First, I’ll mention something that made my decision to sign-up for FreeShipping.com, a legit way to get real free shipping on items big and small from all over the Web, way easier. I had already done the research thing, looking through the company website (as I always do with any new name) and rating it according to the various factors on my rubric. For instance, I look at affordability, cost to savings ratio, membership options, industry experience, among other things, to decide if the fees associated with subscription are going to make it worth my while. When I looked into FreeShipping.com, I saw that the company is promoting easily redeemable rebates for free shipping to its paying members, and that those members are also entitled to free return shipping on every purchase. This type of deal is really a “straight sell.” The product sells itself, so there is no need for deception. I easily ruled out any possibility that I was in danger of falling for a rip off. I was pretty sure that I could make that $155 annual membership pays for itself many times over in the money I’d save by never paying a shipping or return shipping charge, which was a big selling point. But what really blew the lid off the whole thing for me and opened me up to a world of bargaining was a tiny, seemingly unimportant clause. It was this: that if, at any time, I wanted to cancel, I could do so quickly, easily, no judgments, no attempts to keep me, and most of all, without paying any penalty charges.
FreeShipping.com’s cancellation policy, which would be of little siginificance to many, is a huge deal if you’re like me and you don’t have money to spend on all different kinds of rewards programs and offers. You only have money to spend on one, and it has to be the one that is actually going to make a difference in your yearly budget and how much money you’ll be able to put away for the future. If you spend your money on the wrong one and you don’t actually save anything, then you’ve wasted both your time and your funds, and that is a real shame.
So for those of us who are not the most financially robust, it can be difficult (and understandably so) to pull the trigger on a reward program, which can often seem to be an unnecessary and costly luxury. With FreeShipping.com, the ability to keep an open mind and continue to look for other programs and to ultimately quit my membership should I so desire, made it risk-neutral enough that I was ready to jump in. And it’s good I did! Now that I’m a full-fledged member and have been for several months, I absolutely would never want to invoke my right to cancel! It’s not like I’m just sitting around buying myself gifts all day. I actually get to use the program to buy myself necessities, the things I would absolutely need to buy during the course of my regular life each month whether I wanted to or not. Now, I just order these things from home while doing any other miscellaneous shopping, saving time and gas money on errands and consolidating my monthly shopping into a modern, breathable format.