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August 5 2006

Amazon Grocery

As anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows, I LOVE Amazon.com. So, needless to say, I was excited when Amazon opened up Amazon Grocery. For now, they are focusing on about 14,000 non-perishable items, but plan to add lots more.

While at first glance the prices look cheap, I wanted to make sure my love of all-things-Amazon wasn’t blinding me, so I did some price checking. The two main grocery stores in my town are Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee. I wasn’t able to price check all the same things everywhere, but I chose a sampling of things my family buys from time to time.

Swiffer Dusters Refills, 10-Count Boxes (Pack of 3) – This is one of the first things you notice about Amazon is you have to buy in bulk. This item is $21.54 through Amazon, that breaks down to $7.18 per box. Wal-Mart has them for $7.12, so not off to a great start with a difference of $.06 per box.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Boxes (Pack of 3) – Amazon’s price is $21.54, breaking down to $7.18 per box. Wal-Mart’s price is $7.12, so only a difference of $.06.

Booberry, 10.25 Ounce Box (Pack of 6)My beloved Boo Berry. 6 boxes will run you $12.71, breaking down to $2.12. Wal-Mart’s price is $1.98 per box for a difference of $.14. Darn it! Hy-Vee’s price, when they have it, is a $1.99 for a difference of $.13.

Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip Cookies, Case of 12 16-Ounce Units – $37,65 for a case of 12 breaks down to $3.14 a packaged and Hy-Vee is $3.28. YAY! Amazon is cheaper by $.14!

Kraft Jell-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, Chocolate Fudge, 3.9-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 24) – Now, in this case, a case is 24, which is a bit much, but the price $16.80 for the case, a break down to $.70 and Hy-Vee was at $.79 for a difference of $.09 per package.

So, this isn’t comprehensive by any means, but it gives you a few examples at least. A lot of people I have talked to have asked me about shipping costs, well, there’s the kicker, you can get most orders shipped for free. Orders over $25 qualify for free Super Saver SHipping, but the problem there is it can take quite a while to get to you. If you subscribe to Amazon Prime though, all items in the store quallify which means free 2 day shipping. Yes, Prime costs $79 a year, but it is unlimited 2 day shipping, and I always get my money’s worth out of it each year. You also don’t pay any tax, no gas costs, no wear and tear on your car and so on. To me, this seems like a dream come true, especially since in the winter no one wants to go to the grocery store more than they have to. If you get the trip down to just perishables, how great would that be?



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