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Old 02-14-2018, 08:18 AM   #21
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Following this thread...what are the advantage over Instacart over the Amazon option. I live close by so we always shop before arrival, but would like to be able to offer the best option to those I rent to.
Better selection. While Amazon is partnered with Whole Foods, they still lack produce at time. It's continually improving but if you want berries you might get them on Amazon Now but you definitely will if ordering from Instacart.

Also if they are not Amazon Prime members, Now is not an option.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:44 AM   #22
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So based on this and some other threads, I just placed my first Instacart order for our upcoming trip. Got free delivery. I am hoping to arrive at the resort by noon, and I scheduled the delivery from noon-1. If I'm not there, will they leave it with bell services? What about the alcohol? It says I'm supposed to show ID - the girl I spoke with at Instacart seemed to think anyone who showed ID could accept the delivery.

Does anyone know if this is true?
Yes - I've used it twice and had it delivered to bell services both times.

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Following this thread...what are the advantage over Instacart over the Amazon option. I live close by so we always shop before arrival, but would like to be able to offer the best option to those I rent to.
Haven't used Amazon for groceries, but I like Instacart over the other local shoppers because they use Publix and I can pick and choose exactly what I want and know the price up front.

Gardengrocer has an online grocery store, but the product selection is limited and over-priced. WeGoShop and others, you give a list and hope for the best, and don't really know what the price will be.

Instacart gives me the best of all worlds, and their shoppers are very good at communicating if they need to make a switch do to lack of availability. I also can leave notes about what kind of substitutes are acceptable. This works well because I'm generally on the plane while they are shopping.

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Old 02-14-2018, 09:57 AM   #23
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i recently used instacart in my hometown in georgia for a big publix order while recuperating from surgery. thrilled with it laid up at home. seem to mark up items on average about 20%, but also permit at least some bogo and coupon offers. then add a service charge and delivery fee and then i add a generous tip for the shopper. easy peasy to add items/save cart.

nice to have this option here locally.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:28 AM   #24
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We just used Instacart and for the most part it went pretty well. The only issue was the delivery. We had stated many times that we were at the Vacation Villas at the Grand Floridian and not to come to the main hotel. Our shopper did not know the difference. Our shopper never called us when she arrived, so we could not communicate directly with her, but I learned later that she spoke very little English, so it might not have mattered anyways. You had to call the main Instacart number to relay a message to your shopper.

They wanted us to come to the main hotel to pick up our groceries when they arrived, and if it had only been a little bit of stuff, it would not have been too bad, but we had over $300 worth of groceries, including a case of water.

A bellman that had delivered our luggage and knew that we were looking for a grocery order finally convinced her to leave them with him and he delivered them to us.

So, about 5 phone calls and an hour later, we finally had our groceries. We got everything but one item, which was the ranch salad dressing, and we ended up getting some dressing from the Grand Floridian Café.

I would definitely use Instacart again, but would make sure they left it with Bell Services and not try to meet them to take delivery.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:40 AM   #25
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Better selection. While Amazon is partnered with Whole Foods, they still lack produce at time. It's continually improving but if you want berries you might get them on Amazon Now but you definitely will if ordering from Instacart.

Also if they are not Amazon Prime members, Now is not an option.
Awesome!!! Thanks!!! Appreciate this.
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To answer the earlier question about the free delivery fee. I placed my order last September, had to cancel the delivery when Hurricane Irma cancelled our trip at the very last minute. When I finally placed the order in late January, I still got the free delivery.
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