I never think about diet ginger ale but someone mentioned it to me a few months ago and I checked on Amazon Prime and they were selling a 12-pack of 12-ounce Canada Dry cans for $3.50. This wasn’t any third-party seller, this was Amazon itself. I figured I might enjoy it for a change. So I ordered a couple on October 4. Then I got an email saying that they were temporarily out of stock but they would get it to me soon.
I figured this was the typical Amazon pricing error and after a few months they would cancel the order on me. But a few weeks later, it was back again at the same price. So I ordered three more on October 31. Again, temporarily out of stock.
By now you know where this is going. I knew I was already defeated but I started an online chat with some CSR and asked if I could just pick it up at Whole Foods, if I found it there. Of course not, I was informed. There is no connection between Amazon and Whole Foods. Well, not that kind of connection.
So now I find that it is being sold by “Amazon Fresh” for $4.58. That’s still a decent price, but if it’s already in the warehouse, why can’t they fill my order? (And I don’t want to put together a $30 order.)
I think what I like about Amazon is no matter how big it grows and how wealthy its founder becomes, it still acts sometimes like someone shipping stuff from his garage, and not quite having a system that works.