In May of last year I wrote an article on Yahoo! Voices about how to save time and money purchasing household goods online. One of the websites that I referenced in the article was Alice.com. I had been ordering my household goods regularly from this site for a few years. Then one day several weeks ago when I visited the site to order my monthly supply, I was only greeted with the Alice logo and a message for those with pending orders. Needless to say, I panicked! I searched the Internet for information on what happened to Alice. It took a while, but I finally found an article, and now there are two, stating that Alice closed.
The company, founded in 2008, has ceased operations and filed for receivership. According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, receivership is defined as “the state of a business that has been placed under the control of a receiver because it is bankrupt.”
According to one online source, Alice boasted a large investment of $3.6 million last year after merging with a Spanish company. The company also partnered with some well known manufacturers such as Proctor & Gamble and BIC. Another online source states that Alice’s “holding company’s petition lists assets of $7.3 million, including the $6.7 million owed by Alice, and $5.8 million in debt.”
So what does all of this mean for us online shoppers? It means that we have to say good-bye to Alice and hello to a different online retailer. Alice offered great prices, coupons, special offers, and free shipping over $40. Can other online stores offer the same? Luckily there are a couple of options.
Soap.com is the first option I will try out. They offer the same range of products that Alice offered. Paper goods, cleaning supplies, pet products, health and beauty products, and even an organic section are all available. Soap.com offers e-coupons and orders of $35 or more are eligible for free shipping.
A second option is Stockn’Go. They offer a range of hair care, skin care, personal items, and baby products. However, they appear to be lacking in household cleaning supplies and paper goods. They do have a sale section and free shipping is available on orders of $49 or more.
For you Alice customers out there, this may be bad news. However, there are other online alternatives and driving to the store instead is always an option.
Farewell Alice! You will be missed.
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