Most of us are familiar with Wish. Whether you’ve saved money by ordering from them or have just enjoyed browsing some of the often-outrageous items they sell, you probably know that this is an app you can use when you want to save some cash.
However, you might not know that there are several apps like Wish that you can choose from.
Usually, these apps save you money by offering longer shipping times. So if you’re able to wait patiently for your items to arrive, sites like Wish let you get the items you want while keeping more of your hard-earned cash.
You might already know about Alibaba, a large Chinese site that primarily sells products in bulk. AliExpress is owned by this company, and it’s one of the biggest online marketplaces in the world. If you choose to shop on AliExpress, you’ll find that you can buy products in almost any category, including jewelry, cellphones, electronics, clothing, shoes, and home and garden supplies.
Like Alibaba, AliExpress began as a platform for businesses to supply other businesses. Now, individual consumers and businesses can both buy and sell on the site, and many sites that use the dropshipping method use AliExpress as a supplier. If you compare an AliExpress listing to eBay or Amazon, the AliExpress listing will almost always be significantly cheaper. However, there is a catch. Sellers often ship from China and it can take up to a month for items to reach you. Delivery may sometimes take even longer.
If you’re looking for an app that has a platform that’s very similar to that of Wish, Joom is a close competitor. Joom does have one important advantage–shipping is always free for all items. Its platform is attractively designed and looks a lot like Wish, but it does have some issues.
The first is shipping time. While Wish and AliExpress both take a fair amount of time to ship items, but Joom takes longer on average to ship. Some items may take up to two months to reach your door. Joom also has fairly poor approval ratings, and many reviews mention that customer service is slow and unhelpful. This isn’t necessarily a reason to avoid the site, as they have excellent prices. However, many buyers simply avoid buying very expensive items in case they run into an issue.
This site is a bit of a departure from the Wish platform. Part of Wish’s appeal is the fact that it’s a generalist site, so you can find items in just about any product category. If you’re a fitness enthusiast who’s looking for a variety of fitness items that are high-quality and reliable, Fab is worth a look. It’s also located in the United States, so items tend to ship more quickly.
Fab is also a somewhat unusual site in that it offers more than just products. You can find water bottles, yoga mats, fitness trackers, and even home gym equipment, but you also can purchase online courses and holistic nutrition products. You can even find lighting and decor products to help you transform your home into a sanctuary. The site is beautifully designed and easy to navigate, making it a lot of fun to explore.
This is one of the many all-purpose supply sites based in China. Like AliExpress, it sells items to both businesses and individuals. As with many sites like Wish, this one has products in every imaginable category–even a quick scroll through the homepage shows that you can buy cell phones, makeup, clothing, computers, shoes, and games.
DHGate also is rated more highly than many Chinese sites. As with any site based in China, shipping times are somewhat long, and some buyers have complained about scammers using the site. If you’re willing to take on some risk and are patient enough to wait out the often-long shipping times, you can get some great shopping deals on the products you want.
5. Miss A
Miss A is another site on the list that offers a specialized product list. But unlike most specialized sites on the list, this one has very affordable products. Part of this site’s draw is the fact that all products are cruelty-free, something that appeals to many consumers who want to make sure they purchase ethical products. Miss A sells makeup, skincare products, false eyelashes, jewelry, hair care products, and more. And best of all, products are only $1 each.
Miss A also has a Charity Edition Collection–these products are slightly more than a dollar (most are under $2), and profits go to support charities that are making a difference in the world. Shipping is free for orders over $35, making this a great site to go to if you want to stock up on care products without breaking the bank.
Yet another specialized site that’s somewhat similar to Wish App, GeekBuying is designed for people who like technology and gadgets who also want to save money while purchasing them. If you’re looking for a specific item, this is a great site to come back to on a regular basis.
GeekBuying has special site coupons, flash sales, and deals. You can buy many items new or pre-owned, and many brands are represented, making it a site for any budget.
GeekBuying also has faster shipping than many sites on the list. Items shipped from local warehouses usually arrive in five days. It has warehouses in many countries across the world, so regardless of your location, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get your items quickly. This site is reviewed fairly positively, and most consumers seem to think it’s a pretty safe site to buy from.
This online store initially was only for children’s clothing. Their tagline is “A New Store Every Day,” and based on their homepage, that seems to be accurate. Zulily has several limited-time site sales that let you save money on educational books, clothing, shoes, kids’ toys, shoes, and more. Even when they aren’t on sale, Zulily items are very affordable.
This site also ships fairly quickly. Most items arrive within a week, with many arriving even sooner. This is largely because Zulily has gradually built significant infrastructure and has warehouses in multiple locations. Not all items are sold through Zulily, though. The platform also lets you buy items from third-party sellers.
This site is an interesting twist on the online store. It incorporates elements of social media to help buyers choose the products they want. Wanelo shows items that are trending and lets buyers share what they purchase on the site. You might be wondering where the unusual site name comes from. It’s a shortened form of “Want. Need. Love.” which is also the site motto.
Wanelo was launched using a similar model to Wish, but it’s quickly becoming an alternative for people looking for somewhat higher-quality items. Sometimes, buyers who use Wish report getting items that weren’t exactly what they ordered, and Wanelo generally is more reliable. What you see is almost always what you get. This site also carries a huge variety of products, and you can find budget brands, high-end brands, and even handmade items. While you can find items shipped from almost anywhere, Wanelo itself is based in San Francisco.
If you’re like many people, you probably have at some point wanted a specific item but haven’t been able to afford it. Overstock is a great place to go if you want brand-name products and hoping for a deal. It’s essentially a nationwide clearance rack.
Overstock is a place where retailers can sell surplus items at a discount. Everything is name-brand and brand-new, so there’s no worry about item quality.
Of course, when you shop on Overstock, the inventory is always changing. This is another site that you’ll probably want to check back in on from time to time. You can find just about every product category here, making it a great one-stop-shop for furniture, clothes, electronics, and more.
10. Dollar Tree
Chances are good that you’ve seen a Dollar Tree retail store at some point. Dollar tree stores are all over the country, and they’re a fun place to go when you’re looking for inexpensive snacks, kitchenware, beauty supplies, and gadgets. With the company’s website, you can browse thousands of items from the comfort of your couch. Many items are just $1 each, and you can get free shipping to the Dollar Tree near you.
Of course, if you’ve ever been in a Dollar Tree, you know this isn’t a company to turn to if you need high-end items. But just like Wish, the Dollar Tree site is a fun place to go if you’re looking for interesting and inexpensive items.
Lots of people look for ways to inexpensively buy quality clothing online, and Rosegal is a site that lets you do just that. This site primarily sells clothing, and it has clothing for both men and women. They even have a dedicated plus-size line, which is especially helpful for those who may have trouble finding clothes that fit in traditional stores.
Rosegal doesn’t just sell clothing, though. You can find wigs, hair care products, accessories, and home decor for almost any decorating scheme. Rosegal is much more affordable than most clothing stores, and they have a clearance section that includes many items that have been marked down to 99 cents. This is a site that has become especially popular with teenagers and young adults, although it has something for people of all age groups.
This site is a great place to go if you’re looking for great bargains on a range of products. However, unlike many sites on the list, all products on Dollar1 are sourced from the United States. Dollar1 is kind of like Overstock in that the site purchases surplus products and sells them at a discount. You can find skincare products, art supplies, and electronics. Whether you’re shopping for back-to-school supplies or just want something interesting like a selfie light, you can find a wide range of products at deep discounts.
Dollar1 ships products relatively quickly, and their site states that most products will arrive between five and seven days. If you’re looking for discounted products but want to avoid sites that primarily source from China, Dollar1 is a great store to check out.
So there you have them. Our top picks for apps like Wish. Most of these sites sell items in almost any product category imaginable. Of course, the quality of products will usually vary, but just about every listing is surprisingly affordable. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just want to browse, check out one (or more) of these sites today!