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Amazon Prime Pantry: Anyone Using This?

I was ordering something from Amazon, and noticed that there are exclusive goods/ offers for Prime members.
You are charged $5.99 for each box, which holds up to 45 pounds, or 4 cubic feet of goods.
Obviously, you should fill each box prior to ordering.

I'm just researching it now, but would love to hear from anyone using Amazon Prime Pantry.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/pantry/info/...

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  1. Wow, mono, I am prime member and never noticed this. Did you do any price comparing yet? When I get home today I'll do a quick one and see how it compares to BJ's and my local markets. Don't love the $5.99 charge but if it balances out that could save trips to the store!

    I started ordering my dog food thru them when Petco isn't having sale/free shipping. Its few bucks more than Petco but having it delivered right to the house it huge!

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    1. re: foodieX2

      I hear you on the dog food- I have 3 dogs and buy the big,heavy bags, so I appreciate the hauling is done for me.
      I'm just starting to check out the prices, but for example, I was looking at Crystal Light and it seemed cheaper than the sale price at the grocery store.

      1. re: foodieX2

        The couple of times I've looked, the prices are the same I pay in local stores on a few items, like Mrs. Meyer's fabric softener and liquid hand soap, frex.

        (foodiex2, check out chewy.com for excellent discounts on subscription food delivery with no tax, no shipping charges and great customer service)

        1. re: mcf

          I was gonna mention chewy.com too. It's great. Delivers in 2-3 days, and you can subscribe. 20% off first order.

          1. re: mcf

            Thanks for recommendation. The prices ares are as good as Petco's sale prices. sweet!

            1. re: foodieX2

              With the discount, I've been doing better than Petco sale price. I don't think I've even gotten Wellness Healthy Indulgence feline pouches for below $1.30 per pouch at Petco, and their packaging was always so poor, I'd get busted up cases of loose, dented, even broken cans of my other cat's food.

              Chewy does a great job, with fanatical customer service, too.

              1. re: mcf

                Yup. My lab alone goes thru one of those big bags of Wellness a month and pom one of the small ones so saving money is key. thanks again!

                1. re: foodieX2

                  Hope it works out for you. I love that they send a heads up in plenty of time before delivery to remind you to make any changes you need to before shipping, too. That's saved my rear more than once.

                  I'm using Nature's Variety Instinct and Wellness Healthy Indulgence pouches for my two Feline Americans, it adds up, but to less this way. And I don't miss the shlepping.

                  1. re: foodieX2

                    I just ordered a bag of Wellness from Amazon (Prime) and it was the same price as Chewy.

                    1. re: monavano

                      Wellness Core large bread formula is $68 on Amazon Prime but $57 on Chewy. Petco is $69 ($59 w/ the $10 off coupon.

                      1. re: foodieX2

                        I was looking at the Complete line.

                        1. re: monavano

                          were you comparing with subscription discounts or no?

                          1. re: mcf

                            I don't think I was comparing with discounts on Chewy.
                            I'll have to investigate further- with 3 dogs, I'll take the discounts wherever I can get them!

                            1. re: monavano

                              I know, right? With two cats, no tax, free shipping and discount, I'm still running $130-$140 every five weeks, and they don't eat that much. Certainly not like a dog beyond morsel size.

                              1. re: mcf

                                Yikes, I am at that with 2 dogs, one of them a 100lb+ plus lab!. Those must be Maine coons or some very spoiled cats! <grin>

                                1. re: foodieX2

                                  Nope; one is 6 lbs dark tortie the other orange tabby down 10 lbs from 22 and just came off of insulin after two years of strictly controlled feeding and decreasing insulin doses (obese, diabetic foster/permanent now svelte and in remission).

                                  We needed high quality protein low carb for both (she has early CRF) with low phosphorous for her. Her CRF has not progressed, has shown improvements on it for the last three lab tests, in high normal numbers. No dry food, not ever for cats ever again, learned my lesson. Wanted no byproducts, grains, nor carageenan and it had to be acceptable to finicky little one. Had to be below 10% carbs for him, low for both.

                                  Quality is hard to come by and it costs! If I were a better cat mom, I'd make their food.

                                  ETA: and OF COURSE they're spoiled, that's the way we roll. :-)

                                  1. re: mcf

                                    Quality is #1, and avoiding anything made in certain countries.

                                    1. re: monavano

                                      So hard to do, but so far, so good with these. When you try to avoid China, carageenan, crap ingredients, then add special health needs... catinfo.org has been a great help on some of those issues, but origin of ingredients is hard to track down. :-(

                                    2. re: mcf

                                      I hope you know I was teasing! It's why my babies get the very $$ Wellness Core. We wanted the same for them but thankfully they are not picky and eat plain dry food with the occasional treat mixed in.

                                      Of course I did barely catch the lab today eating my cherry tomatoes right off the vine tonight! Sneaky bastard! :)

                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                        Oh, of course, no worries. :-)

                                        Freddy scopes the dining table and will steal if given a shot a it. He'd eat himself back into crippling obesity again if given the chance. I've never seen anything like it in decades of various cats. I have to keep a child lock on the garbage in the kitchen, the cover on the disposal... at least there's never a single crumb on our kitchen floor.

            2. I looked at it quickly when I first got word of it, but the offerings seemed limited. For example, they offer Morton's Kosher Salt, but I prefer Diamond Crystal. They offer diet Coke, but even though they show a photo of a Pepsi can to indicate soft drinks, they don't actually seem to offer Pepsi. And although they offer various versions of diet Coke, they don't have the caffeine-free version. They're going to have to offer a larger selection of pantry items for me to begin to pay more attention.

              1. Ok so I just filled a box with every day things I buy often since they don't really offer anything in bulk like I buy at BJ's. Since pricing is usually lower at BJ's I used my local Stop and Shop for comparison.

                Filling the box to "full" the total came $120.47, shipping charge are $5.99. I was eligible for $1.75 in coupons so before tax the total came to $124.71. Ouch, more than I was anticipating especially as I found myself compelled to fill it and ended adding things I probably didn't really need just to hit "full".

                Overall the prices compare to Stop and Shop sale prices so I am not seeing any huge savings. It is basically a nationwide competitor for Pea Pod delivery and the like. I loved Pea Pod when I was a working mom with a very young child as it removed the hassle of shopping and gave me more time at home. However I dropped it once my son was an older toddler as I found I could save money shopping the circulars and taking advantage of store brands. Plus it was nice to get out the house, LOL.

                So I for one don't see the value but if I lived in a food desert, was house bound, felt saving time was more important than saving money, etc this could be a great alternative. The shipping charge amounts seems as if it would average around 6% which is a little steep when prime members are used to free shipping. However that % will get bigger fast if you don't fill it. Still I think many people will find that totally worth the convenience of having it delivered.

                1. The prices look okay, but there's not a lot of room in each box. Each item tells you how much space it needs and if you wanted a big pack of toilet paper, for instance, it would use up half the box by itself. Haven't tried it ourselves, we gave up our prime membership when they raised the price to $100 a year but I looked into it to see if it was a fantastic rate.

                  1. I order off Prime all the time.
                    I have been looking at the Prime Pantry, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
                    Where I live, it would be totally worth 5 bucks to get some things delivered to my door. I am a " time is worth more than 5 bucks" kind of a person.

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                    1. re: sedimental

                      I seriously need a 12-step program for Amazon Prime addiction ;-)

                      1. re: monavano

                        And a Amazon Prime membership gives you instant access to all sorts of great videos, including the original Julia Child episodes! Also -- if you're into this type of thing -- the free Prime Music section has play lists that are great!

                        Back on topic -- Amazon has a great selection of Yogi Teas and the prices are approx. 50% less than at our local stores.

                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                          Good reminder about the Julia episodes- thanks!

                    2. I have used in once. I was pleased. I used it for refilling my pantry and thought the individual priced are more competitive than our local market. If you had kiddos that tag along to the store with you -- I come out way ahead to use the Prime Pantry. I was able to have my box sent to me, without any "extra" items jammed in the cart. I did buy two cans if organic beans that arrived with a few small dents, but they doesn't concern me.

                      1. I'm an Amazon Prime member and enthusiast, but I see NO advantage to Amazon Pantry. I try to keep a well stocked kitchen. Few things in life are more annoying than deciding to whip up something that is just what I'm hungry for only to discover it will require a trip to the store! That means I do a fair amount of bulk buying, frequently with Amazon Prime and free delivery. Soooooo... The advantage of buying a BIG box to ship my stuff in totally escapes me!

                        Annnnnd... If they DO put it all in one BIG box for shipping, the damned thing is going to weigh a ton, so they'd better send a weightlifter along with it to wrestle it into the kitchen for me!

                        I see no advantage here. Everything comes in a FREE box with Amazon Prime. I suspect they're catering to prospective buyers of the Brooklyn Bridge here... '-)

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                        1. re: Caroline1

                          They may be catering to folks living in remote areas?

                          1. re: mcf

                            No matter where you live (in their service areas), Amazon Prime ships to you free, so why pay extra for a "big box"?.

                            1. re: Caroline1

                              I don't have it front of me but I thought not all the pantry items were available separately via prime. I might be wrong, tho

                              1. re: foodieX2

                                From what I saw they are, but you fave to buy in bulk. A case as opposed to 1 or 2 individual items, and that works fine for me.

                                Along these lines, I just read an article about how Walmart is 'fine tuning" its advertising to focus (bombard?) shoppers with advertising similar or related to products they've just bought in hopes of becoming more competitive with amazon.com. Wasted effort in my book! They need to improve their shipping! I buy bulk canned goods through both sources. Amazon is here in 2 days. Walmart is here in a week to 10 days. Bombarding me with ads won't change that! But it could tick me off!

                                1. re: Caroline1

                                  You right, thats their hook. Their main tag line is:
                                  <<No more buying in bulk. Buy what you need, when you need>>

                                  The target market must be those who want an assortment of items, not large quantities of the same. Basically folks who want to the convenience of getting the goods delivered without have to have tons of storage.

                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                    I'd much prefer that both amazon.com AND Walmart hurry up and take their grocery delivery programs nationwide!