Some people love shopping, whether it’s in-store, online, or via an app. It can be enjoyable to see what’s out there, especially if you’re a bargain hunter.
Wish is a popular shopping app, but there are many other sites and apps like Wish that offer a fun shopping experience.
Table of Contents
- What Is Wish?
- Apps Owned by Wish
- Websites and Apps Like Wish
What Is Wish?
Wish is an app and website on which you can buy lots of different items for cheap. It was founded in San Francisco in 2010 and is now active in more than sixty countries around the world.
You’ll find deals on fashion, baby toys, tools, and more with 900,000 products sold per day. These products are manufactured and sold across the globe, so quality and shipping times may vary.
As you interact with Wish, its technology recognizes how you shop and curates a product feed that is personalized to you, showing you what you might “wish” for.
Apps Owned by Wish
If the massive catalog at Wish is too much for you, you may be interested in browsing one of the other apps owned by Wish. These have specific focuses that narrow your search to select categories.
Otherwise, the process to browse and buy is just like on Wish.
Cute mostly focuses on beauty products. We found everything from false eyelashes to nail art sets to body shapers, all with prices starting as low as $1.
Geek is “the online geek store” part of Wish, but it’s not just for people who use pocket protectors. Browse fun and funky gadgets like wrist wallet pouches, stickers, dashboard cameras, and more.
Home helps shoppers find just the right design and decor items. We saw macrame plant hangers, dish racks, and even a mailbox during a quick browse.
Mama is the babies and toddlers section of Wish, so don’t just think it’s for moms! You’ll find lots of cute clothes for kiddos, toys, and plenty of mom-friendly accessories.
Websites and Apps Like Wish
Besides the Wish-owned apps, there are plenty of other websites and apps like Wish that offer a similar or better shopping experience.
It can’t hurt to have multiple options for price comparison as you browse. Maybe some of these apps and sites like Wish offer a shorter shipping time, lower price, or better customer service experience.
Zulily is similar to Wish in that the selection is constantly changing. One big difference is that Zulily regularly hosts limited-time sales with deep discounts on name-brand items.
To get these deals, Zulily buys items in bulk from store partners who sell clearance items at a deep discount.
You’ll find deals on clothing for women, men, and kids as well as home goods, toys, shoes, and more. Brands vary but have included Bogs, Hape Toys, Hurley, LEGO, UGG, and Vera Bradley in the past.
Items can go quickly when a flash sale goes live, but you can set up alerts to receive notice of when your favorite brands go on sale.
AliExpress is a huge e-commerce site owned by the Alibaba Group. You’ll see on a quick browse that the layout and selection are very similar to Wish, with prices that seem almost impossibly low.
Keep in mind as you browse and shop on AliExpress that most prices listed do not include shipping. Also remember that shipping may take a while (as in, up to two months) since most items come from China.
Popular categories include fashion, technology, home goods, and toys.
Banggood is another e-commerce site based in China. Its focus seems to be more on gadgets and technology, but you’ll also find fashion items, health and beauty products, and more.
While they’re based in China, they have warehouses around the world. So shipping on your order might take a little less time than elsewhere. Thankfully, you’ll see a shipping estimate on every item as you browse.
Keep an eye out for the “free gift” items you can add to your first purchase of a regular-priced item and get for free.
Overstock is a Utah-based company that carries a wide variety of products. However, they’re probably best known for large items like furniture, rugs, and decor.
You may pay a little more than you would at Wish and similar apps, but one big tradeoff is free shipping to the lower 48 states, with thousands of items arriving in just 1 – 2 business days.
Since the selection is, well, “overstock,” you’ll find discounts on name-brand items with the catalog periodically changing as items sell out and new ones come in.
Joom is the fastest-growing shopping application in Europe (based in Latvia) and has over 250 million users.
Its layout is similar to Wish in that there are lots of low-priced items mixed together, but one big difference is that all items ship free. But of course, with free shipping can come very long delivery times.
You’ll find shoes, men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, health and beauty items, electronics, and more at Joom.
LightInTheBox is another global e-commerce site that sells and ships a variety of apparel and general merchandise items around the world. The main focus seems to be women’s and men’s clothing.
As with similar sites, items ship directly from the manufacturer which cuts out the middleman and gets you lower prices.
Shipping can take a while, but you have the option to upgrade to expedited shipping on many items which gets them to you in 4 – 7 business days.
11. Dollar Tree
Chances are good that you’ve set foot in a Dollar Tree at some point in your life. After all, there are over 16,000 Dollar Tree stores across the United States and Canada!
Dollar Tree is one of our favorite places to shop for snacks, craft items, home decor, greeting cards, organizing products, and party decorations.
They don’t have an app, but you can shop online on their website and get many of the same items that you’ll find in-store. Note that most items purchased online have a minimum purchase requirement of 4 or more.
Shipping is free to a store near you, or you can pay extra to ship to your home or business.
Wanelo is marketed as a “mall on your phone” that carries over thirty million products. It was launched in 2012 and is based in San Francisco. Wanelo stands for “Want, Need, Love.”
You’ll find the layout of the app and website is very similar to Wish, with a variety of items mixed together and the retail prices listed.
On each item’s page, you’ll see the individual stores’ policies in terms of shipping charges, and delivery estimates.
At first glance, Rosegal just looks like a typical online clothing store. But as you browse the website and app, you’ll find that many of the apparel listed at Rosegal can also be found at Wish.
Rosegal focuses on plus-size clothing and accessories for women with many funky, seasonal, and vintage items. The size range includes Size S (8) up to 5X (30-32).
Standard shipping is free on orders over $49. You can also earn Rosegal Points toward a future purchase just by checking in with the app each day.
DHgate is an online retailer for goods made in China. The company’s website and app connect international buyers with Chinese wholesale sellers, similar to AliExpress and Banggood.
They have a huge variety of products with everything from cell phones to health and beauty items to apparel. There doesn’t seem to be much that’s unique here, but it’s worth keeping as a price comparison site.
Shop their Flash Deals section for limited-time offers, and browse the US 3 Days Delivery category to find items that will ship to you quickly.
DealeXtreme is another Chinese e-commerce retailer that connects merchants with customers. The main focus of this website and app is cool gadgets.
If you’re nervous about purchasing gadgets through an online website, note that DX has a warranty policy that covers most items for 90 days (for replacement) and 150 days (for repair).
Click the Local Warehouse tab to find items that will ship from the USA within 48 hours.
Poshmark is an app like Wish that can be described as eBay combined with a high-end thrift sale. It was founded in 2011 and is based in Canada.
As a shopper, you’ll find secondhand items – usually clothing and accessories – from name brands. You can choose to follow specific sellers and receive notifications when they have new items available.
If you love the idea of shopping secondhand and browsing thrift stores but don’t have the time, Poshmark is a great website and app to let others do the handpicking for you. The selection is always changing!
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If you like Wish because you like the novelty of finding something new, Jane may be worth a look as well.
At Jane, you’ll find daily boutique deals from more than 2,000 shops. And these items are really cute! They have lots of women’s clothing as well as home decor items, shoes, jewelry, and more.
The prices you’ll pay will be higher than at Wish (most likely), but you won’t have to wait as long for shipping and you can usually read reviews before purchasing.
18. Groupon Goods
Chances are you’re very familiar with Groupon. But have you heard of Groupon Goods?
At Groupon Goods, you’ll find sales on health and beauty items, home goods, jewelry and watches, electronics, and more. And you can browse the ratings to see what others have thought before purchasing.
Groupon partners with retailers to list products for sale, so return policies and shipping times will vary by merchant.
If you love browsing for great deals and don’t mind a little bit of time pressure, Tophatter may be the app for you.
On Tophatter, every product goes up for auction for 90 seconds. Most auctions start at just $1, and shipping charges are listed. It doesn’t cost anything to bid – you just pay when you win.
Browse and shop for products like DVDs, earrings, hats, dresses, sporting goods, and lots more. With such short timeframes for auctions, the selection is constantly changing.
20. Five Below
Five Below is a site and app like Wish that has a lot of fun items for room decor, toys and games, tech, and more – especially for kids and teens.
If you prefer to browse and shop in-store, there are 1100+ locations nationwide in the U.S. It’s a great place to take the kids to shop for birthday gifts and rewards for accomplishing goals.
Most items are priced between $1 – $5, and flat-rate shipping is $7.95. Now you can also buy online and choose to pick up your order in-store for free.
Mercari is similar to Poshmark (mentioned above) in that individual sellers create an account and sell just about anything.
One big difference is that Mercari doesn’t limit listings to only name-brand items. This makes it an app like Wish because you can find a vast variety of items on Mercari.
You’ll find new and gently used items on Mercari, so be sure to note each item’s description. Shipping costs and delivery estimates vary by seller.
22. Miss A
Miss A is like the Wish app Cute, with a selection of makeup, cosmetics, and beauty items starting at just $1. Their products are certified cruelty free by PETA.
They’ve recently branched out to offer spa and body items, jewelry, hair accessories, and even home decor at these super low prices.
Shipping is just $1 for U.S. orders over $35, and a flat-rate $4.95 on orders below $35.
There is not a Miss A mobile app at the moment, so you’ll need to just use their mobile-friendly website if you’d like to shop from your phone.
While it can be fun to scroll through Wish’s catalog, Wish is just one of many online shopping apps.
Using these other sites or apps can help you compare prices, save on shipping costs and delivery time, and offer you a wider variety of products from which to choose.
Try one or more of the apps like Wish mentioned above and see what you think!