This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Top 50 Online Retailers Revealed

WASHINGTON ( TheStreet) -- The Internet, in theory, is an egalitarian force, a democratizing tool that levels the economic playing field for anyone with access to a computer and a modem. Apparently, according to a new survey by STORES Magazine and BIGresearch, that goes for online retailers, too.

While the biggest players -- (AMZN - Get Report), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT - Get Report), eBay (EBAY - Get Report), Best Buy (BBY - Get Report) and J.C. Penney (JCP - Get Report) -- still rank among the top five favorite online retailers, according to STORES Magazine and BIGresearch, many lesser-known companies have now cracked the list., a value-priced men's and women's apparel retailer, sits at No. 18;, a discount electronics site comes in at No. 22; Sierra Trading Post, a discount sports apparel retailer, reaches No. 39; lower-priced apparel retailer Chadwick's jumps to No. 32 from No. 40 last year; and general merchandise discounter, debuts at No. 42.

But the best illustration of shoppers' desire for a bargain might be the debut of Craigslist at No. 25. allows shoppers to nab used, cheap furniture, apparel and other items from other users.

According to Phil Rist, executive vice president at BIGresearch, consumers are apparently less hesitant to turn to smaller e-commerce sites in the hunt for competitive prices.

"The economy has had an intense impact on Americans' bottom line," says Rist. "No longer is it a hassle to cross towns to find the best deal possible if it saves the family a few extra dollars for groceries or other essential purchases."

According to the list, shoppers are even utilizing search engines like Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO - Get Report) and AOL to find the best prices, with those sites landing at No. 8, No. 12 and No. 45, respectively, on the list of "shopping sites."

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
AMZN $370.56 0.00%
BBY $38.48 0.00%
EBAY $57.63 0.00%
GOOG $548.34 0.00%
JCP $7.63 0.00%


DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs