Amazon Dash: How it Works and Is It Worth It?

By Phill Powell

Moms love convenience and Amazon is taking convenience to a whole new level. Amazon Dash is Amazon’s new instant-order service, available exclusively to Amazon Prime members.

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With a press of a button, an order is placed through your Amazon Prime account. Buttons can be located on appliances, inside cabinets or pantries – even in diaper bins – with an adhesive backing or hook.

How Amazon Dash Works & What’s Available
Amazon Prime members purchase a small plastic button ($4.95) called Dash. You buy the branded Dash button for the product you want.

Currently 18 popular products are available (such as Bounty paper towels, Tide laundry detergent, Cottonelle toilet tissue, Glad trash bags, Clorox disinfecting wipes, Gatorade sports drinks, Smartwater bottled water, Maxwell House coffee, Izze sparkling juice, Kraft macaroni and cheese, Larabar fruit and nut bars, Huggies diapers, Gerber baby food, Amazon Elements baby wipes, Olay face cream, L’Oreal Youth Code makeup, Wellness dog food, Wellness cat food and Gillette shaving supplies).

Users then pair the button to their home Wi-Fi, via the Amazon app. After setting the amount and type of products you want per order, you set it to either put the order through Amazon’s One-Click order option, and email you for a final confirmation order or just press the Dash button.

Next thing you know, Huggies diapers are arriving at your door. Now do you believe that Amazon is the future of shopping?

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“I’ll be taking these Huggies and any cash you got in the drawer…” Getting diapers just got a whole lot easier. (Image: 20th Century Fox)

Is Dash Worth It?
For most people, driving to the store and stocking up on paper towels is no big deal. But shopping online is increasingly becoming a way for many, especially moms, to take care of those mindless errands while gaining valuable time. Online shopping is also extremely handy for the elderly and disabled.

Another handy Dash feature: an LED light that uses colored light patterns to indicate status of orders and provide other notifications.

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Eighteen name-brand product lines are already participating in the Amazon Dash program, with more expected to follow.

There’s an App for That!
Learn to make apps like the one that powers Amazon Dash and its home-shopping magic. These days apps help make our lives easier, and Amazon Dash definitely does that.