Grading my experience with Amazon Prime Pantry: A
As someone who orders at least one thing per week at Amazon, I decided to finally try Amazon Prime Pantry and let you know about my experience.
What Amazon Prime Pantry Offers
Amazon Prime Pantry is Amazon’s answer to grocery shopping (for non-perishables). Available only to Prime members, you can fill your box with as little or as much as you want and have it shipped to your home for $5.99. Every order has a flat rate shipping of $5.99, whether your box is full or not. Amazon is able to calculate how full your box is based on what you’re putting in it. And depending on your order, this box could be shoebox size or huge, like mine was.
Often, coupons and promotional deals are advertised for items. Discounts are automatically applied when you put the item in your cart. For Prime Pantry, items are shipped via ground. As a result, expedited shipping isn’t available. Amazon Prime Pantry also cannot ship to PO boxes, Amazon lockers, or addresses outside of the mainland 48 states. Amazon claims most orders arrive within 4 business days; however my items only took 2-3 days to show up.
Since Amazon was running a promotion in August that offered free shipping for Prime Pantry, I thought I’d give it a try.
When I started shopping Amazon Prime Pantry, the biggest challenge for me was filling up the box. I just wanted to get the most bang for my buck. After adding the items I needed, I looked to the promotional offers. Since my box was only half full and I was almost around $100, I opted to add toilet paper to my box. Obviously, it would fill up a bunch of room but not add too much in price.
When my box arrived, I was slightly surprised to see how big it was. I knew it would be big to hold those items, but it was big enough to hold my 12 year old daughter, who’s almost 5’4″.
Inside, everything was neatly packed. Almost everything I ordered came in a box or plastic container. The only package that looked like it may have an issue was the Milano cookies, since they only come in a bag. However, once they were opened, all of the cookies were fine; none were broken.
I have to admit, it was kind of nice to fill up my pantry without having to go anywhere, load up a cart, lug it home, and bring it all in the house. All the items were packed well and nothing was expired. I could see myself ordering Amazon Prime Pantry every now and then; perhaps when I’m sick or during bad winter weather. However, sometimes it’s nice to get out and do the shopping yourself.
Here are some of the advantages of shopping Amazon Prime Pantry:
- No need to buy in bulk – Amazon offers regular sized items. Warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s club sometimes sell in quantities that are too large, offering more than people need or more than they have room for.
- No need to worry about remembering or using your coupons – Amazon applies the discounts or coupons when you add the items to your cart.
- Saves you time – This is priceless for many. Sometimes there isn’t time to shop.
- Saves you gas – Amazon Pantry is a great option for people who are out in the country or further away from stores. Rather than having to drive all the way into town, simply order from Amazon.
- Good prices for name brands – If you’re a name brand shopper, Amazon has good prices.
Things to Consider
Coupons: If you live in a location where you can get double or triple your coupons at stores, especially on name brands, it may be cheaper for you to continue shopping in the store. You will have to do the math and see if you’ll save more with Amazon Pantry. However, as we have no grocery stores around us that offer double or triple coupons, and since I don’t get a newspaper (where you can find most coupons), shopping with Amazon Pantry is advantageous.
Sizes: You also have to look at the size of the item you’re buying. If you need ketchup and you find a bottle at Amazon under $3, you might think that’s a great deal. However, if you realize you’re purchasing the 14 oz. size instead of the 32 oz. bottle you normally buy, you’ll realize it’s not such a good deal. Not being able to see the item on the shelf and compare sizes is something to be cautious of.
Brand Names: If you are consistently a brand name shopper, Amazon Prime Pantry can be a great deal. However, if you are like me and buy a lot of store/generic brands, you may not be saving money. You’ll have to determine if it’s cost effective for you to buy from Prime Pantry than heading out to your local store and buying the non-brand name.
Overall, I was very pleased with my shopping experience. However, to determine if Amazon Prime Pantry is right for you, you’re just going to have to do a cost comparison of items you buy at the store versus the prices at Amazon. For example, items like soda at Amazon Prime Pantry are much more expensive than my local store. Determining cost effectiveness will take some effort. However, if you’re just looking to save time, Prime Pantry is a great deal.
Have you tried Amazon Prime Pantry? How was your experience?