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Palmetto08
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Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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Amazon is offering a discount on its Prime membership for people who receive government assistance such as food stamps or WIC.

The program allows those with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, cards to access Amazon Prime for $5.99 a month for one year. The regular annual membership fee is $99 a year, or $10.99 a month if paid in installments.

"We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime," said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime.



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burke985
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
Why charge at that point just give it to them for free


bamarep
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
I really do try hard not to hate Jeff Bezos but damn if he ain't about to get the better of me.


HeyHeyHogsAllTheWay
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
who cares? Private company they can do what they like.


GumboPot
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
So now I'm subsidizing welfare recipients though the private market? Great.


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Palmetto08
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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who cares? Private company they can do what they like


I agree just timing is interesting


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Tiger at Law
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
A private company's customers may care about the actions of the company


GeeOH
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
Amazon going hard after Wal-Mart's business. They want to be able to ship groceries to them.


Bard
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
So why not just charge everyone $5.99?


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Jyrdis
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
Price discrimination, and it's perfectly legal.


HeyHeyHogsAllTheWay
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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A private company's customers may care about the actions of the company


Then don't do business with them. Simple as that.


navy
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
If you are so fricking poor, lazy, doped-up, etc ... that you have to get free food ... then how the frick do you afford the internet?

Or ... do you just go to McDs or the public library to use free wifi and order shite from Prime?


Scruffy
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Private business, they can do what they want.

On a side note, if you oppose businesses that seem to try and get all the money they can out of WIC/EBT users, like Walmart, you should object to this move as well, since it promotes spending money that these individuals do not have.

Like I said though, Amazon can do what they want.


Pax Regis
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
Even more evidence that I'm a damn sucker for working and paying my own way in life.


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buckeye_vol
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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The program allows those with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, cards to access Amazon Prime for $5.99 a month for one year. The regular annual membership fee is $99 a year, or $10.99 a month if paid in installments.
So they'll pay $71.88 instead of either $99.00 (if paid on yearly installments) or $131.88 (the usual installment price).

So they are probably enticing customers who may not be likely to have a membership, AND with their expansion into grocery ordering and delivery, getting those customers on food stamps makes sense. And if those prices are cheaper, then that's a net good anyways.


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dcbl
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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going hard after Wal-Mart's business

Eh, Dollar General is a lot better, Cuz you don't have to get all dressed up like you do when you're going to Walmart


buckeye_vol
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Then don't do business with them. Simple as that.
And if it actually becomes cheaper in the long run for the individuals to have a membership, and access discounted food they would already be buying elsewhere, then why would anybody be against Amazon specifically?


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buckeye_vol
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Eh, Dollar General is a lot better, Cuz you don't have to get all dressed up like you do when you're going to Walmart
Dollar Tree is actually the best, since everything is actually a dollar (or less). Aldi's is often cheaper too for many items.


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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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who cares? Private company they can do what they like.


I wonder is people will start dropping if they raise membership prices again while still discounting the poor.


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HeyHeyHogsAllTheWay
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re: Food stamp, WIC users - cheaper Amazon Prime memberships
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On a side note, if you oppose businesses that seem to try and get all the money they can out of WIC/EBT users, like Walmart, you should object to this move as well, since it promotes spending money that these individuals do not have.



I don't blame these companies for trying to get every penny of welfare out of customers that they can. Just like I don't blame colleges for accepting every pile of shite student who has a pell grant and a guaranteed student loan even though virtually no one thinks that pile of shite has a chance of receiving a a degree and becoming a productive member of society.

I solely blame the voters who have allowed that system to take root in this country for that nonsense.



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