Amazon Prime members can now send gifts with an email or phone number – even if they don’t know the recipient’s mailing address.
Amazon has launched a new gifting feature that will allow Amazon Prime users in the continental US to send gifts to others using only an email address or phone number – without the need to know the address the gift should be delivered to.
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Apart from being restricted to Prime users in the continental US, the feature can also only be accessed from mobile devices – for now.
The gift recipient doesn’t need to be a Prime member, but they will need to set up an Amazon account if they don’t already have one – to accept the gift and continue providing the shipping address the gift should be delivered to.
Recipients will also have the option to exchange the gift for an Amazon gift card or decline the gift altogether. If they decide to trade the gift for a card, Amazon will not communicate the decision to the sender, nor will the company disclose the recipient’s mailing address.
Also, Amazon will only charge the sender’s credit card when the recipient accepts or exchanges the gift. If the recipient ignores the notification for the pending gift, the selection will expire after a few days.
Most items listed on Amazon are eligible for the new gifting feature. However, some products not sold by Amazon directly – or those sold by third-party sellers on its platforms – may not be available.
Amazon says it will fully roll out this feature over the coming weeks.
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