Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping and More

You don’t need to pay Amazon Prime’s juiced $139 annual fee to find a wide swath of products online at different retailers.

Several Amazon packages, on September 1, 2022
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Amazon raising its annual membership fee to $139 earlier this year (from $119) was almost the last straw. But when the giant online retailer started ending certain perks from its wide collection of the best of Amazon Prime, well, that was it. You’re not waiting for a possible second Amazon Prime Day in 2022. You’re ready to become an ex-member of Amazon Prime.

So what next? Here’s where we step in. We’ve evaluated 15 alternatives to Amazon Prime for your consideration. Warning: There will be some compromises. You'll find supply may not be as wide and deep as Amazon; it may even just focus on one category, such as clothing or electronics. You may have to shop strategically or sign up for credit cards or loyalty programs to avoid shipping fees. Take a look.

Bob Niedt
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.