Today Amazon announced that it will allow you to pay with cash when you shop online. Now you will be able to shop online, put items in your cart and select “pay with cash” at checkout. Then you can go to one of 15,000 Western Union locations and pay with cash for your purchase. Amazon says once you have paid with cash they will ship your items.
“We’re constantly innovating to improve the shopping experience on behalf of our customers, and are proud to expand Amazon Paycode to customers in the U.S.,” said Ben Volk, Director, Payments at Amazon. “Customers have told us they love the convenience of paying in cash. Together with Western Union, we’re able to offer customers more shopping choices, enabling them to pay for their online purchases in a way that is convenient for them.”
“As one of the world’s largest digital and physical money movers, we’re innovating our service to give customers more access and choice,” said Khalid Fellahi, President, Consumer Money Transfer for Western Union. “We’re embracing the complexity of a world where cash and digital payments are likely to coexist far into the future. We are providing easy solutions for customers who want access to the convenience of online shopping but prefer to pay in-person.”
How It Works – Amazon PayCode enables customers to shop millions of products on Amazon and pay for their orders with cash in person and with no additional fees. At checkout, customers simply select the “Amazon PayCode” payment option to receive an Amazon PayCode (QR code and a number) which is referenced when paying in cash at more than 15,000 Western Union agent locations across the U.S. Customers have 24-hours after the order is placed to provide payment at a location. In the event of a return, customers will receive a cash refund at a participating Western Union agent location for orders they placed using Amazon PayCode once the return is received.
How It Works – Amazon Cash allows customers to visit participating locations to load between $5 and $500 in cash to their Amazon Balance, which they can then use to make future purchases in Amazon’s online store. Customers start by verifying their mobile phone number and identifying a participating location at amazon.com/amazoncash. Once at a participating location, the customer can add cash to their account by simply presenting their mobile phone number. Funds are available immediately and there are no additional fees.
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