Amazon gives teens shopping independence

13 October, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

The parent will choose a payment method and shipping addresses their teen can use when placing orders. Amazon notifies parents - either by text message or email - of any purchases. Though many college students may come from households that share a Prime Membership, the option for a reduced-price Prime Student membership could be an attractive one for students living on their own.

"As a parent of a teen, I know how they crave independence, but at the same time that has to be balanced with the convenience and trust that parents need", said Michael Carr, vice president of Amazon Households, in a statement.

Parents can set up the teen accounts in two ways. Parents will be allowed to approve all orders and set pre-approved spending limits per order.

Under Amazon's new program, teenagers can log into the site using their own credentials.

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"The teen can also include a personalized note like, 'This is the book I need for class, '" the company said.

In addition to the shipping, you get access to Prime Video, Music, Photos, Reading, and Twitch Prime (meaning you can sub to your favorite streamer once a month, which is pretty great). Once the order is placed, parents can see an itemized invoice and are able to cancel and return items, according to Amazon.com's normal terms.

The new monthly program totals about $65 a year, but Amazon doesn't require a yearlong commitment.

While teens' orders through the new system are tied to a shared credit card for the family, it's likely that, in many cases, teens will be paying for those purchases themselves by giving mom or dad cash back at home. Amazon is trying to replicate that feeling for the digital generation.

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