Everything You Need to Know About Shopping at Zulily!

Zulily has been one of my long-time favorite online retailers to shop for our kids! And how could they not be? They have fantastic brands at excellent prices, and you know how much I love a good deal!

If you’re new to Zulily, it’s an online daily sales site with limited-time events offering up to 70% savings from top brands. You’ll routinely see events featuring top kids’ brands like PicassoTiles, KidKraft, and Melissa & Doug.

I often share Zulily deals in my Facebook Deals Group and Instagram stories, and I frequently receive questions about shopping at Zulily. Everything from is it a legit website (I’ll answer that here – yes!) to shipping times and how to save on shipping.

So, I decided to write up a post to answer all of your questions about shopping on Zulily, plus some top tips!

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The Basics of Shopping at Zulily

How Do I Join?

To shop at Zulily, you must first create an account. Once you’ve signed up, you can shop via a web browser or download the Zulily app.

Is it Free to Sign Up?

Yes! There is no one-time or ongoing fee to join Zulily. It’s completely free! You only need to provide a name and email address. This will be the same email that receives shipping confirmation emails.

When Do New Events Go Live?

Zulily is an online daily deals site with new events going up daily! New events load every morning at 6 am PST and typically run for three days. They usually have 50+ events loading every day from various brands and categories, from home to kids to fashion, wellness, and more.

Zulily also has a handful of One Day Deals that go live at the same time. These are generally the events offering the steepest discounts and only last for 24 hours (or until they sell out). 

All about Shipping at Zulily

How Much is Shipping on Zulily?

Standard shipping at Zulily typically ranges from $5.99 to $10.95 per order. It is calculated based on the type and number of items ordered. For most items, shipping is $5.99 for the first item and goes up to $7.99 with additional items.

However, for heavy or bulky items, there may be an additional delivery surcharge between $5.99 and $24.95. This includes items like oversized toys, strollers, baby gear, furniture.

How Long Does Zulily Shipping Take?

Delivery times at Zulily vary depending on if items are being shipped directly from their warehouse or if they are being shipped from a brand. If Zulily has an item in stock at a warehouse, it will ship out within a week and arrive 5-7 days later. If it comes from a brand, it will take longer. Either way, you will see an estimated ship date at checkout.

If you need an item quickly, look for the orange rocket icon. These items are in Zulily’s warehouse and can ship quickly, typically within 1-5 days. Read more about their shipping times here.

How Do I Get Free Shipping on Zulily?

The #1 question I get asked about shopping at Zulily is, “How do I avoid paying for shipping?”

The truth is, it’s challenging to completely avoid paying for shipping at Zulily. But even when you do pay shipping costs, there are still so many fantastic deals! (And, of course, we always consider shipping costs when sharing our favorite Zulily finds with you.)

That being said, there are a few ways to save on shipping at Zulily. The two most common ways to save on shipping are utilizing their same-day and weekend shipping specials and shopping the free shipping events!

Same-Day and Weekend Shipping Specials

When you place an order with paid shipping at Zulily Sunday through Thursday, it opens a window of free shipping on additional orders placed from the same account for the rest of the day! To be eligible for free shipping, orders must be placed before 11:59 pm PST and shipped to the same address.

Even better is the weekend shipping special. When you place an order with paid shipping at Zulily Friday or Saturday, it opens a window of free shipping on additional orders for the rest of the weekend. This means up to three days of free shipping! The window for free shipping over the weekend closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm PST.

Free Shipping Events

Another way to save on shipping is to shop the Free Shipping Events. Zulily typically has a few events that offer free shipping. Sometimes these events have no minimum order requirement, and some have a minimum price threshold (e.g., free shipping on $14.99+).

Suppose you place an order through a free shipping event. In that case, the same-day free shipping special applies to all subsequent orders placed that day (or that weekend if you placed an order on Friday or Saturday).

Keep in mind that heavy or bulky items (oversized toys, strollers, furniture) often incur additional surcharges or are excluded from free shipping. Those items will be noted on the product detail pages or at checkout.

Price Matching at Zulily

Does Zulily price-match? Yes, they do!

Zulily will price-match identical items sold on Amazon or Walmart for 24 hours after you’ve made your purchase at Zulily. They will also price-match their own prices for up to 14 days after purchase. Read about their price matching policy here.

Other Ways to Save at Zulily

Are there ways to save at Zulily besides saving on shipping? Yes, there sure are! Below is a list of some other ways you can save money.

  • Refer a Friend: Invite friends to shop at Zulily, and you’ll get a $15 store credit when their first order ships.
  • Coupons: Keep an eye on the coupons page for any current offers they have going on.
  • Zulily Teacher Program: If you’re a teacher, enroll in the Zulily Teacher Program to save 10% off every order placed for 90 days. (Enroll by December 31, 2021.)
  • Exclusive Affiliate Offers: Zulily often provides exclusive offers to their affiliates (that’s us!) to share with their followers. This can be an additional 10% to 15% savings off select events, or free shipping on $45 or 3+ items. Be sure to join our Facebook Deals Group and follow on Instagram to be alerted when they are active!

Returns at Zulily

Most items purchased on Zulily are eligible for returns within 30 days of receiving the order and are issued as a store credit (unless you have a Zulily credit card). There is also a return fee that will be deducted from your store credit. This starts at $4.95 and goes up depending on the number of items to be returned.

If an item is eligible for a return (or not eligible for a return), that information will be listed on the product page. Swimwear, personalized items, and heavy/bulky items are examples of items that can’t be returned. Read about their return policy here.

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    1. Hi! I just added info on their return policy to the blog post. Yes, ordering clothes makes me a little nervous too. They do accept returns on most items received as a store credit but they do deduct a return fee.

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