On Medicaid? Amazon offers recipients a Prime discount

Amazon already offers a few discounts for Prime, such as ones to students and those receiving government assistance in the form of EBT benefits, but today it's adding a new one.

The new Prime discount is clearly intended as a way for Amazon to expand its shopper base.

The e-commerce titan said Wednesday it will now offer the popular membership program to Medicaid recipients for $5.99 a month, less than half the regular monthly price. Walmart, meanwhile, accounts for 18% of annual spending through the food stamps program, which is formally called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Amazon Prime customers typically spend more and buy more frequently on Amazon than non-members do. Prime subscriptions normally cost $12.99 per month, or $99 per year, but Amazon just announced it will give a $7 discount on the monthly rate to Medicaid recipients. Amazon does not report the number of prime members it now has.

The move could also help Amazon siphon customers from Walmart, a major competitor that's focused for years on providing services for lower-income customers.

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"We hope to make Prime even more accessible", Amazon Prime Vice President Cem Sibay said in a statement.

Regardless of the larger retail battles being waged, are cheaper $5.99 Amazon memberships actually a good deal for poor people?

A Prime membership includes free two-day shipping and streaming access to movies, TV shows and music. The report found that there are 85 million Prime members in the USA, spending an average of around $1,300 a year compared to $700 for non-Prime shoppers.

"The ability to order things online and have them shipped directly to your door within a quick time frame, people in higher earning demographics have long seen this as a convenience that changes the way they shop", Avi Greengart, an industry analyst with GlobalData, told USA Today. He mentioned Wendy, a single mom with four kids who lives in rural Missouri.

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