Jet.com: The New Amazon?

July 23, 2015

Courtney Velasque

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Shopping platforms like Amazon.com and club stores like Sam’s Club are making it easy for consumers to get the best price for the items they purchase every day. Just like any good idea, one comes along that’s better and there is a new kid that has joined the shopper discount race.

The new kid on the block is Jet.com and after one use, I’m hooked! I placed my first order for items we usually buy at Sam’s Club or Amazon.com. I chose 5 items we were running out of, made sure I spent $35 to receive free shipping and placed my order. Jet.com had everything I was looking for…Domino sugar, Cottonelle wipes, Swiffer Dry Mop refills, Always feminine products and Finish Dishwasher Powerball Tabs. I was offered an additional discount if I waived the option to make a free return, so I did since I knew I already liked and needed these products. After placing the order, which will arrive in 1-2 days, I went to Amazon and placed the same products in my cart. I already have Amazon Prime, so I receive free shipping on my orders.

I was shocked at the difference in price between the two sites. My total on Jet.com was $38.64. The total on Amazon.com for the exact same products was $62.06! Both gave me free shipping.

Jet.com offered me a free 3 month trial period and once it ends the annual fee to be a member and reap these awesome discounts is $50 a year. The membership includes free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns (unless you waive this option to receive a larger discount).

Amazon Prime is $99 a year, which includes free 2 day shipping on every purchase, without a limit on your order size.

When you compare apples to apples, Jet.com soars to the top. What move will Amazon make to win this battle of the shopping platforms? I’m sure we will soon find out!

 

 

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