(If you're not already a member, you can try Prime for free for 30 days.)
Amazon has also offered deals and discounts in a variety of ways, including its monthly subscription service, where you get automatic shipments of certain products you use all the time. You can save 15% on these items if you order at least 5 items in a given month.
Today I received a price alert on one item I was subscribed to, and I thought I would stack it up against two others stores. But first, some context.
Other Membership Sites
The other store we'll talk about here has been BIG NEWS as Amazon's upcoming competition. With major investments being made, Jet anticipates having MILLIONS of subscribers by the end of 2015 even though they're just in Beta right now. Ambitious indeed. Their business model is to make little to no money on products, focusing on income from memberships. ($50/year after whatever trial they are offering.) Many products come with 2-day delivery, but not all. You get free shipping at $35 per order.
Jet also lets you shop at a ton of others places and, if you forward your e-mail confirmation to Jet, you'll get points to spend on Jet's site in the future. (Yes, you are sharing your shopping habits with them if you do this, and I presume helping them to know where they need to expand.)
At the time of this writing, Jet is giving away free 6-month memberships obviously to get people to try them, and certainly to try wresting them away from Amazon. So with my own membership in place, it was time for me to explore and see how prices stacked up between Amazon, Thrive, and Jet. Here are my examples.
NuGo FREE Chocolate Bar
Jet is the winner at a price of $13.56 for one box, and less if you buy multiple boxes.
Jet, however, did have a "sweet" flavor of this as a single-bag option, and buy two bags at a time brought the price down to $2.79 each. So if you can match up flavors on the two sites, Jet might be the winner on price.
Charmin Toilet Paper
On Jet you can buy just 16 rolls at a time for $11.75 or less. Without going crazy and buying a ton of packages, Jet's price is 69 to 73 cents per roll at 1-3 packages.
Jet and Amazon roughly tie on this one.
Erin Baker's Chocolate Granola
I'll call this one another tie for Jet and Amazon because pricing depends on how you buy it.
Way Better Chips
Krave Beef Jerky
Amazon and Thrive are selling a 3.25 ounce bag vs. the 1.5 ounce at Jet. So ounce for ounce, Jet's price is $6.43 for a comparable bag. Amazon's 4-pack is $24.95, or $6.23 per bag. Right now, Thrive wins big on price, but Amazon has the best selection.
Having said that, Jet has a bunch of other beef jerky options, and if you're into this kind of food, you might want to know about Tanka, which mixes meats and fruits in bar and stick form and looks WAY healthier to me than beef jerky. Jet easily beats both Amazon and Thrive on Tanka pricing.
Rainbow Light Chocolate Protein Energizer
Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries
Bounty Paper Towels
I'm not convinced Jet's making little to no money on all products, but these definitely seem like good deals. And although Costco has greatly improved its healthy product selection over the years, you still have to buy in bulk with them, and have to adapt to what they have on the shelves. It seems like Jet will bring you a better selection without buying in bulk.
I won't give up Amazon Prime any time soon -- we use more than just Prime shipping, and Prime lets you order things as you need them rather than saving up to $35 at a time. $35 isn't much, but sometimes you just need something small shipped.
On the other hand, it looks like I'll keep my Jet membership once it's a paid membership. There are a lot of savings to be had here, and Jet seems to have undone my interest in Thrive Market.