While nearly all Amazon Prime customers pay full price ($99/year) to stream movies, music, and television and also to enjoy free two-day shipping on most products, those in possession of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card from the federal government are being rewarded with a 45% discount.
Amazon made the announcement on Tuesday:
Amazon today announced customers participating in a growing list of government assistance programs can now access Amazon Prime at a discounted monthly price. Currently, customers who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card qualify for the discounted membership. Membership includes Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Photos and unlimited fast, free shipping for $5.99 per month for one year...
At launch, customers will need to qualify with a valid EBT card. An EBT card is commonly used to disburse funds for several government assistance programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). EBT cannot be used to pay for membership. Customers can qualify every 12 months up to 4 times. Amazon will add other ways to qualify in the future for customers participating in government assistance programs that do not utilize EBT. There is no annual commitment and members can cancel anytime.
Back in January, Amazon announced that it was accepting food-stamps to pay for grocery items at the e-commerce site. It seems there’s never been a better time to be on government assistance.