Skip to comments.Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It
Posted on 01/18/2014 1:47:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
Amazon.com knows you so well it wants to ship your next package before you order it.
The Seattle retailer in December gained a patent for what it calls anticipatory shipping, a method to start delivering packages even before customers click buy.
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Good. I’ve got about $2000.00 worth of Nikon camera gear in my shopping cart right now. They can send it if they wish.
How would you detect they’d done this? If they got it right, you’d just be amazed at how fast the shipping was.
You detect this when you load something into your cart, then abandon the cart because you realize you can’t afford it or get distracted somehow, and a day or two later it shows up anyway.
I never order stuff off the internet—so maybe I’m not in Amazon’s records?
Fixed your typo. ;^)
In all seriousness, I wouldn't count on that.
Especially since the law says that if someone sends you something you didn't order, it's yours. (And yes, I think this is the rock upon which this idea will founder.) Warning: IANAL.
Hell, I don’t even have a credit card and I get stuff from Amazon all the time. I just charge it to the Underhills.
But doesn’t that only apply to the US Post Office?
Right click, view image. :)
JoeProBono has real pictures of God.
I’ll bet on it.
I truly have no idea. (As I said, IANAL.) I'm not sure why it would only apply to USPS-delivered packages, and not those sent by, say, UPS.
I did, but the intended message escapes me. (All that displayed was a single pixel.)
From before He made it big, no doubt.
Just one of Amazons warehouses
I would take this with a grain of salt since it is a blog, never the less I can see them setting up some system where you can can have them ship a one time item to you at a certain time in the future, they all ready have a system to send people stuff on a monthly bases like a flat of cat food or two, and you can adjust the amount up or down or cancel the whole thing at anytime, I’m not sure about individual items though but I wouldn’t be surprise if they are already doing that. Being I work down at an Amazon facility you would be amazed at the amount of food stuff they are stocking, you can’t by a can of soup but you can buy a lot of grocery store flats of like 12 to 16 cans at a time, they are slowly building up their stock. Something like this might not be a bad idea if your going camping at a state park or something like that. Some times it would cost you more money in gas to shop at the nearest grocery store then to have it shipped to your camp site etc. And something like this might eliminate someone having to rent a big vehicle to carry all their supplies like food with them, because all they have is a small car. It just something to think about. They are really shooting at competing with Walmart’s Sam stores, and stores like that where you can buy a lot of stuff in bulk. If the price of gas goes up, the price of prime membership will look better every day for those in the know, already if you buy like a dozen items from them over a year it is worth it. The price of prime membership is very good compared to gas one might spend running around trying to find something at a local store when they can sit at home and order it off of Amazon.
I have had about 200 items in my Amazon cart for about 3 years now. When it goes on sale, I click buy.
Amazon wanted to tax me on the last purchase, I found someone else to purchase my TV from.
Amazon is going to be losing a lot of business on interstate commerce.
I buy most of what I need that isn’t perishable from Amazon. I have the Prime Membership at $79/year, and with everything I buy all year long, the free shipping covers that cost by at least double.
Shipping is fast, returns aren’t a problem really and I’ve never had a billing problem with them. It saves a lot of gas money for me, especially on things like repair parts for appliances where I’d have to drive 60 miles to Atlanta to a parts store that has them.
Amazon is like Santa Claus. The see you when you’re sleeping. They know if you’re awake. They know if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake.
Amazon is like Santa Claus. They see you when you’re sleeping. They know if you’re awake. They know if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake.
I love Amazon Prime. You can’t beat it. It’s like Sam’s, Netflix, and Barnes & Noble all rolled into one.
I’ve always understood that if some company ships you something that you didn’t order, you are under no obligation to pay for it.
Their distribution system is amazing, and it just keeps growing. A couple of years ago, most of my stuff would come from Seattle or somewhere on the east coast, now it usually comes from a fulfillment facility that’s about a hundred miles away. Through a combination of Fedex driving the order to the local post office, and my letter carrier bringing it, I often get the order in less than 24 hours.
What they’re proposing to do is keep track of your usual orders, make sure they’re at the closest facility, and preposition them if they’re not. With the new “locker” program, you’ll be able to order stuff at bed time, and swing by the local convenience store to pick it up the next morning. Bezos is one clever guy.
As have I.
Trust me, it’s not leaving their hands until you buy it. With the new locker system, though, they could have it waiting at your local convenience store, then e-mail you the access code once you place the order.
And that’s all one step closer to having a drone fleet at centralized “locker” locations that do the last-mile delivery, so it’s not even a matter of next morning at the 7-11, but next morning next to the morning paper.
They are building a huge fulfillment center near us in Coppell, TX. It is one of the biggest buildings I’ve ever seen.
> I’d imagine that there would be a
cottage industry devoted to finding ways to game
Bank on it.
Yeah, that drone demo video was pretty cool. I got to wondering, though, how they’d handle “signature required” stuff. Picture awaking to a pounding at your front door from a drone that isn’t going to leave until it gets your signature and scans your id.
Signature-required stuff will either still come by truck, or they’ll have you put your signature on file, and then put a QR-code sticker that the drone can read beside your door to stand in place of the live signature.
The more of those centers they build, the more business they can pick up by doing fulfillment for small businesses. One thing they’re going to have to work on, though, is some means of limiting the number of vendors for a particular product. I regularly buy things like audio cables, and find myself having to flip through page after page of the exact same cable to find the cheap one.
I see something I might like to have and buy, go through all the rigamarole, and when I see the final ticket, I decide ... naaahhhh ... what was I thinking .. I can't afford that .... and click out of it all ...
And Amazon has already shipped it ?
The might have shipped it from one warehouse to another, they haven’t actually shipped it to you.
They are using the same technology that ObamaCare used to count the number of people that signed-up, even if they didn’t sign-up.
It’s OK just as long as The Doctor doesn’t have us cloned, miniaturized and injected into our own bloodstreams to search out viral alien life forms.
HMMMMM. Last month I ordered 2000lb of Staurolite from a location in FLA. It took a few days to get here to NY. This month, without any warning I re ordered and it got here in hours. Surprised the hell out of me.
Just add the software module to Obamacare and get your vote done......if you complain there is a free lobotomy scheduled.