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Amazon deliver Prime packages inside your home, here's Amazon Key

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 25 Oct 2017 14:10 User comments (8)

Amazon deliver Prime packages inside your home, here's Amazon Key Amazon is constantly trying to come up with new ways to sell and deliver you products whether its acquiring Whole Foods, trying to perfect drone delivery, or prototyping stores without lines or checkouts with Amazon Go.
Now Amazon has come up with a new concept that gets rid of the package theft problem some portion of Prime members struggle with. Amazon Key allows the delivery man (or woman) to drop the package in your house.

As you might imagine this requires some specific technology that most might not have. You'll need smart lock, one of several supported by Amazon, and you need Amazon Cloud Cam, a new security camera released by Amazon. The latter will cost you $120 and the locks, depending on your choice, start at around $130.

As said, the reason Amazon unveiled this new service is the package theft problem that some unequivocally have. Obviously if the package is left on the other side of the door there's a big difference.

However, the e-commerce behemoth obviously realizes that people don't want to let delivery man, or anyone else, in willy-nilly. That's where the security camera comes in.

You'll get a notification when the package is about to be delivered so you can watch the delivery live and the camera starts recording before the lock is opened so you can watch the delivery happen after the fact.

This should prevent most misconduct in addition to the fact that Amazon says it uses only certified delivery personnel with proper records, although we all know there are bad apples in every delivery company.

Amazon Key can also be used to let in the repairman, cleaners, or friends.

Amazon Key is currently only for Amazon Prime members – and you shouldn't expect that to change any time soon – but there are no further fees after the initial purchase of the equipment. You can check if Amazon Key is available in your location here.

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8 user comments

126.10.2017 10:18

NEVER!!!!!!!!

Anyone patronizing this is a true blue common-senseless IDIOT!


And anyone saying "well Amazon is liable and if anyone does anything nefarious blah blah blah..."

Oh man, anyone thinking like this needs to be punched in the brain. Remember; The corporations have a tough time with rogue employees as is and that is WITHOUT this type of temptation. Dipping into anyone's house as a regular practice is the worst f*cking idea I've heard in a while.

The general public cannot be trusted explicitly or implicitly.........PERIOD! Contrary to this belief is brutal naivete.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Oct 2017 @ 10:19

226.10.2017 11:31

As much as I like amazon I would never allow ups, fedex, or worse USPS come into my house. Dumb idea

327.10.2017 2:35

Ohdeargodno.

There is not enough "Nope!" in the world for this.

428.10.2017 15:17

Haha. Love the comments. What's to stop the delivery guy from tipping off one of his friends that might do bad things?. I agree this is absolutely 100% incredibly stupid

530.10.2017 11:28

Originally posted by 8686:
Haha. Love the comments. What's to stop the delivery guy from tipping off one of his friends that might do bad things?. I agree this is absolutely 100% incredibly stupid


Well shit! didn't really think of that. I was centered around the "insider" schmucks only.

This is a VERY VERY VERY VERY likely scenario. Anyone trying to hide their tracks will certainly go this route.

Ugh! Thanks for the realization.

630.10.2017 12:08

The real problem here, is now someone can hack your door lock, whether or not the real delivery people are in on it. It's a similar problem to "master keys" for standard locks, which make them very easy to pick.

730.10.2017 15:49

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by 8686:
Haha. Love the comments. What's to stop the delivery guy from tipping off one of his friends that might do bad things?. I agree this is absolutely 100% incredibly stupid


Well shit! didn't really think of that. I was centered around the "insider" schmucks only.

This is a VERY VERY VERY VERY likely scenario. Anyone trying to hide their tracks will certainly go this route.

Ugh! Thanks for the realization.
haha, sorry. It's essentially the "criss cross" scheme, made famous by Hitchcock, and "Throw Momma From the Train".

@Bozobub, Tris is true. I was debating this very thing re: the keypad door locks. Then I thought, if someone really wanted to get in, a deadbolt is not going to stop them either.

830.10.2017 15:59

Nothing will stop a truly determined, skilled person who wants to get in. What you can do, however, is make it as difficult and/or OBVIOUS as possible.

Remember, a brick through a window is also effective, but it is *noisy* and it will be obvious a crime is in process (or just happened). Not ideal, from most perps' viewpoint.

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