We will talk up Amazon's perks until we are blue in the face. But even heroes have faults — and these are Amazon's. Here's everything you should avoid buying on the site.
You'd think $25 would equal $25 in every corner of the country, but there's a special place where dollar values don't match up — and that place is Costco. At the big box store, you could . On Amazon, you'll be stuck paying dollar for dollar.
In a store-to-store price comparison, Amazon loses every time. On , Pedigree's 50-lb. bag of Adult Complete Nutrition kibble is $32.79, minimum. On , it's a full ten bucks cheaper, and specialty stores like and sell it for just $28.
Amazon's selection of big machines (like fridges and dishwashers) is — well, how do we put this nicely — weak. Many of the ones that are available are sold through third-party retailers (read: you're going to pay a lot in shipping), or they're cheaper on competitors' sites. May we present you with this v. argument as proof.
We know, WE KNOW: The fact that you can buy something from Ikea without setting foot in the blue-and-yellow labyrinth is exhilarating. But you're going to pay a pretty penny for that pleasure. The upcharge on Ikea products sold through Amazon is insane.
Kirkland is Costco's house brand, and that's exactly where you should buy those products. Yes, Amazon sells them, too, but you'll pay so much more on the retail giant's site. For example, a is $17. On Amazon, it's $27.
Shopping for groceries online is convenient; we won't argue that. But you're going to pay a pretty penny for that convenience. The cheapest you'll find bananas on Amazon is a little more than a dollar per banana. Need I remind you how much you score bananas for at (19 cents. They're 19 cents each.)
Amazon-sold cookbooks tend to cost around the same that they do from other retailers. The reason you should consider shopping elsewhere, though, is so you can properly fangirl over your copy. Target often scores exclusive signed copies, and the , too. Or, you know, you could support your local bookstore.