I love Amazon. The convenience, the customer service, the speed of everything, the broad spectrum of things you can get from Amazon will have me coming back again and again for Prime Membership. Maybe even the Prime Fresh membership. (Gasp! That’s $299 a year!)
So what is Prime Fresh. It’s basically your groceries done for you and delivered to your door. Depending on the time of day you do your shopping you can have them delivered to your doorstep the same day! Right now you can sign up for a free 1-month trial which is what I am currently testing out until the end of August. Plus, there is also a $25 off the first order.
How it works. First, you want to make sure this is available in your zip code. You can browse products before signing up so you get a better idea of what’s available. As you start adding items to your basket, you can reserve a delivery time (if you need it asap) and you’ll have an hour to fill out your order and keep the same delivery time (you’ll see a countdown). Once you place an order, you can still add items, I am guessing you’d have a short window to do so as well. Upon checking out, you’ll have an option for unattended delivery or with someone present. I’ve been using a delivery window “before 7 am”, not too hot for food to sit out there until I come down stairs and get it. Orders of $40 or more ship free; under $40 – it’s $9.95. Everything is packed in insulated reusable totes, with ice packs and dry ice (if necessary for frozen stuff). The totes and ice packs can be reused by Amazon: just put the totes from last delivery outside and they’ll pick them up when your next order is delivered. I was doing all my shopping on the phone, in bed, before I went to sleep. How convenient is this?! Yes, please!
The selection is pretty wide in the product category and options within that category. For example, strawberries: you can get a pack of organic, non-organic, or local (twice the $$). Apples: get a bag of 3 lbs or buy a single apple, available in a variety of selection as well (fiji, gala, etc.). Meats selection was not as wide and the prices were too high; I like to select my cut of meats anyways and I get them cheaper at a local Korean market or Costco. (Like, organic whole chicken was almost $20 as oppose to the same brand at a store for like $10-14). Eggs – available in organic and non-organic in different counts, but organics was from one brand only that I was not familiar with. But I went ahead and bought those anyways because I did not have time to go to Costco. And then 1 egg was cracked, but super-duper Amazon support gladly refunded money for entire dozen and also 3 lbs of apples as one was severely bruised. I’ve had 2 orders so far with about $40 worth of goods each. All the berries were perfect, no expired products, packed neatly.
Overall, I’m greatly relieved that I have such luxury for grocery shopping. Especially with this temporary routine we have and as I adjust to my work schedule. I don’t think I’m going to continue the Fresh subscription though. It’s pricey. Or I am just not ready to commit. I still wind up at a Korean market for all of Korean stuff I need to buy. However, I will always use the Prime Now.
Prime Now is available to any prime member (gotta check your zip as well) and the whole point is to have stuff delivered to you as fast as in the next hour. But guess what’s available in their selection? Groceries! Like eggs, milk, deli, some produce. In our zip code, we also have items delivered from Sprouts, the local grocery with tons of organic stuff. I believe Amazon have been expanding their selection on Prime Now, so I am not even sure how much different Prime Fresh from Prime Now is at this point. Prime Now perishables can only be delivered when someone is present because they don’t use insulated totes, but rather paper bags. You can also communicate with the driver through the app and track the progress of your order. Additionally, you are encouraged to tip via the app. And you have to have a Prime Now app, it won’t work on your computer. There’s a minimum of $20 per Amazon order and $30 per Sprouts order.
So Prime Now is another reason why I won’t keep Prime Fresh membership. But either way, I loved it and it saved probably at least 3 hours each week.
Amazon Mom. This gives you a 20% off on diapers subscription and you get a deal on other baby essentials via subscriptions. I did these with Leah, it was also super convenient. You can select how often you want things to be shipped and can change it all the time. With Ellie I am not doing it yet, because I’ve found greater deals on diapers at Target (bought $150 worth of diapers and walked away with $55 in gift cards!) or Costco. I think Amazon Mom is also only available to Prime members.
I guess for more details on Prime membership you should really go to Amazon website. If you haven’t heard of Prime before, you’ve been living under the rock!! Prime membership is $99. You can share it with 1 other member. (Before you could share it with 3 people!). I guess I should say also that no one paid me to write about Amazon and I don’t work for them either. I wish and I wish. LOL.