Amazon Does It Again

So Amazon has this new product. They call it a Dash Smart Shelf. It’s basically a wireless-enabled scale. You set your products on the scale, and it automatically reorders whatever you’re running short on. The idea seems to be, you buy one for each product in your cupboard, and you just keep it there under your dogfood or whatever it is. When the dogfood gets light enough, it reorders. It’s got a battery that lasts two years; after that you have to get a plug-in power adapter. Or, I guess you have to replace the unit. They come in three sizes, and they’re all twenty bucks.

This is unbelievable. Can you imagine wanting this? I can’t. I wonder how it’ll sell. I’m sure there’s some case where this is actually useful and not a complete joke. I can’t think of any examples. I’m tired of being snarky right now, though. Pretend I go on for a paragraph or two, ranting about how this is useless and stupid. Pretend it’s really amusing.

Meanwhile, the wise-ass user reviews have already started to come in. Not very many though. 7 reviews total at the time of this writing. So this product is really seemingly not on anybody’s radar. And really, why would it be?

It’s easy to criticize. It’s easy to taunt. It’s not so easy to actually make a thing and bring it to the market. So I guess, kudos to the Amazon people. They’re always throwing shit at the wall, and that is admirable, in its way. Now if they could just stop treating their workers like shit…