Apple is offering online buyers free shipping on all the items available in its online stores through May 29, which is a nice change of pace from the company’s typical free shipping policy that only covers orders of $50 or more, 9to5Mac reports. This will allow buyers to purchase many accessories for iPhone and Mac that are priced under $50, and that wouldn’t otherwise qualify for the free shipping offer.
The free shipping offer appears to have been timed with Father’s Day gift promotions that advertise Apple’s 2013 iPad models on the company’s online store section. At the same time, the company may simply be looking to clear out more stock ahead of its WWDC 2014 event, the publication speculates. Apple is rumored to announce new hardware at WWDC, not just software updates.
However, Apple’s free shipping promotion appears to target only U.S. online shoppers right now. For example, in other international online stores, Apple offers free shipping on purchases of at least €119 (Germany), €120 (France), or £30 (U.K.). Apple is also promoting new iPads as gifts for dads in these markets.
Recently, reports have revealed that Apple has been interested in selling more iPhone units in its stores, increasing marketing efforts to convince existing iPhone owners eligible for an upgrade to purchase one of its 2013 iPhones.
Buyers who shop at Apple.com should know that Apple will apparently refund their money twice as fast in case they’re not happy with their purchases, as the company has significantly improved its refund procedures, according to a new report.
A screenshot showing Apple’s free shipping promotions as listed on its online store section follows below.