Amazon's New "Dash Button" and "Home Services"

Some of the products you can order through Amazon's Dash Button
Okay... I'm not sure if I'm amazed or a bit petrified of two of the new services that Amazon just launched this week. Probably a bit of both.

First up, Amazon's Dash Button (only by invitation at this time.) Running low on household items like detergent, toilet paper, beauty supplies, soda, or pantry items?? No problem. Press a button, and your order is placed through Amazon. You get a verification on your phone, just in case your teenager put in an order for 12 cases of Mac and Cheese.

Here's Amazon's explanation of how it works:
Dash Button is simple to set up. Use the Amazon app on your smartphone to easily connect to your home Wi-Fi network and select the product you want to reorder with Dash Button. Once connected, a single press automatically places your order. Amazon sends an order alert to your phone, so it's easy to cancel if you change your mind. Unless you elect otherwise, Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered.
Sounds really easy.

Next up, Amazon's Home Services. An "Angie's List" type of reviewed services like plumbing, landscaping, yoga lessons, computer repair, etc., with the twist of being able to call in an expert right from Amazon. You can even get "Goat Grazing" in some areas. My twisted mind immediately went to the thought of how soon Amazon will put "Legal Services" on this list. Need a will? Click the button on your phone and a lawyer will call you. Actually, that sounds really easy.

Here's Amazon's explanation of its Home Services:

Shop for services
It's as easy as 1-2-3:
 Add the service to your cart.
 Tell us when works for you.
 Only pay when the job is complete.

Coming Soon... a Lawyer is delivered to your door via an Amazon Drone?

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Jordan said...

This is starting to feel like the future! I'm not sure we're quite there to clicking a button and immediately getting a good lawyer, but Amazon's new idea has a sort of Jetson's vibe to it.

Amanda said...

All I can think of is how much my toddler pushes the home button on my phone. He would be clicking that dash button constantly. I would have thousands and thousands of cases of mac n' cheese.

Chris said...

I'm actually surprised we're getting this now, as I'm sure the technology's been around for at least five years already. Perhaps it's only now they figured out the logistics aspect of it.

It's only natural that things go this way. First we're getting detergents when we're running low, then we'll be getting a similar "click to get" devices when the furniture needs replacing, or we need lawyer for that looming divorce...


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