Amazon Is Adding Dash Buttons, Even If Nobody Uses Them

Yes, Amazon is still trying to make the Dash Button happen. The company plans to add dozens of new push-to-buy Dash options this week, ignoring the fact that they never really caught on.

Market-research company Slice Intelligence told The Wall Street Journal that fewer than half of people who bought a Dash button since its launch a year ago have actually used it. The people who do use the button press it about once every two months. The last part isn’t terrible given that people don’t usually need toilet paper or detergent more than once every couple of months. But it’s also not exactly a cash cow.

Executives of participating Dash brands have said that they’ve signed up for the program not because they think it’ll get them new customers, but because they want an in with Amazon—sort of like throwing some money at your friend’s Kickstarter campaign mostly to show that you’re loyal.


Amazon has been facing competition, both from other companies rolling out their own buttons and from its own devices like Alexa, which let you order by talking to it, which is a lot cooler than pushing a button. (To be fair, though, there is one cool Dash button: the Internet of Things button.)

The company hasn’t made clear which new brands it will be rolling out this week, with the exception of Cot’n Wash Inc.’s Dropps laundry detergent, which I suppose will now be conveniently at your fingertips. The Journal described Cot’n Wash’s chief executive like this:

Chief Executive Jonathan Propper said he is unconcerned by ridicule of Dash or its practical limitations, real or perceived.

Brave man, that one.

[The Wall Street Journal]


Angela Chen is the morning editor at Gizmodo.

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There are two issues with dash:

1: for most items I use regularly, I use subscribe and save to get the 5 or 15 percent discount. The only reason that wouldn’t make sense is if getting the item monthly doesn’t make sense. Which brings me to:

2: let me choose any item I want! Why not a custom dash button that I can link to an item? For example, I always forget to buy more shaving cream and I need more faster than 1 months time. If I could hook that up to a dash button in the bathroom, I would. But alas, aveeno isn’t an option.