Online Stores to Shop Instead of Amazon
By Editorial Staff
Dedicated online shoppers almost universally love Amazon, the behemoth of online shopping sites.
Amazon is easy. It’s convenient. It offers hundreds of thousands of items. It’s just… always there.
There are so many other shopping site out there, though, and we hate for you to miss any of them. If you are shopping in a real niche, like estate jewelry or quilting supplies, you will probably find a better resource, with advice, chat boards, and specialized products, at an online store that perfectly matches your product search. You can even find those things that aren’t sold on Amazon – live animals, liquor, and real estate.
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Beauty supplies forever! Forget Amazon, shop at the store that women in the now have made their go-to for deals on makeup, hair dryers, curling irons, nail polish, and hair extensions. You will find hundreds and hundreds of beauty products at Sally’s, even professional beauty salon supplies. If you spend more than $50, you’ll get free shipping, which puts Sally in competition with Amazon Prime, too.
Don’t wade through stores and categories that don’t pertain to your need. You will waste time and tempt distraction. If you need drapes, curtains, or window hardware, go to Half Price Drapes. You will find gorgeous designer-style draperies, and curtains for every room in your home. Their prices are already super competitive, and when you use a coupon code… we’re just saying. You can get floor length silk drapes at a fraction of what you will pay elsewhere.
Herrschners has been in business since 1899, and that track record will stand up to the mega-retailers any day. Needleworkers and crafters have counted on them for the most gorgeous yarn, needlework projects, craft supplies, and hobby goods. This store caters directly to the crafter and hobbyist, so you are certain to find exactly what you need, and find enough to inspire your next project, or two, or three, as well.
7. DirectToU Stores
Movie buffs, Amazon is not the end-all-be-all for great movie viewing. Yes, DVDs and Blue-ray are still the real afficionados answer to finding hard-to-find classics, TV shows, and new British releases. Shop through all the catalogs belonging to the DirectToU family: Critics Choice Video, Video Collection, and Movies Unlimited. You are not limited by what’s available via your remote.
6. Gray & Sons
Amazon doesn’t come to mind first when you are thinking luxury jewelry and fine estate pieces. But you don’t have to go to the jewelry store to find beautiful baubles. You can shop online at Gray & Sons and be assured that you are finding great value for your investment, the most famous jewelry and watch designers, and wedding jewelry.
5. Pepper Joe’s
If your culinary palate tends toward heat, you’ll be thrilled to find this nominee for the “World’s Most Influential Pepper Grower.” Jalapenos, chile peppers, cayenne peppers… Pepper Joe’s is the real deal. A grower, seed seller, and gourmet advisor, a small (in comparison to Amazon) online store like this, will get you the specialty product straight from the source, with no giant middle man.
You’ll find cigar smoking accessories on Amazon, but no cigars to smoke. There are no nicotine products sold on the online giant, so treat yourself and go straight to Corona Cigar Company. They have hundreds of famous maker cigars, including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and Corona Intensa. And, yes, Corona Cigar offers free shipping and will throw in a free pack of cigars on orders of $99 or more. Take that, Prime.
You can’t buy liquor on Amazon.com, so head over to the BevMax online catalog and shop for your spirits. You’ll find fine brand names, specialty spirits, and lots of awesome recipes too. Of course, you must be 21 to order, and an I.D. is required upon delivery, with some state-by-state restrictions. But if you are looking for something specific, like a small batch bourbon or imported tequila, BevMax could be the answer.
You can’t buy a pet on Amazon, but you can connect with the lovely people at Mt. Caesar Alpacas and talk about starting your own alpaca operation with one of their gorgeous, hand raised alpacas. They have both breeding stock and fiber animals, and all of Mt. Caesar’s alpacas are from championship bloodlines. Who can resist those eyelashes?
You’re not going to find your dream vacation home on Amazon, but if you are dreaming of second home – or a permanent retirement – to the sunny coast of west Florida, you can browse properties online with Florida Luxury Realty’s digital catalog. Shop for homes, enjoy a virtual tour, connect with a realtor. This is the efficient way to plan your next move.
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