Do You Think This New Amazon Product is Really Smart or Really Stupid?
Amazon has an interesting new way of automating your shopping!
Amazon is kicking off the new year by offering its customers a futuristic new way of keeping their shelves stocked. The company’s new Dash Smart Shelf promises to help you focus on your life, not your shopping list, by automatically ordering your essentials whenever you’re running low!
The Dash Smart Shelf is an auto-replenishment scale that helps you keep stock of your everyday items by their weight. When the Smart Shelf senses you’re running out of an item, it can either place an order for you or send you a notification to let you know it’s time to reorder. Plus, you’ll also be notified if an item’s price goes up by more than 10% at the time of purchase with 24 hours to cancel.
Although the Dash Smart Shelf doesn’t work with everything Amazon sells, there’s an “ever-growing” list of compatible products from popular brands to choose from. Common uses include snack bars, baby wipes, pet food, water bottles, toilet paper, and more. You can browse the complete list of compatible products here.
The new Dash Smart Shelf is available in three sizes and currently priced at $11.99 regardless of which size you order:
- Small (7” x 7”) – perfect for small items up to 30 pounds like snack bars, coffee, or Post-Its
- Medium (12” x 10”) – ideal for items like pet food, drinks, and garbage bags (up to 60 pounds)
- Large (18” x 13”) – meant for large or very heavy items (up to 200 pounds) like reams of paper, toilet paper, and diapers
For a limited time, save up to 25% on your first Dash Smart Shelf reorder from select partners. Head on over here for all the details!
Setting up a new Dash Smart Shelf is designed to be quick and simple. The included batteries last more than two years, but you can add a power adapter (sold separately) and plug it in if you prefer. The Amazon Shopping app makes it easy to check your inventory, change your reorder threshold and quantity, or choose a new product.
Just moving things around in your pantry shouldn’t trigger auto-replenishment, because the Smart Shelf isn’t programmed to reorder until the weight of the product remains below the reorder threshold for 12 consecutive hours. You can even use your own container on the Smart Shelf to hold smaller items like coffee pods, and the Shelf will take that into account when calculating the weight of your items.
Is it just us, or does the new Dash Smart Shelf remind you a lot of Amazon’s Dash Wand and Dash Buttons? Interestingly, both of those automated shopping tools have been discontinued. So, what do you think – Does Amazon’s new Dash Smart Shelf look more like a helpful gadget or an unnecessary gimmick?