Prime Now Launches in DC Today “free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials”

by Prince Of Petworth — November 16, 2016 at 9:25 am 19 Comments


From a press release:

“Amazon announced today that its Prime Now delivery service is expanding to Washington, D.C., including Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Friendship Heights. The ultra-fast service, offered exclusively as a benefit to Prime members, provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials from staples like paper towels, milk or ice cream, to electronics such as laptops and Kindle devices.

Prime Now is also available in Northern Virginia and parts of Southern Maryland. Since launching in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland in August, top items purchased for superfast delivery through the service include bananas, water, organic baby carrots and Haribo gummy bears.

Prime members can shop on www.primenow.com and can also download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices.

In the greater Washington, D.C. metro, Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week with free two-hour delivery.”

  • Eckington Dude

    WOW. Great news. I didn’t expect them to service 20002 either, but they do.

  • jcm

    They deliver to 20001 and have a $10 coupon. Woohoo!

  • skj84

    I thoroughly expected them not to deliver to NE and am pleasantly surprised. Will use for some of my Thanksgiving shopping. No Frozen turkey available, but at least I can get some of my other supplies.

    • JoDa

      Happy to see Brookland as a yes from them. I took a quick perusal, and while they have only name-brand stuff, so prices are higher than store brands, they’re cheaper than the name brands at the grocery store. Definitely a big benefit in a pinch.
      Also, this pretty much so ends my Google Express membership. I hadn’t used it much, and the newish all-day windows made it less useful, but hung onto it because I had a couple of incidents where the immediate delivery was a lifesaver.

      • ZetteZelle

        Agree re Google Express–I used to love it so much and recommend it to everyone, but the all-day delivery windows mean I can’t order anything that would be of interest to my neighborhood squirrels. (Plus the products I want the most are always out of stock. Why no real-time inventory information???)

  • amber

    RIP Kozmo. Was recounting days of using Kozmo while a student on the Hilltop years ago.

    • Marty

      I miss Kozmo and their little scooters.

  • wdc

    Oh man, what a game changer this would have been when we had babies. The epic fight over who has to go out in the thunderstorm for diapers never would have happened.

  • Anon

    I ordered from them once and I’d be somewhat cautious or at least selective about ordering frozen items. Their insulation bags aren’t great so my ice cream was slightly melted, especially since the driver was coming all the way from a warehouse out in VA. I’d be especially worried if the driver was delivering multiple orders.

  • AnonV2

    Wonder if this is why they started charging tax in DC, because they now have a smallish distribution center here? I know there are pretty large ones not very far into MD and VA, but a 2-hour delivery window doesn’t give you much wiggle room at rush hour.

    • shmoo

      I was under the impression they started taxing dc cus they are opening up (or very much want to open up) a brick and mortar book store in the district.

    • Marty

      do we know if the 2 hour window is guaranteed? (I’ve made it my mission to complain and get free sh!t from Amazon when they haven’t delivered my stuff by exactly 8pm.)

    • Anonymous

      I’m a little confused about whether (or maybe I should say when) they are actually collecting tax for DC orders. I ordered something in September and they didn’t collect any tax (though perhaps that was before they announced they would be collecting tax. I ordered something in October, and they did collect tax. I ordered something last week, and they did not collect tax. All of these were merchandise so I can’t imagine they fall into different tax categories like food or something. Anyone have any clue what’s going on there?

      • JoDa

        If the order is fulfilled by a third-party seller, they may not collect tax. It can be hard to tell, given that many things are sold by third-party sellers, but still qualify for Prime shipping. I have yet to pay tax on anything, over 3 or 4 orders since October 1.
        For Prime Now, all items subject to tax would be taxed, since Amazon is directly selling all that stuff.

        • Marty

          Agree. If it’s “shipped and sold by Amazon” then it’s taxed. simply “fulfilled by Amazon” isn’t usually.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, that actually could be right. I generally don’t pay much attention to who is fulfilling the order so it’s possible that’s it. Thanks.

  • Anon

    This is such a game changer for me!

  • Derek

    And now Amazon begins sinister Phase Two Operation…

  • MK

    Does anyone know why there are no Amazon Locker locations in the District? Used one in Virginia this week and am now really eager to have one near my home considering the amount of package theft that goes on.


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