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Amazon Dash AIBU to be very cautious of this brave new world?

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cupofcake Wed 31-Aug-16 10:53:32

So, say your button pressing 5 yo has an extended visit to the loo. Next day 5000 loo rolls appear.

cupofcake Wed 31-Aug-16 10:55:07

Also, where do you put all those unsightly buttons, and what for?

Puzzledconfusedandbewildered Wed 31-Aug-16 10:56:55


QueenofLouisiana Wed 31-Aug-16 10:59:48

I was thinking about starting a thread about this!

I think it's a great idea, but haven't quite decided it's a good enough idea to actually order one!

NoFuchsGiven Wed 31-Aug-16 10:59:59


WatchingFromTheWings Wed 31-Aug-16 11:02:35

WatchingFromTheWings Wed 31-Aug-16 11:02:49

Not heard of it before!

purplefox Wed 31-Aug-16 11:03:12

You can only press the button once in 24 hours to get an order, you're also sent an order confirmation email with a window to cancel so there's not going to be instances of 5000 toilet rolls turning up.

My only issue would be the fact I like to choose the cheapest items, Amazon's prices constantly fluctuate, I don't want to be paying £5 extra for a box of toilet rolls when the same amount/brand is cheaper in a different colour.

zoobaby Wed 31-Aug-16 11:04:40

I was wondering the same... which products they'd be for and where you'd put all the button things. You'd potentially have a fridge covered in those little suckers. More importantly: do you alphabetise or categorise? grin

WatchingFromTheWings Wed 31-Aug-16 11:05:33

Wouldn't be any good for us as we're not brand loyal in our house. We buy whatever's on offer/best value/cheapest.

shovetheholly Wed 31-Aug-16 11:08:08

Why do you need buttons? This is what a touch-screen phone is for, and 24 hr delivery is already here with Amazon Prime/subscription models.

What would be really useful is if there were a better range of products on Prime Now, so if you are running out of loo roll, you're reupped in 2 hours not 24. Currently in my area, we can only get shite products from Morrisons.

LurkingHusband Wed 31-Aug-16 11:08:12

Strikes me as a tad gimmicky - you could achieve exactly the same with a few custom barcodes, and an app (which Amazon already support) which reads barcodes and generates the order that way.

No need for clunky almost guaranteed insecure WiFi doohickeys.

Of course, if the real motive was a cheap way to generate loads of publicity - job done.

Any chance that while they have been dicking around with this they have added a feature to let you add to a wishlist direct from search results ? (Goes to check) No. sad. Unless I am the only living person on earth who has ever thought it would be a Good Idea ?

acasualobserver Wed 31-Aug-16 11:08:25

Wouldn't be any good for us as we're not brand loyal in our house. We buy whatever's on offer/best value/cheapest.

Yes, I thought that immediately too. And aren't lots/most shoppers like that?

whywonthedgehogssharethehedge Wed 31-Aug-16 11:11:08

DH was just reading this. He was excited to discover you can press a button to reorder durex hmm

FelicityLemon Wed 31-Aug-16 11:16:22

I have just got the email about this too. None of the brands available are anything I am particularly attached too. But also I live in an area where Prime Now will deliver in one hour so if I need food or toiletries in that much of an emergency I'd just pay the extra.

I see that they have a dash button for Dreamies, won't that just lead to a whole lot of addicted cats learning to press the button? grin

LurkingHusband Wed 31-Aug-16 11:16:51

DH was just reading this. He was excited to discover you can press a button to reorder durex

And the service is called Amazon "Dash" hmm

toastymarshmallow Wed 31-Aug-16 11:18:44

Oh God this sounds awful.

I am generally a person who is not open to change, so I do try to keep an open mind about new things, but this just seems so unnecessary.

whattodowiththepoo Wed 31-Aug-16 11:22:16

Everything I would want one for I get monthly with the subscribe and save discount.

amidawish Wed 31-Aug-16 11:24:57

it would be more use if the button just put it in your basket rather than actually placed the order.
then again i don't want my house littered in amazon dash thingies.

bushtailadventures Wed 31-Aug-16 11:26:32

It's a strange choice of things too, so you can order baby wipes in an emergency, but not nappies? Dreamies but not actual cat food? I did watch the video on Amazon, but that family made me less likely to order it to be honest..smug buggers

RoseDog Wed 31-Aug-16 11:28:08

I've just got the email and watched the video, the house would be covered in little branded thanks!

moggle Wed 31-Aug-16 11:28:59

Oh glad there's a thread!! We've been discussing it at work thsi morning.

I agree though ... Although I love the idea in theory, there are only a few brands I'm loyal to and I only see a couple on the current button list (Aveeno is one) but I would still have to check prices before I pressed the button! Thus kind of pointless as I can just use the app on my phone. I have Prime and I use subscribe and save a LOT and always sort these things out in advance so I really don't think this'd add anything for us.

However... it has gone down really well in the States apparently after a lukewarm initial reception, so maybe it will get better? They have over 150 buttons there now!! I love that we have a play doh button, how random!

In terms of actual usefulness, the automatic replenishment service sounds more promising I think - smart dishwashers that reorder rinse aid, printers that reorder their own ink, etc. But there are only a handful of products on there at the moment.

moggle Wed 31-Aug-16 11:30:37

I work with some coders and they are planning to buy some buttons and see if they can hack them at all ... they are talking about whether they can make them do some kind of price check and only order if price is less than a pre set amount. Now that would be cool.

SoupDragon Wed 31-Aug-16 11:35:05

Wouldn't be any good for us as we're not brand loyal in our house. We buy whatever's on offer/best value/cheapest.

Yes, I thought that immediately too. And aren't lots/most shoppers like that?

I could see it working in our house for printer ink. I always forget to order it and if I could just press a button when collecting my half printed sheet of paper rather than thinking "I must order new ink".

Other than that, yes, I think most people shop around or have a variety of brands they rotat round. I also agree about the sheer waste of having one grocery item delivered - with my ink example I would normally only be getting that one item anyway.

PippaFawcett Wed 31-Aug-16 11:35:36

I like the idea in theory, but I don't want even more clutter in the house and the issues above about price/brand etc reasonate with me.

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