Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

It's Prime Time: Amazon Offers New Prime Student Monthly Plan

It's Prime Time: Amazon Offers New Prime Student Monthly Plan

Once the order is placed, the parent will receive a text or an email with the item, cost, shipping address and payment information.

The new move could be a seen simply as a bid to give teenagers more freedom.

The new accounts for teens on Amazon allow parents to control their teen's purchasing while still giving them access to their own benefits. The teen can also add a note to their parents. However, teens won't be completely free to do as they please, since parents will be alerted about purchases and will have to approve transactions. Amazon's default setting with this service is autoapproval of orders, but parents can individually approve them via text if they so prefer. Parents who want to avoid the approval step can set a preapproved spending limit on Amazon. Parents receive itemized notifications for every order and can cancel and return any item in accordance with Amazon's policies.

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On top of the usual perks of a Prime membership - including free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video's streamable movies and TV shows - the company says Prime Students will get access to special deals, or "coupons", through their subscription. The logic is that these teens will continue to shop through Amazon on their own once they become adults.

Parents also have to go to and click on the "Parents Start Here" option, then "Get Started Now" on the next page and log in to Prime.

The teen accounts are a part of Amazon Households, an existing Amazon feature that lets Prime members share accounts and payment methods with other family members.

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