Why is Wish so cheap?
Before we continue though, you’re probably thinking why is wish so cheap? Wish imports their products from manufacturers in bulk, allowing them to sell their items at rock-bottom prices. This is all thanks to economies of scale, which means that Wish’s fixed costs (like warehouse and labor) are more efficiently used because they’re selling so many similar items. The result? The same quality goods at a lower price.
Now, you might think that sites like Amazon carry higher quality products right? Don’t let brand names fool you. For almost every single item below, we found the exact same product selling for more on Amazon. This is most likely due to retail arbitrageurs capitalizing on Amazon’s good name to mark up items that they get for cheap on Wish.
If you’re still in doubt, just have a look at the positive reviews on their products. A search on the internet reveals stories of people who have spent insanely small amounts of money buying quality items through the Wish app.
We found that Wish is perfect for snagging amazing deals on electronics. This is because there are lots of refurbished gadgets on the Wish app. Refurbished refers to used items that have been fixed up to function as though they were new.
Beats by Dr Dre
Audiophiles might salivate at how cheaply these designer headphones are going for. With all the rave reviews that Beats headphones get, it’s no wonder they come with a hefty price tag. However, the refurbished model sells for just $60 on Wish!
That’s about one-third less than what new ones retail for on Amazon:
Technology moves at a rapid pace. Every year, our once shiny smartphones become out of date. If you’re not fussy on specs, then getting an older model is an excellent way to save you a wad of cash. Sure, it won’t come with all the bells and whistles. But how many of us use all of our phone’s features anyway?
Buying an older model AND having it refurbished is probably the best way to save on your smart phone. Check out this refurbished iPhone 6 selling for just $260 on Wish!
Laptops and Computers
Similarly, many of us don’t need top of the line computer equipment. Sometimes a cheap computer will suffice. Maybe grandma needs to email a friend overseas, or perhaps you’re running a startup and your employees only need enough computing power to do word processing. Wish can be a great place to source for cheap computers:
Yup. You read that right. You can buy a whole television set for little more than $100 on the Wish app. One reason why the VISIO TV is so cheap is because it’s on the smaller side (32 inches) and is only regular HD.
While it’s not ideal for a home theater, it certainly does the job if you need a small TV in your bedroom or you need a good looking monitor in your dorm:
Apart from refurbished electronics, you can find cheap and interesting electronics on Wish. If you’re looking to beef up your home’s security system or unleash your inner James Bond, this mini spy camera will certainly fit the bill. Forget spending thousands of dollars on surveillance equipment. This nifty gadget sells for just $33:
Turn any get-together into a real party with these outdoor speakers. Just hook these bad boys up to your Spotify playlist via bluetooth and you’ll be a bona fide DJ. This is perfect for a summer barbecue or for lounging by the pool. Isn’t it amazing that you can get all that entertainment for just $13 on Wish?
USB Storage Drives
I’ve got enough storage space, thanks.
Said no one ever! If you do any sort of work, you’ll definitely need a couple of USB sticks handy to save and share your files. And because you’re likely to lose them (after handing them out to everyone), you don’t want to be dropping a bomb on these little guys. That’s why we love that you can get a whole bunch of these 16GB thumb drives at $5 each on Wish (the 256GB version costs just $8!)
There’s no expense you wouldn’t spare when you’re passionate about a hobby. We can definitely think of a few people who’ve spent a small fortune pursuing the hobbies that they love – golfing, dog training, you name it!
Because hobbies can get so expensive, you’ll definitely want to save money if you’re just trying something new. You might be trialing a new type of equipment, or just dipping your toes in the hobby. In any case, you can find entry-level items for almost any hobby on the Wish platform.
Combat Hunting Tomahawk Throwing Axe
Have you ever come across something as redundant as it is a mouthful? Yet it was so cool that you thought heck, I’ll shell out the money anyway?
If not, this next product from Wish certainly fits the bill. And if you were worried about overspending on a weapon that might become the white elephant it was designed to kill, then its “cut throat” price of $18 will certainly remove any hesitation, if not heads.
We’re not a big fan of the red flames on this throwing axe from Amazon. But we figure that if you were buying one of these bad boys, you’d probably want to make a statement anyway. If so, you add a similar axe to your new collection for $33.
If you’re a gamer, you’d know that the cost of games quickly adds up. So any savings that you can get on your game console is a plus right? Well you’re in luck because you could cop yourself an Xbox One S from Wish at under $200:
Here’s the same device on Amazon, just for $35 more. And check this out: the one on Amazon is a Used console. Call it personal preference, but we’d rather have refurbished than used.
When it comes to tearing up the basketball court, you’ll want to protect yourself from getting broken ankles as much as you’ll want to give them. Branded basketball shoes can be very expensive. If you’re starting out though, it might be better to invest in unbranded shoes that provide the same level of protection.
Here’s a smashing deal on Wish – just $25 to keep your ankles intact:
Go for their branded counterparts though, and the price tag almost doubles:
Drones and Quadcopters
Drones are becoming all the rage these days. Drones are useful and fun for so many reasons – they help in land surveys, quadcopter racing and more. High end drones can retail for thousands of dollars, but this one that we found on Wish is incredibly affordable at $106.
It comes with a camera too, so you can take aerial photographs and videos. Nice!
One of the biggest drone brands is DJI. They sell their lowest end quadcopters for more than $300, and that doesn’t even come with a camera! So you’re getting a mega deal by going with Wish.
If you’ve ever tried to read on a regular electronic device – like your phone or tablet – then you’d know that it can cause heaps of strain on your eyes. At the same time, lugging around a big old book isn’t all that convenient.
Enter the world of ebook readers – they store your books electronically. At the same time, they use a display that doesn’t emit light to hurt your eyes. Here’s one that we found for just $74 on Wish.
While this looks like another home run for Wish, we did find an all new Kindle selling for just $10 more on Amazon.
The advantage of having a Kindle is that you can subscribe to Audible and Kindle Unlimited, which let’s you stream and read thousands of books.
The subscription obviously costs money. So it depends on whether you’re willing to take up a subscription, in which case we’d recommend the Kindle. If not, the Wish ebook reader should do just fine.
Portable Tool Storage Chest
Know someone who’s good with their hands? These tool boxes would be a perfect gift for them! They’re stackable and come with wheels – so you can bring a large number of tools where they’re needed. This would save you from going back and forth between the tool shed! Think of how many hours you’d save for just $74 on Wish.
Here’s where the Wish platform is truly amazing. Not only does it carry little knick knacks and gadgets, it also provides big ticket items like furniture for affordable prices as well. If you’re the type of person who can rely on buyer reviews when buying furniture, then you’ll definitely want to explore furniture on Wish. Here are just some examples of furniture you can get on the platform.
Touch Screen LED Mirror
This mirror is perfect if you share a room with someone who gets up before the sun comes out. Because it’s touch screen, you don’t have to fumble in the blackness for the switch. It’s also almost a full length mirror, so you can get ready in front of it while leaving the rest of the room in the dark.
Did we mention that it was a storage mirror as well? Bonus points for this extremely functional piece of furniture at just $120!
The TV is like the heart of the home. Everyone can get together to enjoy a laugh at a funny movie or watch that new episode they’ve been waiting for all week. So it makes sense to make sure your TV comes with a nice console.
It’s becoming increasingly common to mount your TV on the wall to save space. But not all TVs can host a mounting bracket. Thankfully Wish has the solution. Try this TV console that can be attached to your wall directly!
This was one item that had the biggest discrepancy in price compared to other ecommerce sites like Amazon. It cost a whopping $150 on Amazon, about 2 times the price on Wish:
Have guests spending the night at your place? Or are you going camping and need some of your creature comforts? In any case, this inflatable mattress is a invaluable for helping you get a rest wherever you are:
If you thought our earlier example of the price differences between Amazon and Wish were bad, then this one beats it hands down. It’s almost TRIPLE the price on Amazon!
If you’re a dog lover then you’ll love this Wooden Kennel. It’s incredibly spacious and has an upper deck in case man’s best friend wants to sun bathe with a view! At such an affordable price of $65, you certainly won’t be spending any time in the dog house for buying it (although it looks so comfy, so would you really mind?)
Okay, so you might be cautious about buying certain types of furniture online like beds and sofas. That’s because comfort is a priority when it comes to these kinds of furniture, and you can’t feel these things through the screen.
But for outdoor furniture, buying online is perfectly fine. We’re talking about things like wicker chairs and outdoor tables – things that you won’t be sleeping on. You can get that on Wish too. Check out this Patio set for less than $200:
You’d be kicking yourself if you had gotten this on Amazon. It’s a full $325 more expensive there:
Famous sayings like “dress for success” don’t come out of nowhere. Being well groomed is an integral part of anyone’s life. If you’re into looking after yourself, then Wish is an indispensable source of grooming goodies.
Nothing says “clean and fresh” like a fade. And the NOVA brand offers guys a chance to keep their crowns clipped on a budget. They go for just $9 on Wish:
Nose Hair Trimmers
As anyone who’s had unsightly nose hairs can attest, a nose hair trimmer is essential to maintaining some level of dignity in the world. So having it go for just a dollar on Wish? That’s really icing on the cake!
Hand Soap Dispenser
Have you ever thought about how disgusting it actually is to wash your hands? Your tap and soap dispenser have been touched hundreds of times by unclean hands. That’s days/months of chicken blood, garbage juice just sitting there!
Luckily Wish sells “touchless” soap dispensers for $11. That’s so affordable that you’d be silly not to buy 5 and put them in every bathroom and kitchen in the house!
Wish wouldn’t be an ecommerce platform if it didn’t sell clothes! Wish hosts a wide range of apparel to complement your style. While comfort and fit is usually a concern, the items on Wish are so cheap that you’ll hardly lose sleep if your purchase doesn’t fit you perfectly.
If you’re afraid that it’d go to waste, it’s fairly common these days to just resell the item on eBay if you think someone else would benefit from it. Nothing to lose!
Bamboo Fiber Socks
One thing that Amazon boasts is a sheer range of products. But Wish doesn’t lose in that regard either. Here’s something that is peculiar and niche that could be found on both Amazon and Wish: Bamboo fiber socks!
Bamboo socks are very cooling and are becoming really trendy. So you’d expect to pay quite a bit for something like that. So it’s no surprise that bamboo socks go for $14 on Amazon.
Now, you might argue that the Wish price is for one pair of socks, while the one on Amazon is for a 6-pack. Even so, 6 pairs of socks on Wish edges out Amazon by about $2.
Need something to go along with those bamboo socks? Nothing screams class quite like a pair of Oxford shoes. But this luxurious look doesn’t have to come with a luxurious price tag. Just look – it’s only $12 on Wish:
The same pair costs $22 on Amazon. While considerably cheap, you’re still losing out on $10.
It’s important to note that unlike electronics, these shoes are not completely identical. They’re likely made by different companies and may have varying quality. But even so, you can’t really make a mistake by getting your shoes for $12!
It would probably be difficult to find branded watches at a much cheaper price. Thankfully the watch industry is full of fashionable brands fighting for a space on your wrist. We found two classy looking watches on Wish and Amazon:
Here’s a similar looking watch on Amazon that only comes in blue (strangely). It’s going for $30. About $22 more than on Wish.
Now, we did notice that the second watch does come with a stainless steel band. This is in contrast to the one on Wish, that seems to come with a PVC strap. Another difference is that the watch on Amazon has three faces. So it’s really up to your tastes – are these features deal breakers for you?
For us, $30 for a classy watch is still a steal. But an $8 watch would make a great gift for a Secret Santa at the office. We feel that both have their places.
The savings are not limited to men’s footwear. Ladies shoes are a tad more expensive, but you still get the same savings by shopping on the wish app.
Ladies’ shoes are also about $10 cheaper than their Amazon counterparts, as shown below:
Personally, we wouldn’t scrimp on wallets. As guys, our wallets go through a lot of rough and tumble in our back pockets. So it’s 100% real leather when it comes to our wallets.
However if you’re against using animal products, then synthetic leather wallets are a good alternative. Warning: this was one of the most drastic differences in prices that we saw!
Amazingly, these wallets on Wish go for $2. They look pretty good too. Now $2 might not seem like a big deal if you didn’t know much about wallet prices. So have a look at their prices on Amazon for a comparison:
Holy moly! That’s more than $55 in difference. We did a search on the brand Denleilu, and found most listings in the $20 – $30 range. So we certainly think the Amazon listing is overpriced. On the Wish end though, $2 is an absolute steal.
However, we don’t believe that Wish is above piracy. A lot of its listings come from China, where piracy is rife and the word “copyright” literally does not exist. If it were up to us, we’d buy a branded wallet from a physical store. Caveat Emptor!
This section is for all you gear heads among us. If your automobile is your baby, you’d spend a lot of your time taking care of it. Little upgrades here and there, and regular maintenance create costs that add up over time. So wouldn’t it be great if you could save on car accessories? Well with Wish you can. Read on!
Car Cleaning Glue
Certainly one of our weirder finds. But even then, we’ve gotta admit that this nifty product seems really useful for removing fingerprints and dust from your car’s glossy parts.
While its resemblance to boogers is a little offputting, its price tag at $1 on Wish certainly isn’t. We envision this purchase being one of many quirky $1 items that you’ll be adding to your cart just to see what it does.
If you’d like something less “boogers” and more “nuclear waste”, then go for this one for $8:
Some people find that they don’t have a lot left over after spending a fortune on a luxury BMW. Not to fear – you can get these car lights and accessories for a cool $5 on Wish:
When it comes to the king of absorbent cleaning implements, nothing comes close to a Chamois. While it has the name of a hundred dollar cheese, it’s actually a highly efficient piece of cleaning fabric going for $1 on Wish:
The exact same item is nearly 10x the price if you were to buy off the Wish platform.
Wheel Hub Polishing Sponge
Like the Chamois and booger glue (see the first item in this section), you’ll want to spend less on items that you’re going to dispose of after a couple of uses. That’s why we love that these wheel hub polishing cones are going for just $1 on Wish:
They do sell for $4 outside of Wish, and that $3 difference might not seem like much. But if you’re polishing your BMW every week for example, that cost really adds up.
These mufflers are perfect for upgrading your ride. Maybe you’re in the business of fixing up cars or selling parts. Either way, Wish offers awesome parts like these to make your car look stunning:
What does this say about Wish?
There are plenty of items that go for unbelievably low prices on Wish. Surprisingly, most of the items are very similar to the higher priced ones sold on Amazon.
Still, we feel that Amazon offers a wider variety of products. Its suggestions feature is also second to none.
Our suggestion? Use Amazon as a “search engine” to do research on products that you want to buy, then check on the Wish app to see if you can get it for cheaper.
Also, do be aware that Wish does host pirated goods on its platform. For example, we don’t actually think that you’d be able to get a good faux wallet for $2. So exercise some common sense when you’re shopping on Wish.
So there you have it – 30 items that you must get on Wish in 2019. Do you have any great finds on Wish? let us know in the comments!