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First Amazon Dash-Powered Devices Go Live, Will Automatically Reorder Supplies For You

19 January 2016

From TechCrunch:

Your household appliances are getting smarter: think printers that re-order ink when you’re low, or washers that dispense just the right amount of detergent then send you more before you run out. This is the promise of Amazon’s “Dash Replenishment”-powered devices, the first group of which is becoming Dash-enabled today, the company says. That includes selectBrother printers, a GE washing machine, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor.

In some cases, customers may have already purchased devices that are compatible with Amazon Dash Replenishment, but couldn’t yet take advantage of the feature. That’s now changing, as those with supported printers, Gmate devices, or GE washers will be able to activate Dash Replenishment using either the company’s website or app, depending on how the manufacturer configured access to the program.

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For example, in the case of the Brother connected printers that measure toner or ink levels, customers are instructed to sign up for automatic re-ordering through the Brother website. For those buying these printers new, that sign-up will be part of the printer’s setup instructions.

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[I]nstead of buying inks from the manufacturer directly, Brother’s new connected printers are placing Amazon orders on your behalf. Brother says it has over 45 models immediately compatible with Amazon’s service.

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Gmate’s SMART Blood Glucose Meter, which connects with a smartphone for its blood sugar testing service, will also include a feature that sends you more testing strips and lancets when your supplies run low.

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9 Comments to “First Amazon Dash-Powered Devices Go Live, Will Automatically Reorder Supplies For You”

  1. “Having taken note of how fast you’re reading that series, the next in the set has been ordered and uploaded to your reader. Enjoy.”

  2. Be careful what you wish for:

    With Folded Hands by Jack Williamson, 1947

  3. I tried using a couple of dash buttons but they failed to connect to my wifi. Impossible to place an order.

    • What kind of phone are you using, and how are you placing it?

      I had problems with my first dash button. Wouldn’t connect. I gave up after a while.

      But after a while longer I gave it another shot. Followed the directions more closely, and paired it in a quiet room. You can hear the phone speaker send its signal if you’re in a quiet place.

      I have two Dash buttons and they’re totally fantastic.

  4. Can they make sure I never run out of milk? If so, where do I sign up?

  5. One of the biggest rackets currently is the way printer ink/laser toner is sold. The printer cartridges are an ongoing cost that can exceed the cost of the printer by orders of magnitude.

    For most laser printers, an inexpensive refill system can save you hundreds of dollars. The toner cartridges are sold with little initial toner, the printers stop using the cartridge when there is still plenty of toner in it because some arbitrary counter says it should be empty, etc.

    The last think I would want as a consumer is to have the printer cozily ordering more ink cartridges on its own.

    • This snippet almost removes the bad from the auto-ink-ordering printers:

      However, instead of buying inks from the manufacturer directly, Brother’s new connected printers are placing Amazon orders on your behalf. Brother says it has over 45 models immediately compatible with Amazon’s service.

      However on reflection, is anyone willing to take a bet that the order goes to the official Brother ink on Amazon, rather than any cheaper compatible offerings?

  6. we order ink, off brand, for many many years now, online. Perfect, never a problem. We have HP and Canon printers that are old -one 10 years, one 15] but they are 500 page fill trays each with dual printing, straight b/w, about 19 ppm which was lightning back then, lol. And X-size [double the amount in straight HP costs about 179-185 per shot. The ink we buy X size costs I think around 40.]

    Both printers’ instructions were written by the same person who wrote the tags on furniture, mattresses and pillows, that IF you remove any notices or use anything other than super duper pooper scooper quality ink at the cost of a new VW bug, the gov-mint wahl kum after you’ns and whup yore you know what.

  7. Given the recent news about the Nest’s malfunction, I predict it’s only a matter of time before someone’s appliance orders 1,987,423,782 gallons of detergent.

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