  1. In your Shopify Admin go to Settings and then choose Shipping
  2. Click Edit by the zone where you will offer free shipping
  3. In the Weight Based rate click Add Rate
  4. In the Add Weight Based Rate section write a name for the shipping rate and enter a minimum/maximum weight
  5. Check the free shipping shipping rate and click done

Now any customers with orders within the set weight range you created will be eligible for free shipping.

You now have all the different way to add free shipping to your Shopify site. You may be hesitant at first to do this because it seems like it could be an extra expense but you should be getting more sales by offering free shipping and you can always raise your item prices a little to help offset the cost of providing free shipping and handling.

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