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Friday, July 10, 2020

Amazon Prime

Aloha Everyone,

Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 in California, our household is taking extra cautionary measures. This includes avoiding shopping trips which my daughter-in-law used to make twice a month to a nearby Trader Joe’s. The alternative method to purchase perishables is to use Whole Foods Market with Amazon Prime delivery services.

Granted the items are more costly and adding a minimum 20% delivery service fee can also be expensive.  However, how do you equate personal health with cost?

When Amazon acquired Whole Foods on August of last year, their publicly declared goal was “to pursue the vision of making Whole Foods Market's high-quality, natural and organic food affordable for everyone.” What is affordable to everyone is debatable.

Our Whole Foods Market order was fulfilled and delivered within 3 hours.

Amazon Prime is a membership program. You pay an annual fee of $119. A long list of “free” benefits are listed on the Amazon’s website. I totally agree that their program is terrific if you use it regularly. For example, when my last pair of walking shoes needed replacement, I was able to find a pair and had them delivered the next day using my daughter-in-law’s Amazon Prime account. The cost for my New Balance shoes was about $50 less than if I had gone to a New Balance Store :-)

Aloha -- Cathi