Amazon's Dash Buttons will stop working on August 31

Shawn Knight

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Amazon’s quirky Dash Button program has been on life support ever since the e-commerce giant stopped selling the one-click ordering devices earlier this year.

Introduced in 2015, the stick-on buttons allowed customers to reorder common household necessities like laundry detergent, trash bags and toothpaste with the press of a button, further reducing friction in the online shopping process.

The buttons were a windfall for marketers and brands but as newer technologies like Alexa made hands-free shopping commonplace and the Dash Replenish Service found its way into connected devices, standalone buttons became less popular.

When Amazon stopped selling the buttons in February, it was a sign that the end was near. Now, the company has officially pulled the plug.

In a statement issued to Engadget, Amazon said it will disable Dash Button functionality on August 31, 2019. From this date, customers will no longer be able to place orders using Dash Button devices. In its absence, the Amazon spokesperson suggested customers use their free virtual Dash Buttons on Amazon’s website and the mobile app.

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Trillionsin

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"Amazon spokesperson suggested customers use their free virtual Dash Buttons on Amazon’s website and the mobile app."

Doesnt this take away the whole purpose? I never used them, but I thought they were suppose to be convenient. If I have to go to Amazon site either way, why even have the 'virtual Dash Buttons'???
 
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Wendig0

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The virtual dash buttons are worthless. I use my physical dash buttons constantly for coffee, laundry, and bathroom cleaning products. This is disappointing.
 

Catweazle

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I still think that these were a really stupid and wasteful product. A whole electronic device just to order Tide? You'd need a hundred of these plastered all over your house to do all your shopping. Who orders just one thing at a time anyway?
 

psycros

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Who honestly orders common groceries from Amazon? Is this is rich people thing?
 

mbrowne5061

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All the IoT hackers are going to be thrilled though, there is about to be a glut of these things cheaply available as everyone gets rid of them.
 

Wendig0

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Who honestly orders common groceries from Amazon? Is this is rich people thing?
My coffee is $10 for a 16 oz can at the grocery store, or I can order 4lbs of it on Amazon for $22. It's a no brainer. Amazon is cheaper on a lot of groceries.