5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon

Joel Lee 20-03-2014

Amazon is the biggest player in the game of online retailers, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them. Whether you have reservations regarding Amazon’s ethical status or simply hold a personal grudge, you may find yourself in search of an alternative to the online giant. In that case, where can you go?


You won’t find a site out there with the same level of breadth and coverage that Amazon has, especially with the addition of Amazon Prime Pantry Is Amazon Prime Pantry Worth It? 5 Things You Need to Know Prime Pantry lets you shop for pantry items and groceries right on Amazon. But is it a good deal? Will it save you money? Read More . But if you narrow your search parameters down to specific types of goods, you’ll find that there are a couple of online retailers that can put up a decent fight.

For General  Shopping: Rakuten


Have you heard of Probably not. Have you heard of Most likely, yes. What many people don’t know is that is Rakuten bought out the company back in 2010 and rebranded the site, which is about the time that fell off the radar, at least in my social circles.

The good news is that Rakuten is a strong adversary to Amazon. They’ve bought out multiple e-commerce sites across Europe and North America and have been slowly establishing themselves as a powerful entity in the online retail space with over 17 million products available at affordable prices.

Rakuten has a loyalty program called Rakuten Super Points. By purchasing items on Rakuten that qualify for the program, you’ll accumulate Super Points on your account. You can then use these Super Points to pay for future orders, effectively discounting your purchases. In other words, the more you shop at Rakuten, the more money you can save in the long run.


What can you find on Rakuten? Computer peripherals, office supplies, apparel and jewelry, general electronics, physical and digital entertainment, home décor and household goods, health and beauty products, sports gear, toys, and more.

And if it’s those toys that you seek, whether for a holiday or birthday gift, take a look at this list of awesome, affordable toys 10 Awesome Toys Under $100 That Are Perfect as Gifts Looking to buy a geeky toy for someone but don't have a massive budget? Here are several awesome toys priced at under $100. Read More for big kids:

For Used Goods: eBay


I often use Amazon to purchase used goods from third-party sellers. If you’re like me and you do the same, then I’d point you to a site like eBay where all transactions occur between third parties. Not a fan of the auction format? No problem. Just format the search results to only show products with “Buy It Now” enabled.


But if you want to really save money, check out eBay Deals. The Daily Deals section is especially worthy of attention. Every day, eBay puts up heavily discounted items with free shipping with one catch: limited stock. As items run out, new deals take their place. You can also browse other deals that aren’t so time-sensitive. With a bit of luck, you can save a lot of money here.

eBay has built up a strange reputation for itself over the years and its close integration with PayPal doesn’t really help. The good thing, however, is that eBay has a strong Buyer Protection Policy – so strong that it’s often viewed as unfair towards sellers. Even still, I recommend that you be cautious of common eBay scams 10 eBay Scams to Be Aware Of Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. Here are the most common eBay scams you need to know about, and how to avoid them. Read More . Scams are always possible in an open third-party market.

We’ve compared Amazon and eBay eBay vs. Amazon: Which One Is Best for Online Shopping? In the battle between eBay vs. Amazon, the customer is king. Choose which one is better for you with this side-by-side comparison. Read More if you’d like more information.

For Electronics: Newegg



Newegg was once the go-to site for all things electronic but they’ve since branched out into many other categories. Do you need a new desktop, laptop, peripherals, accessories, or video games? Newegg has it. Home goods, car accessories, office products, apparel, or sporting gear? Newegg has that, too. And if you’re patient, you can find some really great deals.

There are some horror stories out there from unsatisfied customers, but for a site as large as Newegg, it’s bound to happen. Newegg isn’t flawless – most of their blunders are related to customer service – but they’re one of the better online retailers out there. I built a computer using only parts from Newegg and it’s been going strong for four years.

If you don’t like Newegg for whatever reason, I’d recommend either TigerDirect or MicroCenter. Both of them offer great electronic products for affordable prices.

For Music: eMusic



If you use Amazon for purchasing music, you’re in luck because there are a lot of alternative online music stores $1 Per Song? No Way! 5 Cheaper Alternatives For The iTunes Store The world of music is constantly changing. Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and now MP3s - and that means that we’ve gone from analog to digital. The best thing about digital music, in my opinion, is that... Read More . The biggest name is iTunes, of course, but I personally prefer eMusic for the reasons listed below.

eMusic lets you download individual songs and full albums right off of their website in DRM-free MP3 format. If you subscribe and become a member, you’ll get huge discounts ranging from 25 to 50 per cent on all songs – a great deal for those of you who buy a lot of music. But if you just want to purchase songs here and there, no subscription is necessary and the prices are still competitive.

As of now, eMusic is only available to those in the United States, European Union, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland.

For Literature: Barnes and Noble


Amazon started off as an online bookstore. Nowadays with the Kindle, Amazon maintains a huge lead as the largest retailer for ebooks. It’s nice to consider what Amazon has done for ebooks as a medium and books as a whole, but if you want to purchase your books elsewhere I won’t blame you.

Where else can you go? Barnes and Noble. Not only do they have a massive selection of literature and other print-based media, they have the second largest collection of ebooks for sale online. Ebooks purchased from B&N can only be read using a Nook or a Nook app, which can be downloaded for free on most mobile devices.

Have you decided to stop shopping with Amazon? If so, where do you go for your online shopping needs? Have you considered international options? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!

For more help with your online purchases, take a look at our article comparing credit versus debit cards for safer online shopping Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which Is Safest for Online Shopping? Making an online purchase? Will you be using a credit card or debit card? Do you know which is safer to use? Time to find out! Read More .

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  1. Anne C. Klink
    January 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I already moved to online store like They care customers so much. As they know If i get good support i will buy again and again.

  2. Carol Mottin
    August 16, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    OVERSTOCK is another choice besides Amazon......

  3. John Szetela
    February 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Changing the name from to Rakuten looks like quite a bad choice to me. It seems that Rakuten is Optimism in Japanese. I'm going to try the site but can't understand the reason for the name change.

  4. Kathleen Price
    February 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Amazon has gotten into politics - not supporting our President means I won't be supporting them

    • Timmy
      January 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      You mean telling the truth about our sleazeball, money-laundering, whoring, pos president? I'm sure you'd bend over for that orangutan...

      • Christine Becker
        March 7, 2018 at 12:24 am

        I'd give you a thumbs up for calling that ignorant con man for what he is, but this site seems to lack that option.

      • lov
        March 17, 2018 at 7:18 am

        Oh yes just like you did for your getto trash that came before him

      • Pfred
        June 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        You are a VERY MISINFORMED socialist. Read the book, The Smear, and learn something worth talking about rather than ranting and repeating what you hear.

      • Mary
        July 16, 2019 at 3:55 am

        You're an unhinged idiot. And a racist. Do you enjoy making fun of people's skin color? Typical Democrat bigot.

  5. Rosie Sumner
    January 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    But the reviews for B & N customer service are alarming!

    • Jean
      March 6, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Yes, I recently had a horrificly bad customer service online chat with B&N, so I'm not any more kindly disposed to B&N than to Amazon.

      • amy
        September 5, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        i have also had a terrible experience. I'm looking to replace them for all of my shopping needs

  6. Marcus
    December 29, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for this article! I found it after looking for Amazon alternatives since Amazon has made a deal with Utah to start collecting taxes on orders even though they have no physical presence in the State of Utah. Has anyone tried or know if it is owned by Amazon? Are there any online retailers who are willing to accept a gift certificate from Amazon by chance? I'm sure I'll get many Amazon gift certificates next Christmas and would be forced to shop at Amazon to redeem these certificates. I have nothing against paying sales tax to a business physically located in my state but don't like the idea a Amazon voluntarily agreed to collect use taxes automatically for Utah residents starting January 1st, 2017. I'm also trying to support smaller online retailers who have a hard time competing against Amazon.

    • Ed
      March 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      I read where was bought up and owned by Walmart.

    • Marcia
      January 3, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      I was using for a while until my son came to visit and informed me it is now Walmart under another name. The prices are great! If you buy over 35 you get two day shipping free. That is really hard to miss. But it is frigging walmart. I have decided to purchase the items from the dealers themselves. I will make lists and not need so much.

    • Marcia
      January 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm was bought by Walmart. Their prices are the best. If you buy over 35 it is free two day shipping on most things from Reno, NV. But it is frigging walmart. I am no longer using and have decided to go direct to the dealer and ask for a deal if need be or prices are not comparable. It is ok to ask.

  7. James Williams
    November 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I shopped for years. Finally, I got tired of having to return defective products. I joined and the first item I bought from them was defective. It was some Crucial RAM. From now on I'll just buy direct from the manufacturer. At least most of them are easy to deal with.

    • Wendy Meador
      March 20, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Tigerdirect sells a LOT of electronics and computer components. I bought a power supply for a desktop and some ram for super cheap. My techie high schoolers say newegg is the way to go for electronics but I've not tried it yet.

  8. Jadae Mae
    October 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I know for fact ebay sucks for worldwide shipping but the rest I'd like to know if they do worldwide/international/global shipping. Also I'm surprised Etsy is not on this list. I use etsy alot and i love it , more than amazon actually.

  9. John in TX
    September 19, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Other than Ebay....these blow. We are looking for alternatives to every day items - not buying the laptop or tv we might buy once every 3 years.

    • Joel Lee
      September 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

      Yeah it's been a while since the article was written. If you have any good suggestions for alternatives to Amazon, please let us know!

  10. stan
    July 14, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Rakuten is a joke.

  11. Gary Cheney
    June 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Got my 1st delivery from Rakuten and very sad to see it shipper from Amazon

    • John in TX
      September 19, 2016 at 4:55 am


  12. avablue14
    June 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Jet was started by a former AMAZON employee! Go Figure!

  13. Kendra
    November 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm id the best for used books and they have free shipping over $10

    • John in TX
      September 19, 2016 at 4:56 am

      agree on this one. Every "used" book I've ever bought was in mint condition. I almost feel guilty about it. haha.

  14. Anonymous
    September 19, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I've already found an alternative that many would think it impossible to sell cheaper than Amazon, start your first shopping experience with a whopping $10 discount then on checkout you can save up to another 5% give or take with all the fancy ways to not pay for things you don't need or want. They are losing money so they can build a client base. Should Amazon lower their prices, Jet would probably go bankrupt because at some point they have to make a profit.

    Even if Jet doesn't carry something in stock, they will find it on the internet, buy and send it to you. That's way cool neato White Glove Service they provide, but how can they possibly sustain this kind of level of service while not turning profits? People aren't loyal to retailers except apple; they are pocket book spenders and buy wherever they can save the most providing the product is quality.

    The only draw back with Jet is they are strict on who they allow to sell; unlike Amazon who have as many proffessional sellers as Ebay, it's seems like they don't want to let just anyone in one the selling team. It's a close minded strategy which makes me think Jet has taken on most of the selling and shipping themselves at a financial peril they can't possibly maintain.

    They also have a Prime like service with a similar priced yearly fee. This is most likely and possibly their only source of positive income at the moment which in time over years like Prime will allow them to grow and invest in infrastructures around the globe; thus monopolizing online shopping.

    Here are a few other possible online buying portals that are reputable but not nearly as big. (Amazon will soon or is in the process of launching a similar site for craft makers which will inevitably affect Etsy customer base, the sellers will stay while gradually moving some of their business to Amazon especially for larger ma and pa shops who will want to utilize Amazon's domestic and global shipping services. Make the product ship it to Amazon and they take care of the rest. How convenient is that! No need to pay for warehouse space or stock product. (across the board 5-10% cheaper than ebay, though the sellers are all ebay sellers using Bonanza's cherry picking app to copy and move listings from ebay). It's a good site for stamps and coins, but most other things I find the sellers aren't so responsive nor engaged as you'd find on Ebay. (America renown for their expertise in all things Silk Silk Silk. From boutonnieres to silk trees, they either sell or manufacture every possible color and theme oriented decor design for any occasion at a price that doesn't require a Macy's no limit charge card. (cheaper than Ebay or Amazon for most home appliances)

    ....and if you join Team National via you can save an additional 2-5% on every product sold online to include thousands of other online retailers such as walmart, et al. Basically it's an affiliate program for non professionals who don't publish online. That's to say now anyone can be their own customer not to mention once a member you can buy directly from Team National who carries 1000's of products they stock in their warehouse which are sold at wholesale price. Effectively you could buy everything that one could want for the home at the price the retailers buy it for.

    Not to mention there's no limit on how many you can buy. Say your neighbor wants the same Sealy Posturepedic Gel Series Meadow Lea Plush Euro Pillowtop Cal King-size Mattress at 40% cheaper than $1,400 retail price; they simply place an order with you to have it drop shipped.

    Brick and Mortar retailers may carry 100 X the selection but when it comes to buying big ticket items that are usually purchased once a decade like a car or mattress, it's the best savings I know of and I am an internet buying guru that loves saving money. Where can you go and buy a car off the lot for $100 over the dealers' price? As a member of Team National, they, the dealerships and there are over a 100 across the nation, have to honor that price agreement. You can even help a friend or family member buy a car at that price.

    In fact, it gets hilarious because you simply send a request (for example: Model/Make/Color/Options/New or Used/Features) through TN's web based portal they find the car for you, and no mater where the car is located, they must sell it to you $100 over cost. If the specific car you want is located at a dealership a 1000 miles away, you still have to pay transport cost, but when you're saving $10K what's a few benjis shy of 1000 in comparison.

    Heck anyone can become a car salesman head hunter saving people the run around, and hassle of dealing with salesmen pitching you desperation.
    . (A great site if you don't mind shopping overseas directly from many of the manufacturers' factory representatives.) It's like shopping at costco, by buying in bulk and the more you spend, the more you save. It's all stuff you'd find at but without the buying quantity minimum requirement. If you were looking to purchase something that was discontinued yeas ago, while you won't find that specific item brand; you can turn to sites like aliexpress who sellers probably carry a similar like product that was once made in the US.

    Lastly you can shop my Ebay store for nostalgic type memorabilia that is region specific to the Northeast and Southwest We like to find hidden treasures in places people often forget to look. Which for many is an old forgotten rare photograph of President Lincoln tucked away in a box in the corner below the basement stairs.

    I hope my ideas inspire a few of you to become wise online shoppers. It only cost Apple $23 to build an Iphone 6. Why are we paying 30 X over their cost for a brand that is on the brink once again of losing money? This will make the cost increase due to the scarcity of parts and retailers. Supply and demand.

    Only this time there won't be Steve Jobs to bail them out with his back stock incentives nor overpriced ideas.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Wow Shawn, this is incredibly detailed and thorough. Thanks so much for this comment!

      • Anonymous
        September 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Thank you, I appreciate your feedback. Hopefully people will see the trend unfolding before our eyes in so far as the conglomerates are buying up or driving the small online retailers to either sell with them or not sell at all.

        We all witness the fiasco after the market crashed, people took to the streets and camped out in parks.

        The next time may not be so forgiven as tyranny some of the time is a good thing.

    • Jeani
      January 28, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      I used to sell on Etsy. They started being jerks to vintage sellers. I sell now on Bonanza. Yes, while a lot of their sellers are from eBay, there are also many vintage sellers (like me) who needed a better option. Etsy can keep their craft sellers.

    • Jeani
      January 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Don't sell Bonanza too short. I sell vintage, and had to find an alternate (better) site than Etsy. Bonanza is super to work with, and very responsive. Yes, there are a lot of eBayers there, but there are also many sellers (like me) who needed a better option. Because Etsy does not allow direct transfer of listings or feedback (mine are 100% positive, and received by over 50% of my previous sales), it has been slow, and I have had to basically start over, but I am very happy with Bonanza. Etsy is more for artisans now.

  15. Anonymous
    September 12, 2015 at 8:03 am


  16. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 at 6:43 am

    august 12 2015

    I'm done with Amazon. I cancelled my Prime membership and will not shop there again. Almost everything i have ordered in the past two months has had to be returned. I have sent back almost 12 different packages in july/aug alone. I would rather pay more money for a quality product than continue to shop and get things that do not work

  17. Anonymous
    June 29, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I, too, am looking for an alternative online shopping. AMAZON, lost me when they refused to sale the confederate items. I have not found anything yet, but am looking.

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Why don't you shop at I hear they have a great return policy.

      • Anonymous
        August 30, 2015 at 6:14 am

        Why must you be a dick? Seriously! Don't judge people you don't know.

      • Anonymous
        August 30, 2015 at 6:20 am

        Why don't you shut up, @abroadexpat? You're not funny and it's CLEAR you don't even know @Geneva Denmark Parrish Stokes.... so stop with the passive aggressive behavior. It's not needed nor wanted.

      • mortimer
        January 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        kell.ey, why must you defend racists? abroadexpat is on the money.

        • SomeoneSomewhere
          April 5, 2016 at 8:30 am

          Agreed, right on the money. Confederate items are for racists, plain and simple. Anyone who doesn't realize that is just as ignorant anyway.

        • Suzy
          April 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

          You're an idiot. The RIGHT to buy a Confederate flag is different from PURCHASING one. Also Amazon sells ISIS flags, even after they stopped selling Confederate flags. So you all support terrorists.

  18. Anonymous
    June 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

    First off, date your bloody articles so we know how timely the information is.

    Second, the Nook uses the most widely available non-proprietary format in use: ePub. It is in no way restricted to the Nook. Calibre can even convert their downloaded ebooks to AZW or MOBI format to run on the Kindle.

    Like many people I have stopped purchasing from Amazon after their decision to remove the Confederate flag while keeping Che Guevara T-Shirts and the flag of ISIS. I came here looking for information to that end.

    • Anonymous
      June 29, 2015 at 4:40 am

      Same...will be cancelling prime membership since they see fit to sell the world's panoply of genocidal maniacs


      • Anonymous
        August 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm

        As opposed to the flag of racist maniacs who made their living off human slaves. Good call.

        • KLP
          December 11, 2016 at 2:06 am

          Clearly you think isis isn't as bad as the Confederacy. Good call. That means you're a fool. Isis disfigures women, murders gays and rapes anyone they please, from small boys to other Muslim's wives. And they have this thing about beheadings too. Keep protecting them. And Che Guevara isn't much better, if he is. A Confederate flag is nothing compared, but you can't see that. Why?

    • Anonymous
      August 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

      @Derek Wade, I wholeheartedly agree with you! The Confederate flag is history... it is what it is. HISTORY! You can buy a plethora of Nazi, Obama and even like Derek said, Che Guevara goods... seriously? Get over yourselves people!!! Slavery is dead. Has been for WELL OVER a 100 years!!! Why won't you just let it die??!?!!?

      • Anonymous
        September 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm

        They called it a civil war. While slavery maybe a past but not forgotten enigma - it's very much a reality more so now than 100 years ago in countries across Africa and continents across the world to name a few, India and Korea.

        Be mindful of the UN diplomat from India who hired a slave to run her household, paying pennies on the dollar. The US turned her out, persona non grata while firstly arresting and detaining her thus denying her of her own freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

        India's response? Revoke US diplomats few privileges enjoyed bestowed by the government to basically skirt tail the inefficient bureaucracy.

        Recall the Confederate flag up to a year ago flew over South Carolina's Capitol Building as an iconic symbol of historical pride; a heritage that started long before and in no way conceived by race nor associated with slavery.

        The confederate soldiers who carried the flag in battle weren't slave owners. They weren't fighting to keep slavery alive. Slavery was a territorial enterprise afforded and perpetuated by a few Un-Godly wealthy businessmen and farmers.

        Even after the proclamation the slaves who thought themselves free had no place to go, no job or money. Conditions actually became worse by having to pay for room and board for staying on as farm hands while barely affording food. The whip may have been reserved for horses and animals post emancipation but more will die to malnutrition and disease than to the beatings collectively. Sad but true.

        I would think it portrayed daily in minds of many who swore allegiance as a constant reminder of the past wrongs that eventually were made right during America's Second Revolution, the Civil Rights Era - the freedom riders who with Johnson's iron fist integrated America's schools and public facilities; ending segregation but barely maintained by Nixon.

        There are many more prolific prejudicial iconic symbols that were specifically created by and for prejudicial bigots: KKK, Skin Heads, Neo-Nazi's who on any given day and by permission of city hall can assemble and march.

        Take Clarence Thomas, Uncle Tom if you will. He never speaks because he already has his mind made up to stick it to the white race, and if marrying one isn't enough he belittles her by not recluse (ing) himself from proceedings she is party to as a lobbyist working to influence the the minds of the high court.

        Or Michelle Obama's book that makes no qualm about her dismay with the race that robbed her father of his hope to be an equal among peers; the society that shunned and alienated her father from advancement, but against all odds found a way to secure and afford her a quality education that would become an instrument of select benevolence while as First Lady. The only wife of a sitting president to walk off Air Force One wearing shorts and climb the Great Wall of China in high heels. That bold statement she made in her book declaring Hillary the enemy which in no way will be allowed to share an office in the same wing as her. I can't fathom how humbling it must have been for Hillary who went from cold as ice to superficial warm and meek.

        So there's that Amazon...not to mention the sale of a most profound and grotesque reference book or guideline if you can stomach which apparently they could and did for the plight of p e d o s around the world.

        That was a publicity folkpaw that got everyone talking but in fact decoded cryptic messages that helped unite the molesters worldwide by converging on Yahoo right to privacy chat rooms and private groups.

        If only someone in Law Enforcement took a minute to study it's content they would have known where to round them all up. Perhaps too costly to lock up and indoctrinate.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

      The article header *clearly* says "March 20, 2014"

  19. jfina77
    June 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Check out Shop@Home! It is a great shopping site with 55,000 stores and coupons and a % back on your purchases. There are many local stores that provide free in store same day pick up. It is my go to place for on line shopping and is a very reputable site which allows you to shop at all your favorite stores and sites.

  20. R. Nelson
    May 6, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    A very good new reason to NOT buy through Amazon.
    They send packages that wont fit in your mail box via US postal service, whether you want it or not.
    So if your mail box is not on your porch, your packages are just sitting on the street. With no other options!
    I chose the most expensive option they had, it made no difference. They send through the post office now - which means I will have to race the bad guys or just the elements to get my package before it's stolen for destroyed. Looking for better vendors that allow you customize and choose shippers - pretty much anyone but the post office. Bye Amazon. Ingrates.

  21. James dorland
    April 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    As I would like to think Amazon is the best place for internet shopping, their client administration is astounding, I never purchase anything from rakuten because of their ghastly notoriety, eBay its great however unfortunately has a ton of con artists, I attempt to evade newegg after I purchased a broken Rosewell (Newegg's image) PSU that exploded 5 seconds in the wake of turning it on. This is the best list and thanks a lot for sharing this content with us and I would like to congratulate for this great list.

  22. Sean
    April 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    It seems there is no alternative to Amazon unless you want to pay more money. I've been looking around now for a while as I'd like to avoid a company that has a $600 million deal with the CIA but it is hard to find an alternative.

    Newegg is good but charges a huge shipping fee. actually looks quite good but it is owned by amazon, arggh!

    Rakuten seems ok. I used to buy from it when it was

  23. Del
    April 7, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Speaking of Newegg;how fair is a restocking fee on an item you are returning,because it doesn't work?

  24. Anonymous
    March 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    When you toss out places to shop and don't know anything about their return policy - you should not recommend them. Apparently - you have never shopped at new egg - where they sell refurbed items as new. No - not items that were returned because no one wanted them - new items that were refurbed. If you do get a broken item - they will always say you broke it. Twice I got a box that was already opened and pins smashed - someone returned and they just shipped it to next customer. I filed a law suit and won. I will never shop new egg. That is 100% not an alternative to Amazon. That is the worst suggestion as an alternative - you might as well have said Best Buy - where you return goods and get the check in the mail three months later. Pass.

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2015 at 9:16 am


      • Nony Mouse
        June 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm

        Maybe it was your ALL CAPS SPEAKING that alerted them to follow you. "There's something OFF with THAT GUY."

    • SomeoneSomewhere
      April 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Wow. Yeah, I wondered. I keep seeing reviews about people receiving refurbed items that were sold as new. That is 100% illegal & not ok. Freaking Newegg.....pisses me off.

  25. monkeychops
    March 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Ermmmm a ratuken sells whale meat and ivory and is one of the worst tax avoiding retailers online. Not sure why they are being championed.

  26. Roy
    December 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

    For films, DVDs and Blu Rays you should go to Movie Mail. They make an ethical statement on their homepage that is not only about paying taxes but also about employing people on good salaries, the "living wage". Also they are a great site with many out of the way titles and will answer questions and queries you put to them because they are really interested in film. Their prices are good too and they operate a loyalty scheme. I use this site for all my film purchases which have increased this year as they have such a good list.

  27. Frank Mathers
    September 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Amazon in Germany is a catastrophe. Their customer service is nowhere near the U.S. standard and their reputation is generally poor. Their business is still growing albeit at a slower pace due to their brutal pricing. Is the jail-like atmosphere at the German Amazon workplace responsible to the horrific relationship they have with their employees and customers?

  28. Britt Petros
    July 15, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Amazon uk and even some of the non english amazon sites such as are better than American amazon site at times.

  29. Patrick
    July 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I have been a very constant and loyal buyer at Amazon, but the reports about the (non-)ethics with he employee there makes me think of finding some other place. Do you know if others like alibris or are ethically rated?

  30. Robin Redlake
    June 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I try to avoid because of the many verified reports of the low pay and bad working conditions for their employees (faster, faster), etc. Plus the state I'm in, already highly overtaxed, assumes you're not reporting sales tax on items bought online, so forces an extra tax on you based on your income. Which encourages people to find online stores which don't collect sales tax. collects sales tax, as we know.
    Had not heard of Rakuten so might give them a try. and are just two examples of many articles.

  31. Pixie
    June 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm is a used book site with a focus on collectible and rare books - they are totally independent, and all of their inventory is made up of the stock from indie bookshops from all over the world. You deal more with the booksellers than with the marketplace which can make it a bit slower/less predictable than Amazon (or the Amazon-owned ABEbooks)

  32. Kell Brigan
    May 26, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Check out for used books. They're a little left-wing, but their charitable donations go to literacy projects.

    • Mike
      June 17, 2014 at 1:04 am

      "They're a little left-wing..." You say that as if it's a bad thing.

    • Kell Brigan
      June 17, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Get used to it, Mike. Too many people know who Alinski is now, and how extremist, anti-Semitic, and downright sleazy SEIU, ACORN, and all of Obama's other "community" buddies are. The times they are a changing, and we're long overdue for an adjustment back to sanity.

  33. Jon
    April 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for this article. I just closed my amazon account yesterday due to them holding my orders for a week before shipping and then using the slowest shipping possible. They want "prime" people only so I left. Funny thing is that they didn't even ask me why I was closing my account and told me "we wish you luck." Could the ego get any bigger?? LOL I hope more people move on to better options.

    • RRF
      June 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      The reason I searched and found this site is Like Jon I had a bad experience with Amazon. Amazon wouldn't let me post a bad review after they cancelled my order. ARROGANT. They treat you like they are the only shop in town. They say something is in stock, then a day or two later they realize it isnt. then cancel your order. You are left to find an alternative. That is one star.

  34. Paul V
    March 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    In my opinion Amazon is the best place for online shopping, their customer service is amazing, I never buy anything from rakuten due to their horrible reputation, eBay its good but sadly has a lot of scammers, I try to avoid newegg after I bought a faulty Rosewell (Newegg's brand) PSU that blew up 5 seconds after turning it on.

  35. Pablo C
    March 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Nice post. For big ticket items, I tend to avoid Amazon or TigerDirect since they charge sales tax in Texas. For books I've used but shipping can become expensive there.

  36. James G
    March 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I have always had a good experience with NewEgg.

    I have only had 1 bad experience with Ebay and often use them for new items as well.

    One place not listed that I will say avoid: Alibris. I have one experience with them so far and it is not good, still waiting for my items 28 days after shipment, they said don't bother asking until it has been 45 days. Blech.

    • Joel L
      March 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I've never heard of Alibris but that sounds horrible. 45 days??? Packages from halfway around the world barely take half that time...

      Thanks for sharing.

  37. Tom E
    March 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I've bought several things from NewEgg; one advantage they have over TigerDirect is that they don't have to charge tax in Florida. Obviously their prices are good, and I've never had a problem - even when I had to return something.

  38. Michael S
    March 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I've been with since 2000. In 14 years they've never let me down and of course their recommendations section is now practically spot on with every single suggestion. I do shop around though, for computer stuff I'm a regular at and for video games, in the UK at least, competition is fierce so I use a combination of bargain finding sites like and whichever ones they recommend.

    Overall though I tend to use Amazon as my first port of call, that kind of reliability is hard to beat.

    • Victor
      May 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      You are probably the lucky guy...

  39. Howard B
    March 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Rakuten used to have a *terrible* reputation; I'm glad to see they've cleaned up their act.

  40. MF
    March 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    For books you can go to
    Good selections and free shipping for many countries, without a minimum purchase.

    • Joel L
      March 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Wow, that site looks great. Hadn't heard of it before so thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

    • Guy M
      March 21, 2014 at 1:13 am

      I absolutely LOVE The Book Depository! I can buy almost any book I want, cheaper than from Indigo/Chapters here in Canada. The Book Depository then ships it to me FREE from the UK. Indigo/Chapters charges shipping on top of it all.

    • Michail D
      March 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      I've used the Book Depository and it's very reliable indeed. If I'm not mistaken, they also use eBay for selling both new and used books.

    • Jack M
      May 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Amazon owns them :)

    • EN
      June 13, 2014 at 2:48 am

      Ouch...Amazon is everywhere...

    • marc
      July 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Hi, i do not know if Amazon owns them, and if you make such a statement, it would be good to share your source.

      I used them, and felt sorry to see that they (then at least, haven't checked it out recently) operated from Jersey. Surely the books they sent to me were not coming from there. One goes to Jersey not to pay taxes. To use our civil infrastructure without contributing.

      So i try to take my shopping elsewhere. some useful info about bookshop backgrounds can be found on


    • Jason
      August 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Look up Book Depository on wikipedia - there it states Amazon acquired them in July of 2011.

      Sad really. Hoping to find some companies that are more ethical than Amazon.

    • Donna Pressland
      May 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

      It's owned by Amazon