Best Buy tries something different to compete with online retailers


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Best Buy will offer free shipping over the holidays.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Best Buy will offer free shipping over the holidays.

The Minneapolis company typically requires customers to spend at least $35 in order to receive free shipping. Starting Sunday, however, that restriction has been removed as Best Buy aims to compete aggressively with online leader Amazon.com as well as other players like Wal-Mart and Target.

About 47 percent of consumers polled said that free shipping or shipping promotions are important factors in their decision on where they shop, according to a survey of 7,276 consumers conducted earlier this month for the National Retail Federation.

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