The Amazon Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that you can place around your home or office and press it to re-order a particular product that is in short supply.
For instance, you might attach the laundry powder Dash Button to your washer or dryer.
Each Dash Button is paired with a product selected during the set-up process. When you’re running low, you hit the button (Panic, I’m nearly out of coffee!!) and the product is shipped to you.
You may never have to write another shopping list!
HOW DO YOU SET IT UP?
The Amazon App on your Android or iOS smartphone is mission control for your Dash Button set up.
Once set-up is complete, you can attach the Dash Button to an appliance, a wall or to some place handy to the relevant product. When you order by bushing the button, a notification can be sent to your smartphone to let you know the order has gone through.
This check will let you when your bourbon-soaked dinner guest orders bathroom tissue because he hit the Dash Button instead of the flush button on the cistern.
WILL I GET MULTIPLE ORDERS?
Dash Button has a setting that will not allow another new product order until your prior order has been delivered. That guest of yours can hit that button as many times as he wishes, but only one order will go through. The good news is that you can cancel orders at any time before they are marked as “Shipping Soon”.
HOW MUCH IS AN AMAZON DASH BUTTON?
You buy a Dash Button for $4.99, but then receive a full credit for $4.99 after your first press. So it costs you nothing.
WHERE CAN I BUY THEM?
At present, the Dash Buttons are available for Prime members only. You can learn more about Amazon Prime Now.
NOT EVERYONE’S A FAN
While Dash Buttons are going to streamline the shopping process for a lot of people, there are those that have some issues with the gadget. Here’s one from the New Yorker. (Full text here)
I am sure there are others who frown upon these small plastic wonder stick-ons.
Yes, opinion on Amazon Dash Buttons will no doubt be split, but it seems they might be a part of the shopping future. They will make shopping easier for some, but it encourages store loyalty rather than shopping for the best price. Then again, Amazon is usually very competitive.
Personally, I haven’t used them and doubt I ever will. Do we really need to replace our handwritten shopping list or the lists we enter on our phones? Do we really want to have everything home-delivered and thus abandon our trips to the supermarket? Well, I suppose some people will want exactly that.
Have you used an Amazon Dash Button? Is it a Godsend or Godzilla? Please leave your thoughts below.