Amazon updated the terms on the $4.99 Dash button credit that it only applies to the Dash product, not all items sold on Amazon.
- Old Terms: “The $4.99 account credit may only be applied to eligible products sold through Amazon.com.”
- New Terms: “The $4.99 account credit may only be applied to eligible products purchased using Dash Button and sold through Amazon.com.”
The idea of the credit was always to use on your first Dash order, but people had ways of activating the button without applying the credit and then using the credit for anything on Amazon. Since the Dash buttons often went on sale for just $.99, it was a net a $4 (or more with the no-rush-shipping credit), sometimes in scalable fashion.
Especially disheartening is that they changed the terms even for buttons already purchased. They have themselves covered in the terms “Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time,” but still…
Hat tip to SD