Amazon's Dash button was a marketing vehicle and a trinket designed to remind you that you could easily replenish supplies and order consumer product goods via Amazon.
The Amazon Dash button has gone the way of the CueCat and other oddball forms of consumer tech that were quickly made obsolete by newer technology. The $5 wireless Dash button was promised to be an easy way to order consumables from Amazon, but configuring the devices was sometimes confusing. The people who really enjoyed Dash buttons were those who hacked them into Internet-connected remote control devices to accomplish useful tasks other than buying stuff.
First launched in 2015, Dash buttons were designed as a way for people to quickly order items that constantly need replenishing. Individual buttons were available for everything from paper towels, to toilet rolls, to dog food. Each one cost $5, but buyers had this money reimbursed after making their first order.
Amazon's physical Dash buttons are no more. The e-commerce giant has stopped selling its quirky, tap-to-order Dash buttons as of February 28th. It was an inevitable decision Amazon had to make with the advent of more advanced IoT devices, especially
Amazon has confirmed it’s retired physical stick-on Dash buttons from sale — in favor of virtual alternatives that let Prime Members tap a digital button to reorder a staple product. It also points to its Dash Replenishment service — which offers an API for device makers wanting to build Internet connected appliances that can automatically [
Consumers have so many ways to buy from Amazon that the physical Dash button was always fighting an uphill battle
Amazon's Dash buttons, the stick-around-your-house-to-tap-to-reorder buttons for consumer packaged goods (CPG), are now only available digitally. The physical iteration was perhaps ahead of its time--in fact, when Dash buttons were announced on March 31, 2015, there was some speculation they were an April Fools' joke. By 2016, however, Amazon announced CPG companies had heartily embraced
Who needs Dash buttons when your printer buys its own ink now.