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You Can Now Shop on Amazon Using Cash

Dave Parrack 04-04-2017

Most people reading this will have shopped online. And most will have bought at least one item from Amazon. The online retailer is so omnipresent at this point it’s hard to see how anyone could have avoided its reach. However, it turns out Amazon isn’t as ubiquitous as it may seem Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the best and most popular places to shop online. It’s got there due to awesome features like Amazon Prime, Super Saver Shipping, the Wish List browser extension, the... Read More .


Some people don’t have the tools to shop online. By that we mean a bank account, a debit card, or a credit card. They get paid in cash, and pay bills and buy groceries using that same cash. Which is bad for Amazon. And the reason the online retailer has now launched Amazon Cash.

Shop Online Using Amazon

Amazon Cash offers a way of shopping online on Amazon using cash. All you need to do is visit from your smartphone to retrieve your Amazon Cash barcode. You show this barcode to a participating retailer, and you can then pay between $15 and $500 into your Amazon account.

Amazon isn’t charging any fees for Amazon Cash, which means any cash being spent at the online retailer is worth just as much as elsewhere. It’s also reaching out to those who don’t own smartphones Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More , as you can print your barcode out at home and take a physical copy of it to a participating retailer.

Participating retailers include CVS Pharmacy, Speedway, Sheetz, Kum & Go, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets, and VG’s Grocery, with Amazon promising more will be added in the future. It’s unlikely the big-box retailers will want to get involved though, for obvious reasons.

Cash Customers Are People Too

As someone who has shopped online for over a decade this is an important reminder that not everybody has had the pleasure. This isn’t a small number of people either, with TechCrunch suggesting that up to 27 percent of consumers are “cash customers” or, to put it another way, “unbanked”.


Amazon Cash is available right now in the United States through

Do you shop on Amazon? Or are you one of the unbanked Amazon is hoping to reach? Do you like the idea of Amazon Cash? Or is it a little too convoluted to work? Are bricks-and-mortar stores signing their own death warrants here? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Amazon, Future of Money, Online Shopping.

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  1. Nicky
    April 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I think Amazon is trying to steal Walmart's customer base who uses the Walmart Moneycard. Which most of Walmart's customer base who uses the Walmart Moneycard are poor and not technological savy like Amazon. Amazon is trying to compete against Walmart and Walmart is firing back at

  2. William S. Hopson
    April 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Amazon saying about being a customer-centric company might have been true once but it sure is it now. Since 2017 things have changed. I say that from a place of knowledge having been on Amazon customer service Jeff Bezos had hair and the only sold books. Now anything "customer" related has changed. Before when you sent an email you received an answer as if you were their only customer. Now you get a scripted response, seemingly based on keywords of your mail. I have sent several this year & not one reply addresses? my specific concern. Also shipping has been the worse ever. They are now "Corporate/Board Centric".

  3. Papa Van Twee
    April 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    They could also put something to take cash in their Amazon Lockers. Order online for pickup at a locker, insert cash, get item.