Amazon Plans To Ship Items Before You Buy Them

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 50•03 Jan 21, 2014

Amazon has filed a patent for “anticipatory shipping,” which would use customers’ wish lists, previous purchases, and other data to predict which items they would likely purchase in the future and then ship such merchandise to their homes before they have even placed an order. What do you think?

  • “You mean my Pac-Man-shaped ice cube tray might already be here?”

    Joel Redding –
    Dock Worker

  • “That’s fine, but what I like to do is look up an appliance on Amazon.com—just to see if I like it online, you know?—and then I go to Sears and just buy it there.”

    Ross Gordon –
    Internal Medicine Specialist

  • “Good luck knowing what I want. I’m fucking nuts.”

    Ann Fazekas –
    Paystub Issuer

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