We put the biggest brand names to the test against Amazon: Find out where to score the best deals

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
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There are some pretty major brand names available on Amazon that you can find in retailers across the country, but when is it in your best interest to shop from the world’s biggest marketplace rather than directly from the label itself?

We took a look at seven fashion brands to compare prices across different categories to find out where you’re really getting the best deals. Although prices vary by item, we chose basic pieces that are available on both sites, and excluded any kind of promotions to see where you can save big.

Have a look at our findings below, and let us know the best deals that you’ve come across online!

Michael Kors Access Sofie Heart Rate Touchscreen Smartwatch

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Image via Michael Kors

Michael Kors: $495

Amazon: $488

Despite being the exact same women’s timepiece, on Amazon there’s a savings of a few dollars for this smart watch. One extra advantage for Amazon is the quick delivery time for Prime members, who qualify for free four day shipping, while Michael Kors’ free delivery ranges anywhere from 2-7 business days. Advantage, Amazon.

Coach Campus Backpack 23

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Image via Coach.

Coach: $375

Amazon: $343

Although it looks like you’re getting a significant savings from Amazon on this one, there’s also an added $30 shipping fee from the seller that brings the total up to $373.

Levi's Men's 501 Original Fit Jean

Image via Amazon.
Image via Amazon.

Levi’s: $70

Amazon: $89

For this exact same pair of stone washed 501 jeans, the clear winner is Levi’s. Both retailers have the same size selection, so you’re better off shopping through the original retailer to save on denim.

Adidas Originals Stan Smith Shoes

Image via Adidas.
Image via Adidas.

Adidas: $110

Amazon: $110

These classic unisex sneakers sneakers won’t be going out of style any time soon, which may be the reason why the price is exactly the same on both sites. There’s good news that may just push the Adidas site ahead if you happen to live in the GTA though: your order is eligible for same-day shipping if you buy before 10 a.m. on weekdays.

Hanes Women's X-Temp V-Neck Tee

Image via Hanes.
Image via Hanes.

Hanes: $14

Amazon: $9

This comfortable V-neck is Amazon’s no.1 best-seller for women’s tees, and for good reason. With an under $10 price that’s perfect for everyday wear, you’ll want to pick up more than just one. Amazon’s everyday price definitely beats Hanes’ but keep an eye out for promos (like the one on now) that frequently bring the price down by 50 per cent on the Hanes website.

Calvin Klein Women's Modern Cotton Bralette

Image via Calvin Klein.
Image via Calvin Klein.

Calvin Klein: $35

Amazon: $26-$32

Yes, you’re definitely getting a better price on this comfy wardrobe staple shopping through Amazon, but take note that depending on what size or colour you’re looking for, the price does differ.

Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer Sunglasses

Image via Ray-Ban.
Image via Ray-Ban.

Ray-Ban: $193-$213

Amazon: $126-$264

There’s a slight price savings on Amazon, but their real advantage is the huge selection of unique colour choices on these classic Wayfarers. Compared to shopping directly through Ray-Ban which only has four colours options, Amazon has a much greater selection to choose from.

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