Just after Amazon dazzled the public with an Amazon Go expansion and Whole Foods discounts for Prime members, the e-commerce giant quietly made a change to one of its signature Prime services, Prime Pantry. Until this month, Prime Pantry was a perk baked into Amazon Prime subscriptions. For a flat shipping rate of $5.99 per box, members could load up on Amazon’s selection of dry grocery goods and everyday essentials like paper products, household cleaning supplies, office supplies and even pet food.
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Amazon still offers the same products but tacked on an extra $2 to each order. That means Prime members will pay an additional $7.99 to Amazon for shipping. If Prime Pantry is a mainstay in your household, you can opt to pay $4.99 per month — on top of your annual Prime membership — to receive unlimited shipping on orders of $40 or more.
But if you’re not interested in forking over the additional money to Amazon, you have options for stocking up your pantry.
Jet, an online retailer that sells just about everything, gains a competitive advantage over Amazon with its free two-day shipping and returns for orders over $35 and no membership fees. Savers and deal hunters will love Jet’s dynamic real-time pricing and JetCash, its loyalty rewards program.
Consider Boxed, the online wholesale club. Great for families or offices, Boxed boasts zero membership fees, free delivery on orders over $49 and order arrival within two business days.
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Coming up on its first anniversary, Brandless effectively cuts out the middleman to bring its customers lower prices. You won’t find your favorite brands on the site: The company sells pantry, household, office and beauty products under its own label — Brandless. Everything at Brandless sells for $3, and products are non-GMO, sometimes organic, fair trade, kosher and gluten-free, and contain no added sugar. Shipping is free for orders over $39; however, the company offers B.More, an optional membership service for $36 a year that grants members free shipping with no dollar minimum.
Here’s an at-a-glance comparison of the pantry subscription options:
|Pantry Subscription Options|
|Retailer||Annual Fee||Delivery Cost|
|Amazon||$119 annually or $12.99 per month||$7.99 per box or $4.99 per month|
|Jet||$0||$0 for orders over $35|
|Brandless||$0||$0 for orders over $39|
|Boxed||$0||$0 for orders over $49|
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