Amazon Allowance To Be Discontinued On July 30th

Amazon first launched Amazon Allowance in June, 2015 allowing Amazon users to give other Amazon users a once off or recurring ‘allowance’. When it was first launched it was useful as the minimum recurring allowance you could give was $0.50, this meant it was a way to generate debit or credit card transactions (debit card transactions are often needed for rewards checking accounts). Unfortunately that was short lived as Amazon increased the minimum to $5 in August of 2015. Amazon has now announced that the Amazon Allowance program will be discontinued on July 30th, 2020.

Hat tip to reader Jonathan S

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Elijah Walton
Elijah Walton

I have no credit card. The way I purchased crap on Amazon was that I worked on chores for money at my dad’s each weekend, then requested funds to be applied to my Amazon gift card balance. I am an individual with autism and can’t manage finances yet I saved up enough to order the high end headphones, the skullcandy crusher and now I can’t order them. If I was CEO of Amazon and some damn idiot suggested discontinuing Amazon allowance, I’d fire them. The actions that the company took made me even more angry than before. How about I list the multiple problems that I’ve had with Amazon services.

1. I had to create multiple accounts because the one time passwords were crashing
2. The Amazon fire TV stick is a nightmare to use.
3. The live chat customer service is a dumb robot instead of connecting you to a human.

Tony
Tony

What other autoload are there? This completely mess up the couple of balance rewards cards I have. 🙁

SamL
SamL

This,
https://www.amazon.com/asv/autoreload
but it’s min $5 and only good for 1 card. I’ve used it for TAB to do 15*$5 in 15 days.

Tony
Tony

Thanks!

Eric
Eric

I set up 9 sock-drawer cards a few months ago. The first month I set it up, one card was charged 9 times, and I had to spend some time with customer service to fix the problem. I can see why they canceled the service. It was probably not a money maker, or used for its intended purpose much. The charity idea would probably work but I don’t want to impose setting up 9 cards on a charity I like.

debit
debit

What other autoload for $5 is there? Anything?

SamL
SamL

https://www.amazon.com/asv/autoreload
It’s min $5 and only good for 1 card.

raekwon
raekwon

Was just about to add a couple of newly-sock drawered cards to this too. Ah well.