When you’re shopping online, you (hopefully) perform a search online to find out whether the e-retailer you’re about to buy from has any coupons available online. Sites for sharing coupon codes like RetailMeNot are great to check quickly. But what should you do if your search comes up empty? Don’t despair. Like brick-and-mortar retailers, online stores might have your back when you don’t bring your own coupons. 

Who can you ask before you hit "check out" on your order? The store’s customer service chat representative, if there is one. Over at Rather-Be-Shopping.com, they tested this theory and found a lucky thirteen stores that were happy to provide coupons when a prospective customer just asked nicely.

Their list, with some notes:

  • Bass Pro Shops: They provided a free shipping coupon.
  • Birthday Express and Celebrate Express: They gave out a 15% off coupon for a purchase of $75 and up. The same codes work for both sites.
  • Dress Barn: 20% off one item.
  • East Bay: A 20% off coupon was available to everyone on the checkout page, in theory.
  • Foot Locker: Another free shipping coupon.
  • Home Depot: No coupon code, but very helpful chat reps.
  • J. Jill: Coupons for free shipping for orders $100 and above, and 30% off all items already on sale or clearance.
  • L.L. Bean: 10% off all purchases coupon.
  • Lands’ End: Free shipping and 30% off all merchandise.
  • Office Depot: $10 off a $50 purchase.
  • Shutterfly: $10 off (may depend on size of purchase – only open up chat once everything you plan to buy is in your cart)
  • Sierra Trading Post: 30% off a $75 purchase
  • Snapfish: 30% off entire purchase.

So, before you hit that "proceed to check out" make sure you are getting the best deal on-line!