Amazon Prime Pantry: 45 Pounds of Pantry Essentials (Food, Soda, Laundry Detergent, + More) in Everyday Sizes – Only a $5.99 Delivery Fee

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If you are a fan of shopping from home whenever possible, you’ll definitely want to take note of Prime Pantry. Recently launched on Amazon.com, Prime Pantry enables Amazon Prime members to shop for popular household essentials (like food and snacks, soda, shampoo, laundry detergent, diapers, pet food, toilet paper and lots more!) in everyday sizes (no bulk sizes required!) and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

Here’s how it works:

* Head here to view all the different Prime Pantry items (and here to view all the available clippable coupons to help you save even more!)

* Add an item to your cart which will automatically start a Prime Pantry box for you.

* Continue to add Prime Pantry items to your cart; with each Pantry item, you’ll be able to see what % of a Pantry box it fills based on its size and weight.

* Pantry boxes can hold up to 45 pounds or four cubic feet of household products (Amazon will continuously track the items in your cart and show you how full your box is).

* Each Prime Pantry box will ship for a flat $5.99 delivery fee – so to get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to fill your box to 100% capacity.

What are your thoughts on Prime Pantry? Have you used Prime Pantry yet? If so, please share your experience!

(Thanks, Jessica!)

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Comments 69

  1. tammy

    hmmmm…… Right now I am getting all of these items shipped free with Amazon Prime so I guess I fail to understand where this is going to help the consumer…..

    • Ashley57

      You can buy a single box of cereal, you don’t need to buy 10 of one flavor, which is the downside of grocery shopping on amazon.

    • Jessica

      That’s what I was thinking! I’m wondering exactly what the point of this is? Maybe I just don’t understand it completely but I don’t see the benefit of this.

  2. Tina Davis

    I have been scanning through….and feel as if the prices for the products are not that great. However, if I was stuck in the house and needed groceries ….or had some kind of emergency….I would most differently pay the extra cost for the convenience.

  3. Betty

    It appears that a bunch of items are no longer “Prime”. Now you have to use Prime Pantry and pay $5.99 shipping. I’m not so sure I’m going to renew my Prime this year.

    • Ashley57

      This is different – you were never able to buy a single box of cereal on Amazon. You had to buy 10 of the same flavor. It is not that they are carrying different products per se, but they have different sizes of more products.

    • Stephanie

      Apparently you have to pay for Prime to use Prime Pantry. There’s a charge for shipping on top of the charge for Prime.

    • Donna

      I did not renew my Prime to protest the huge cost increase. So far I haven’t missed it! So, unless Prime Pantry started having amazing grocery sales I wouldn’t use it anyway.

      • Claudia

        So sad to see this. I keep falling in love with prime each time they come out with soemthing new. As a student I get the membership for half the price, which is the only reason why I actually pay for it. It has so many different things added to the membership that it is convenient for me. I get prime music like pandora but with no commercials, 2 day free shipping on any item I buy(I take advantage of this a lot. Even have my parents buying from my account to make the most of it) I can watch shows and my kids can watch cartoons just like Netflix. I did a subscribe and save for the first time 4 days ago and already got my box(was suposed to get it may1st). Easy returns and money back guaranteed! Not advertising for any company but this is worth it ONLY if you take advantage of all the services that the membership includes. Doing my calculations it’s only a little above $3.00 a month for all that. Of course if I wasn’t a student and wouldn’t qualify I wouldn’t do it. Target has subscribe and save and so does kmart and I am sure many other places too.

  4. Ashley57

    I will probably use this sometimes, maybe, but since I mostly coupon for items at Publix, they would have to have a good coupon or it be something I don’t use coupons on (hard to even think what that is…). If I didn’t coupon, I would be all over this. I used to hate going to the grocery store before I couponed.

  5. Jessica

    The only way I would use this, is if I had just given birth, and had no one to help me out in the first few weeks. I breastfed my 3 kiddos and they pretty much camp out on the boob for the next few weeks at 2 hour intervals. At least mine did (they were healthy big boys). Other than that, I would rather go out and shop myself with coupons and price matching.

    • Jessica

      “pretty much camp out on the boob” OMG I SERIOUSLY ALMOST PEED MY PANTS WHEN I READ THAT!!!! That totally just made my entire day hahahaha love it!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jennifer Roberts

        haha!

    • Lizz

      LOL, so true

    • Elyse

      I remember my first trip to Meijer after my daughter was born. I left her home for an hour with my husband and I felt like I was getting away with something….

  6. Nora

    I like subscribe and save better because I prefer to buy things in bulk. I’m not a prime member; so I can’t use this program. However, I think prime members should get free shipping and non-prime members should have to pay the $5.99 fee. I would love to send groceries to a new mom or sick friend; but I don’t want to sign up for prime

    • K

      That’s a great idea to send to a new mom or sick friend.

  7. Marie

    This is definitely a convenience thing. I think would be great for those who live far away from a grocery store or for those who don’t have time/ don’t like to spend time in a grocery store.

    • Stacy

      That is what I was thinking, This could be great for rural customers who have to drive 3+ miles for a grocery store.

      • Brandy

        HA 3+ … Try 30+ to my local store… I love couponing but sometimes it is not worth the gas to just pick up a few sale items… I’m going to check out the Pantry and see if it might be worth it for me

        • shawynabelle

          I was going to say the same thing we are almost an hour from the nearest Walmart or grocery store with more than a couple things. I lucked out my hubby works in the nearest city ( he drives and hour one way to work) and he is nice enough once a week to pickup a couple things here and there. We coupon but sometimes the gas and time involved is not worth it.

      • heather

        That would be me. I have to drive 50 mile one way every saturday to go toTarget, etc. I still think, after seeing the prices, that it’s better to do the shopping and couponing myself. Now, if they had a no vehicle or no other way to get around, I would definetly use this service. Also, I agree with Nora, Amazon Prime members should have to pay nothing and non-members should have to pay the $5.99. I would be happy to pay the $5.99 if i had no transportation. ;))

  8. elise

    Just as an example, first thing I saw. Gerber Graduates Puffs are almost half price w/pantry, as compared to subscribe and save. That doesn’t include the extra 15% coupon for pantry, or the shipping fee, or s&s’s 5 off if you get 5+ things. The thing I don’t like about subscribe and save is that you can set up your subscription one day, while the earliest it can be delivered is in 1 week, and you aren’t guaranteed to get the same price as the day you ordered.

    • Kristen

      I could be wrong, but I think for new S&S orders you are charged whatever the price is the day you set your subscription, even if it doesn’t ship for several weeks. For subsequent months, you’ll be charged whatever the current price is.

      • Colleen

        You are right

      • elise

        The terms and conditions say “The total cost charged to your credit card for each Subscribe & Save order will be the cost of the item on the day the order is processed less the Subscribe & Save discount, plus any applicable sales tax.” It doesn’t specify anything about the 1st shipment.

        • Kristen

          Interesting. Every time I’ve placed a new subscribe & save order, it’s charged me whatever the price was the day I ordered it. Even if the price has gone up by the time my order ships. (Like when Collin posts those deals on toilet paper and paper towels.)

          • Jennifer

            Kristen, you are correct. It is the price on the day you place the order is the price you are charged for that time–not some random price when it is shipped. That is the advantage to subscribe and save at least initially. I think the terms and conditions that Elise quoted mean that too–the day the order is processed is the date you ordered it not the date it is shipped.

  9. Lila

    I guess my brain can’t get out of “bulk mode” because I cannot fathom why anyone would go online to buy one packet of ranch dressing mix at a time. Especially for non-fridge things. I’m a Prime member, so I’ll keep this in mind, but I doubt I’ll ever use this.

    • Em

      One bedroom apartments, when you live on the 17th floor and use public transport.

    • longtimehip2saver

      There are a lot of reasons why someone would go online to buy one packet of ranch dressing mix at a time. One reason would be if you live on $400/mo and circumstances keep you from ever leaving your home and you have no help to go to the grocery store for you. Left with no options to get food prime pantry would be ideal because things can be bought one at a time allowing the person with the above circumstances on a limited income to buy different items.

  10. stephanie

    A fair number of things I buy are now prime pantry. Bummer.

  11. Kristen

    Interesting idea, and I assume there’s a market for this or they wouldn’t have launched it. But to me the prices don’t seem very good at all, even compared to on-sale non-coupon prices at the grocery store. My local stores have delivery (for a fee) or store pick up of groceries, with a much wider variety of generic items. I don’t see myself ever using this unless prices go down, but again it’s an interesting idea!

  12. Sarah M

    I think I may try it out for next weekend. My son and I are visiting my bachelor/college student brother in Colorado. It’d be nice to have a shipment of Beck’s favorite foods waiting for us when we get there! Then it’d be a quick spin through the store for milk/cottage cheese/fruit…

    • Jessica

      Great idea! Might try it on my next trip.

  13. Jessica

    Just out of curiosity, what stores have home delivery or store pick up? Only one I know of is Whole Foods but their stuff is really high.

    • Lauren Gallagher

      Walmart has a home delivery service.

      • Lolita

        Only some Walmarts, right?

    • Jessica

      Safeway also has home delivery

      • Wendy

        Stop and Shop has Pea Pod and ShopRite now has home delivery in certain areas

    • Kristen

      I’m in Maryland. Giant has home delivery (through Peapod) and store pickup. Harris Teeter has store pickup. Both charge a fee for the services, as far as I know.

  14. Lauren Gallagher

    I placed an order the day Prime Pantry was announced, I also Subscribe and Save. I received an email this morning saying that they have to bump my shipping date. While thats inconvenient going to store is more so. The prices where competitive to what I pay in the store for body wash, shampoo, chips…but a little more for a packet of gravy and a can of peaches.

  15. Emily

    I think this would be great if you have family members that live far away or to send college students a care package. We have family all over the country and it would be great to send them this if they were sick or having surgery and we couldn’t be there to help out. This is also a great way to send college kids or even troops a care package!

  16. Emily

    Another great idea for this is to mail a box of food to the hotel that you’re staying at while on vacation. Then you don’t have to go to the store when you get there and sign up for that store’s reward cards, etc. I can think of so many uses for this!

    • Kelly

      That is what I thought also. We are going to Disney World in the fall and I know several people ship food and water to their hotel because they don’t have transportation and don’t want to walk to a gas station and carry drinks back for the week. This would be great to ship food and snacks ahead of time to have in the hotel room.

    • MommySpendsLess

      I thought of this too. I live about 20 minutes from Disney and at least one local grocery store delivers to the hotels. Hey maybe I should start a side gig of delivering groceries ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Em

    If you live in an apartment and use public transportation this is for you! If you have a big family with a big house, obviously this isn’t for you. If you’re a widower with a small house and not the greatest gait, this is for you. If you’re a young married couple with room to spare, probably not for you. Think outside of your circumstances on why this service is bring offered.

    • Bianca

      Great comment. Thats very true

  18. Melinda

    I ordered a Pantry box last week and received it yesterday. Unfortunately, over half of my cans arrived dented (a few looked like they had been stepped on by a giant) and a bag of baking soda had a small tear and leaked all over half the box. I emailed Amazon and they were awesome about it. Not only did they give me a full refund on the damaged items (without having to ship them back) but they also refunded my shipping.

    • Robyn

      This is exactly why I would avoid Prime Pantry! I can’t even count the number of times Amazon has thrown all my items for a subscribe and save order into one big box, causing damage and huge messes! Like Melinda said, Amazon has been great about replacing damaged items, but why do they choose to ship things together like that in the first place? Packing a huge box full of canned items, cleaning stuff, and then potato chips just doesn’t make good sense. Once they even packed my dishwasher soap in with food items and the soap leaked out all over everything. Even the checkers at stores know not to bag non-food items with food items. Who wants their crackers to smell and taste like soap?

      • Sara

        I wonder if this is regional, depending on what distribution center you are closest to, where your items come from, and how well they are packaged. I have been doing subscribe and save for a while, and all the items have always been so nicely packed.

      • Jennifer

        I have had them ship food and non-food items together too and I hate it!! A couple of months ago though they shipped each item in an individual box oddly enough. I was happy not to have to worry about spills but I had a ton of boxes!! The next month they were back to putting everything in one box…weird!

  19. Angela

    Since I pay for the prime membership, I try to buy things that ship free. It would have to be a great bargain for me to pay shipping.

  20. Erica

    I can see some benefits of this for sure. I’ll soon be a mother to three under three and grocery shopping is a bit of an adventure as it is with two. If we continue to have just one car for our family when we move back east, I think this might be something that I would seriously consider.

    At this time in my life, I would much rather spend the majority of my time playing with my kids and taking them places like the park or the zoo instead of them getting bored (and me getting stressed) at the grocery store.

    As it is, I don’t do much coupling so if the prices were comparable to the grocery store, I would be willing to pay $5.99 for the convenience.

    • Erica

      *couponing instead of coupling haha

  21. casualempiphany

    I just placed an order yesterday. Seems like they are trying to compete with Fresh Direct (judging by the shipping charges). I live in a 5th floor walk up in Manhattan where a small box of cereal is a minimum of $5.99 and sponges $3.99 for 2. I was happy to see the smaller dollar signs on these items, and I would like to see Amazon eventually turn the Pantry section into a full blown online grocery store because I am more trustworthy of them than Fresh Direct.

    On that note, does anyone know if you are in an apartment building if they deliver to your door or leave by the mailboxes? That would definitely be an added value for using pantry.

    • Anonymous

      Amazon is currently Beta testing a fresh food delivery service in a few cities on the West coast called “Amazon fresh.”

  22. JulieA

    I will probably utilize this service to send things to my niece at college. I hate going to the store for only a couple of items and coming out with a car full. I may order the items I need from the pantry instead. We live too far out for pizza delivery much less grocery delivery lol!!

  23. Melanie P

    I just started snooping around Prime Pantry because we are pretty dedicate Subscribe and Save users but space is at a premium. There are coupons also available for PP. Gonna check it out…

  24. kelli

    not to AK…but prime just shipped an attic fan here free. strange. it was about 40# and HUGE!

    • Allison

      We had a shed shipped to us for free through amazon ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Anonymous

    I work in an Amazon FC. Think about the concept of more to help people who had surgery and can’t drive themselves somewhere to the grocery and they don’t want to have to buy hundreds of dollars of food in bulk to get them through. Or Grama who can’t get a ride to the store to get a few essentials. Amazon wants to be able to appeal to customers of all ages, no matter what their needs are.

    And if you shop even a few times a year on Amazon, getting the free shipping and all the additional benefits are worth it, like the Instant Video library. For instance, did you know that you can add up to 3 additional members onto the main Prime holders account? You can extend your free shipping benefits to 3 other people.

    Or being able to stream Instant Video through a wireless device? My husband and I stream Amazon Instant Video through our Blu Ray player as an alternative to cable. I know now they have a special box for it, but we started doing this almost 3 years ago and haven’t missed having cable or the $120 bill.

  26. babybasement

    As a long time prime member, I do not care for this at all. All of a sudden, Amazon is charging me $5.99 to ship items I was getting shipped for free with prime. Amazon was already selling 2 bottles of tide for instance and shipping it to me free. Now, they have labeled those bottles ‘prime pantry’ and charging $5.99 to fill up a box I don’t need right now. If I had known this before I renewed my prime membership, I would not have renewed. It seems as if Amazon is nickel and diming prime members and it is becoming less of deal than before.

    • Katharine

      It does seem to be a triple whammy: raising the cost of prime AND moving many prime eligible items to pantry AND charging for shipping on top of the prime fee. We’ve retired to a rural area where the streaming feature is useless because we have a very limited satellite data allowance (no cable available), so that offsets nothing. Still, if this is what amazon has decided to offer, we’ll probably bite the bullet, keep prime, and use PP to get many items that are otherwise unavailable to us now that we’re so far from a metro area. The ‘local’ market is 15 miles away and has very limited inventory. I was spoiled by having access to so many items that I can’t get at all without amazon and I knew that moving to a beautiful spot next to a national forest would be an adventure. So, people do have different needs, some of which would be tough to fill without amazon.

  27. Tara

    I use to be the biggest PRIME fan ever…I told everyone about it…..PRIME PANTRY has changed my mind…all the items I use to get with prime are now prime pantry…prizes are actually higher on most and now I pay shipping. I think my days of PRIME are limited now. I was okay with the membership increase but not this too.. The value is not as good as it use to be.

  28. Elizabeth

    Walmart.com has many of the every day non perishable items including generics available in the grocery department online. shipping is free if you spend over 50.00. This seems like a better deal with lower cost items than spending money on both the prime membership and the shipping fee.

  29. Kathleen C

    Have ordered two Pantry boxes and both had damaged items. One had a bag of popcorn with hundreds of kernels explode in the box and on the second a can of chunky minestrone exploded over the box. Every single can was dented. Until Amazon figures that part out a little better, the hassle of getting damaged items and having to contact customer service over and over isn’t worth it for me. ๐Ÿ™

  30. Helene

    I love prime pantry. I work a lot of hours per week and have a toddler which makes food shopping a problem. I always forget items like ketchup, qtips. Weird items that I can totally find on prime pantry with coupons. It’s delivered to my house in a couple of days. No loading of toddler in car!

  31. Jeanice

    not liking this at all –> we had multiple orders with no-rush shipping for the $5 pantry credit, “must be redeemed before october etc etc”. we know we’d be covering the $5.99 shipping. we thought this is a great way to help out a couple who are both sick without hurting our budget too much. today i tried ordering $20 worth of pantry items & they only applied 2x $5!!!! outrageous! they’ll be hearing from me right after this post

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