Amazon Dash Buttons Now Available in UK; Yawn

Amazon has released its Dash buttons in the UK. There are 48 different gizmos that let you order items with a single button press. These aren’t new; they’ve been available in the US for a while, but I never really looked at them. So I did check them out today.

Yawn.

There’s not a single product I use in the list. I don’t use the big-brand laundry detergents, I abhor air fresheners, and I buy cheaper toilet paper and tissues than what Amazon is pushing. I could see the use if I had a baby or toddler: ordering more diapers by pressing a button is tempting. But how hard is it to order something on a computer, phone, or tablet?

One brand that I was surprised to see is Derwent. You can order pencils with an Amazon Dash button by pressing a button. Because you definitely run out of pencils so often that you need to quickly place a one click order. Don’t get me wrong; I like Derwent pencils. Derwent Graphic pencils are my go-to writing instruments. But it’s unlikely that I’d ever need a new box of pencils quickly enough that I would want a button to order them.

Amazon dashTitus the Cat would probably like me to get a Dreamies Dash button. He loves these things. I suspect they have crack in them. I generally give him a few most evenings, to remind him that if he comes home in the morning, there are good things to be had. But a bag of Dreamies lasts a couple of months; and you can only order eight at a time. It could be practical to order cat food with a press of a button, but they don’t have the brand that Titus likes.

I don’t really see the point of these things. They don’t make it that much easier to order anything, and they are limited to only a handful of brands.

12 thoughts on “Amazon Dash Buttons Now Available in UK; Yawn

  1. For certain family situations I see it as an enhancement for quality of life: You’re less likely to run out of some basic article because it’s so darned easy to reorder. Why spend time ordering detergent or toilet paper?

    • True, but a) it’s limited to just a few brands, b) it’s probably not cheaper from Amazon than from grocery stores, and c) it’s the kind of thing most people generally buy easily when the do their grocery shopping.

      • If you had a large family and bought detergent regularly in 6kg boxes, it’s one less big box to carry to the car. Again, for certain situations like big families with kids. This, in conjunction with 2 hour delivery is outstanding.

        I live by myself or with my daughter. For me it serves no purpose.

  2. For certain family situations I see it as an enhancement for quality of life: You’re less likely to run out of some basic article because it’s so darned easy to reorder. Why spend time ordering detergent or toilet paper?

    • True, but a) it’s limited to just a few brands, b) it’s probably not cheaper from Amazon than from grocery stores, and c) it’s the kind of thing most people generally buy easily when the do their grocery shopping.

      • If you had a large family and bought detergent regularly in 6kg boxes, it’s one less big box to carry to the car. Again, for certain situations like big families with kids. This, in conjunction with 2 hour delivery is outstanding.

        I live by myself or with my daughter. For me it serves no purpose.

    • I’m sure they are. I’m sure that’s why Amazon created them, because they can squeeze blood from big brands. Nevertheless, it’s a bit of a surprise to see Derwent pencils.

    • I’m sure they are. I’m sure that’s why Amazon created them, because they can squeeze blood from big brands. Nevertheless, it’s a bit of a surprise to see Derwent pencils.

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