13 Amazon Alternatives You Can Shop From Right Now

updated Mar 27, 2020
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Online shopping has never been more vital as it is right now, with people buying everything from groceries and household essentials to office products and home project supplies online. While we definitely encourage you to buy local when you can, there’s no denying that mega retailers like Amazon have both a bigger product selection and faster shipping ability. Right now, however, Amazon is delaying shipping on most products to prioritize the essentials, leaving loyal Prime members to start shopping elsewhere. We rounded up a list of Amazon alternatives to consider that, so far at least, aren’t experiencing any major shipping delays, although be ready for at least some extended wait times.

Get your groceries delivered right to your door with InstaCart, which allows you to shop from a range of different stores in your area. Of course, you should expect some delays and for some items to be out of stock—but with InstaCart’s no contact “Leave At My Door” delivery, you don’t have to deal with the stress of coming into contact with fellow shoppers.

Prefer to shop organic? Consider signing up for Thrive Market, which sells organic and non-GMO food brands at a discount. Memberships cost $60 per year, but you get access to a huge selection of great foods and even starter kits for special diets. Plus, shipping is free if you spend over $49, and is available to the 48 contiguous states.

In need of cookware? You’re pretty much guaranteed to find it at Sur La Table, which also just so happens to be running their biannual Cookware Sale right now. Aside from cookware, you’ll also find bakeware, kitchen tools, knives, small appliances, and even food on Sur La Table’s site. Although their brick and mortar stores are closed you can still order online—ground shipping is free over $59.

The go-to place for shopping in bulk online, Boxed delivers pantry items and household essentials right to your door. There are no membership fees, but you can pay $49 per year to join Boxed Up, which gets you free shipping, exclusive discounts, and 2 percent cash rewards. Right now, orders are delayed by a few days, so if you’re starting to run low on the essentials you should get in your order sooner rather than later.

Target stores are still open, but with reduced hours and special times for senior citizens to shop. Online ordering is still operating as normal, plus there are options for Drive Up and Order Pickup. Target is a great places to not only stock up on household essentials and groceries (although you should expect some delays), but also toiletries, toys, and even school and office supplies.

If you’re focusing on home projects and upgrades while you’re stuck at home, look on AJ Madison’s site for bigger appliances. You’ll find washer/dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, and more, plus free delivery over $599 to the 48 contiguous states.

Stock up on pet food and supplies with Chewy, although take note that delivery times are taking longer than usual due to high demand. If you’re unfamiliar with Chewy, they sell pretty much anything you need for your pet, no matter if it’s a dog, cat, fish, bird, or even horse. There’s even a pharmacy with medications for everything from flea & tick relief, ear & eye care, and arthritis. Also be sure to keep an eye on their daily deals.

Similarly, Home Depot stores are still open with reduced hours, but their online ordering is up and running like normal. Of course, Home Depot is the ideal place to start if you’re tackling home projects, with categories like paint, hardware, tools, and much more, plus a whole section for DIY projects and ideas. Not only that, but you can also find a surprisingly good selection of decor and furniture, as well as household essentials.

If you’re specifically looking for home office essentials, you’ll find a huge selection of products at Best Buy. You can order for pick up at your local store, or have it delivered to your door—either way, you won’t have to enter a store, since they’ll drop off at your car if you choose to pick up. Also keep an eye on Best Buy’s deals for major savings, and take note that they also have a pretty good section of health and fitness products.

10. eBay

You might not know it, but eBay actually sells way more than secondhand goods up for auction. The site has a robust electronics section featuring top brands, as well as plenty of finds for home & garden, health & beauty, and even toys & games. Check out their deals section for major savings every day, and if shopping local is important to you then browse their small business-focused section.

All of Bed Bath & Beyond’s stores are closed right now, but online ordering is still going on. Shop here if you’re looking for cleaning products, health and beauty, allergy essentials, board games, and, of course, household appliances. Plus, right now BB&B’s Spring Sale is going on, with major deals across pretty much every category.

12. REI

Looking for health and fitness gear? REI’s physical stores are closed, but they’re offering free standard shipping in response to the pandemic. They’re offering tons of deals right now, including 20 percent off one item for Co-op Members. Check out their running and yoga sections for gear you can use now, and their clothing sections for comfortable activewear you can wear in the house whether you’re exercising or not.

While beauty products might not be an essential right now, we don’t blame you if you want to stock up on self care goodies like face masks and beauty tools. Dermstore is one of our favorite sources for just that, with a range of top-selling brands across categories including skincare, makeup, hair care, bath & body, and more.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it here: Our Favorite Amazon Alternatives You Can Shop From Right Now