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Amazon Grocery Shopping
Amazon Grocery Shopping
The very idea of getting your groceries online seems like a lazy, but very convenient thing to do nowadays and so being a bit of a lazy git when it comes to shopping, I thought I would test out the Amazon Grocery shopping to see for myself. Locally I've used Asda and Tesco for online shopping as they have the frozen food which we need to survive as a family, especially the Mrs who likes her ice cream all through the year.
Whilst these UK supermarkets are great for a local online shopping experience, I thought since Amazon UK had added the grocery shopping to it's online services not too long ago, although Amazon UK is very behind on the American Amazon, I thought I'd give it a whirl and document my experience with grocery shopping.
I knew that frozen foods would obviously be out of the question, unless I wanted defrosted food arriving at my door that had gone off in the post. Still there are other foods that arrive in tins, boxes and packets which would survive the delivery by post and that's what I wanted to test out, mainly the service of the grocery shop.
When you order your groceries through Amazon, it's like ordering other products and you have the shopping basket there to collect your items. When you add them in your basket, you can specify the quantity of your products, really though there must be some sort of better way of choosing your products though for your groceries, because when you compare it to the Asda online shopping site you can choose your delivery time, but you can have all the categories easily found in the site navigation, here on Amazon UK at the moment you have to search and drill through the categories through each category which is very time consuming (Isn't online shopping supposed to save time!)
When you have added all of your products you can then go to the checkout to pay for your goods. Now I've already got a payment card set up in my account, so that's all done, but if you are new to Amazon, you will need to set up a valid payment card that is stored electronically in your account on a secure server and this obviously requires an Amazon account too duh!
Once you have clicked through and specified what shipping you want and your delivery address, you can click to order, but bear in mind that you seem to pay for post and packing as these are third party resources that deliver your groceries for the most part and so there is no free shipping as per usual with the Amazon products. Not sure about Amazon.com, because I don't live in the US, but the Amazon grocery shopping is really still in it's early stages here in the UK, so who knows what might happen in the future.
The benefit of an Amazon grocery shop is to probably stock up for Christmas or some other event like a birthday or family gathering and leave you with time to get more fresher goods from your local shop. Of course Amazon has links to fresh vegetables and fruit, but I dare not order any of that online for now as I'm not too sure about it, I've got visions of mashed up rotten fruit and veg turning up in a box and the delivery driver says "Here, sign for this now!"
But for jars and tins and other stuff like crisps, biscuits and sweets and any other food essentials it is a great thing to do, even fresh poultry they do, but I'm still obliged to buy it from a supermarket. Amazon UK just needs some good ways of bringing the prices down on the postage and packaging even from third party shops.
The only thing about shopping for groceries with Amazon UK is that separate packages all come at different times from different places and this annoys somewhat, although grocery shop with Amazon is still in beta testing so there are bound to be kinks in the system. Anyone know what the US Amazon grocery shopping experience is like?
Shop for your groceries online at Amazon.com below.....