Amazon Might Try Shipping Things Before You Even Buy ThemRobert Sorokanich1/17/14 3:42pmFiled to: amazonshipping58EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Wall Street Journal unearthed a recently-filed Amazon patent for "anticipatory shipping," a setup where the products you buy start traveling to your nearest shipping hub before you've clicked the purchase button. Welcome to the future, folks.AdvertisementAccording to the document filed in December, Amazon would consider things like previous orders and searches, wish lists, and the time your cursor spends hovering over a listing to determine what to pre-ship where. Partial addresses might be filled out to ship an item to a regional hub, so that it's closer to the final buyer once he or she completes the purchase. The patent even says that packages without a recipient name might be speculatively shipped directly to multi-family residences (like apartment buildings) based on the predictive model. Right now, this concept only exists in patent paperwork, and that might be as far as it ever gets. Nothing's forcing Amazon to actually make good on the promise, though if it can work it's a pretty brilliant idea. Better than drones, at least.