Amazon slashes Prime fees for subscribers on government aid

Consumers who receive certain kids of government assistance are now eligible for a new deal on Amazon’s Prime membership subscription.

Amazon said those who qualify can subscribe to Prime for $5.99 a month, or more than 27 percent less than the standard $99 annual one-time fee. For that price, Prime members get free, two-day delivery on most items, as well as access to Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service and other services such as Prime Music. The subscriptions come with a free 30-day trial period and can be cancelled at any time.

Greg Greeley, vice president of ¬†Amazon Prime, said in a statement that Amazon was offering discounted subscription price for those on government assistance to “make our everyday selection and savings more accessible.”

Amazon said that in order to get the $5.99-a-month subscription rate, customers will need a valid EBT card, which several government assistance programs use to disburse their funds. However, customers won’t be able to use their EBT card to pay for their Prime subscriptions.

Among the programs that qualify for the discounted membership fee are the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). Amazon said it will include other qualification methods for government programs that don’t use EBT.


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  • gippatel

    Why in the world do people who can’t afford to buy the basics of life need to spend more money for “free” two-day delivery? Sheer stupidity, all around, on this one…

    • robert mudry

      If you are disabled, just going to a local store can be expensive. And paying for every item delivered is expensive too. Ya know stupidity comes in many forms esp. people who have no empathy for other folks. Asshat…

      • Rod Stewart

        Funny how people who oppose government assistance always say that government assistance can be replaced by private philanthropy. Well, this is an example of private philanthropy: a business making its services more affordable to people on low incomes. It’s the type of thing that people who hate government assistance should be totally in favor of: voluntary philanthropy by private business instead of taxpayer funded government assistance. But of course, hypocrites like gippatel HATE the idea, because they think that people should be punished for being poor….

        Although it’s really not an act of generosity by Amazon, and merely a business decision. Amazon wants to compete for the low-income customers who can shop at Wal-Mart and get free two-day delivery WITHOUT any membership fee…


    Hey, I do not have an EBT card but as income I am on Social Security, so, how about us also receiving the “half price” Prime.