Freedom isn’t free and neither is free shipping. While more and more companies get in on the game, hidden fees can go totally unnoticed until you take a magnifying glass to your emailed receipt. Sure, it seems like an incredible bargain at first, but it usually requires something extra from you. Whether you’re forced to sign up for a special membership or asked to purchase a certain amount of goods, this service has more strings attached to it than a balloon at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Your purchased items will definitely reach your doorstep faster than a slow-moving float, but the cost is more than just hidden fees: The environment is the most exploited victim. Beyond the extra boxes and shipping materials needed for a bump in orders so customers can meet their free shipping quota, the carbon footprint of extra fuel and the need for more trucks on the road have a lasting effect on the Earth.
The good thing is, these big companies are looking for ways to get you to buy their products so obviously they want your experience to be as convenient as possible. As you click through their sites – whether they be Amazon, Walmart, or some new start-up – you should know that as much as they want your business, they’re still trying to make a profit. Before you get all buy-happy at your favorite digital departments store, TheHub will shed some light on The Dark Truth Behind Free Two-Day Shipping.