Jet vs Boxed (2020)

Jet vs Boxed

Update–June 10, 2020–Jet is now part of Walmart.com. You will need to order from Walmart to get the “Uniquely J” products.

We now buy our online pantry items and paper goods from Boxed and Vitacost.

Disclaimer: I might get an affiliate commission if you make a purchase from Vitacost. Thank you in advance if you do.


Online shoppers are constantly scouring the internet looking for good deals that are shipped directly to their front door.  Two leading online retailers are Jet and Boxed that allow shoppers to save money on a variety of products instead of buying them at Wal-Mart or Amazon.  This Jet vs Boxed comparison will help you determine which is the best option for your shopping needs.

Both Jet and Boxed fall into the online shopping club category their direct competitors are Costco and Amazon.  One large exception is that neither charges a membership fee like Costco or Amazon’s Prime program that cost $55 and $99, respectively.  This is a big win-win when it comes to maximizing savings due to the lack of recurring expenses for Jet & Boxed if you do not need additional services like digital streaming or buying discounted gasoline.

Jet.com Review

Jet.com ReviewJet.com first started becoming a household name because of their aggressive advertising campaign in late 2015 that included their purple logos and their “explosive” tv commercials like the one embedded below.  While Jet started as an independent startup of three investors, Wal-Mart acquired the company in August 2016 to better compete against Amazon.

I have used Jet and have only figuratively had my mind blown away (in a good way).  There is a lot to like about Jet and here are a few of the reasons why:

  • 2-Day Shipping (My orders have been shipped FedEx)
  • Free shipping after only $35
  • Several options to drop selling prices
  • Access to 1000s of items across food and non-food categories

What I Like About Jet

Jet vs Boxed

A Jet shipment we received

Before I tell you the positives about Jet, let me tell you why I started trying out Jet and Boxed. The biggest reason I have quit shopping directly from Amazon is the higher cost of items & that you need to spend $49 to qualify for free shipping that can take up to a week to receive your purchase.  Anymore, I buy from the 3rd-party sellers on Amazon or eBay if I need to make a small purchase that is nowhere near the free shipping minimum requirements.

With Jet, you can buy pretty much any physical product that Amazon sells and ships from food, vacuum cleaners, shoes, power tools, etc.  I even bought my wife a pair of moccasin slippers from Jet this year.

$35 Free Shipping

For some, spending $49 instead of $35 isn’t a dealbreaker, but, I usually do not order that much at one time as my wife and I usually buy several small items and often find ourselves scouring the website to spend an extra 15 bucks for something useful to avoid the shipping costs.

Quick 2-Day Delivery

Shopping for Christmas presents this year online, I have realized that most retailers have placed greater emphasis on fast shipping than just a few years ago.  My Jet orders have been shipped FedEx, although, some 3rd-party sites also sell on Jet and those orders will be shipped separately.

Prices Drop As You Shop

This is one innovative feature about Jet that I like.  For most items, you have the option to save a few cents with three different money saving options.  Selecting one of the bullet points will reduce the price.  These options are discussed below.

Jet vs Boxed

Each bullet point reduces the price further if you desire.

  • Add More Items To Your Cart

If you plan on buying several different items (cups, plates, and silverware) or multiples of one item (2 packages of paper plates instead of only one package), Jet will automatically lower the per unit cost as you add items to your shopping cart.

Jet vs Boxed

Adding a 2nd item drop my cart total 72 cents!

Most items are eligible for price savings as you add more items to your cart.  A red tag next to the item description will indicate it’s an eligible item.  Had I purchased each item separately, the waffle maker would have cost $22.85  (69-cent discount) and the baby wipes would have cost $4.89 (2-cent discount).  Prices will continue to drop slightly with each item added.  It’s not a significant savings amount, but, every bit helps.

  • Decline Free Return Policy

If you do not plan on returning an item, you can also shave a few pennies off the product price.  Jet and other retailers increase the price as an “insurance policy” to offset free return costs.

  • Pay With A Debit Card

While credit cards are the payment method of choice for most buyers, they eat into the seller’s bottom line.  By paying with debit you can save a few cents.  Of course, check with your bank as they might pass the transaction fees onto you instead.

Areas Where Jet Can Improve

I must be honest and say that I have been very pleased with Jet thus far.  But, there are a few areas where they can improve.

  • Better Search Filters

Jet’s search filters are pretty good and rival Amazon and other retailers (this is significantly better than Wal-Mart’s online website).  But, one area they lack is buying shoes or finding parts and accessories that are compatible with your car or truck.  Most people will probably shop elsewhere for these products, but, if you are going to sell items like these, shoppers expect a drop-down menu to see the available sizes and colors.  Instead of having to type in the correct search keyword or look at the product titles.

  • JetCash & Credits

I’m not sure how many people use this feature, but, Jet has their own shopping portal that allows you to earn credit to be applied towards future purchases by shopping at other merchants through Jet.  For example, if you click on the Nike link you will earn 20% JetCash for purchases on that site or 3.2% for any movie tickets you purchase at Fandango.

This can be valuable, but, I personally use the Ebates or Giving Assistant shopping portals to earn cash back on most online purchases (including Jet & Boxed)!

Link: Get a $10 bonus on your first Rakuten purchase of at least $25 at over 2,000 online stores!!

Boxed.com Review

Boxed.com ReviewI have written a more in-depth review about Boxed but I will cover the highlights.  Boxed is the closest online comparison to Jet.  Both are online based and sell similar products.  Except, Jet has a lot larger catalog that’s like comparing the size of Disney World to Disneyland.

Boxed.com also offers 2-day shipping via FedEx and front-door delivery of fresh produce in select cities.  I am a pleased Boxed customer, but, have recently found myself shopping at Jet primarily because of their larger product selection.

What I Like About Boxed

In a nutshell, here’s what I like about Boxed:

  • 2-Day shipping on every order
  • Free shipping on first order
  • No membership fee
  • “Boxed for Business” accounts save an additional 10% on each order
  • Can select two free samples with each order!

As I mentioned before, we still shop from Boxed, but, Jet seems to be better for our present purchase needs.  I’m trying to keep the bias out as we have been pleased with Boxed’s customer service when we received a damaged product and our family has pleased with them as well.

Where Boxed Can Improve

Boxed and Jet are racing to the finish line in a neck-to-neck race.  Here are some ways I think they can improve:

  • Reduce Free Shipping From $49 to $35

$49 seems to be the industry standard for free shipping at most retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart.  Jet ships for free at $35.  Several people I have talked to about Boxed have purposely not ordered from them because they could spend $49 at once for what they offered.

  • Improve Product Selection and Availability

My wife & I like to do Amazon Subscribe & Save but it seemed like every few months one or two items would no longer be eligible or were discontinued.  This is a reason we gave Boxed a try, they carried items that Amazon no longer would.  Except we have experienced this same long-term availability with Boxed.  I don’t think it’s as bad as Amazon, but, due to their limited product catalog we weren’t able to transfer all our Amazon subscriptions to Boxed.

When comparing Jet and Boxed, the latter’s product catalog is ideal for those that need office supplies and dry groceries.  Jet reminds me of what Amazon was a few years ago before they doubled down on digital streaming and Kindle products and also when their shipping was $25.

Boxed offers everything you need, but, they only have a handful of offerings for each product type compared to Jet.  They have increased their offerings in certain areas and are best for groceries, household & health items, and office supplies.

Is Jet or Boxed Cheaper?

Now for my favorite part of this post.  The price comparison section!  I will select a handful of random items from Boxed and Jet from several different spending categories that you might buy for your home or office.

Product #1: Annie’s Mac and Cheese 12-count variety pack

Jet vs Boxed

Boxed Price: $13.19 (18 cents per ounce)

Jet Price: $14.30 (20 cents per ounce)

Winner: Boxed

 

 

Item #2: Dunkin’ Donuts Medium Roast Ground Coffee, 40 oz.

Jet vs Boxed Boxed Price: $19.39 (48 cents per oz.)

Jet Price: $19.39 (48 cents per oz.)

Winner: Tie
Jet has a wider selection of Folgers and Boxed offers more Maxwell House if you do not want to buy the “gourmet” coffee brands.

 

Item #3: Glad ForceFlex 13-gallon trash bags, 140-count

Jet vs Boxed

Boxed Price: $17.99 (13 cents each)

Jet Price: $17.58 (12.5 cents each)

Winner: Jet

 

 

 

Item #4: Pampers Swaddlers Diapers, Size 1, 168-count

Jet vs Boxed Boxed Price: $39.99 (24 cents each)

Jet Price: $37.94 (15.7 cents each)

Winner: Jet
*Save even more money by buying the 216-count Economy Plus pack from Jet

 

Item #5: Bounty Paper Towels Mega Rolls, 12-Count

Jet vs Boxed
Boxed Price:
$18.99

Jet Price: $18.99

Winner: Tie*
*Jet is slightly cheaper if you pay with debit, opt out of free returns, or add more items to your cart.

 

Overall Winner: Jet

While it ultimately depends on the products you want to buy, Jet is probably the better option because they have some products that are slightly cheaper or the prices will drop as you add additional items to your shopping cart.  Jet’s wider inventory is also a plus (in my opinion).

This doesn’t mean Boxed is a bad deal.  They carry brands that Jet doesn’t.  You might be able to save some money from Boxed by buying their Prince & Spring brand instead of name brands like Bounty or Scott.  If you can spend at least $49, it’s worth the consideration.  Plus, by shopping with Boxed you can get $15 off your first $60 purchase using this link.

Jet vs. Walmart

As Jet was recently acquired by Walmart and the fact that Walmart is probably the most prevalent discount superstore in the U.S., I was also interested in how their prices compared.

It is hit or miss if Jet is the cheaper option.  Just browsing at the various coffee brands, it is cheaper to buy Folgers from Jet, but, Starbucks is cheaper at Wal-Mart.  Regarding Dunking Donuts coffee, the small 12 oz bags are the same price, however, the 40 oz. bag is $15 cheaper at Jet.

For non-grocery items, bulk items are cheaper with Jet, such as buying 140 trash bags instead of 76, but smaller, more popular items are roughly priced the same in most instances.

If you do not want to go to the store to shop or plan to buy in bulk,  Jet is probably the better option.  Plus, depending on the state you live in, you might be able to avoid sales tax that sites like Wal-Mart and Amazon charge.

Bonus Tip: Get cashback on every Jet and Walmart purchase with TopCashback

When Jet Isn’t The Better Deal

While Jet has a wide product catalog and is cheaper than most large retailers such as Amazon or Wal-Mart (their parent company), sometimes it is still a better deal to buy from another site.

I found this to be true when shopping for Tools and Home Improvement items to save me a trip to the local hardware store as I wanted to buy a tree cutting saw.  Lowe’s had a better product and it was also a few dollars cheaper.

Another time it might be cheaper is when buying books or electronics.  Jet’s prices are comparable to other retail prices, but, you might be able to save money by buying secondhand from Amazon, eBay, or Half.  Of course, if you are trying to meet the free shipping minimum, buying the newest money management book could be a good deal if you are going to buy it anyways.

Saving Money At Boxed or Jet

If you have never shopped at either location, first-time buyers can save some additional money from the first purchase by clicking on the following links below (I might earn a small commission if you click and make a purchase.  Thank you if you do.)

Boxed

Get $15 back after spending $60 when using this link.  Remember that $49 gets you free shipping.

Jet

Jet usually offers 15% off your first three orders and for free shipping after spending $3.5 Enter the discount code at checkout to enjoy instant savings. I always shop with TopCashback or Ebates to make sure I get extra cashback on every purchase, whether I have a discount code or not.

 

Have you used either of these sites before?  What is your favorite online store?

14 Comments on "Jet vs Boxed (2020)"

  1. I think Jet was a key acquisition for Amazon. I actually haven’t used Jet or Boxed, as I’m partial to Amazon and would likely go to Target.com as a secondary online retailer. Competition is always good!

    • That’s the beauty of the internet and capitalism. My wife & I scour the internet for the best prices. Jet & Boxed are two more options in our pocket.

  2. We used Jet a couple of times – we bought some higher priced items with the first time buyers discount, so they were cheaper than Amazon at that point. I’m so used to shopping on Amazon, I often forget to check out Jet (but probably should) Thanks for the review and price comparisons!

    • We still buy used from Amazon and the occasional autoship. We don’t buy enough (for what we buy online) to justify the Prime membership which they seem to be making more “necessary” almost every year.

  3. Marc Lore is a genius. He created Quidsi, which owned soap.com and diapers.com and then had it acquired by Amazon for $545m. He worked for Amazon for a little bit and decided he could do better. So he created Jet. Then he sold it to Wal-Mart for $3b. I’ll be interested to see what he does next.

  4. Don’t forget that boxed gives you free samples with every purchase. Sometimes they offer free stuff like a snack variety pack or a roll of paper towels that makes it worth buying from boxed even when jet is a little less in price.

    • Yes, I forgot to mention the free samples (I will add a little snippet there) and we always look forward to what they have to offer when we make our orders. I also like earning the Boxed cash that can help be used for a future purchase credit as well!

  5. Boxed is cheaper because of all the promo codes
    Like Justforhim, pepsi, seeyousoon, boxed10
    And with the numerous Amex offers.
    Boxed has a better app and easier to browse.

    • Boxed does have better discount codes overall. Recently, I think Jet has been getting more aggressive with discount codes in for select purchase categories.

      I don’t have an Amex credit card, but, I did see a few weeks ago on another forum an exclusive Boxed discount for Amex members. Thank you for sharing these additional ways to save money on Boxed.

  6. i dont know what you conpared and if its recent. But every item i compared, boxed was cheaper and sometimes way cheaper. For example welch fruit snacks 80 packs is $12.99 on boxed and $23.91 on jet.
    Literally every item i buy, from pantene shampoo to glad garbage bags is cheaper on boxed versus jet.

    • That is good to know Abey. It might depend on the products one wants to buy as well. I will do to do a new price comparison and select some new products. One thing I like about Boxed, is that they also rolled out their own private label “Prince & Spring” that makes some products even more affordable. We have bought their version of trash bags, for instance.

  7. Really enjoyed reading all the comparison been thinking about trying both, Im from the bay islands of Central america I order stuff online especially amazon thats like my mall lol…but because we have to ship to a wharehouse shipping company then pay for shipping when we get it here on the island it is best if I get free shipping to the wharehouse then i dont have to pay 2 shippings.

    Also this is my biggest problem with amazon they ship in multiple boxes and sometime big oversized boxes for a little item hence we pay by the size of the box(12 USD per cubic foot).
    So coming to a conclusion I want to shop where the stuff are packed in the smallest box possible and also fewer boxes. I saw an article that says Jet and boxed ships in one box so looking forward to that. Hope I didnt confuse anyone.

    Adding some people might think stuff comes out expensive like that but trust me the cost of living here is expensive so it still cheaper to buy online even if I pay shipping, sometime the shipping company hits us hard with the bill but its caused by so many boxes amazon ships.

    • Very good point. We had one order recently where we got several large boxes that weighed 50 pounds and were easily 3x3x4. I never knew they made boxes that big to ship orders in.

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