I’m really excited to be setting up a planted aquarium again. So i thought I would take this opportunity to try shopping on Jet.com for a light fixture and a few other necessities I will need for my new fish tank.
Jet is an online retailer that was launched in April of 2014 and was acquired by Walmart for 3.3 Billion dollars. needless to say, a lot of people think jet is going to cut into Amazon’s business. 43% of everything that is sold online is sold through Amazon. So if Jet can hack into this market share it could be HUGE!
That’s why Jet is offering things like Promo codes for 45% off any one item! Or 15% off your first 3 purchases. They are desperate to get people to switch from Amazon to Jet. The promo code, courtesy of Honey, is “yougotthatright”.
With this in mind I decided that it was time to try Jet and see if I could find the things I need for my new Aquarium. While doing so I’ve compiled two lists.
- One of things I liked about Jet
- One of things I didn’t like so much.
Of course Amazon is the gold standard here. So if I say I did or didn’t like something, that is to say, compared to Amazon.
Things I liked about shopping on Jet Compared to Amazon
#1. Jet has Lots and lots of promo codes for anything you could want!
Promo Code 45% OFF Any one Purchase from Jet.com I found this promo code on Honey and I couldn’t be more happy! I used it to buy my aquarium light that was about $130 dollars before the discount and only $72.00 after!
If you need more time to decide on whether or not you should switch to jet, you can get 15% off your first 3 orders. Or get a Jet discount of $10 off your first order over $35.
There are about 20 other really great promo codes for Jet. I found the best one’s on Honey!
Ebates offers 3% cash back on every purchase from Jet.com This is a lot better than what they usually offer for Amazon, which is typically 1-3% Cash back on select categories.
#2. Jet offers discounts for buying multiples of the same item.
One of the aquarium lights I was looking at had the option to buy multiple lights and get a discounts.
The discount increased for each additional light you purchased. There was almost a 9% discount for buying five of these smaller aquarium lights. ( see picture below)
#3 Discount for forfeiting free return option
of course every purchase comes standard with free returns, However if you opt out of having the option to return something you can get a small discount.
In the few items I looked at, the Jet.com discounts where less than 1%. Not something that made me super excited but an interesting approach none the less. I didn’t opt out of my free returns but I did like having the option.
If you opt out of free returns you can still return any item as usual, except you have to pay for return shipping. So you can save a few cents but you risk having to pay a few dollars. Not a major decision maker in my opinion.
#4 Discount for using a debit card (instead of a credit card)
Like opting out of free returns, this option didn’t save me a whole lot of money.
But since I was going to use a debit card anyway, I was happy to receive a discount of about one half of a percent. I know its small but it was still may have been my favorite Jet hack.
#5 very comparable prices to Amazon
Articles like this one from Time, suggested that you can save a ton of money by shopping on jet. Despite Jet being listed as one of the few websites cheaper than amazon, I thought they where pretty much the same.
However there where a few exceptions. Some aquarium gravel specially designed for Aquatic plants was almost twice as much on Jet than it was on Amazon.
However that was the only major exception I found. For the most part everything was about the same price. If you bought multiples, used a debit card or opted out of free returns Jet was consistently just a little cheaper than Amazon.
Things I didn’t Like about shopping on Jet compared to Amazon
#1. Selection was small
Selection was kinda poor but it will probably grow quickly because of the Walmart acquisition. I only found a few aquarium lights and the other fish keeping accessories had a poor selection as well. Amazon on the other hand had 10’s if not hundreds of both lights and other products.
#2 FREE shipping on Orders over $35 dollars.
This could be a good thing or a bad thing. But I like paying my $49 dollars a year for my Amazon Prime. Also I make a lot of small purchases so it would be inconvenient for me to wait till they add up to $35.
#3 My beloved chrome plugins don’t work on Jet
Amazon vs Jet: Overall it is certainly worth trying every thing Jet offers while these awesome promo codes are still active. But until jet shopping selection is bigger, I will probably wait to cancel my Amazon Prime membership. So for now I would have to say, when it comes to jet vs Amazon, I would still pick amazon. But jet is a great Amazon alternative and I think it will soon be a huge amazon competitor once their selection is bigger.