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Amazon to offer Prime discount to those on government assistance

SEATTLE — Amazon will begin offering a discount on its Prime membership for people who receive government assistance, the company announced Tuesday.

That means customers who get benefits such as food stamps will pay $5.99 per month for Amazon Prime. Customers will need a valid EBT card to qualify.

The typical Prime membership costs $99 a year, or $10.99 a month. Benefits of Prime include free shipping, and streaming of music, movies and TV shows.

The new option is said to help Amazon compete with Walmart, which has the second-biggest share of online sales behind Amazon.

“We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime,” Amazon Prime vice president Greg Greeley said in a statement.