I just ordered something relatively small from Amazon Prime. I know, in my head, that there are some other things that I need right now, but I’ll admit that I can’t immediately think of them, and the thought that came to mind is, “So what - I have Prime, if I think of it later today or tomorrow I’ll just order it then with free shipping.”
I cannot be the only one doing this, as frankly, I might be a bit more alert to such things than the average person (who might not even think of the environmental impact, etc. of such decisions - I’m not a hardcore environmentalist, but I do at least think of such things occasionally).
How is Amazon Prime efficient (from an environmental impact and otherwise). I remember 30-40 years ago - my family would save up a list of things because you only wanted to make one car trip “to the city” every week or two. This was obviously more efficient on fuel (and labor resources, etc.) than deciding, “I think I want an orange - I’ll have that delivered. Oh, I got my orange, I think I want a banana, I’ll have that delivered.”
I’m sure there will be something involving “scale, the truck is out for delivery anyway,” but do delivery methods like Amazon Prime, where there is no effective increased cost to the consumer for each individual delivery, waste massive resources like I would initial think they do just from intuition?