In 1979 Michael Aldrich created online shopping using a modified domestic television connected with a telephone line to a processing computer. Today, consumers can use their personal computers or mobile devices to order everything from shoes to groceries and have it delivered to their homes within days.

Consumers have many online stores to choose from, and your choice will depend on your individual needs. Want to see where your order is at? Many online retailers provide detailed tracking updates. For the eco-conscious shopper, a company's green initiatives may be important. Not sure if you will like the size, color or feel of your new shoes? Consider the online store’s return policies before you buy. Before deciding where to make your e-purchase from, be sure to evaluate your options for selection, price and customer service. 

Top 10 Best Rated Online Shopping Companies

Founded in 1909, P.C Richard & Son is a family-owned company that offers electronics, appliances and mattresses. P.C. Richard & Son has a service center for electronics and appliances, as well as a support call center.
HomeClick was established in 2000 and is now a leader in name-brand, luxurious home improvement items. They feature a broad inventory of items for every room, including appliances, lighting, bathroom fixtures and more.
JustFab is an LA-based online retailer of women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. The site offers deep discounts to customers who become members and shop every month. JustFab has a wide variety of shoe styles and sizes.
Founded in 1999, ConsumerAffairs.com is a consumer advocacy website. It features news and resources to help consumers make smart purchasing decisions, including buyer’s guides and thousands of customer reviews and complaints.
Established in 1999, HobbyTron is now a leading retailer of remote-controlled toys and airsoft guns. They have a broad selection of helicopters, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes and more, and offer Daily Deals on popular items.
From its humble beginnings in 2002, Wayfair has become a one-stop shop for home furnishings and décor. Wayfair and its brands like AllModern and DwellStudio offer over seven million products from over 7,000 suppliers.
BuyDig.com offers deals, including blowout deals, clearance and coupons, on a wide variety of products. They sell to both individuals and corporate customers and can fill orders quickly. Most ship within 48 hours.
Since its beginning in 2002, Hayneedle has evolved into a leading online décor and home furnishings retailer. Headquartered in Omaha, Neb., Hayneedle sells products from over 3,000 brands, including their own in-house designs.
Jet.com is an ecommerce site that saves consumers money on everyday purchases. Enjoy free 2-5 day shipping on orders totaling $35 or more and receive rewards in the form of JetCash, which can be used on future purchases.
East Coast TVs is a New Jersey-based electronics company founded in 2008. They specialize in televisions; appliances; and audio, video and photography gear. They offer free shipping on most items and a points-based rewards system.

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What online shopping features matter most?

Safety and reliability

Whether you are in the market for personal care items, clothing, auto parts or art supplies, you will have many stores to choose from on the Internet. And while you can find adequate supplies at many of these stores, you should use caution when choosing an online retailer.

  • Reputation: Shopping from an online store requires divulging personal financial information and trusting that your information will be used appropriately and that your product or service will be delivered as promised. Be sure you buy from a reputable store that is known for ethical business practices and a quality product.
  • Secure payment: When making a payment online, be sure that the company has a secure payment portal that won’t compromise your financial information. Before typing your credit card or other payment information, look for a small padlock icon in the web address bar and check to see that the web address begins with the letters “https” and not “http” (the “s” stands for “secure”).
  • Value: Nearly every item, supply or service can be found online at many distinct price points. Choose a store that carries products you need at a price you can afford, then search online for the same product from other companies to see if the online store you chose is offering a fair deal. Ideally, a store should offer a guarantee on their products, which will help you feel better about your purchase if you’re unsure of the quality.

Selection

Depending on what items or services you need to purchase; selection may be more or less of a factor when you choose an online store. Generally, you can save time and money in shipping costs if you can make all your purchases at one website.

  • Niche or branded stores: Some stores specialize in a single brand or even a single product. This can be acceptable if your needs are very specific (for example, if you need a component part for a specific model of computer) or if you are brand loyal and don’t want or need to try new products (for example, if you know you prefer a certain brand of cosmetics).
  • Mass merchandisers: Just like offline mass merchandisers, some online stores offer many choices when it comes to consumer products or goods. Consider whether an online store has options that vary in price, size, quality or variety. You may not care much whether you have a choice when you’re purchasing items like component parts for a computer, but you might need more variety when it comes to apparel or personal care. Whether you choose an online store with a big selection or a boutique with just one product option is a choice that depends on your individual preference and needs.
  • Luxury items: Some people want to purchase only the best products, but not every store offers niche brands or boutique-style items. If you want to purchase high-end items, you’ll have to look at a store that offers these options.

Customer service availability

When you make a purchase online, you may encounter problems or concerns. Customer service representatives can often help with product selection, payment questions, shipping concerns and processing returns.

  • Prominent customer service features: An online store should make it easy for you to shop with them. Consider whether the customer service features on the website are clearly presented and easy to navigate. Some websites will have a “Contact us” tab on the page, while others will feature a text box on the side of the page.
  • Chat feature: Some online stores offer the option to chat live with a customer service representative, who can help you choose the right product or address any purchasing concerns. Before making a purchase with a store, give this feature a try. Ask a representative a question about a product you’re considering. You will get an idea of how quickly they respond and whether or not they are helpful.
  • Customer service hours: Online stores are open all the time but may have certain hours when you can chat with a customer service representative if you need help choosing an item or completing a purchase.

Purchase policies

Every online store sets its own policies regarding purchases, returns and guarantees. Look for a company that makes purchases and returns simple and affordable, and guarantees their product or service in case you are unhappy with your purchase.

  • Sales, deals or coupons: Many online stores have sales on items you might need, and these sales often rotate seasonally or by department. You can also save money if the online store you select accepts manufacturer coupons (often in the form of a code that you enter on the payment page) or if it offers store coupons.
  • Return policies: If you’re unhappy with your purchase from an online store, you’ll likely have to go to the trouble of sending it back in the mail. Find out about your online store’s return policies. Some online stores do not accept returns, particularly on products that have been opened or used. Some will accept returns within a certain time frame (such as 30 or 60 days). Other stores have generous policies and accept returns at any time for any reason. You should also consider whether the store or the customer is responsible for return shipping costs.
  • Guarantees: Some online stores stand by their products and offer a money-back guarantee if you’re dissatisfied with the purchase. Particularly if you are making a major purchase, be sure the store has a solid reputation for honoring its guarantees and will refund your money if you don’t like the purchase.

Shipping and tracking

When you pay an online retailer, you want to be sure you will receive the product within a reasonable amount of time and that it won’t get “lost” in the mail system.

  • Autoship or subscription options: Many online stores offer the convenience of auto shipping products you need on a regular basis, such as medicine or personal care items. You can choose how frequently you’d like the store to ship a new product (for example, once a month or every other month) and your credit card will be charged with a new transaction every time the product ships. Some stores even charge a bit less for products that you buy on a subscription plan, which can save you quite a bit over time since you use these products so frequently.
  • Affordable or free shipping: Standard shipping rates for orders at online stores can vary from a few dollars to ten or more, particularly if the weight or size of your order is large or bulky. However, many online stores offer free shipping if you spend a minimum amount (such as $25 or $50). Larger, more popular stores are often able to offer free shipping on all orders, which can save you quite a bit of money over time.
  • Expedited shipping options: Many online stores allow you to choose between a standard shipping time of several days and one or more expedited options (such as 2 day or overnight shipping). These faster options almost always cost more, but can be a great choice if you need a product right away.
  • Choice of courier: Some online stores have an exclusive contract with one mail courier, such as USPS, UPS or FedEx. However, others allow you to choose which courier you prefer, which can save you money or time depending on where you live.
  • Tracking options: Most online stores are able to track your order once it has been shipped. They will often email you a tracking number that allows you to log into the courier’s website or sign up for status updates on your package. This can help you track down your package if it is shipped to the wrong address or if it is stalled during delivery. It also helps you know if your package has been stolen from your porch or another drop-off spot, since the tracking updates will change to “delivered” once the package has been left by the courier.

What are different types of online stores?

Mass merchandisers and department stores

Some online stores offer many products in many categories or “departments,” much like a brick-and-mortar big box store or department store. These stores can often offer products at cheaper prices or with free shipping.

Boutique or niche stores

Some online stores specialize in one particular product or category of products. In some cases, you might not have many options if the item you need is a boutique or niche item, such as a particular brand of boutique footwear or a part for a particular brand of appliance.

Online stores with offline counterparts

Most major brick-and-mortar retailers also have online stores. While this might not affect your choice of store, it can be beneficial if there is a local retail store near you. You might browse the physical store first and choose a product, then buy it online for more selection in size, color or variety. You can also often return unwanted items purchased online to the store’s physical location.

Online-only stores

Many online shopping sites do not have a physical counterpart, and are often run by a small staff. This can be a great way to support small businesses and boost the economy, and often means you can find unique products you might not find in a big store.

Marketplace websites

Some websites are not “stores” per se, but instead offer a platform for many different sellers to advertise and sell their goods. Sellers set up virtual stores or list products for sale, typically paying a fee to the hosting website, and buyers bid or buy items they want.

Hybrid store websites

Some websites function in multiple ways simultaneously. For example, Amazon.com is both a seller of its own goods, kept in warehouses and shipped through Amazon’s couriers and a marketplace platform for other people or businesses to sell their goods.

Who would benefit from online shopping?

Busy adults

Between work, school and family obligations, many adults don’t have the time to shop at multiple physical stores for all their purchasing needs.

Those who need specific products

Some products are only available online or might be in limited supply in retail stores.

People who are homebound

Online shopping can be a great choice for seniors, those with disabilities or others who have trouble leaving their homes.

Anyone looking for convenience

Online shopping takes the hassle out of purchases for many people. You can avoid a crowded shopping mall or try on clothes or shoes in the comfort of your own home.

11 – 120 Best Rated Online Shopping Companies

Blooms Today offers special packages for birthdays and holidays. They are one of the few flower delivery companies to offer a money-back guarantee on same-day deliveries and a refund if a recipient doesn't like the flowers.
Sam Stores is a discount distributor of electrical and electronic appliances based out of Illinois. Their goal is to meet and beat their competitor’s prices, and they offer discounted shipping to North America, Europe, and Asia.
Vistaprint is a well-known custom printer that specializes in professional-quality business cards, marketing materials, signs, stationery and more for small businesses and personal use. They serve over 10 million customers a year.
PaperBackSwap is an online book exchange community, where members exchange used books with other members for the cost of postage. It also offers members a discount on new books purchased through click-through links to Amazon.com.
Amazon.com offers several deals for consumers, including lightning deals, daily deals, coupon deals and a featured deal of the day. Discounts can range from four to over 70 percent off. Prime members receive early access to deals.
Abt was founded in 1936 and is now a major appliance and electronics retailer with a massive retail site in Glenview, Illinois. Abt’s e-commerce site launched in 1997, offering electronics and appliances nationwide.
Zabasearch is a people finder website specializing in telephone numbers and residential addresses. By registering for a free premium account, you can access additional features like reverse phone lookup and background checks.
Poetry.com is an online community for amateur poets. Members receive points for posting an original poem or commenting on another member’s work, and points are redeemable for digital badges and pins.
LightInTheBox is a global online retailer based in Hong Kong. Their items include discount apparel, gadgets and home goods. Their website is available in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish and others.
Based in California, Dream Products was a mail-order company and now advertises merchandise in newspaper inserts, catalogs, magazines and on its website. Their items include As Seen on TV products, gifts, apparel and home goods.
Established in 2002, Lulu.com is a self-publishing company that allows authors to create and sell printed or electronic books. Users can design their book jacket, format their manuscript, apply for an ISBN number and more.
AJ Madison is a Brooklyn, New York-based home appliance retailer, offering a broad selection and a price match guarantee on all products. Their website allows you to search by brand, category, energy star rating and more.
Founded in 1993, Jewelry Television is a home shopping network that streams live programming on its cable channel and website. Jewelry Television’s website sells high-end and costume jewelry, gemstones and jewelry-making kits.
Alibris was founded in 1993 and became the first successful online book retailer. Today, Alibris is an online marketplace for books, music and movies, connecting consumers with thousands of sellers and over 150 million products.
iOffer is a global online marketplace founded in 2002 in California. Members can buy or sell for a fee, in categories ranging from apparel to antique art. Most products are offered through resellers and prices are negotiable.
Established in 2002, World Reserve Monetary Exchange is a private seller of U.S. currency and coins based in Canton, Ohio. They specialize in rare, uncirculated and antique coins and currency, some sold in collector’s displays.
Located in Pennsylvania, American Mint began as a mail-order company in 1998, advertising in newspaper inserts and magazines. It now includes a website to sell items like collectible coins, replicas, knives and other memorabilia.
Sportsbook.ag, formerly Sportsbook.com, is a gambling website for users over age 18. Users can deposit money using a credit card or Bitcoin, and access sports, horse, casino, mobile and live betting, along with stats and news.
Shoes.com, founded in 1996, is a part of Hardy Capital. It retails shoes, clothes and accessories for children, men and women. The site offers a large selection of sizes, styles and brands.
Craigslist is a location-based classifieds website, where users can buy or sell goods and services. It is also used for job postings, personals and meet ups. Craigslist originated as an email-based newsletter in 1995.
Founded as Sixth Avenue Electronics in 1984, this New Jersey electronics company now operates as 6 Ave Express and offers a wide selection of electronics including small appliances, gaming systems, cameras, televisions and more.
Crocs was founded in 2002 as a casual footwear company, specializing in shoes made from Croslite, their proprietary molded foam resin material. Crocs has grown to include over 500 retail stores and a comprehensive website.
Founded in 1998, Healthgrades is a review website where consumers can research healthcare professionals and read reviews by other patients. Users can research satisfaction, experiences, and quality of the provider’s facility.
Founded in 1948 as a mail-order catalog, Fingerhut’s website features over 700,000 products including home goods, apparel, automotive and more. It allows consumers to use credit and make monthly payments, with added interest.
Newport News previously sold women’s fashion online and via direct mail, but now only sells its clothing on cruise ships. Customers can still purchase women’s fashion online from Spiegel, Newport News’ parent company.
Formerly known as Lane Bryant and established in 1901, Woman Within is a women’s plus-sized clothing company featuring catalog sales and a retail website. Woman Within sells clothing in sizes 12w and up and ships internationally.
Gevalia began as a coffee importer 150 years ago in Sweden. It has expanded to include ground and whole bean coffee, K-Cup pods, the Maxwell House brand, and coffee-making equipment. Their products are sold online and in stores.
Liquidation.com is a liquidity services website, partnering with retailers and others to liquidate surplus inventory or assets. They allow users to list and bid on items including apparel, jewelry, electronics, tools and more.
Budget Savers is a subscription-based service, billed monthly, that offers discounted retail goods and services including auto, dining, fashion and more. Budget Savers guarantees its prices and will price match competitors.
Newegg.com is an online retailer that offers more than 18 million products in categories ranging from computer hardware to home appliances. The company's website also provides a Daily Deals section for consumers.
Home Decorating Company, a division of Yankee Retail, is an online retailer specializing in designer bedding and home decor. Based in Connecticut, it offers a loyalty rewards program and free shipping on qualifying purchases.
AsSeenOnTV.com launched in 2015 as the online retail branch of the company As Seen on TV, known for television infomercials. They specialize in home goods, health and beauty, apparel, gag gifts, novelty items and more.
Established in 1984, Heartland America began as a mail-order company and expanded with an Internet store. Heartland America sells many types of products ranging from home goods to electronics and features a price match guarantee.
Ancestry was founded in 1983 and is now a leader in online genealogical research. Users pay a subscription fee to access records and create a family tree. It also offers a DNA test that can offer insight into your ethnic lineage.
HubPages is a website featuring user-generated content and revenue sharing amongst users and site owners. Founded in 2006, Hubpages recruits members to write informational articles, paying them a small incentive for each article.
Nordstrom, Inc. is a publically-traded clothing and shoe retailer with brick-and-mortar stores and a website. The site sells clothing and accessories as well as men’s, women’s and children’s shoes in a variety of styles and sizes.
Blair began over 100 years ago as a mail-order catalog company specializing in raincoats. Today, Blair features home goods and apparel for men and women, still available via catalog but also through a full-service retail website.
Brookstone began as a catalog company in 1965, and today is a major tech retailer with store locations nationwide. Its extensive website allows you to browse products by category including gifts, massage, audio and more.
Founded in 2002, HealthBuy is an online health and beauty retailer specializing in vitamins and supplements. They offer products related to colon health, cosmetics, men’s and women’s health, fitness and more.
GameHouse is an online gaming website featuring download games and online games for Mac and Windows. Some games are free, but most require a download fee to play. Users create an account and accumulate rewards and points.
Founded in 2000, OpticsPlanet.com specializes in sports optics, tactical gear, eyewear and other optics products. They offer a wide product selection, serving civilians as well as government and law enforcement agencies.
DigiExpress is a national mail-in electronics repair store offering diagnostic and repair services for iPads, iPhones, iPods and more. Customers purchase repair service, mail in a device and wait for the device to be returned.
Established in 2003, ArtsCow is a photo printing company specializing in products that are customizable with your own digital photos. Choose from a range of products including photo books, phone cases, apparel, blankets and more.
Stamps.com is an Internet-based postal services company. Stamps.com specializes in USPS-approved postage that can be printed from your home or office computer and also offers shipping labels.
Established in 1922, Maidenform is a women’s intimate apparel company owned by HanesBrands and affiliated with Playtex and Bali. Maidenform’s website offers undergarments, shapewear, and activewear in women’s and plus sizes.
Founded in 1998 in California, eBay has several businesses including its auction website, eBay Marketplace. Users list items for sale for a fee or bid on ongoing auctions. Items are sold by individuals or third-party retailers.
Founded in 2009, DInoDirect is a China-based e-commerce site, offering discounted retail products like electronics, apparel, games and more. DinoDirect offers free international shipping and a rewards incentive program.
SkinMedix is a retail website specializing in skin care, including sun protection, body care, eye care and accessories. Based out of Florida, it offers name brand skin care products at discounted prices.
TeleBrands was founded in 1987 as a retail product promoter. It has launched many products under the name As Seen on TV, which are sold via infomercials or retail partners. Inventors can also submit ideas on TeleBrands’ website.
Established in 2005 in California, HDAccessory.com specializes in consumer electronics, entertainment software and portable accessories. They stock their own merchandise warehouse, so they can process and deliver orders quickly.
Established in 1999, 123inkjets is an online supplier of printer supplies at discount prices. They sell a full line of branded supplies as well as remanufactured ink and toner, an eco-conscious option that reduces waste and cost.
Half.com was acquired by eBay in 2000 and focuses on reselling books, music, movies and games. Half.com is not an auction site; instead, sellers list an item at their best price and compete with other sellers for customers.
Founded in 1995, eMusic sells music downloads and allows you to explore new music genres. You can create an account with unlimited cloud storage for your music; membership perks include discounted music and personalized playlists.
Established in 1993, today f.y.e. features retail stores and an extensive website specializing in entertainment merchandise. It sells music, movies, merchandise and tech gear and features the option to re-sell used products.
ProFlowers picks flowers the same day consumers order them so that they always get a fresh bouquet. They offer worldwide service, picking flowers from local fields in various countries, and deliver flowers door-to-door.
Lids.com is a subsidiary of The LIDS Sports Group, established in 1995. Specializing in sports-themed ballcaps with professional and college team logos, Lids.com also sells other hats and apparel for men, women and children.
Founded in 1995, Evine began as a home shopping network and now includes an integrated retail website. Evine specializes in jewelry, watches, apparel, beauty and more and a daily “Today’s Top Value” product at a steep discount.
Established in 2008, Walkfit LLC makes shoe insert orthotics called WalkFit Platinum, designed to correct the position of your foot to improve posture and reduce foot pain. These orthotics are a featured As Seen on TV brand.
Shoebuy has been in business since 2000 and is now a part of the media and Internet company IAC. The online retailer sells shoes, clothing and accessories for men, women and children and often stocks extended sizes.
Launched in 1982 as the first television-based home shopping networks, today HSN also features an online store. HSN’s website sells name brands and new products in categories like fashion, jewelry, home and more.
Founded in 1986, QVC is a leading online retailer and television-based home shopping network. It offers name-brand products on a rotating basis, including boutique and established luxury brands in home care, beauty and more.
The Bradford Exchange was founded in 1973 as a purveyor of collectibles. Today its online store, The Bradford Exchange Online, specializes in jewelry, art, collectibles and memorabilia, many of which are exclusive to the site.
Founded in 1995, Angie’s List is a website that compiles consumer reviews of local service providers. While the reviews are free to access, consumers can purchase a plan for more benefits like lower rates with service providers.
FTD has been offering flowers and gifts for over 100 years. They are available 24/7 for ordering and delivery through an online portal and deliver flowers all over the world, including in Asia, Australia and Europe.
Etsy launched in 2005 as an online marketplace for unique handmade goods. Today, Etsy sellers can sell vintage or unique merchandise in their individual virtual shops. Etsy sellers pay a 3.5 percent fee for each sale completed.
Overstock.com offers consumers brand new merchandise at closeout prices, and their flash deals start daily at 12 pm EST. Consumers enjoy free shipping on orders $45 and more and a flat rate of $2.95 shipping for smaller orders.
Clickbank has been in business for 17 years as a digital platform for product creators and affiliates to sell their wares. Customers can purchase lifestyle products and subscriptions in a broad range of categories.
Previously Buy.com, Rakuten.com is an ecommerce platform out of Japan that features electronics, computers, personal care and more. Retailers and merchants use the Rakuten.com platform to sell discounted name-brand products.
MyLife is a website offering a service for people concerned about information on their background reports. For a fee, MyLife monitors your background report and allows you to enhance or correct publicly available information.
NFL Shop is the official sales website of the National Football League, offering jerseys, memorabilia, gift ideas and more with official NFL team logos and colors. NFL Shop offers many products that cannot be purchased elsewhere.
TigerDirect is an online computer and component store, geared primarily toward corporate and government customers buying in bulk. In business for more than 20 years, TigerDirect offers competitive prices and quick online quotes.
1-800-Flowers is one of the best known flower delivery companies. They offer same-day flower delivery and online ordering in addition to a toll-free phone number that allows users to order from anywhere in the U.S.
Bidz.com is an online auction specializing in jewelry. Users register on the site and then place bids on designer rings, earrings, watches and more. Some items are also offered for immediate sale through a “buy it now” feature.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Roaman’s was one of the first plus sized fashion retailers for women. Today it is headquartered in Indiana. Its website carries special occasion wear, denim, tops, outerwear, lingerie and more.
Founded in 1994, USSearch.com is a people finder website based in Washington. Users purchase public record information including name, address, criminal records and more; fees vary depending on how much information you request.
Anthropologie was founded as a high-end women’s clothing store in 1992. Today, it has a retail website and over 200 retail locations. Anthropologie’s website sells luxury women’s apparel, accessories, shoes, gifts and home goods.
Founded in 2005, Blujay now does business as eBluejay, an online marketplace for a range of products like home goods, electronics and more. eBluejay charges a sign-up fee for sellers, but no seller’s fees or final value fees.
Founded in 1998, Big Girls Bras is a bra retailer. While they carry many sizes, they specialize in bras, corsets, swimsuits and shapewear in sizes that may be difficult to find in stores, including full figure and plus sizes.
PayPal operates around the world and in many different currencies. The company specializes in secure online payments at millions of merchants but also offers other money transfer and bill pay services.
Bedbathstore.com is a home goods store operating out of New York. After a company buyout in 2014, Bedbathstore.com redesigned its website and refocused its category offerings on home decor and furnishings at discount prices.
QuiBids was founded in 2009 as a different approach to the auction website model. Customers purchase bids at 60 cents each, then place non-refundable bids on live auctions, or opt to “buy it now” to avoid losing money on bids.
USDirectory.com is an online U.S. business directory. Consumers use the site to locate local service providers. Business owners purchase priority placement on the directory, promotional websites and search engine preference.
JustFlowers puts together gift baskets and flower bouquets for nationwide delivery. They operate out of an L.A. headquarters, but deliver flowers throughout the United States, offering door-to door service and custom bouquets.
Based in Ohio, Ascendtech was established in 2002 and specializes in wholesale computers, laptops, servers, parts and accessories. They carry most national brands and offer purchases in bulk for additional savings.
Founded in 1947, Fredericks of Hollywood was a women’s lingerie retailer with stores across the United States. The company declared bankruptcy and was bought out in 2015, and is now an online-only lingerie and erotica retailer.
Founded in 1998, eBay allows sellers to list items online for an auction-style or “buy it now” sale. Sellers use eBay’s automated process to complete transactions and a Resolution Center to resolve issues with buyers.
Founded in 1993 in California, GainSaver.com is a web platform for buying refurbished PC and Mac computer systems. GainSaver guarantees their products and offers free customization, discounts and financing to qualified customers.
Founded in 1912, the Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization that collects consumer reviews and facilitates resolutions for complaints against businesses. Businesses pay membership dues and apply for BBB accreditation.
Bravado is a retail development and marketing company, established over 25 years ago in the United Kingdom and now operating worldwide. Bravado develops and markets merchandise primarily for celebrities, musicians and others.
eBooks is an electronic book retailer. Consumers purchase book downloads in a variety of categories including popular fiction, professional, academic and more. Books are downloadable onto computers, e-readers or mobile phones.
America’s Value Channel is a home shopping network based in Georgia, featuring a live television program and retail website. It specializes in jewelry, coins, memorabilia and more and also features live auctions and estate sales.
Established in 1978 as a home automation manufacturer, X10 has expanded and now also offers cameras, home security and more. The X10 brand is owned by Authinx and is sold to consumers as well as contractors and installers.
WBshop.com is the officially licensed web store for Warner Bros. Studios. They offer retail products including clothing, toys, and more featuring designs and logos from Harry Potter, Batman, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural and others.
Pissed Consumer is a review website established in 2006. Consumers can review businesses. Verified business owners can respond to complaints and, for a fee, access additional features such as comment tracking and notifications.
Based in San Francisco, iWin.com is a gaming website featuring free downloadable computer games as well as mobile and Facebook-based games. The site used to charge a fee for games but is now funded through advertising revenue.
Established in 1983, Just Suspension is an online auto parts retailer. It offers suspension and steering components, bushings and hardware. The website allows you to search for parts by vehicle year, make, model and submodel.
Yahoo Shopping, previously Yahoo Stores, is an online marketplace with multiple stores. Customers browse products by category (such as apparel, toys and more), and are redirected to affiliate webpages to make purchases.
ESPN.com is the website of the cable sports channel ESPN. ESPN.com offers scores, news and a forum for Fantasy Football, a team-based online game. Users can make purchases for some services, such as upgrading Fantasy Football.
Established in 1999, New Wave Net Corp is an Internet and broadband voice and data service provider serving central Illinois. They are an independent provider and serve both households and business consumers.
MySurvey, formerly Lightspeed Consumer Panel, collects consumer behavior data for companies. Consumers can create an account and complete surveys on purchasing behaviors in exchange for a small monetary incentive.
Established in 2009, Shipito is a mail forwarding company for people outside the U.S. Consumers can purchase products from U.S. businesses and have them sent to Shipito, which will then forward it internationally to the buyer.
Geeks.com is an online technology retailer specializing in cameras, tech components, headphones, speakers and more. After some financial difficulties, Geeks.com now offers “Daily Deals” instead of a full line of products.
Established in 1983, QRay is now an online retailer offering metal bracelets that are said to promote health. QRay’s bracelets are available in a variety of metals and styles, and the company also offers other accessories.
Amway is a multi-level marketing company previously known as Quixtar. Established in 1959, Amway recruits independent distributors to sell personal care products. Products are also available for purchase online.
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