Before there was etsy.com, there was buyolympia.com. This small business website is run by just 4 people to help artisans sell their own hand made goods. buyolympia.com has been around since 1999 and now even has a storefront.
TenThousandVillages.com is one of the largest fair trade organizations and shops in the world. If your purchase power is also about contributing to the wellness of the world, then tenthousandvillages.com is the shop for you. The company has been around since 1946. The site provides a place for you to find unique handmade goods from artisans in 38 countries. Fair trade means that these artisans are paid a fair market value for their work and items. Sales through Ten Thousand Villages also pay for food, education, healthcare and housing fo artisans who may otherwise be unemployed.
Ebay.com may not be the place to buy everything you need, like groceries and everyday items, but for those hard to find, unique and vintage items, Ebay.com is just the right online shop. Ebay.com started in 1995 and if the world's largest online auction site. You may not be buying your groceries here, but if you need to find the perfect Pex dispenser to finish your collection, Ebay.com is your best bet.
Overstock.com started in 1999 as an online discount retailer. Overstock.com provides almost 1 million different products, giving customers an opportunity to shop for bargains. Overstock.com carries everything from bedding and household goods, to electronics, sporting goods, and even cars, vacations and insurance.
Shopzilla.com is not a shop itself but a comparison shoppers dream. Shopzilla.com connects with brands and shops over the world to find the best price on the product the shopper is hunting. Shopzilla has access to over 100 million products and thousands of retailers taking comparison shopping to an entirely new level.
Amazon.com started in 1995 and is now a global leader in e-commerce. Amazon.com offers products to customers worldwide - everything from books, jewelry and music, to everyday groceries that van set up to ship on a regular basis with amazon's "Subscribe and Save" program.
SHOES! Well, not just shoes anymore. Zappos.com started in 1999 as an online retailer for shoes. Whata great way to find the right size, the right color and the right style all in one location then delivered to your door. Zappos.com may have one of the best return policies as well: if you are not happy with your purchase, you can return products for up to one year! Did I mention they even pick up the shipping on returns so the customer does not have to? Zappos.com has grown from carrying just shoes, to carrying accessories, homegoods, clothing and even beauty products.