Amazon is slowly taking over the world. Like many others, I have an Amazon Prime account. It’s a great way to get a decent selection of items with free 2-day shipping. But unlike many Prime members, I don’t consider Amazon my one-stop shop for all my purchasing needs.
There’s plenty you can’t find on Amazon, and sometimes other sites have better deals.
If you’re tired of contributing to our new overlord, there are other options available for shopping online. Of course, security, reliability, and service are all issues. How do you know who to trust?
To help filter through the noise, we put together this list of the best shopping sites online that aren’t Amazon.
Ebay was created as an auction site in 1995 and has been in business ever since. It’s an online marketplace that facilitates both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales. Whatever it is you want to buy on Amazon, there’s a good chance you can find a better deal on eBay. Of course, not every business is happy about being undercut by the secondary market.
Humble Bundle was created in 2010 as a digital storefront for video games. Every day, there’s a limited-time offer for game bundles including indie, mainstream, and classic games. In addition to setting your own price, a portion of it goes to charity. Humble Bundle is a great marketplace for gamers looking to bolster their collections.
Etsy was founded in 2005 and focuses on handmade, vintage, and unique items. Although mostly known for handmade art, it also includes a wide range of craft supplies and digital prints. The proliferation of 3D printers, drop shipping, and fine art printers means you can find some real quality items on this marketplace if you’re willing to search.
Zulily was founded in 2009 and offers flash sales on clothing, toys, and home products. Its target audience is young, tech-savvy mothers, and it holds very little inventory. Sales include a mix of established and emerging brands, and the customer base loves buying merchandise (especially women’s and kids’ fashions) for reasonable prices.
Even with Amazon Fresh, Amazon struggles to deliver great foods to everyone’s doorstep. Goldbely has the problem solved by teaming with restaurants and food purveyors across the country to deliver regional and local favorites anywhere in the U.S. since 2013. Craving a cheesesteak from Philly, lobster from Maine, wings from Buffalo, or a deep dish pizza pie from Chicago? Goldbely has you covered.
Poshmark is the largest social fashion marketplace in the U.S. Founded in 2011, it’s a mixture of Facebook and eBay, letting people around the world list their new or used clothing and find buyers. If you want to sport a top brand (or even a rare vintage one), Poshmark is a great place to search. It’s also an ideal platform to make spare cash from the stuff laying around in your closet.
FoodyDirect was launched in 2012 and is the Coke to GoldBely’s Pepsi. Whatever specialty foods you want, you can find them on this marketplace. Over 100 restaurants and businesses ship local delicacies around the country. It’s especially good for finding baked goods you have a craving for.
ThinkGeek has been catering to geeks and computer enthusiasts since 1999. Regardless of what geek fandom you belong to, you’ll find one-of-a-kind clothing, electronics, peripherals, toys, drinks, and candies celebrating it. Fly your geek flag high and proud with this unique collection of licensed merchandise you won’t find anywhere else.
Newegg was created in 2000 and offers great deals on computer systems and components, gaming equipment, tools, electronics, and more. It often has lower prices than Amazon, and is the first place I typically check when looking to build a new computer. If you want the best in tech deals, be sure to at least price shop between Newegg and Amazon.
While Amazon is the biggest ecommerce site in the U.S., it’s dwarfed by Alibaba. This ecommerce conglomerate is the world’s largest and most valuable retailer, with operations in over 200 countries. In fact, its sales surpass all U.S. retailers combined. This site is ideal for anyone looking for bulk suppliers to start a business, but you’ll find great prices on single purchases too. Alibaba has the largest product selection everywhere, and no matter what you’re buying or from whom, there’s a good chance it originated from this site. Cut out the middle man and just buy it here yourself.