5 Alternatives to Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime comes with plenty of perks. Free two-day shipping, unlimited digital photo storage, free music and video streaming, and access to audio books and digital magazines are among the many benefits of a Prime membership. But if you signed up for Amazon Prime primarily for the free shipping, and don’t find yourself taking advantages of anything else, there are e-commerce options out there that just might satisfy your online shopping needs more economically. Some sites offer expedited shipping options at no charge, while others have membership programs with cheaper annual fees than Amazon’s $119.

We’ve rounded up five alternatives to Amazon Prime. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what you get for the money from each.

Jet.com

What they sell: Automotive goods, baby supplies, books, children’s toys and games, clothing, electronics, furniture, general household items, groceries, luggage, music/movies, office supplies, personal care products, pet supplies, sporting goods.

Annual membership fee: Free.

Shipping options: Free two-day shipping on eligible items with minimum purchase of $35. Up to five days shipping on all other items.

Return policy: Free for most items returned within 30 days of delivery. You can opt out of free returns to receive an additional discount on your purchase (if you need to return the item, you’ll be charged $5.99 plus 5% of the item price). Select items are non-returnable including gift cards, certain personal care products, jewelry and grocery items.

Additional perks: Jet Fresh grocery delivery service (ships seven days a week with one- and two-day delivery options). Members can receive additional discounts on final order total with purchase of eligible items.

Newegg.com

What they sell: Apparel, appliances, automotive goods, electronics, general household items, office supplies and furniture.

Annual membership fee: $50 for full Premier members; $30 for student members.

Shipping options: Free three-day shipping.

Return policy: Free returns on unopened items shipped back within 30 days of receipt.

Additional perks: Members get early access to sitewide sales and exclusive discounts. They can add up to four people to their account for free. Members also receive discounted rates on one- and two-day shipping options.

ShopRunner.com

What they sell: A variety of goods ranging from apparel to fine jewelry to prescription glasses from more than 100 retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Kay Jewelers and Glasses.com.

Annual membership fee: Complimentary membership for existing PayPal members, Mastercard World and World Elite cardholders and American Express U.S. Consumer and Small Business cardholders. All others must pay a $79 fee.

Shipping options: Free two-day shipping with no minimum purchase amount at most participating stores.

Return policy: Members must follow retailers’ return policies.

Target.com

What they sell: Appliances, baby supplies, books, clothing, electronics, furniture, general household items, groceries, movies/music, office supplies, personal care products, pet supplies.

Annual membership fee: Free.

Shipping options: Free two-day shipping with minimum purchase of $35 or when you use your Target REDcard. Same-day delivery is available through Shipt app.

Return policy: Most unopened items can be returned within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions include: Electronics and entertainment items must be returned within 30 days of purchase. Mobile phones must be returned within 14 days of purchase. Apple products must be returned within 15 days of purchase.

Additional perks: Online order/in-store pick-up on most items. Pharmacy services, such as online prescription renewal, are available. Target app subscribers can place orders and select the drive-up pick-up option. Upon arrival, a Target team member will load your car’s trunk for you. Target REDcard holders receive 5% off on purchases and early access to new product releases.

Walmart.com

What they sell: Appliances, automotive goods, baby supplies, books, clothing, electronics, furniture, general household items, groceries, movies/music, office supplies, personal care products, pet supplies.

Annual membership fee: Free.

Shipping options: Free two-day shipping on eligible items with minimum purchase of $35. Up to five days on all other items. Freight shipping is available for heavy or oversized orders and is based on order size.

Return policy: Varies by department. Most unopened items can be returned up to 90 days after date of purchase.

Additional perks: Online order/in-store pick-up available for most items. Walmart grocery app subscribers can place orders and schedule a pick-up time. A Walmart team member will load your groceries in your car’s trunk for you. Walmart credit cardholders can earn up to 3% back on online and grocery purchases.

Amazon.com

What they sell: Automotive goods, baby supplies, books, children’s toys and games, clothing, electronics, fine arts, furniture, general household items, groceries, jewelry, luggage, music/movies, office supplies, personal care products, pet supplies, sporting goods.

Annual membership fee: $119 for full Prime members; 6-month free trial for students and $59 thereafter.

Shipping options: Free two-day shipping; free one-day and same-day shipping in select areas on eligible items.

Return policy: Most items shipped by Amazon can be returned within 30 days of receipt. For items purchased through Amazon’s third-party marketplace, you must follow the merchant’s return policy. There is a short list of items, including wine and live insects, that can’t be returned to Amazon.

Additional perks: Members get access to Alexa-exclusive deals, as well as sitewide deals. They’re also eligible for a discounted rate on a digital subscription of the Washington Post. Members get free access to audiobooks, music and video streaming and unlimited digital photo storage. Prime members who shop at Whole Foods can get an additional 10% discount on sale items in-store. Members who also have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card will 5% back on all Whole Foods purchases.

(SOURCE: TNS)

(Article written by Andrea Browne Taylor)