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There is no doubt about it—Not on the High Street is one of my all-time favourite places online to shop. They have such a wide range of unique and fantastic of products, so it can be the perfect place to find that special gift for someone who means a lot to you.
However, as you are probably fully aware (since you're reading this), it can get a bit expensive at times, so it is good to hunt out some cheaper alternatives. That's why I have compiled the below list of sites like Not on the High Street.
Sometimes, similar products are cheaper on one of these sites. However, this is not always the case, so be sure to check multiple sites for each product type to ensure that you get the best value.
6 Online Shopping Alternatives to Not on the High Street
- Facebook Marketplace
- Ohh Deer
Perhaps the most obvious second choice to look for unique, bespoke goods is the massive marketplace that is Etsy. If you haven't heard of Etsy, it is pretty much the go-to spot online for unique, handmade gifts and crafts.
Etsy can prove to be a great way to find unique products that are similar to those Not on the High Street, but because the site hosts some smaller businesses, it can sometimes be easier to find a better value there.
This should be your go-to site when trying to find the perfect product for yourself or someone special. It works pretty much the same way as most online stores, but they typically have a much, much wider selection of products to choose from, so go right ahead and explore!
eBay is probably not the first site you had in mind. However, it is a notorious hotspot for finding bargains. If you are looking for something cheap specifically, then this is the likely site where you're going to find it. Sure, it might not have the looks and razzle-dazzle of the other stores on this list, but it does offer some of the cheapest and best bargains to be had.
As you no doubt know, they offer both auction and buy-it-now formats. If you are willing to play the waiting game, you can get a bargain. However, you might not always be able to get exactly what you want when you want it.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is another site that you might not have thought about when looking for a cheaper version of Not on the High Street. It is in these unconventional places, however, where you are likely to find the bargains that you're looking for.
Since there are no listing fees, you can pick up used and even handcrafted products at very, very reasonable prices. Keep your eyes peeled and search through the marketplace to see if you can find exactly what you want. If you do, you can haggle for it to see if you can get it even cheaper.
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It would be hard to compile a list of online marketplaces without mentioning the world's best-known online store, Amazon. Although not always known for having the cheapest prices, you can certainly find the odd bargain here, especially when you go into the discount settings via the filters.
The steps I take are as follows:
- Search what I am looking for.
- Set the star rating to at least four.
- Select either the tab on the left for "Today's Deals" or head to the Amazon Warehouse, where I can find the best value products.
Trouva might well be a marketplace that you haven't heard of before. I am a big fan of Trouva, as they hand-select independent boutiques to feature in their store. You will find some fantastic and unique products here.
The website has a beautiful aesthetic, and its functionality allows you to really get to know the products and the people behind them. Not to mention, they often add some nice discounts to sweeten the deal, so Trouva certainly worth checking out for those in the UK.
6. Ohh Deer
A straight-up gift store, Ohh Deer offers a wide range of gift options and products that you might be interested in. Often, the reason why they are cheaper is that unlike the above sites, they aren't a marketplace. They are straight up shipping their products to you, so there is no intermediary platform taking a cut from the products they sell. There are a lot of sites like this one that you should check out, but this is a leading favourite of mine.
Hopefully, the full list of sites above has given you some ideas about where you can shop for items similar to those featured on Not on the High Street. Usually, what I like to do is browse their store, then get a good idea in my head about the type of item that I want, then run through the above sites to see if I can find a similar gift or product for a cheaper price.
Notice is that most of the sites listed above, including Not on the High Street, are marketplaces where third-party sellers sell their goods. In exchange, the platform makes a commission that ultimately gets passed on to us in the sale price.
For this reason, it's always a good idea to see if the seller actually has their own website where they might list the very same product for cheaper than on any of the above sites since they don't need to pay a commission when selling from their own site. Plus, if they are a relatively small business, you can be a bit cheeky and ask for a bundle discount if you want to purchase multiple products.
If you know of any other alternatives to Not on the High street, please let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear about it, and it might well get added to the above list at a later date. If you have any questions, leave them below, and I will do my best to reply to them.
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© 2021 Carlyn Hayes
Lady Dazy from UK on October 07, 2021:
I had not heard of the last two sites on your list. I will have a look at them soon.