I Paid Amazon 76 Cents to Ship 45 Pounds of Groceries to my Door
I recently tried Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members – the Prime Pantry box.
Fill up the box with PrimePantry eligible items, up to 45 pounds. Then they ship it to you for $6.
Amazon has so many different shipping methods and plans, it’s dizzying. I envision an army of actuaries devoted to number-crunching and plan-engineering. You can’t argue with results, though.
Cereal: the Best Deal
Those actuaries know what they’re doing. Who buys a lot of cereal? Who loves ship-it-to-me convenience?
Yep. Moms. And this mom fell right for it. Four boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios cost $11.88, cheaper even than the generic “Honey O’s” I normally buy at ShopRite for $16.32.
Four boxes of Special K Red Berries: $14.72; at ShopRite: $18.36.
Two boxes of Shredded Wheat: $8.38; at ShopRite: $10.86.
Good news for our family as cereal starts almost all of our school days.
The Other Stuff: a Comparison
I added up the contents of my box and how it would compare if I bought the same items at FreshDirect and my local ShopRite. First, here’s what I bought:
- Special K cereal x 4
- Honey Nut Cheerios x 4
- Shredded Wheat x 2
- Motts apple juice x 3
- Hidden Valley Ranch x 2
- Nutter Butter cookies
- Chips Ahoy cookies
- Nutella x 2
- Heinz ketchup x 4
- Energizer D batteries x 12
Results: Amazon still delivers best value and convenience.
Don’t Forget Prime Membership
Of course, to take advantage of PrimePantry you have to be an Amazon Prime member, and that cost $99/year or $8.25/month. Add the monthly membership fee to your order, and the total becomes $109.39.
Which basically means I paid Amazon 76 cents to pick, pack, and ship right to my door 45 pounds of groceries that I’d otherwise haul home from the local ShopRite.
I call that a good deal.
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