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Amazon's Drones: The Dawn of City Drone Problems

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Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
12/30/2013 11:27:06 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
Hi richheap,

Flying monkeys -- great, at long at the Wicked Witch of the West doesn't subvert them and make them demand more money (or bananas) before they'll turn over my Amazon package... or knock the stuffing out of me.

And if I could get an Amazon drone arriving with a delivery within 30 minutes, sure I'd wait outside for it! I'd order something just for the delivery. And wouldn't it be fun if I could track the drone via an Amazon GPS app as it makes its way to my house?! I guess I'll find out in a few years... or never.

richheap
richheap  
12/14/2013 1:34:11 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
I agree with you, Alan. At the moment I can only see sustainability being a concern in delivery options if everything else - cost, time, novelty value - is equal. And, if you get your kicks by waiting for a delivery drone, then good for you! I'm holding out for flying monkeys.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
12/13/2013 7:52:37 PM
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Re: When I think of drones...
Hi stotheco,

One of the advantages of physical stores is that people may take home a product as soon as they purchase it. So by offering delivery within 30-minutes, Amazon is pretty much removing that advantage of instant gratification.

And just because most people don't need most products immediately doesn't mean they don't want it. That's one reason more and more stores are offering delivery, sometimes within an hour or two, although not via drone! 

Of course, whether drone delivery is ever available is still in the realm of vaporware.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
12/13/2013 7:46:49 PM
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Re: When I think of drones...
Hi richheap,

Unless something drastically changes in the world (the temperature rises by 10 degrees), not many people will care about their carbon footprint for the foreseeable future and will happily accept drone delivery if it saves them time.

I'd order something via Prime Air just for fun of getting a delivery by drone, and I'm sure many other people would, too. And I'd stand outside in my new clothes waiting for it. 

richheap
richheap  
12/13/2013 12:17:18 PM
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Re: When I think of drones...
She said she wanted a surprise. No, we might get each other something small but there's not much we need.

Ps. Avoid gift cards. If the company goes bust then your money's gone.

stotheco
stotheco  
12/13/2013 9:54:24 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
Lol, well, literally life and death then. You could always just get her a gift card...

PS. Really? You really aren't getting her anything? Unless it's something both of you agreed to, well, I'd say good luck to you! ;-)

stotheco
stotheco  
12/13/2013 9:52:19 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
Lol, you almost had me there, Rich. This is just...creepy! And funny, too, in a weird way.

richheap
richheap  
12/13/2013 9:35:37 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
I don't know, stotheco. Whether Amazon delivers my wife's Christmas present on time is a matter of life and death...

Ps. I'm joking. I'm not getting her anything.

stotheco
stotheco  
12/13/2013 9:27:00 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
I'm just hoping that somewhere down the line, they will consider what this could be doing to the environment. I get that the service is fun and all, definitely novel, but I really don't see the need for it.

Unless you're delivering something that's urgent or if it's a matter of life and death. But you won't find such things at Amazon.

richheap
richheap  
12/12/2013 5:31:43 AM
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Re: When I think of drones...
Thanks Alan. I agree that at the moment people mainly care about getting goods delivered cheaply, but at some point I'd like to think that people would consider the carbon footprint of how their goods are delivered. Then again, maybe not. People are still happy to buy their clothes from retailers that pay workers a pittance to produce them in dangerous sweatshops, so why would carbon considerations play a big role in people's consumer choices?

I try to get around this ethical dilemma by not buying any new clothes.

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