Online Grocery Shopping? My thoughts on Amazon Fresh

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Modern technology makes everything so much easier for people, I mean you don’t have to leave your house for anything these days.  You can have just about anything delivered to you thanks to companies like Go Puff, Uber Eats and Amazon.

Recently I received an Amazon gift card in the mail, and since there wasn’t really anything I needed to buy, I decided I would use it to try out AmazonFresh.  AmazonFresh, is a grocery delivery subsidiary of Amazon.  Its been around since 2007, first in beta and then it slowly spread across the country.  I first heard about it during a segment on some national news broadcast back in 2012 but of course it wasn’t available in my area so I had long forgotten about it.  Then recently I noticed my neighbors receiving deliveries, and a few people I follow on social media were trying it too so I was excited to see that it had finally made its way into the DC area.  I’m the typical busy millennial so I’m always willing to try anything that will make life a little easier.

What I Got fullsizeoutput_7

For my first order, I got bananas (a little brown here because I took this pic a few days after ordering), a case of LaCroix sparking water, a bag of cuties, almond milk chocolate pudding, strawberries, bell peppers, avocados, Larabars, blackberries, basil, vegan cheese and broccoli florets.  My total came to about $40, I’ll talk more about that later.

There were definitely pros and cons to using AmazonFresh, so here’s what I think:

Pros

I placed my order late Wednesday night, unlike many grocery delivery services AmazonFresh let me schedule my delivery for the very next day… I thought I would have to wait a few days for my delivery.

They give you the option of scheduling an Attended Delivery so you can be home when your groceries arrive, or you can just have your groceries left on your doorstep.  I chose to have my groceries left in the parcel locker in the basement of my building.

I scheduled my delivery to arrive between 4pm and 8pm and at 4:30 my phone was ringing letting me know my delivery had arrived.

You don’t have to worry about your food spoiling if your delivery arrives and you’re not home.   Your AmazonFresh delivery comes in refrigerated bags, and they can be left out for a few hours.  I didn’t arrive home until 4 hours after my delivery arrived and all of my items were still cold.

Refrigerated Bags

While a few items were a little on the pricey side, I was able to snag some really good deals like a 3 pound bag of cuties for only $0.25.  I thought it was a mistake but sure enough I got the whole bag for TWENTY FIVE CENTS!

Cons

Even with Amazon Prime, you still have to pay $14.99 a month to use the AmazonFresh service.  Amazon Prime is already $99 a year, I really don’t think people should have to pay an additional fee.  They do offer a free 30 day trial though, just like they do with Amazon Prime.

While some of the products were pretty cheap, I do feel like I didn’t get $40 worth of groceries.  The price for their organic produce was a bit more expensive than what I usually buy and a lot smaller.

I still found myself going to the grocery store because they didn’t have certain things I needed as far as seasonings, specific produce and condiments.

Oh, how could I forget?  If you don’t spend $40 guess what… you have to pay $9.99 for shipping.  If this is a benefit of being an AmazonPrime member… why isn’t shipping free???

Would I Use AmazonFresh Again?

The pros do out weigh the cons for AmazonFresh, but because of the $14.99 fee and the cost of shipping  I don’t think I’ll be using it monthly, because the way my budget is setup…

 If I’m ever sick or I have an extremely hectic week, I may consider using it because of the convenience.

Have you tried AmazonFresh?  What do you think about it?

until next time…

@myproductaddiction

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