Worst Things to Buy on Amazon Instead of Jet.com

Jet.com is the new kid on the e-commerce block, but it’s already being pegged as a serious challenger to Amazon.com.

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Jet.com is the new kid on the e-commerce block, but it’s already being pegged as a serious challenger to Amazon.com. Jet operates like an online warehouse club, yet membership is free. Amazon charges $99 a year for a Prime membership.

But Amazon justifies Prime’s price tag by offering more perks than Jet. While members of both sites can get free shipping, Amazon promises a bigger selection of products and faster delivery (two days on all eligible items versus up to five days for Jet). Amazon also offers free shipping regardless of order size; Jet orders must total $35 or more to qualify for free shipping. And Prime members get exclusive access to other benefits, such as free streaming of movies, TV shows and music.

(For more on the pros and cons of a Jet membership, read 7 Things You Need to Know Before Joining Jet.com (opens in new tab).)

Surprisingly, considering that Amazon is known for undercutting the competition, Jet might have the edge when it comes to the lowest prices. A recent report by Profitero, an e-commerce research firm, found that Jet’s prices in seven product categories were 9% lower than Amazon’s, on average. We did our own comparison shopping on everyday items in the seven product categories to see just how much you can save on Jet versus Amazon.

All prices were for identical new products and were checked on September 30, 2015. Price comparisons excluded taxes and shipping costs. Profitero's pricing research was conducted prior to Jet.com's decision on October 7 to eliminate its annual membership fee.

Andrea Browne Taylor
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com
Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and is a channel editor for Kiplinger.com covering living and family finance topics. She previously worked at the Washington Post as a Web producer in the Style section and prior to that covered the Jobs, Cars and Real Estate sections. She earned a BA in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C.