How’s this for under an hour? Engadget reports that Amazon Prime Now delivered some candy in only 23 minutes.
As we reported earlier, Amazon launched Prime Now in Manhattan today, a handy new service for New Yorkers that delivers goods in under an hour for $7.99.
Engadget tested it out, ordering some candy bars and caramels, and while the service was speedy, the reviewer was not so convinced that people who live in a city like New York — where beer, cigarettes, candy or even a sex worker isn’t more than five minutes away — need it:
As the Amazon courier handed me a bag full of candy I couldn’t help thinking this is how Wall-E’s dystopian future begins — a world we’re all infantilized to the point of not being able to walk, or do pretty much anything, on our own.
Right now, it’s only available in Manhattan’s 10001 zip code (mostly Chelsea). Users have to subscribe to Amazon Prime’s $99/year membership to access it, too. Once you download the app, you can shop various goods, from drugstore finds to food, and never have to leave your $3,000-per-month, fifth-floor walk-up studio ever again.
And while the Manhattan service worked, the Engadget reviewer had doubts about expanding it to larger areas, writing, “even Brooklyn may be a stretch.” Amazon plans to roll it out to other cities in 2015. We’re hoping Amazon’s hometown is on the list, because we can’t wait to try it out, too.
Update: Amazon says it has now updated the service to these Manhattan zip codes in addition to 10001: 10010, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10022 and 10036, and plans to continue expanding into additional areas.