This should not come as a complete shock to people, but there will be a few that will be “outraged” about Amazon changing their Prime account sharing policy. Up until last week, a Prime member could share the subscription’s free two-day shipping with four other people. That no longer seems to be the case.
If you had four people on that account, splitting that $99 membership fee would be doable. Now, it seems Amazon wants you to only share the account with one other person. Oh and you have to be cool with that other person having access to your credit or debit card for purchases.
Before you take to Twitter to voice your anger, the other person can add their own card but payment methods will be visible to both users sharing the account. It seems that going forward this will be required of anyone setting up a new Prime account because it does not seem to be retroactive.
In order to share content, Prime benefits, and Amazon Mom benefits, both adult account holders need to authorize each other to use credit and debit cards associated with their Amazon accounts for purchases on Amazon. This will not affect either of their current payment settings, but each adult will be able to copy the credit and debit cards of the other account to his or her Amazon account and use them for purchases with Amazon.
It is clear to see that Amazon is moving itself toward a household account scheme for Prime members, not the three buddies at work that share the privilege that many people are probably using. Oh, and the two people on the Prime account have to have the same shipping address. Well, that was always the case but not completely enforced.
The other changes gives you the ability to open up four children accounts and they do not need dedicated Amazon accounts to watch Prime Instant Videos. Since it does not seem to be retroactive (for now), you can just leave it until Amazon tells you otherwise. I imagine when that happens, it will be closer to the holidays.