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Amazon lets teens shop on their own, but there’s a catch

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Amazon just figured out another way to addict a whole new crop of shoppers to its larger Prime platform. The online retail giant will now allow teens ages 13-17, to shop at Amazon on their own. That means teens can order from over 50 million items that ship for free in two days, and they can take advantage of other Prime benefits like Prime Video and the gaming perks with Twitch Prime.


According to Amazon, adults can add up to four teenagers to their account. The catch: parents will be notified of each purchase via text or email, and will by default, must approve or deny each one. Parents also have the power to set spending limits and cancel orders. 


The system works by giving teens their own login and password to use with Amazon. Parents can either sign up their teen, or a teen can send an invitation to mom or dad via SMS or email. Once received, the parent confirms which payment method and shipping address will be used for teens’ orders.  Afterwards, the teen will log into the Amazon App using their own username and password.


Check out all the details at Amazon.com/forteens.

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