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January 1, 2018

Amazon’s Free $10 Offer Switcheroo

Filed under: Internet,Retail — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 5:44 am

MrConsumer recently received an offer from Amazon via email inviting him to get the Amazon app and if he did so, he would get $10 just for signing into the app.

Amazon $10 off

Clicking through to their website reveals that Amazon left out a key detail of their free $10 offer.


Amazon $10 offer detail

Rather than giving $10 to the recipient of the email offer if one takes their wording literally, Amazon is requiring a minimum $20 purchase be made in a very narrow window of time and not from any marketplace seller.

While most people might make at least a $20 purchase anyway, the point is that the offer should have been made clear in the email. It is not merely “get $10” when signing into the app for the first time, it is “get $10 off a $20 purchase.”

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  1. This should be reported to the appropriate consumer protection agency.

    Comment by Joseph Palmieri — January 1, 2018 @ 11:28 am
  2. This is fine-print 101. Amazon should be ashamed.

    Comment by Wayne — January 1, 2018 @ 1:35 pm
  3. While this does seem a little shady, it’s a ploy used so often by companies trying to get you in their “doors.” I know I’ve gotten e-mail with coupons for various amounts or goods, only to find out on the site that I also have to purchase two adult dinners, or coupons only good Monday through Thursday, or the ubiquitous “$10 off $20.” It’s a Buyers Beware world, and if it seems too good to be true, think about it.

    Comment by MerryMarjie — January 1, 2018 @ 6:38 pm

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