Amazon Prime Now Review
This year Amazon has rolled out their Prime Now same-day delivery service to a ton of new cities. What had for awhile been a very limited program is now widespread. The idea is simple. Find something on Amazon and if it is available locally, you can have it delivered in as little as 1 hour.
Earlier today I was searching Amazon for an item I need. After finding it on Amazon, I started to checkout and of course was told it would arrive on Friday. Then I remembered Prime Now is in Vegas, so I popped open the app and began my journey.
In order to get same day delivery, you have to order through the Prime Now app. Once opening the app I immediately found my item and was surprised to see it was about $3 cheaper than the Amazon website. Since my item didn’t cost enough to meet the minimum $20 spend threshold, I began looking for more. Since they have a $20 off $50 coupon for first time orders, I decided to go all in.
I racked my brain trying to figure out what to order to get to $50. First I remembered that my beard trimmer recently died. Got one of those at a great price. Then I saw some baby food that Elizabeth likes and Green Tea that we occasionally drink. Before long I was up to $50.01!
At checkout you will login to your Amazon account and choose a billing address and credit card. For me, I had to re-enter the entire card number as a security precaution. On the checkout screen you can also enter any promotional codes. I entered GETITNOW for my $20 discount!
When paying you do have to choose a credit card even if you have Amazon gift cards. This is because any tip you decide to leave the courier is put on the card. According to the app, you can add or change the tip up until 48 hours after ordering. I believe Amazon suggests a 15% tip, but one is not required. Amazon says the courier gets the entire tip and they don’t take a cut.
With Prime Now you have two options for delivery. 1 hour delivery is $7.99 or 2 hour delivery is free. For my order 1 hour delivery was unavailable, but I wouldn’t have used it anyway. I placed my order at 10:22am and the earliest slot for 2 hour delivery was Noon-2PM. Since there were no age restricted items, I was able to check a box allowing the courier to leave the items outside my front door.
As I mentioned above, I placed my order at 10:22am. At 12:49pm I received a text saying my order was going to arrive soon along with a tracking link. I clicked it and was able to see the driver’s location. He was indeed just a few blocks away from my house, but it took until 1:13pm for me to receive the “delivered” text.
I was actually not at home when the delivery came, so it was left at my front door. When I arrived home a bag with most of my products along with the packages of green tea were sitting outside of the front door. It took less than 3 hours from order until delivery and it cost nothing more than the tip!
Prime Now is an awesome service. It adds the convenience of getting something right away, without the hassle of having to get it in a store. Amazon isn’t always the lowest price, so that is a consideration, but for the items I purchased, the deal was good and the $20 off code made it even better. My only real complaint about Prime Now is having to order through the app. Hopefully at some point it will become an option on the website, but I’m sure that will cause usage to explode.