Amazon just keep suckering me back to spend more money!

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It’s a cold miserable day and I just want hot soup for lunch. As normal there’s none in the house but a quick run down to the shop and 95p later I’m back home with a tin of Heinz Cream of Tomato with Basil (yum!). Then it struck me, why am I paying shop prices when Amazon Pantry sell Heinz soup at just 50p a tin?

Obviously while swilling my soup I popped an Amazon Pantry order together and was pleasantly surprised to find that they’ve upped the delivery stakes yet again. Whereas it used to be a 48 hour delivery, Amazon now appear to be offering next day delivery in my area for Amazon Pantry orders.

Amazon also have their habitual offer of buying four qualifying products to get free delivery on the first box in your order saving the £2.99 delivery charge which naturally I took advantage of.

Amazon are starting to become an irreplaceable part of my life and each time I get used to their service it gets that little bit better. Faster Pantry delivery, better content on their TV offerings and Amazon Alexa is getting smarter (but that’s another blog post). It’s getting harder and harder not to spend money with them, not just because they make it too easy but it’s also just too darn convenient.

I don’t know what the answer is to Amazon’s inexorable march on my wallet, but all the time they’ll delivery soup for free for 50p a can, I’m finding it really hard to spend the money in Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Waitrose. It also means that while I and half the country are shopping on Amazon that’s where you want your products to be. And not just on Amazon but qualifying for Amazon Prime so that I don’t reject them before I even see them.

How are your Amazon sales? Are they still growing and are you using FBA to qualify your products for Prime delivery?

20 Responses

  1. Paid articles getting less subtle. Tone it down 20 per cent and you’d be on the money.

  2. Product placement has taken over on Tamebay.

    Have to take every article with a pinch of salt (delivered by Amazon Pantry, of course).

  3. no the wonder downtown newbury has at least 10 charity shops
    some of them could be mistaken for main stream outlets the fittings and decor are so modern and expensive
    SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS SHOP LOCAL

  4. I am struggling to see how this is a paid article.

    What I would say is how long is Amazon going to stay in business selling 50p tin’s of soup with free delivery.

    Supermarkets estimate that online orders cost them £25 each.

    Amazon seem to be on the rampage to destroy everyone else, the reason, they can put prices sky high when they don’t have any competition left.

  5. Amazon can undercut everybody because of their sheer size, loose interpretation of paying taxes, low wages to staff including delivery drivers and disregard of their supplier’s wellbeing. They are also willing to make a loss on parts of their business whilst their web services push up the profits in order to drive out competition. End game is they will push businesses to close, create less competition in the market and eventually push prices up. I am guilty of using Amazon because like many others I am lazy and want to pay less money for my goods. But long term this isn’t going to be good for anybody but Amazon. Supporting your local shops is better for the economy in the long run not to mention the environmental and health impacts of ordering a can of soup from a remote distribution centre rather than walking to the shops. If we want an economy and environment that we are proud for our children to inherit then we need to shop responsibly. I’ll be reducing my Amazon purchases in the future for these reasons.

  6. Wow! Didn’t expect this sort of trash on Tamebay! Perhaps it would be best if you dont send me any more emails if you are in Amazon’s pocket.

  7. This is quite an amusing article considering the context.

    Chances are it is a paid article or some sort of product placement. This is fine, Tamebay has just as much right to make money as we do.

    The content of the article doesn’t really fit in with its subscribers though. Most of us are e-commerce sellers and most of us aren’t overly fond of Amazon competing against its sellers. You won’t convince (smart) people to sell on Amazon by telling them that Amazon sell everything.

    Unless your target audience for this article is the non-business minded “want to try my very first business type”…. in which case this article seems to be written for a teenager.

  8. Amazon can undercut everybody because of their sheer size, loose interpretation of paying taxes, low wages to staff including delivery drivers and disregard of their supplier’s wellbeing. They are also willing to make a loss on parts of their business whilst their web services push up the profits in order to drive out competition. End game is they will push businesses to close, create less competition in the market and eventually push prices up. I am guilty of using Amazon because like many others I am lazy and want to pay less money for my goods. But long term this isn’t going to be good for anybody but Amazon. Supporting your local shops is better for the economy in the long run not to mention the environmental and health impacts of ordering a can of soup from a remote distribution centre rather than walking to the shops. If we want an economy and environment that we are proud for our children to inherit then we need to shop responsibly. I’ll be reducing my Amazon purchases in the future for these reasons.

  9. Walking around a supermarket pushing a heavy trolley is much healthier than just going to your door.. and you even get the added bonus of interacting with real people, in the real world.

    The real world is out there.. Go on… Don’t be afraid.. You can do it..

  10. As a buyer, I rarely buy anything on Amazon, I just don’t find it that cheap, I usually find it cheaper on Ebay

    As a seller, I get better prices for my items on Amazon than I do on Ebay

    Tesco is, a two minute walk for me and they were selling my favourite Oxtail soup for just 50p a can recently.

    Nothing wrong with Newbury, I was over there last week for a few drinks

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