I opened an account at Alice.com just so I could do some comparison shopping of products and was a little disappointed. The idea of Alice.com of ordering online and having products delivered to your door is a great one. For me, there are a couple of problems with Alice.com. 1. I live in an apartment complex and am rarely home when UPS delivers in our area. My box of items would be delivered to our complex office. That is standard procedure when a tenant does not answer the door. So, when I get home I would walk up the steps to my apartment, discover the note from UPS, walk back down the steps and to the office to get my box. Then I would have to walk back and up the steps to my apartment. It ends up being more work for me than pulling into my parking spot, getting my grocery bags out of the car and carrying them up to my apt. For other people this may work out great, but for me it's more work than to just go and buy my groceries locally. 2. I live on Social Security. Every penny must be watched closely. I looked at a number of items that I purchase regularly and know what I pay for those items. A few examples. Dry spaghetti noodles on Alice.com were 1.36 for 16 oz with a coupon. I buy spaghetti in a 3 lb. package for about $2.50 at my local Wal Mart. 2 lbs of the spaghetti offered on Alice is more than the 3 lb. locally. Recently, a local grocery in my area was selling all shapes of pasta 3 1lb boxes for $2.00. Now, there may be something special about the brand sold on Alice that I couldn't discern from the information given. That particular brand is not sold in my part of the country. Charmin toilet paper, I buy the ultra soft in a 12 roll mega size for roughly what the 6 roll of the same item is on Alice. The fabric softener I've started using and like very much, Purex Crystals, is not offered on Alice. Cascade Complete diswasher tablets are about half locally compared to Alice. The same is true of 20 Mule Team Borax. There are many other items that are anywhere from half the price locally to just a dollar or so less locally. Other items that I use and would not change are not even available on Alice.com My grocers and Wal Mart are about a ten minute drive away. I shop with a list and rarely spend more than an hour actually shopping. I can spare an hour and twenty minutes a couple times a month to shop for groceries. As you can see, for me, Alice.com just cannot compete with my local Wal Mart and other grocers I use. I live in the midwest where prices may be somewhat less expensive than other parts of the country. So, for some the prices and convenience offered by Alice.com may be more in line with your local prices and living circumstances. I gave Alice.com three stars only because it just isn't really a viable alternative for me. For other people it may be great.
Cedar Rapids, IA