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3.27.2015

A Question We Couldn't Answer Last Night


On Thursday, the online superstore started offering one-hour delivery to customers in two dozen Dallas ZIP codes. The initial eligible neighborhoods are in Irving and Dallas — basically south of the company’s Coppell fulfillment center and into downtown Dallas.

The service, called Prime Now, is available to Amazon Prime members who pay $99 a year. One-hour delivery costs $7.99. If you can wait two hours, delivery is free. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Considering that all of those zip codes are heavily populated with access to stores or every imaginable product in a short driving distance, answer this:  Name one product that you would pay $7.99 for a one hour delivery? Or, put another way, is there any situation where you would need something so urgently that you wouldn't just get in the car and go get it?

24 comments:

Katy Anders said...

Yes. A few weeks back, I needed a Badonkadonk Land Cruiser in a hurry.

http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/dp/B00067F1CE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Thank God they had that 1 hour delivery option! Crisis averted!

Katy Anders said...

Sometimes you need a 55-gallon drum of lube and you need it now!

http://www.amazon.com/Renewable-Lubricants-Bio-Rock-15W50-Gallon/dp/B00C3M2PXI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1427466244&sr=8-2&keywords=100+gallon+drum+of+lube

Ernest T said...

I wouldn't use this all of the time, but I could see instances where you need something at the last minute and don't have time to run to the store to get it. Surprised that they don't offer this in North Fort Worth since the distribution center is right there at Alliance.

Anonymous said...

When you get older you will understand how important deliveries can be. Heck, when you are old you're lucky if you can drag the box in the house and open it. I'm sure Amazon is doing a test to find the answer to the same question and if there is any money in it. BTW if my a/c was out in August and Amazon had the part I needed, I certainly would gladly pay the $7.99 to get it in an hour.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, there are a lot of situations where it would be nice to have something delivered that day - you shouldn't have to think too hard to come up with a few.

Spending a Saturday working in the yard and your weedeater breaks down? You could get your dirty self in the car and go to Lowe's, or you could pull out your phone and have it in 2 hours with free delivery.

We live in a wonderful time. Our quality of life has never been better, yet all we do is complain. Speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

I can see people in urban areas with no car, or who have to stay at home and keep kids, or whatever, paying extra for immediate delivery. Maybe you have a date night and do, in fact, need that lube Katy is talking about. It's hard to adequately wrestle naked women in a plastic pool without only 5 gallons of lube. And if you win, you may want to switch the lube out a time or two.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the thing you want is so much cheaper on Amazon than it is in the store nearest you that you would still save money ordering it from Amazon even after paying the one hour delivery fee. HDMI cables are a good example. And you might need one in a hurry if you are hosting a watch party of some kind at your house.

Anonymous said...

The times I use Amazon are when its not available locally, or Amazon is just that less in price. I recently ordered a monitor that was carried by local places but out of stock. Amazon came through. Bam.

Anonymous said...

Several years ago when i was on Meth, i would have certainly paid $7.99 to have it delivered in one hour. I might have been tweaking too bad to answer the door though.

Leave it in the mail box please.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for them to start using drones for delivery because they will make for cheaper target practice than clay pigeons.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Amazon frequently carries things that are difficult to find at a local retailer. I had a hell of a time finding a replacement power cord brick for a Dell laptop awhile back after it suddenly crapped out. No brick=no use of laptop. Next day Amazon saved my ass.

Anonymous said...

9:24, Sandra Fluke, is that you?

Anonymous said...

I'd bet no A/C in that place...yipes!

Anonymous said...

Yep! Mom at home with sick kid could order quickly and not have to leave. I'll bet the also have great orders on wet, cold winter days! Who wants to get out then! Wonder how they will react to snow days???

Anonymous said...

Free delivery in two hours is very attractive. Just order it, sit in your house watching a ball game and "ding dong"....

Anonymous said...

Lots of personal and business situations in which time is tight for one reason or another, and the fee is worth it. How many people pay $2 or $3 to get cash out of an ATM from a bank not their own when their bank has a branch nearby? Believe it or not, some people value time at more than $8 per hour.

Anonymous said...

Not that anyone in Wise County would know this, but not everyone living in those areas owns a car or can walk to the store. Lots of young people taking advantage of urban living, rail, trolleys etc. to live and work and hang out. What's a few $8 shipments against $1,000 a month for a car and insurance and gas.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm a tradesman and while doing a repair at someone's home I need a part that I can get delivered and still be able to stay on the job. LOTS of situations in which it's worth paying 8 bucks to save an hour of time.

Anonymous said...

And 10:25 am #2 for the win!!!

Katy Anders said...

10:25 #2: Lube is a civil right and the government ought to be buying it for me.

Anonymous said...

maybe your drunk and don't want to get out and cost you$20,000.00

Anonymous said...

1:36, So are corks. I think you need them more than lube.

Anonymous said...

136 if you're not making your own, you're not doing it right...

Anonymous said...

12:10 and 3:39 nail it. And while I like driving, there are days where I'd rather take a whipping than go to Wal*Mart.