6 Things Kitchn Staffers Never Buy on Amazon

updated May 1, 2019
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Don’t get us wrong — Amazon is definitely a lifesaver on most occasions. (How else can you get a shipment of 12 cases of GoMacro bars delivered to your door in less than 24 hours?) But it’s not always your best bet for various reasons. We polled Kitchn staffers to find out what not to buy on Amazon and why!

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“I feel like I can always find better deals at Aldi or even Big Lots. Plus, I don’t like how many darn listings there are for LaCroix on Amazon. So many seem like scams and I can just never tell what I’m actually ordering on some of the listings. ” — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director

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“Since I moved from the South last summer, I’ve been having a hard time finding Duke’s Mayo locally. I’m hesitant to order it online because I’m worried it won’t be as fresh — which is silly because all Duke’s gets shipped to the stores and is just fine. Also, I had a really bad experience ordering specialty coffee from Amazon. I don’t think it was stored properly before shipping.” Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor

“I don’t usually buy my paper products from Amazon. I can normally find a better deal at my local stores and I’d rather not add even more the carbon footprint.” — Grace Elkus, Senior Food Editor

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“I buy most of my kitchen cleaning supplies from Amazon, but I never buy food. I’d rather go to the grocery store myself and wander up and down the aisles.” — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor

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“There is nothing more tragic than buying a bag of chips only to find that they’ve been reduced to a pile of crumbs. I know because it’s happened to me before! I’d rather get them in the store so that any subsequent breakage is my fault, and my fault alone!” — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer

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“I like to use heavy, absorbent dish towels, so I’d rather buy these in person, so I can get a feel for them before I commit.” Patty Catalano, Contributor

Do you agree or disagree? What do you simply never buy from Amazon?