Highlights. Online consumers are six (6) times more likely to value free shipping over fast shipping.

  • 93% of consumers shop to qualify for free shipping; buying additional items is the most common strategy.
  • While 80% of American shoppers expect free shipping above a certain order threshold, 66% expect free shipping on all orders.
  • 50% of consumers have abandoned their online shopping cart due to shipping and/or delivery options.
  • 82% of shoppers are more likely to complete a purchase if delivery is free.

Grouped Bar Graph: Consumers' Expected Free Shipping Threshold: 8.8% expect less than $5, 8.4% expect $5-$10, 15.8% expect $15-$20, 25.8% expect $20-$30, 26.8% expect $30-$50, 11.6% expect $50-$75, and 2.8% expect $75 or higher according to Statista'

Free Shipping Consumer Statistics

Free shipping is more important to consumers than product availability or brand trust.

  • 62% of consumers report they would not consider purchasing from an online retailer that does not offer free shipping.
  • 47% of online shoppers will spend up to a minimum amount to qualify for free shipping.
  • 42% of consumers will join a retailer loyalty program to qualify for free shipping; 30% will wait for a promotional offer. 
  • 45% of consumers are more likely to purchase if return shipping is free.
  • 88% of online consumers value free shipping more than fast shipping.
  • 46% of online shoppers have chosen a longer shipping option to save money. 
  • 8% of consumers will not buy a product they must pay for shipping.
  • 26% of consumers have abandoned their carts because they did not meet the free shipping threshold.
  • 75% of online shoppers took advantage of free shipping in the past six months, while only 50% paid for shipping. 
  • 94% of holiday 2021 shoppers consumers sought out retailers with free shipping; 60% looked for fast shipping.

Free Shipping Policy Statistics

Approximately 3-in-4 retailers offer free shipping under some or all conditions.

  • 20.4% of retailers offer free shipping on all orders.
  • 45.1% of retailers offer free shipping beyond a certain payment threshold.
  • The average free shipping threshold in 2023 was $64, up 23.1% from 2019. 
  • In 2022, the average free shipping threshold among the top 100 clothing retailers was $58.
  • 14.5% of retailers have a requirement to qualify for free shipping, such as a loyalty program membership.
  • 5.6% of retailers offer free shipping beyond a payment threshold along with one or more additional requirement(s).

These data and insights were compiled by the Capital One Shopping team based on publicly available data.


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