Millions of Americans who receive government assistance can now join Amazon Prime for a discounted monthly price of $5.99.
Amazon said those with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card are eligible. An EBT card is used to disburse funds for these government assistance programs:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
Amazon Prime discount for low-income customers
The membership for low-income customers includes everything that other Prime members receive, like unlimited free two-day shipping on more than 50 million items.
“We know when people try Prime they love it, because they save time and money with low prices on millions of items, unlimited access to premium videos and music, and fast, convenient delivery,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. “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.”
After signing up for a 30-day free trial, eligible customers can qualify every 12 months up to four times, Amazon said in a news release.
This discounted membership only comes with a monthly payment option, so there’s no annual commitment.
For customers who are charged for Prime monthly without a discount, it costs $10.99. The discounted price of $5.99 saves members $5 per month.
Amazon is hoping the offer will attract customers who shop at Walmart and other discount stores.