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April 6, 2008 at 11:59 pm #586701
I just checked online and found that Amazon Fresh now delivers to 98116 and the lower Alki plateau directly to your door. You can make appointments in 1 hour blocks, and need to be home to accept the delivery. I’m excited. Anyone else use Amazon Fresh?April 7, 2008 at 12:13 am #621673
They’ve actually been delivering to that zip code and many other areas of West Seattle since mid-November, when we were first to report the news here on WSB:
They added 98106 last month
If you check those posts (or use the search box for Amazon Fresh) the other posts about AF will come up with some reader comments you might find helpful — TRApril 7, 2008 at 12:38 am #621674
I love amazon fresh….just remind them when you order to use as few containers as possible. My biggest complaint is getting a huge container with a bag inside that holds just one or two items, when they would very well fit in with something else. They are now delivering more than just in the early morning, I understand…even same day for a minimum order of 25 bucks.. no delivery fee. Their customer service is excellent if you ever have any problems :)April 7, 2008 at 1:00 am #621675
Jo – I saw one of their trucks roaming around about an hour ago. Never seen one down here before.April 7, 2008 at 1:42 am #621676
I know they’ve been in the Alki area for awhile, but would only leave the order outside the door early in the morning before 6am. Since I live on the third floor of a secured apartment building, I couldn’t have them just leave the totes in front of the main building doors downstairs. Now I guess they will ring the bell, take the elevator up and deliver directly to my department door. And, JanS, they are delivering way into the afternoon on a hourly appointment basis.
Erik: I saw a truck a couple of weeks ago down here, but when I checked online, I saw then that they were still just delivering early am, and leaving at door. When I checked today I noticed that they’d changed to person-to-person delivery.
I’m having better luck lately with Safeway.com, but am going to give Amazon Fresh a try.April 7, 2008 at 5:10 am #621677
Safeway is less expensive for the things I want delivered (because the charla and the bob don’t like schlepping giant bags of cat food and litter and detergent and large quantities of diet barq. These are also the things I can easily compare.
Safeway’s specials apply to their safeway.com too; amazon fresh, as far as I know, doesn’t have specials.
OTOH, amazon fresh has more opportunities for free delivery and I do loathe (and refuse to pay) delivery charges.
So, so far, we schlep.April 7, 2008 at 5:51 am #621678
Jo, I’ve been ordering almost every week from amazon. They don’t always have the daytime slots available. They seem to be increasing them a little at a time. I imagine as business grows.
I am extremely happy with the service. Sometimes I’ll look up an item and they’ll have 400 choices. You can’t get that much variety anywhere else. You can narrow your selections terms, so it’s not overwhelming if you’re looking for something specific.
The prices are fairly in line with Safeway, and Charlabob, they did just add a specials/clearance section. I got several good deals last night.
Only complaint still, as JanS pointed out, they do not consolidate your order. Today, I received a tote with one little item in it for my cat. The whole order was in 6 totes altogether, when I could have fit it in 1 or 2 tops. Frustrating when you don’t have a large place to store the empties. I’m guessing they fill your order by department, so whether it’s 1 item or 20, that’s how it’s packed.April 7, 2008 at 5:56 am #621679April 7, 2008 at 10:26 pm #621680
JT – I am so with you on the tote thing. I have asked them repeatedly to pack the totes heavier- and last time I got ONE LOAF OF BREAD in a tote. yeesh. other than that, I really have no complaints. I love not going to the store, and AmazonFresh is still picking up the tax on applicable items so I am saving $$. I use the pre-dawn delivery, so my totes are always outside when I get up in the morning. I just wish they sold wine…then I could really work on being a complete shut in.April 7, 2008 at 11:06 pm #621681
Well there is that JenV:) I do know you can order wine by mail though. Never give up on your dream of becoming a recluse. I need the company.April 7, 2008 at 11:22 pm #621682
Ha, ha JT — love the recluse things. Recluses unite! No, wait…
Friends of ours use Amazon Fresh and *love* it; they’re on 35th. Been meaning to try that. Food in the fridge would be a nice change.April 7, 2008 at 11:44 pm #621683
I volunteer for Prez of the recluse group. :)
What I do when I order from them is request that they pick up the totes as soon as possible, and empty them out, and put them back outside. They are gone sometimes in a few hours or sometimes take 24 hours…but they are out of my one butt kitchen, so whenever is OK with me :)April 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm #621684
We still make weekly visits in person for groceries and we’ve been using both Albertson’s and Safeway’s delivery when they’d offer a free one. I find their prices almost on par with in-store prices. More recently Safeway has been offering more sales and specials, but have been stingy with free delivery and they don’t offer the 10 cent discount on gas (more important these days).
Last November we discovered Amazonfresh! Haven’t bothered with Safeway or Albertson’s since. They deliver before 6 am and I find their prices always very competitive. I’ve also found that next day delivery is the norm…not so with Safeway or Albertsons. Sometimes I can’t find the brand or size I like, but they are getting better. I don’t mind the number of boxes as long as we get what we’re paying for and that hasn’t been a problem yet.
So far, thumbs up from us!April 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm #621685
safeway.com does sell wine online; I’m sure it’s only a matter of time for amazonfreshs.April 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm #621686
To save room you can stack the totes inside each other. AF has/had this tip on their website.April 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm #621687
SA, thanks for the reminder, I do that already though. They still take up a chunk of space. I don’t want to choose the next day pick up option (wasting gas), so I’ll live with it. And it’s minor in comparison to all the things I like with the service. By the way, in the beginning they were using styrofoam coolers insides the totes and they weren’t stackable. I think the move to insulated bags is an attempt to address the issue.April 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm #621688
JT- they are still using styrofoam inner containers if you have frozen goods – i just placed an order last week. I just stack all the bins together and make sure the one with the styrofoam is on top and closed up since I store my bins outside until the pickup.
this might seem like a silly question, but how can they sell wine? wouldn’t they need to card me? ;)April 8, 2008 at 11:02 pm #621689
Dunno Jen — same thing is true of the wine clubs that send it, right? Actually I was a bit surprised to see it — I’ve never actually ordered.April 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm #621690
Usually when you buy wine through a wine club they will only deliver once they see your id and you sign for it. Seems they would have to have the same rules??April 8, 2008 at 11:23 pm #621691
I’m guessing there is an official position on carding, but I’ve never been asked for ID with the wine club. UPS does ask for a signature but never cared who it was from. Don’t know about Safeway.
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