Is Brandless Shopping Really Any Cheaper?


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A new site, Brandless, has entered the world of online retailers. Here consumers can buy groceries, beauty products, personal care items, household and health products as well as things for the home and office. What makes Brandless different than other ecommerce sites is the pricing — everything is $3. Another difference? There aren’t any brand name products, hence the name.

There are about 155 products currently available, so the selection is less than the aisles of a grocery store or a local pharmacy. Some of the deals are better than others. For example, you can get a 12-ounce bag of granola or organic fair trade dark roast coffee pods for $3. That’s a pretty good deal.

Other items, you may do better shopping at a grocery store and combining in-store sales with coupons. For example, right now at my local Safeway I found pasta sauce for as little as $1.49 a jar and brand name peanut butter for $1.99. Over at my local pharmacy chain, Crest Toothpaste which is regularly $4.59, is on sale for $3.99 and I have a $2 off coupon. Which brought my final cost down to $1.99.

So, the bottom line as with any purchase: always compare price per ounce to determine the best value.

There is another charge to factor in: shipping. The shipping cost is $9 per order but you do receive free shipping for orders over $72. If you are a member (annual rate of $36) you will receive free shipping for orders over $48.

The company is also trying to have a positive impact on the greater good. For every order placed, a meal will be donated to Feeding America. If you sign up for the membership program, ten meals will be donated for joining and two more every time you check out.

In general, it’s always a good idea to ask your grocery store or really wherever you shop about any non-profits they support. For example, Target gives 5% of its profit to charity and local organizations. If you are going to be shopping and spending, it’s nice to know something will go back to help others.

Will you give Brandless a try? Let us know what you think in the comments!


Comments

  • abcdemom

    I noticed in your article you were comparing regular spaghetti sauce to their 3.00 sauce (theirs is organic)… as well as Crest toothpaste … while their’s is
    Values:
    Fluoride Free
    Whitening
    Alcohol Free
    SLS Free
    Made with Pure Essential Oils
    Anti Plaque
    No Artificial Flavors
    No Preservatives
    Cruelty Free
    BrandTax Free™

    I was excited to read your article because I just stumbled across their site this morning. However, I feel you are comparing apples to oranges with your comparisons. I feel better comparisons would be to Amazon where you are shopping online, similar toothpaste for example is:

    Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste – Simply Mint 5.29 oz/150 gm (1 Pack), Natural, Flouride-Free & SLS-Free
    by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare
    $5.69

    Muir Glen Organic Cabernet Marinara, 25.5 oz
    by Muir Glen
    $3.83 $ 3 83 ($0.15/Ounce) (for an add on item, comparable items are 4-6.00 per jar)

    So if I were to go to Aldi’s and buy similar stuff for their store brand which does not contain dyes, artificial flavorings etc. I might come in comparably cheaper (their spaghetti sauce is awesome, although we don’t care for their organic)… as for toothpaste, i’m not sure if they even have their own brand to compare it to.

    Just my 2cents… I’m no closer to deciding if it’s worth the $5.00 shipping (not 8.00) to try their stuff…. although they do have some pretty cool looking flavors and scents (maple sugar lip balm, maple ginger hand soap, eucalyptus lavender foaming hand soap for examples). In looking at their products as well as packaging and scents, they really do look like they would compare to Mrs. Myers.

  • Janet

    Your article states that the shipping fee is $9. It is actually $5.

  • Kelly Parrish

    Incredible prices on organics. Worth the membership. Great quality items. Definitely will be a repeat customer. Very impressed.

  • Bonnie Johnstone

    The one time $36 shipping fee (optional) covered ALL shipping costs for a year! There isn’t a minimum order attached to the deal!
    Another item this reviewer got wrong. Non-members pay $5 flat rate no string.
    And they carry over 300 items including Canadian Maple Syrup $3 (I bought 6)!

  • Veronica

    Brandless is organic so I don’t think the comparison is accurate