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Old 06-09-2017, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Originally Posted by lilyflower3191981 View Post
yep. I agree with you.

No, there are no huge tax breaks for people like you.

My parents said the same thing.

This is amazon's strategy to get more customers. I wonder how many people who are on welfare would sign up? It will be interesting to find out.
You mean people on food stamps.
It will be interesting. I am very curious to see the results. My money is on not so good. How many on food stamps have a credit/debit card and can afford the 5.99/month to order stuff from Amazon?
I guess it will save all those people living in food deserts from starving tho.
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:23 AM
 
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Well then I must be the only one who has experienced a consistent different in price between prime and non prime prices.
Maybe your experience is different. But does it really matter? We're talking about a $40-60 annual discount per low-income household for Prime membership. How on earth can anyone object to that? /SMH
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:36 AM
 
Location: CT
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"On Tuesday, the behemoth announced a 45% discount to its Prime membership for those on food stamps. Anyone who has an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card can join Amazon Prime for $5.99 per month rather than $10.99. "


I hate Wal-mart... everyone knows that. But Wal-mart doesn't charge me more for an item just because it can. When Amazon starts mean testing (which is what this is) it's time to leave Amazon. You want to give away profit (which is something you don't show on your balance sheet anyway Amazon) donate food and items on your dime to those who need it. I find that highly commendable. But don't make me subsidize someone else's streaming video, fidget spinners, and literature (Amazon's three most sold items!). This really irritates me this morning.....

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazo...215757568.html
Hold on a minute! Of course Amazon is going to monitor what is being purchased with that EBT, right? I mean, I'm sure a welfare recipient couldn't go on Amazon and buy an I-phone, or rent movies, it's for essentials, right?
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Is it bad I find it funny that people are upset over a $2.26 (which is the difference between Amazon's $99 yearly fee vs what they are proposing for those on government assistance). Sorry but if I'm having to take advantage of government assistance, the last thing I have money for is Amazon. Sadly we do have those who do not have their priorities in place either.
What kind of math are you doing? the difference between 10.99 and 5.99 is 5$ not 2.26$.
45% of $99 is $44.55.

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Private company offers discount to poor people. Who'd gripe about that?
Its not poor people its people who have EBT. Plenty of poor people are not EBT eligible.

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I've watched WIC customers come in and buy baby formula and other expensive items, then the same people come back the next day and return the item without a receipt (which this particular store you can do) and then use the money to buy beer and cigarettes.
Wow you must spend a lot of time in the store monitoring individuals shopping habits.

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Funny, local churches will often do this for people in need.
Local churches subsidies peoples Amazon Prime membership fees?
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Not exactly, I decided the try this out just now. I picked a random item on a browser that was signed into amazon prime, and opened another browser where I wasn't. I looked up the same item. Both were the exact same price EXCEPT, the prime one came with free shipping whereas the non prime one didn't. According to your statement, this shouldn't be happening, yet here we are. Top pic is non prime and the bottom pic is prime.
Am I missing something. I dont see prime on either of these.
I tried to find this on Amazon and didnt see it after 4 pages.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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You mean people on food stamps.
It will be interesting. I am very curious to see the results. My money is on not so good. How many on food stamps have a credit/debit card and can afford the 5.99/month to order stuff from Amazon?
I guess it will save all those people living in food deserts from starving tho.
I agree with you.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Maybe your experience is different. But does it really matter? We're talking about a $40-60 annual discount per low-income household for Prime membership. How on earth can anyone object to that? /SMH
Apparently my experience is different. Maybe its what I buy but I began to notice and wondered if I was actually getting a bargin on shipping rates when the prices were higher. I do love the 2 day shipping.

We are talking singling out a specific group of individuals, EBT holders not low-income households, and offering only them a reduced price in order to gain more business.
We are not talking about a company that is altruistic and trying help low-income households. They are attempting to gain a certain segment of the market for increased profits. There is no objection to helping out low income folks.

But no in the big scheme of things I guess it doesn't really matter what big business do to increase their profits, from marketing tactics to discounts to particular groups of people, refusing to serve particular groups of people, leaving our boarders to take advantage of cheap labor, hiring illegal aliens within our boarders to increase profits, discrimination in hiring practices. All those things help someone somewhere and who can object to that. We should all just be complacent and blessed we get such conveniences at a low price.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Riverside County / Maricopa County
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Am I missing something. I dont see prime on either of these.
I tried to find this on Amazon and didnt see it after 4 pages.
As stated in the post, the bottom one is Prime, look in the top left corner of the computer screen in the pictures, one says prime, the other is non prime.

Here's another one for you, random item, top prime, bottom non prime, same price...
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Amazon decides to offer cheaper prime membership-img_3848.jpg  

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Old 06-09-2017, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I agree with you.
I just read they, internet suppliers, have come up with a system for those without debit/credit cards to deposit cash in an account to pay for internet purchases.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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As stated in the post, the bottom one is Prime, look in the top left corner of the computer screen in the pictures, one says prime, the other is non prime.
IDK perhaps it isnt showing up in the screen shot. They look identical to me.
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