Google Express (Amazon Prime competitor)

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Google Express

Instead of running their own warehouses like Amazon, Google is partnering up with existing merchants to deliver their goods, like Costco, Whole Foods, Walgreens, Kohls, Fry's, etc)

Being tested in several cities right now(it's active here in KC).

$99 for a year subscription for free 2-day delivery(like Prime) and even same-day delivery in some locations.

Currently there is a promotion for 6 free months of access using the code WELCOME

Current active locations:
Packages are landing in:
  • Arizona (overnight)
  • Arkansas (overnight and 2-day)
  • Boston (same-day)
  • Chicago (same-day and overnight)
  • Colorado (2-day)
  • Illinois (overnight)
  • Indiana (overnight)
  • Iowa (overnight and 2-day)
  • Kansas (overnight and 2-day)
  • Kentucky (overnight)
  • Louisiana (overnight and 2-day)
  • Manhattan (same-day)
  • Michigan (overnight and 2-day)
  • Minnesota (overnight and 2-day)
  • Mississippi (2-day)
  • Missouri (overnight and 2-day)
  • Nebraska (2-day)
  • Nevada (overnight)
  • New Mexico (2-day)
  • Northern California (same-day and overnight)
  • North Dakota (2-day)
  • Ohio (overnight and 2-day)
  • Oklahoma (Overnight and 2-day)
  • Southern California (same-day and overnight)
  • South Dakota (2-day)
  • Texas (Overnight and 2-day),
  • Washington, DC (same-day)
  • Wisconsin (overnight and 2-day)
 

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Half the reason I have Amazon Prime is for access to Amazon Streaming Video and Amazon Music. Google either needs to lower their price point or add more incentives aside from shipping.
 

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I agree at this point, unless the same-day delivery becomes more widespread(for no additional cost). That could be the difference that tips the scale in their favor.

I'm going to try it for a free 6 months though to see how much I use it
 

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It's same day delivery here in SF. But this is home turf. I don't use it because of the other great offer Amazon provides with Prime. The video streaming is hard to beat.
 

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This is weird, when Google releases a competitive product, they usually do it for lower the cost not twice as much with none of the perks.

*edit, oh my bad I have Amazon prime student, 50% off yearly, just get an EDU address and it's good for 4 years.
 

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Have used this. Groupon frequently sells coupons for something like $10 for $40 off an order or your first order only.

Used it to buy stuff from Costco with great success.
 

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We use Instacart to deliver groceries. $124/year and 2 hour, usually less, delivery. I don't notice a huge price difference in their prices on the app compared to in store prices, but we do tip the recommended 10%. Honestly though, a small price to pay for not having to load and unload 2 kids, annoy everyone in the store with their cries and/or tantrums and then carry groceries up 27 stories with 2 kids in tow. Plus the grocery stores DT have soooooo many homeless people inside and outside.

I also feel good about employing some midtwenties/early thirties people who work hard to have a second job to help with their money/bills...at least I assume it's a second job. I'm all about these uber/Amazon next day/lyft etc jobs helping people bring in a second income.

This is weird, when Google releases a competitive product, they usually do it for lower the cost not twice as much with none of the perks.

*edit, oh my bad I have Amazon prime student, 50% off yearly, just get an EDU address and it's good for 4 years.
Interesting. We have prime family so got the first 3Mo free, but we need to renew soon. Couldn't you just "apply" to a community college, get accepted, use the email address and then never sign up for classes? Am I thinking too much into saving $50?
 

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I used to use Instacart but then they stopped offering Trader Joe's as an option. Deal breaker.
 

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We use Instacart to deliver groceries. $124/year and 2 hour, usually less, delivery. I don't notice a huge price difference in their prices on the app compared to in store prices, but we do tip the recommended 10%. Honestly though, a small price to pay for not having to load and unload 2 kids, annoy everyone in the store with their cries and/or tantrums and then carry groceries up 27 stories with 2 kids in tow. Plus the grocery stores DT have soooooo many homeless people inside and outside.

I also feel good about employing some midtwenties/early thirties people who work hard to have a second job to help with their money/bills...at least I assume it's a second job. I'm all about these uber/Amazon next day/lyft etc jobs helping people bring in a second income.



Interesting. We have prime family so got the first 3Mo free, but we need to renew soon. Couldn't you just "apply" to a community college, get accepted, use the email address and then never sign up for classes? Am I thinking too much into saving $50?
It's not $50, it's $200 over 4 years (that's the college max limit membership, for obvious reasons)

You could also just grab any college kid who doesn't care for prime and use his address, just tell him/her to click "yes" on verification, all Amazon needs/wants is an .edu address
 

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People going for their Master's don't deserve half off? Psh.
 

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People going for their Master's don't deserve half off? Psh.
They've already proved they prefer to be shafted and came back for round 2. No soup for you!
 

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This is going to take off like Google plus.
 

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This could really turn it around for Google!

Wait.
 

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I'm confused, so it's just a middleman for a bunch of retailers?

Why wouldn't I just buy shit directly from Target or Kohls? The only vendor it looks like it'd be worthwhile for is Costco, since you wouldn't need a membership and Costco doesn't (as far as I know) ship directly. (edit: I guess a few other places like Whole Foods, as well)

I was initially excited yesterday when I went there, and looked for stuff I'd normally buy from Target and REI, but it was pared down from what I find on their websites. And then I'm sitting there like, "Wait, why wouldn't I just order it off their website?"
 

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Costco ships directly.
 

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I think Google's main angle here isn't just shipping, but fast, free shiping(with subscription). Same-day delivery in some metro areas(big feature for delivering food products)