To many of us, it might seem that there is no real alternative to Amazon as it has come to symbolize ecommerce in the most powerful of ways. Without a doubt, it offers a robust range of merchandise combined with best user experience, prices, shipping and return policy. Then there is Amazon Prime subscription and a future around Internet of Things which makes Amazon appear downright unbeatable.
However, the truth is that there are several online stores that not only match Amazon in terms of scale and offerings, but also its seamless customer experience.
So before you start using “Amazon” as a verb for shopping, check out this handy list of ecommerce websites that are giving Jeff Bezos a run for his money.
Newegg is a great alternative if you’ve decided to move out of Amazon but still miss its features and products range. In fact, from tracking an order to checking your dashboard, there is hardly any feature that Newegg does not seem to have replicated. It supports localized sites and currencies worldwide and is attracting many retailers.
They even seem to have matched Amazon’s display of similar product items at the bottom of each item. There are also product “wish lists,” “daily deals” and “marketplace spotlight.”
Of course, they have a “premier” membership carrying a free 30-day trial along with options such as “free 3-day-or-sooner” expedited shipping.
When it comes to the actual products range, Newegg is certainly no poor cousin of Amazon. Originally an electronics vendor, Newegg carries thousands of items related to Internet of Things. The prices closely match what are offered on Amazon.
They sell everything under the sun not only in electronics but also gaming, automotive equipment, software, toys, and apparel.
2. Ali Express
AliExpress is Alibaba’s signature online store with a similar powerful range of offerings as Newegg. But it does not feel like an imitation of Amazon.
You can search for the items just as with any other ecommerce websites. With AliExpress you get the backing of Alibaba’s global marketplace which can make prices on some products appear somewhat cheaper. The range of offerings on computer parts, electronic components and IoT products is quite extensive.
You get some amazing smartphone deals on AliExpress which makes it a really good alternative to Amazon.
They also have a massive style section where you can pick up decent jewelry, clothing and shoes.
The apparel section at AliExpress returns a good selection for every search criteria you can imagine. It might feel more exhaustive than Amazon. And the prices are hard to resist.
AliExpress is no rookie in the online store business. They offer similar refund and on-time delivery guarantees for the products as Amazon.
If you live in the US, Walmart is perhaps the smartest alternative to Amazon. It carries an extensive range of products which are cost-competitive and seem endless. The best part is that unlike Amazon, you don’t have to suffer with multiple sellers and their unprofessional tactics. Each and every product is vetted by Walmart itself, which means the guarantees are slightly better.
As discussed earlier, the product range for many items at Walmart are more extensive than Amazon. A search selection for “tire pressure gauge” offers far more results.
I could even find the complete collection of Frank Miller comics and its collective editions which I found more useful than Amazon’s results for similar searches.
One of the best features of Walmart is “Rollback” which makes several products become a steal if you keep track frequently.
This Japanese online store is winning rave reviews for its minimalist interface and extensive products range. Rakuten has a different ecommerce model where products from different online stores are compared so that you can choose the cheapest option.
Some of the stores which support Rakuten include Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Walgreens and Kohl’s. You don’t have to leave the Rakuten website to make a purchase as these stores are only used for fulfillment.
Almost all products that you need can be found in a relevant store. Rakuten is super-extensive and offers product returns and guarantees like any other store.
Rounding off the list, eBay is still a big competitive player in the ecommerce segment. It offers almost all products that Amazon does.
Amazon is a decent online store which has redefined e-commerce in myriad ways. However, if someone still feels that they are the only option out there, as this list reveals, nothing could be further from the truth.
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