My First PrimeNOW Experience

Published On: May 12, 2016 | Tags: ,

Do you remember when Amazon sold ONLY books? I do.  Today, I’m using it for grocery shopping with its new addition, PrimeNOW!

As a Prime member, I was recently notified that my city now offers PrimeNOW, so I decided to take the leap and give it a shot.  Here’s a few things I noticed as a first-time user:


Everyone shops differently.  As a 27 year old, male, web developer, my shopping habits are simple.  I aim for cheap, generic name brand items and my wallet is happy, even if my taste buds aren’t.  There’s obviously no generic brand items, but I have a feeling Amazon will release an equivalent to Great Value (Wal-Mart) sooner rather than later.

If you’re a fan of brand name items, then this will be amazing.  I shopped for a while until I ended up with laundry detergent, dish detergent, and a Chobani.


The prices were normal, but I have spent less on similar items.

After the Purchase

Once the checkout was completed, I was redirected to a map with two pinpoints which one represents your home while the other is your courier.  This is what sold me on PrimeNOW.  It’s not a static map of the Amazon warehouses, but a continuously updated map that show the transit of your items.  If you click on the pinpoint that represent your courier, you’ll see the name of the driver which I think is a nice personal touch.  Moments later, I also received a text when my order was near. In this case, I got the text at 12:26 PM which falls between the estimated arrival time.




Yes, I was waiting for this package like Scott Pilgrim (see above).  I never thought I’d be excited for detergents and a Chobani yogurt.

The moment finally arrived and Julian, the courier, knocked on my door.  The one thing I noticed was the lack of uniform.  I don’t know why but I expected to see a cool Amazon uniform. The other thing I quick noticed were the bags.  The item were packaged carefully and neat.  This may sound irrelevant but the bags are really good quality.


All in all, I will use this service again.  I truly dislike going into the supermarket so if all I have to do is pay a tip to the driver to get the same items, then sign me up as a life-time consumer.

Make sure to visit or sign up for Amazon Prime and check out PrimeNow.