You know what would be very cool?
If Google rigged up their new Google Checkout service with something like Amazon Prime, but for multiple sites.
Amazon prime is pretty cool. I signed up for it for a while, and getting free 2-day shipping for virtually everything you buy really rocks. You can order stuff without thinking about it too much. It’s a hell of a lot more convenient than hitting the store. And I ordered a lot of stuff through Amazon while I had Prime. Mostly books, but basically it lets those impulse purchases be extremely easy to satisfy. And that’s cool with me, because if I suddenly need Pocky, then I can satisfy that urge. Pocky rules.
But what sucks is that a) it’s like $80 a year and b) it only works with Amazon.com’s stuff, not all their partner’s stuff. When you search for stuff at Amazon, and get a list of products back, you have no idea whether or not it’s sold by Amazon and thus prime eligible. So you still kinda have to pay attention to some degree.
Google’s searching for products, on the other hand, is great. Google for it, then at the top of the page you get some products and prices and such. Hit the button to show all Google Checkout results for that product, sort by price, and bam, you’re right there. Go straight to the site and buy it. Since you use Google Checkout, no account setup crap is generally involved, it’s easy and painless.
If Google Checkout had something similar to prime, where the individual vendors didn’t charge for shipping, then it would be perfect. I don’t know how that would work, as the only way Amazon can do it is because of bulk or something. Maybe Fedex would be willing to cut Google a deal for all its partners with the Checkout service. I dunno. But still, it would rock a lot more than Amazon Prime would.
Back when I wrote about Amazon Grocery the first time, I also placed a couple orders.
I’d been wanting a particular book, and my Amazon Prime trial membership had just expired (and I didn’t feel that “free” shipping was worth $70+ a year), so I started looking for stuff I needed which they had.
What I found I was running low on was toilet paper.
A bit of searching and I ran across some TP on Amazon. Plus the price was just right to make both my book and the TP get free shipping. Perfect.
So off my order went, for my book and for Scott Toilet Paper. Excellent.
It took it about 10 days to get here. Good thing I was only running low and not out of the stuff. But the book is good, and the TP.. Well… It’s paper. I don’t expect much out of my TP.
Nice handy dispenser box, I must say. Although I did get some odd looks from the apartment people when I picked up my shipment of what was clearly a bulk box of toilet paper. Hey, I looked right back at ‘em. A man’s gotta wipe.
Plus, this is rapid-dissolving, supposedly, so no more damn clogged up toilets.
I still don’t see myself using this Amazon Grocery stuff for anything more than filler items for when I order books and such, to get up to the free shipping amount, but still, at least now those filler items will be useful stuff that I happen to need. Not sure where I’ll put these bulk items though.
I love Pocky. Its such incredibly good stuff. Excellent for a quick snack.
Next time youre ordering something off Amazon, do yourself a favor and throw some Pocky on that order. They have several flavors I havent tried too, which means only one thing: Massive Pocky order time.
Just saw this on Digg. Amazon now sells groceries.
Looks like most of it is in bulk, but this also means that it qualifies for free shipping in a lot of cases. All non-perishable items as far as I can see.
So if you happen to need a lot of dish soap, or want to stock up on Mac & Cheese, or just have this craving for a freakin ton of jerky, click the banner above.