Amazon Does Groceries
Amazon is launching their grocery service today, mostly dry goods, staples, organics and household items in bulk sizes, shipped from far far away and arriving at your door via UPS. The same free shipping rule applies (anything over $25 is free) and they are even offering $10 off for an order of $49.
Could this really work? How can they possibly make money after eating their shipping costs? Will people have the patience to wait the 5-7 days of ground delivery?
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I'm trolling right now to see if I might actually find something to buy (and comparing prices).
Edit: Top seller right now: 100-count box of Slim Jim meat sticks (tee hee)
Well, so far it seems to be all bulk items, and I'm pretty sure all non-perishable. If you buy your Cheerios 4-6 boxes at a time, you're good to go.
It's an intersting alternative to going to Costco and BJ's, minus the meat, fish, produce, frozen foods, baked goods and alcohol. And minus many things in jars. And since it looks like the unit quantities are actually larger in many instances than what you find at a warehouse store, it's probably only going to appeal to large households, small businesses and survivialists.
I suppose if I had a garage or basement to keep bulk goods in, I'd be open to using this for things that are a pain to haul home in a car, like cases of canned goods or 24-packs of paper towels.
Incidentally, the prices don't look that great. The $10-off coupons they'll probably offer most of the time make it a reasnable deal, nothing more. The selling point appears to be convenience for people who already buy in bulk but want the convenience of not having to go to a store and haul the stuff around.
Wow. Interesting, indeed. If you really wanted to rely on this service and could wait 2 days, it would pay to become a member of Amazon prime where 2 day shipping is free. Then you wouldn't have to wait the 5-7 days...
I'd be curious to see if anyone tries this and how their luck is.