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Amazon Limits Prime Sharing Benefits to One Adult

Posted August 3, 2015 by Staff

On July 31st, quietly changed the rules for Prime account sharing which could have some major consequences for those who share the service with others. 

It's been a well known fact ever since Prime was introduced that many Amazon shoppers have skirted the previous rule which allowed sharing with up to 4 people in a "household" by finding others, in most cases others who didn't live together, to split the $99 annual cost. In fact we've had members on our message boards get together to join Prime as a group.

According to this page on Amazon's help site, existing Prime members "can share certain Amazon Prime benefits with one other adult" as part of what they are calling an Amazon Household.

In addition, both adults in this situation must grant access to the other to use the same credit cards stored in your Amazon account. While this may be fine for close family members or significant others, it will create a problem for those trying to game the system by splitting the membership cost with others who you may not know as well.

It appears that, at least for now, current Prime sharing setups are not affected, but that can always change should Amazon decide to audit current users and any future changes you make to your Prime account will have to conform to these new rules.

This is obviously Amazon's attempt to generate more revenue by getting customers who normally would have received Prime benefits at no cost or by splitting the cost with non-household members to pay the full $99 annual fee.

For more details on this story, see this post on Engadget. What are your thoughts on these changes? Are you currently sharing a Prime membership with someone who is not in your household or who you would not want to give access to your credit cards? Sound off below.
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