Too Busy To Buy Paper Towels and Soap? New Amazon, Target, and Groupon Shopping Services

Who knew that the next big thing would be toilet paper and soap? We must be running out of things to “disrupt”, as everyone wants to deliver household and grocery products to your doorstep. What’s next, door-to-door milk delivery?

Amazon Prime Pantry. Amazon has been in the game for a while already with their Prime and Subscribe & Save services, but with Prime Pantry you can buy individual products in everyday sizes (not bulk), up to 45 lbs in a box, all for a flat $5.99 shipping fee. Must be a Prime member.

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Target Subscriptions. Target just started its own regular delivery service that offers an additional 5% off and free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement. You can still get another 5% off by paying with the Target REDcard. Newly expanded but still limited selection compared to Amazon. No membership fee.

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Groupon Basics. Groupon’s new bulk shopping service offers 100+ household products with free shipping on orders $24.99 and up within the continental US. Currently, get 5% back in the form of Groupon Bucks which can be used towards future purchases. Limited selection that is more focused on certain brands, but supposedly growing soon. No membership fee.

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Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    Yay, time for another massive price comparison effort.

    Unfortunately, as much as I want to Amazon my basic household stuff, I find it’s almost always cheaper to buy in bulk every few months from the grocery store (in person). I’m going there anyway, so it isn’t that big of a deal. It’s especially cheaper if you time the coupons / sales properly, but I never manage to do that. The shipping isn’t really free/cheap on these products, it’s just hidden in the product costs.

  2. Thank you for sharing this information. I usually do shopping (in person) with flyers and some store do price matching if you have other store flyers in your hand. This option is not available in Amazon. May be takes some time to learn to do these type of shopping.

  3. Tommy Z says:

    While I’m sure they might save time for some people, like Matthew, I’m already going to the store – so it’s not really any time saved for me. I will use this service if it saves me MONEY, however. I think it would be great if Jonathan did a follow-up article on if any of these options actually save consumers money.

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