When I first heard about Google’s new delivery service in NYC, I was skeptical. There is always such a premium placed on these types of delivery services and I am MORE than capable of picking up my own groceries. So, I forgot about it for a while until a friend told me two important facts that made me look into it:
- It will bring me stuff from the East Harlem Costco, where I am a member.
- The first 6 months are completely free.
I became a Costco member about a year ago, and I do believe that it has saved me money, buying in bulk. I am luck enough to live in an apartment with a loft space, so I stash extra TP up there! However, when I would make the trek out to Costco, I would always buy a lot, as it’s pretty far away. Being the frugal person that I am, I didn’t want to take a cab home. What’s the point of saving money at Costco if you are just going to blow $15 – $20 extra on a cab ride home? So I schlepped huge, heavy, unwieldy bags on the bus and then transferred to the subway. I realize I sound a little whiny right now, but the journey home from Costco was never my favorite.
But with this new service that was free for the first six months, what did I have to lose? So I hopped on to the Google Shopping Express site and put my order together. I chose a 4 hour window when I would be home (you can set delivery for 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm, or 6pm – 10pm) and waited. Unlike every Time Warner Cable tech guy ever, Google Express showed up on time, right in the middle of my time window!
I was pretty thrilled with how easy it was. And I got a pretty good haul for regular, Costco prices.
Of course, out of curiosity, I checked to see what the price of the service would be after my 6 month trial period. I fully expected to stop using it once it was no longer free. However, I have to say that I’m tempted. After the trial period, it’s just $4.99 per store you send them to for each delivery. I can’t justify spending $15 – $20 on a cab, but $5 on a delivery service every couple of months when I need to restock my Costco supply? I might go ahead and splurge! Oh, and for the record, tips are NOT expected. Google pays their delivery people adequately, apparently.
Personally, I don’t see any reason to use Google Express Shopping for any other store. They will bring you products from Target, Fairway, Walgreens, Staples, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and L’Occitane. None of those places make me want to buy huge, heavy items in bulk, but who knows, maybe some specific product will come up some day.
Oh, the one downside of deliveries from Costco? Frozen and fresh foods are not included. I live right near a Fairway and a Trader Joe’s, so it doesn’t really bother me, but it’s worth noting. Let me know your thoughts on Google Shopping Express!
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