College Kids Can Now Use Amazon Prime at a Steep Discount

Oct 12, 2017, 00:41
College Kids Can Now Use Amazon Prime at a Steep Discount

Amazon has launched a new monthly payment plan for Prime Student, according to a recent press release.

The new move could be a seen simply as a bid to give teenagers more freedom. The company announced today that kids ages 13-17 will be able to use an Amazon Household account to shop Amazon's online marketplace - with limited independence, of course. And the option to enroll in the program on a monthly basis eliminates the need for cash-strapped students to have to commit to the full-year Amazon Prime membership if they don't want to. "For teens who have a parent with a Prime membership, they can also access Prime benefits at no additional cost, including fast, free shipping, Prime Video and gaming benefits with Twitch Prime". However, teens won't be completely free to do as they please, since parents will be alerted about purchases and will have to approve transactions. Teens can also send an invitation to their parent through either SMS or email. When the parent reviews the activity, they can approve or deny the purchase with a simple reply to the automated message they receive.

The parent and child each get their own Amazon account, however, the parent has the control over which payment methods and shipping addresses can be used by the child. And more trusting parents can elect to sidestep the per-item approval process and simply set an overall maximum budget.

For Amazon, getting teens to shop now could turn them into customers for the rest of their lives, said Brendan Witcher, an e-commerce industry analyst at Forrester.

Their credit card information will be hidden on the teen accounts, as will their purchase and browsing histories. To get started, parents can visit amazon.com/forteens.

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