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Amazon Direct - groceries, meat, fish, etc? anybody used it?

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Just a heads up to PNW members there's a conversation going on about Amazon's plans to expand its grocery, fish, meat, etc delivery business to Los Angeles, Northern California, etc. It has been test marketed in Seattle area for several years.

 

Has anybody in the PNW membership tried it, or have experience with it that they'd like to discuss in the In The Shops forum?

 

Thanks

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And you'll be disappointed to learn that the consensus is that Amazon will soon monopolize the grocery market in the PNW. Or go bankrupt.

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They're more likely to go bankrupt if those are the only 2 choices. the minimum order cost is too high for a lot of people to bother with, and many people can't preplan their groceries enough to wait for delivery...

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People who are serious about food also dislike how it takes away the ability to select your own produce and meats. I'm not ordering a piece of fish blind and I don't want to have some warehouse worker decide which head of lettuce I get.

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A number of us said the same thing when this topic was first raised on another thread.

 

I don't think this service is for people like us although I could see how I might use it for boxed goods, juices, milk, etc.

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Having used Fresh Direct, I have no problem letting them select produce for me. The quality has always been high. If you're talking about going to a local farm and pulling stuff out of the ground, that's different--but if you're making a fair comparison with quality supermarkets, FD does very well.

 

See, they can't put rubbish on the virtual "shelf" because people will ask for a refund.

 

Fresh fish seems to me to be about the hardest test. If you trust the service for everything else, that's hardly a deal breaker.

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I'll post here too.

 

If you order $300 or more a month you get "Big Radish Status" which means you get free delivery on orders of $50 or more. Without Big Radish Status delivery runs $9.99 for orders less than $100. They routinely offer Amazon Local deals where you get a voucher for Big Radish Status. I get those as often as I can.

 

The have a section called Seattle Spotlight, which delivers select items from local stores and restaurants. Stores like Ken's Market, DeLaurenti's, World Spice, Pike Place Fish Market, etc. Restaurants include Samurai Noodle, La Spiga, Daniel's Broiler, Cafe Lago and Pike Place chowder.

 

I have ordered chicken from Ken's Market, tons of stuff from DeLaurenti's and World Spice, ramen from Samurai, etc. I've not tried ordering fish or meat though. I've ordered some fruit (apples and citrus mainly) and lettuce once or twice. All have been great. I wouldn't order anything other than those things though. What I order mostly is dairy, peanut butter, bread and that type of thing. Stuff that is the same no matter where you buy it. I've been very happy with the service.

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