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18 Popular Online Retailers, Ranked

Do your favorite e-commerce purveyors make the list? 

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Consumers are feeling good about the economy and the online retailers they do business with, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In the fourth quarter of 2023, customer satisfaction surged to an all-time high as inflation continued to decline.  

The uptick in consumer satisfaction comes as supply-chain issues and other problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have dissipated, according to a recent research report from ACSI, which provides information on satisfaction with the quality of products and services available to consumers nationally.

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“There has also been a return to traditional competition among sellers and fewer shortages of product and service personnel. Another change is a drop in consumer expectations. While small, it does lower the bar for creating satisfied customers,” according to the ACSI report.

It is likely welcome news to online retailers that lost a lot of ground during the pandemic. While the world was forced to shop online, retailers had a tough time meeting customers’ expectations. Even Amazon, the leader in e-commerce, struggled to keep customers happy. “Amazon was above or very close to 90 for some years, but we’ve seen that very slowly creep down,” says Forrest Morgeson, associate professor of marketing at Michigan State University and ACSI’s emeritus director of research. “It has so many diverse product offerings, it has to ship to so many consumers, it had problems keeping up with the growth. It’s still a very satisfying company.”  

Amazon still tops the list of online multi-market retailers consumers are happy with, but with a score of 83. Only Chewy, an online retailer for pet supplies, ranked higher than Amazon in this year’s index, with a score of 84. 

Since 2000, the survey has asked consumers to gauge their satisfaction with the quality of products and services offered by online retailers. It reports results on a scale of 0 to 100. ACSI surveyed 11,475 internet shoppers from throughout 2023 for its latest report.

Wondering which online retailers are pleasing Americans these days? Here is the list broken down by category. 

Favorite Online Merchants

Multi-Market Online Retailers

1. Amazon
Score: 83
​Year-over-year change: -1 percent

2. Costco
Score: 81
Year-over-year change: +3 percent 

3. eBay
Score: 81​
Year-over-year change: +7 percent  

4. Target
Score: 78
Year-over-year change: -1 percent

5. Walmart
Score: 76
​Year-over-year change: +4 percent 

Online Apparel and Shoes 

1. Nike
​Score: 80​
Year-over-year change: +4 percent

2. Nordstrom
Score: 80
​Year-over-year change: +1 percent 

3. Kohl’s
Score: 79​
Year-over-year change: no change 

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4. Macy’s
​Score: 78​
Year-over-year change: -1 percent 

5. Gap
​Score: 77
Year-over-year change: -4 percent

Online Specialty 

1. Chewy
Score: 84
Year-over-year change: -1 percent

2. Etsy
Score: 80
​Year-over-year change: no change 

3. Groupon
Score: 79
Year-over-year change: +7 percent 

4. Walgreens
Score: 74
​Year-over-year change: +7 percent

Online Home Improvement and Decor Retailers

1. (formerly Overstock)​
Score: 79​
Year-over-year change: +4 percent 

2. Lowe’s
Score: 78
Year-over-year change: +3 percent 

3. Home Depot
Score: 77​
Year-over-year change: no change 

4.  Wayfair
Score: 77
Year-over-year change: -3 percent

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