Amazon.com has introduced the new Prime Pantry service exclusively for Prime members that offers lower prices and coupon savings on everyday household essentials.
Amazon Prime Pantry lets you fill a Prime Pantry box with up to 45 pounds or 4 cubic feet of everyday essentials for a flat $5.99 delivery fee.
If you’re a Prime member like me, then you’re probably wondering why you would want to pay a flat rate of $5.99 for shipping a Prime Pantry box, when one of the main benefits of Prime Membership is your free 2-day shipping on all Prime-eligible items sold by Amazon.com.
The reasoning is that Prime Pantry allows Prime members to shop a wider range of products, such as heavy and bulky items that may not always be eligible for free shipping with Prime, because they are cost prohibitive for Amazon.com to ship for free.
Through Prime Pantry, these items are offered at lower prices than would regularly be available on Amazon.com, and you can get access to Prime Pantry Coupons for additional savings on your orders.
How Amazon Prime Pantry Works
Prime Pantry is a new benefit for Prime members that gives you exclusive access to shop low-priced everyday essentials in everyday sizes.
Adding a Prime Pantry item to your cart will start a Prime Pantry box.
Each Prime Pantry item that you purchase will tell you the percentage of your box that it will fill.
Prime Pantry boxes can hold up to 45 pounds or 4 cubic feet of qualifying products, but you can buy as much or as little as you like.
There is a flat $5.99 delivery fee for each box.
Is Prime Pantry Really Cheaper?
If you start to look around at the Products Available on Prime Pantry, it does seem like the prices are generally lower than you would normally find on Amazon.com.
For instance (as of June 3, 2014), a 17 Oz box of Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal is priced at $2.97 plus an extra 15% in savings at checkout with the Prime Pantry Coupon that is available.
However, the only other Prime option available is for a 14-pack of Honey Nut Cheerios 17 Oz boxes priced at $51.52, which is still more expensive (14 x $2.97 = $41.58), even when you purchase it in bulk.
So in this and many other cases, you can save money through Prime Pantry, and you don’t have to buy many items in bulk like you otherwise would.
However, you do have to pay the $5.99 flat delivery fee, but if you only ship your Prime Pantry boxes when they are 100% full, you will maximize your savings and reduce your shipping charges overall.
Still, it’s a bit of a slap in the face as a Prime member to have to pay for any type of shipping, even if it may really save you money in the end.
You’d also have to compare the prices with those available via Amazon.com Subscribe & Save to make sure that you are getting the biggest savings available.
Not to mention How Much Amazon.com Prices Fluctuate from day to day.
Consider shopping through the new Prime Pantry service if you are an Amazon Prime member.
You may also want to use these other Amazon Coupons that are available for a variety of other products.
What do you think? Will you pay for Prime Pantry shipping if you are a Prime member?