Amazon's march toward retail (and world) domination took one giant leap forward on Monday, when the company opened its very first automated and cashier-less convenience store to the public. The first-ever Amazon Go store, located in downtown Seattle, allows customers to simply walk in, take items from the store shelves, and walk out without waiting in line or even scanning products in a self-check out.
The debut store is the realization of a groundbreaking concept five years in the making (though first announced back in late 2016). Instead of paying at a register or other traditional retail checkout methods, customers' Amazon accounts are automatically charged via a series of sensors and cameras that track what they take from the shelves. It's just another ambitious way the company is trying to make shopping (and spending money) even easier.
The mega e-tailer has been testing Amazon Go for a while now with its employees, who've had "beta" access to this particular location for the past year. However, now that any old schmo can walk in off the street, people are naturally wondering -- what's it like to shop there, and are things running as smoothly as promised? Fortunately, you don't have to hop a flight to the Pacific Northwest, because photos and videos from its earliest customers are pouring in.