Amazon Dash Buttons were first introduced back in March and were part of an invite-only trial. I guess the trial was a success because they’re now on sale for $4.99 a piece to Prime Members. Dash Buttons are small wifi enabled buttons which you configure to instantly order a specific product from Amazon whenever the button is pressed. Currently there are 18 buttons for a variety of everyday items like laundry detergent, Gatorade, coffee, and razor blade refills. You use the Amazon app on your smartphone or tablet to configure the buttons and select which specific product you want each button to order. Once a Dash button is pressed, additional presses will not produce additional orders until the first order has arrived.
Just wondering why would I pay $5 to have a button to order something. I guess for some there may be a cool factor to this……….dunno.
Guess they are hopin’ you or someone else will suddenly get button-push happy.
“Once a Dash button is pressed, additional presses will not produce additional orders until the first order has arrived.”
I guess you didn’t read it before you commented.
Ah thanks for the correction.
Pretty sure most/all of these items also make the Amazon Choice list to order using the Echo, and either way the Echo can certainly handle if you’ve ordered them previously. I think saying “Alexa, re-order Glad bags”, hearing a confirmation of the item and price, and saying “Yes” to place the order already beats paying $4.99 for a tacky button that you press and have to check back online later to confirm it went through and see what the price was.
I’ pretty sure the whole point is that you don’t have to check back later to see if it worked. I probably wouldn’t want one but it’s a convenience item. Leave one by your detergent and when you see you are running low, push the button and that’s it. No risk of forgetting about it between the time you realize you are low and the time you finish your laundry or having to stop what you are doing to pull out your phone or go to the computer to order more. For some people, that’s worth $5. Sounds like decent idea.
Also, I think it’s a little backwards that you say it’s not worth paying $5 for this but would rather pay $180 for a device that can do it slightly more conveniently with a voice instead of a button.
Don’t think anyone is buying the Echo for this, just $0 incremental cost for those of us who already have it to just tell it to re-order instead of wasting $5 and the time it takes to set up a button.
I wonder if it would be possible to hack those little $5 wifi enabled devices to control light switches and other things via wifi?
That would definitely be worth $5! ;) Hopefully someone can do something like that.