imilar and alternative sites to Amazon to buy online, with good prices for technology and more
Amazon is currently the best e-commerce site in Italy, also thanks to the huge number of products on offer and thanks to the assistance always available to solve problems and reimburse users in case of problems or defects in the products purchased. Amazon is definitely the first choice when we want to buy something; in recent times, however, prices are no longer as affordable as in the past and what seem like good offers are actually “decoy” placed there with a fake discount, ready to attract users. If we really want to save money, which other e-commerce sites can we turn to?
In this guide we will try to answer the question posed a little while ago, illustrating the best alternatives to Amazon for online shopping , so that you can really save money and still get what we are looking for, without necessarily having to stop at the prices imposed by Amazon. We will try to show you in particular the sites that support PayPal as a payment method , so as to be effectively covered in case of scam or problems.
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Best alternatives to Amazon
The sites that we will show you offer an assorted catalog of appliances, electronic devices and more, thus allowing us to be able to buy at the best price without having to wait for Amazon’s offer or availability at its warehouses. The sites that we will report have collected the best reviews for shipping and ease of payment, so that they can also be used by users who are novice with online shopping.
For many, eBay is the only real alternative to Amazon, as it has been available for many more years and offers a truly immense catalog of new products, used products and products up for auction. eBay is accessible from the dedicated website but also via app for Android and iPhone / iPad .
Products in Buy It Now format can be sold by both private users and shops or large distribution chains, it’s up to us to choose who to trust. Generally by buying from sellers with a large number of positive feedbacks we will get fast delivery, clear pricing and good after-sales service . PayPal is the preferred payment system able to fully cover the expense in case of problems or packages not received.
Shipping is free on more and more products (in particular those exceeding € 50 of expenditure), but as a general rule the shipping costs are to be paid separately and, in case of choice, it is always advisable to indicate the express courier as a method of delivery (fast and quick).
Another good alternative to Amazon for online shopping is ePRICE , available as a dedicated website and as an app for Android and iPhone / iPad .
On this site we can find the best offers for consumer electronics but also large appliances, new PCs, notebooks, Smart TVs and more at very attractive prices. ePRICE offers an efficient express courier service (24 / 48H) and supports PayPal as a payment system along with other popular methods such as payment on delivery, credit card and bank transfer.
Many products are offered for free delivery , while the larger ones may have additional costs (including installation and first start-up).
If we want to focus on some Chinese products, the store to focus on with your eyes closed is AliExpress , which can be reached on the dedicated website but also via apps for Android and iPhone / iPad .
If we are looking for a way to save with a site that combines the advantages of eBay and Amazon , AliExpress is definitely the one for us. On this site we can find thousands of products of Chinese origin for practically any sales category, from home accessories through to Smart TVs and smartphones of the most important Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Meizu etc.
AliExpress ships from China and Hong Kong, so when completing the order you will need to choose the most suitable type of shipment: in any case, delivery times are hardly less than 15 days, to which the probable customs costs must be added. The site offers an effective buyer protection system: in case of fraud or obviously counterfeit products it is possible to get your money back.
Unfortunately AliExpress does not support PayPal , so we will have to use a credit card (preferably prepaid) to make purchases on the site.
Another very promising site for online shopping for smartphones, appliances and accessories from China is Gearbest , accessible from the dedicated website and from the apps for Android and iPhone .
The site is divided into numerous categories, so that we can always find the product we are looking for, even those with the greatest number of requests (the site has a large number of warehouses scattered all over the world). One of the strengths of the site is the calculation of shipping costs and the time required for the arrival of each product: if the warehouse is in Europe, shipments tend to be very fast (maximum 4 days); if instead the product is available only in China or Hong Kong, the shipping times and costs are extended up to 15-30 days.
On Gearbest it is possible to pay with PayPal , so as to always have extra security in the event of a shipment that is too long or an object does not meet expectations.
Groupon is famous for the coupons offered to access restaurants, spas and more, but also offers an excellent e-commerce site called Groupon Shopping , accessible only through a dedicated website .
In this section of the site we will be able to find products on offer for practically any category: clothing, electronics, entertainment, home, health and beauty and accessories. Prices are highly competitive with discounts of up to 40%, as well as shipping costs (free on some products, very low on other bulky ones). Many of the opportunities are lightning offers, so it is better to take advantage of them immediately because stocks are limited and could even end on the same day (the most searched items end up in a few hours!). Groupon accepts PayPal as a payment method, allows you to track the package from the reserved section and provides emails for each phase of the transaction, so you always have everything under control. In addition to PayPal, it also allows you to pay directly by credit card or prepaid card.
Other valid alternatives to Amazon
If the sites seen so far are not enough to satisfy our desire for online shopping, in this part of the guide we have collected other valid alternatives to Amazon.
- it : great site to buy PC components, notebooks and computer modding products.
- BPM Power : site with numerous accessories, PC components, preassembled and graphics cards at low prices
- Monclick : another very good site for buying technology and electronics products.
- Kelkoo : good catalog of recent smartphones, with very good prices.
- Yeppon : many products for the kitchen and for the living room at discounted prices.
- Honorbuy : site specializing in the sale of Chinese smartphones and accessories without customs.
- Euronics : famous electronics chain with excellent prices on large appliances.
- Unieuro : another famous electronic chain with lightning opportunities to be seized.
- Expert : electronics chain with hundreds of products on offer.
- MediaWorld : international electronics chain with good prices
If we want to buy from the most famous and safest Chinese e-commerce sites, we recommend that you read our guide to the most reliable Chinese shop sites to buy electronics and technology .
Amazon for many users is synonymous with online shopping, but for those looking for offers and unrepeatable bargains, they must never stop on a single site: if, for example, we are looking for a new phone, it is better to broaden the search to all the sites we have there. displayed above, so as to be able to compare prices and shipping methods and finally choose the one that is most convenient, sure to always have all the guarantees and protections necessary.
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