Amazon Dash Button: Another Way To Spend More Money On Amazon But This Time For A Good Reason
The Amazon Dash Button
If you thought your smart appliances showed how up to date you are in this era of the internet of things you're wrong. Amazon might have got it right with their new Dash Buttons. Its ease shopping like never before (a good thing for those who feel a trip to a store or browsing endless items on a screen is just too much).
For a moment I thought it was something from a Sci-Fi script, then it hit me that it might be an April fool’s prank. But the Amazon Dash buttons are as real as the hustle of shopping is. Amazon promises to make shopping a breeze.
All you have to do is just "Place it. Press it. Get it." Now you don't need to scramble your phone to order or sit at your monitor hoping that the pages load fast. The Amazon Dash buttons are so easy to use that even your kids can place the order for you.
Don't worry though, only one order can be placed per product at a time so you don't have to worry about a truckload being dropped at your doorstep just because your kids -or you- pressed the buttons too many times.
At the moment they're are available to Amazon Prime members as invite only. They're currently limited to three buttons each.
How Does Amazon Dash Button Works?
The Amazon Dash Buttons are branded with the logo of a specific brand/product. You pre-set the size or quantity of a product (say 4 rolls of X toilet paper) that suits your household and once you need to replenish you simply push the button. The little physical buttons can be hooked or placed on surfaces (they're adhesive.)
The Dash Buttons connect to your home Wi-Fi and the Amazon app on your phone to make the purchase. Amazon then sends the order to your phone for confirmation or just in case you want to cancel it. Once you confirm, Amazon fulfils in as little as two days. It’s like having a personal butler who you summon by ringing a bell- just more 21st Century.
The Amazon Dash Button service launches with 18 brands with more expected to pick it up as it gains traction. The 18 brands include; Bounty, Tide, Gillette, Olay, Glad, Clorox wipes, Cottonelle, Huggies, Gerber Formula, Lärabar, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Maxwell House coffee, Gatorade, Izze, Smartwater, L’Oréal and WellPet foods.
I really can't tell if this is something people need or it’s more of a novelty gadget. What I can say though is that it would be fun hitting one of these buttons. The idea of having to go back to my phone to confirm the order doesn't wash with me though, maybe in future a red or green light could be added.