Top 3 Amazon Prime Alternatives

Amazon's Prime membership program provides shopping discounts and savings on shipping. The membership also boasts a streaming video service that includes TV shows, movies, and Amazon Originals.

Amazon Prime costs $12.99 per month or $119 per year. The program offers free two-day shipping and free one-day delivery on more than 10 million items. It also offers prescription delivery and two-grocery delivery.

Discounts are available at Whole Foods and during Amazon's annual two-day Prime Day event. Members get exclusive deals, including 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals. Prime subscribers can also stream or download Prime media content covering thousands of popular songs, movies, TV shows, games, and audiobooks.

Rewards include 5% back for members with Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, Alexa-assisted shopping, free subscription to thousands of top Kindle books and magazines, and even unlimited storage for photos.

However, competitors are not far behind in offering similar deals, and here's a list of top alternatives to Amazon Prime.

Target is a leading retailer that sells various products, including appliances, baby supplies, books, clothing, electronics, furniture, household items, groceries, audio-video, office supplies, personal care products, and pet supplies. Target offers a loyalty program called Target Circle, which is free to join. The benefits include:

  • Earn a 1% earnings reward by shopping in-store or online. The rewards can be redeemed and applied to future purchases.
  • Exclusive deals and offers
  • Every time a customer shops at Target Circle, they get a vote for where Target gives in your community.


Target RedCard credit or debit cardholders pay no annual fee but receive a 5% discount on purchases and early access to new product releases. However, there are exceptions to the 5% discount, including prescription and optical eye exams.

The Redcard also offers:

  • Free standard shipping for purchases, although select items may require a minimum purchase amount, and some items have a fee. Also, eligible items have free two-day delivery when using a RedCard for the purchase online.
  • An extended 90-day return policy is available on select, unopened items, though electronics and entertainment items must be returned within 30 days, and mobiles within 14 days of purchase.

Walmart+ Membership

Walmart+ membership has a 15-day free trial period and costs $12.95 per month or $98 per year, plus any state and local taxes. The membership offers the following benefits:

Free Local Delivery

Free delivery from your local Walmart store on qualifying items, such as groceries, with a minimum total purchase amount of $35 per order. The Walmart grocery app allows the subscriber to schedule a pick-up time, and a team member will help load groceries in the trunk.

Free Shipping with No Order Minimum

Free shipping is available with no order minimum on thousands of eligible items that are shipped by Walmart. Ineligible items typically include items sold by third parties and bulky or heavy orders, which require freight shipping. While returns are available up to 90 days of purchase, the return policy may vary department.

Gas Savings

Save five cents per gallon on fuel at Walmart and Murphy gas stations. Members also get member pricing at Sam's Club gas stations. The program boasts over 2,000 locals nationwide.

Discounted Perscriptions

Walmart members can get free and discounted prescriptions. The discounts can be as much as an 85% reduction in the cost.

Walmart also offers a credit card through Capital One, in which cardholders can earn up to 5% back on online purchases and 2% on fuel, travel, and restaurant purchases. However, the credit card is not part of the Walmart+ membership program.

With offers of a variety of products from apparel to jewelry from nearly 100 brands. ShopRunner offers free membership to those who are customers of qualified partners.

One-year free membership is available for customers or account holders of PayPal, Mastercard, Chase, and Yahoo. However, there are eligibility requirements for certain cardholders. Eligible American Express customers get a free lifetime membership.

Otherwise, it costs a $79 annual fee, although shoppers can try it free for three months. The benefits to include free two-day shipping with no minimum purchase amount at nearly 100 participating stores. Subscribers can also return items for free.

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