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By Bridget, 12-Aug-2011 14:11 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I know mother's are able to get a subscription to Amazon Prime for free, what about teachers? In this back to school season it would be nice to know if I need a book for a student or want to use a video that I could get it in two days. Since I am usually purchasing these items myself, not through a school account, I am paying for them myself and would be much more apt to order if I didn't pay for shipping.

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By Forum Moderatoramazon, 15-Aug-2011 09:16 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Hi Bridget, thank you very much for your feedback. I'll be sure to forward it to the correct department. We're always looking for improvement opportunities!
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By C. Cagle, 22-Nov-2011 19:43 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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Hi Bridget, thank you very much for your feedback. I'll be sure to forward it to the correct department. We're always looking for improvement opportunities!
Thanks again, Bill

I'm also a teacher and most, if not all, of what I purchase for my classroom is out of pocket. Amazon Prime free for teachers would be an incredible help when buying books and other supplies for my students and room. Some of the teachers I work with and I have actually discussed how wonderful it would be if there were an option free for us. Please keep us posted. Thanks!

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By Amazon Customer, 07-Dec-2011 21:32 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I am a preschool teacher and would love to have Amazon Prime too. I am always looking to buy stuff for my class. I work at a daycare and they try hard to keep us in supplies but monies tight right now. I really don't mind buying stuff for class when I need it, but I always look for discounts first. B&N gave me a 25% discount and I love it. So keep me posted about Amazon Prime. I go to Ashford University for my BA, but they don't offer us email addresses. Thanks!

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By Jonathan, 07-Dec-2011 21:38 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Wendy, you can still sign up for Amazon Student even without a .edu e-mail, but you'll have to do it through customer service. They'll ask you for proof of enrollment.

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By Krk, 16-Dec-2011 10:42 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I am a preschool teacher as well and would love to have the option of buying for the classroom through Amazon Prime.Please keep us informed. Thanks!

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By reg, 16-Dec-2011 11:03 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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16-Dec-2011 10:42 America/Los_Angeles

I am a preschool teacher as well and would love to have the option of buying for the classroom through Amazon Prime.Please keep us informed. Thanks!

You can still use Amazon Mom. It's for anyone who buys things for children. Presonally, I think paying the $79 is still a great value.

ETA: even though teachers could sign up for Amazon Mom, I noticed they are not taking new members at this time.

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By J. Bryson, 19-Dec-2011 18:42 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Is Amazon ever going to offer discounts or offers for educators (such as a Teachers trial or reduced cost Prime Membership). Seems a bit ridiculous to offer it to college students, but not to educators - most stores offer discounts of some sort to both educators and students. I realize that any teacher with an .edu account could sign up for the 6-month trial "Student" Prime membership, but it would be nice to recognize educators as their own group (including teachers who may not have .edu accounts).

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By reg, 19-Dec-2011 18:44 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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19-Dec-2011 18:42 America/Los_Angeles

Is Amazon ever going to offer discounts or offers for educators (such as a Teachers trial or reduced cost Prime Membership). Seems a bit ridiculous to offer it to college students, but not to educators - most stores offer discounts of some sort to both educators and students. I realize that any teacher with an .edu account could sign up for the 6-month trial "Student" Prime membership, but it would be nice to recognize educators as their own group (including teachers who may not have .edu accounts).

How would Amazon verify that they are a teacher?

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By MamaBear007, 19-Dec-2011 20:07 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

J. Bryson, I think this would be an excellent feature for Amazon, and the more customers that request it (especially if they point out how the public relations of such a policy would benefit Amazon). You can request such a feature at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/features-and-services.html

I have seen Amazon change website features or policies when enough customers ask for it. Your voice, alone, likely won't make a difference. However, if you started a campaign, think of all your fellow teachers who would join in! If you have access to an educators' newsletter, you could even use the newsletter to advertise your campaign.

To answer reg's question... A local Staples required homeschoolers (at least in Utah) to show the letter from their school district granting permission to homeschool. That's how I verified I was an educator (homeschool teacher of my own children) with a local brick and mortar store. If the local store can verify that homeschoolers are educators, they can surely think of a way to verify educators in public or private schools. Perhaps they could require a copy of teacher certification or membership in UEA or other teachers' union.

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By reg, 19-Dec-2011 20:11 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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19-Dec-2011 20:07 America/Los_Angeles

J. Bryson, I think this would be an excellent feature for Amazon, and the more customers that request it (especially if they point out how the public relations of such a policy would benefit Amazon). You can request such a feature at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/features-and-services.html

I have seen Amazon change website features or policies when enough customers ask for it. Your voice, alone, likely won't make a difference. However, if you started a campaign, think of all your fellow teachers who would join in! If you have access to an educators' newsletter, you could even use the newsletter to advertise your campaign.

To answer reg's question... A local Staples required homeschoolers (at least in Utah) to show the letter from their school district granting permission to homeschool. That's how I verified I was an educator (homeschool teacher of my own children) with a local brick and mortar store. If the local store can verify that homeschoolers are educators, they can surely think of a way to verify educators in public or private schools. Perhaps they could require a copy of teacher certification or membership in UEA or other teachers' union.

I know teachers could be verified by a pay stub or letter from their school, but how would Amazon process that? They use the email address for students and you don't need anything to verify for Amazon Mom, you just need to buy children's items to keep it going. I wouldn't think Amazon would want a bunch of papers to go through to verify employment as a teacher. It's not like you could just show it to an employee behind a register to check you off their list.

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By MamaBear007, 19-Dec-2011 20:23 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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19-Dec-2011 20:11 America/Los_Angeles

I know teachers could be verified by a pay stub or letter from their school, but how would Amazon process that? They use the email address for students and you don't need anything to verify for Amazon Mom, you just need to buy children's items to keep it going. I wouldn't think Amazon would want a bunch of papers to go through to verify employment as a teacher. It's not like you could just show it to an employee behind a register to check you off their list.

To verify with Staples, I scanned my letter from the district, then I e-mailed the letter as a .jpg file to them.

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By reg, 19-Dec-2011 20:26 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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19-Dec-2011 20:23 America/Los_Angeles

To verify with Staples, I scanned my letter from the district, then I e-mailed the letter as a .jpg file to them.

I still can't see Amazon wanting to deal with that - but I've been wrong before.

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By MamaBear007, 19-Dec-2011 20:38 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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19-Dec-2011 20:26 America/Los_Angeles

I still can't see Amazon wanting to deal with that - but I've been wrong before.

reg, unless several teachers request this, I don't believe Amazon will want to deal with this. But I can picture the good PR they would get out of this if thousands of teachers made the requests, and then Amazon gave it to them. Just think of the free advertising they'd have with every school district in America! Expand that to the parents who would want to send their business to Amazon when they discovered how much Amazon was helping *their* school districts.

I know when I homeschooled my children, Staples got a lot of my business, just because of the perks I got at the beginning of the school year. Think of customers, just like me, who would start giving their business to Amazon. And then they'd get hooked on Amazon for other purchases. Then multiply that extra business by millions of people across the country.

Unfortunately, Amazon won't even consider dealing with the trouble of verification unless teachers across America start sending in their requests for this feature.

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By Mike, 27-Dec-2011 13:23 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

It's not particularly difficult to verify teachers, as they also have .edu addresses, so I can't imagine why it would be any more difficult than verifying students.

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By C. Wachowiak, 29-Dec-2011 19:55 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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27-Dec-2011 13:23 America/Los_Angeles

It's not particularly difficult to verify teachers, as they also have .edu addresses, so I can't imagine why it would be any more difficult than verifying students.

I am a teacher and do not have .edu address, but we do usually have our school district number in our address or something like that. Maybe they could do it that way.

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By reg, 29-Dec-2011 19:59 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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29-Dec-2011 19:55 America/Los_Angeles

I am a teacher and do not have .edu address, but we do usually have our school district number in our address or something like that. Maybe they could do it that way.

I also had a school district address when I was teaching, not an edu. The only problem I see with this would be it isn't the email address you would use on your Amazon account.

The best way to get Amazon to do someting would be to let them know what you want.

To give suggestions:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/features-and-services.html

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By Jonathan, 29-Dec-2011 20:06 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

reg, we had a similar problem in the past with a student whose school did not offer .edu addresses. They had him send in proof he attended the school. I'd imagine they could do something similar for teachers. Link to his experience: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/ref=help_forum_md_pl?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2NFGOONPZEXIP&cdMsgNo=3&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=TxZDFNLW0L415W&cdMsgID=Mx36G5AR7CUBLFR#Mx36G5AR7CUBLFR

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By reg, 29-Dec-2011 20:11 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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29-Dec-2011 20:06 America/Los_Angeles

reg, we had a similar problem in the past with a student whose school did not offer .edu addresses. They had him send in proof he attended the school. I'd imagine they could do something similar for teachers. Link to his experience: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/ref=help_forum_md_pl?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2NFGOONPZEXIP&cdMsgNo=3&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=TxZDFNLW0L415W&cdMsgID=Mx36G5AR7CUBLFR#Mx36G5AR7CUBLFR

I'm sure Amazon could do it IF they feel it would be good for them. After all, this is a for profit organization. If enough people request/suggest it, they would certainly have to consider it.

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By Jonathan, 29-Dec-2011 20:16 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Oh, I agree 100%. Just wanted to pass along a relevant discussion :)

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By Denise Macaluso, 28-Jan-2012 09:46 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I agree that Amazon should be more teacher friendly. I have 12 Kindle Touch eReaders in my classroom and hope to purchase 12 more. That means multiple Amazon accts. to manage these devices as only 6 are allowed on one acct. I am buying the cases, accessories and covers myself as well as multiple ebooks (as well an many other non-Kindle related items). I spend hundreds of dollars on my classroom and students each year. Prime membership would be a great advantage for teachers. My school email address (like many others) is a district address ending in "k12.nj.us" not .edu. IMHO Amazon is missing a great opportunity by not making themselves more accessible to educators.

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By reg, 28-Jan-2012 11:51 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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I agree that Amazon should be more teacher friendly. I have 12 Kindle Touch eReaders in my classroom and hope to purchase 12 more. That means multiple Amazon accts. to manage these devices as only 6 are allowed on one acct. I am buying the cases, accessories and covers myself as well as multiple ebooks (as well an many other non-Kindle related items). I spend hundreds of dollars on my classroom and students each year. Prime membership would be a great advantage for teachers. My school email address (like many others) is a district address ending in "k12.nj.us" not .edu. IMHO Amazon is missing a great opportunity by not making themselves more accessible to educators.

You can have more than 6 Kindles on an account. The restriction is usually that you can have one book on a limit of 6 devices at one time. There are some books that are restricted further. Send your suggestion to Amazon and encourage your fellow teachers to do so as well. Maybe you will get what you want. As a retired teacher, and a frequent Amazon customer, I found the $79 worth it to me, and I still do. The free accounts don't usually get the lending library or the streaming videos.


To give suggestions:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/features-and-services.html

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By Derrick Dodson, 29-Jan-2012 12:43 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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28-Jan-2012 09:46 America/Los_Angeles

I agree that Amazon should be more teacher friendly. I have 12 Kindle Touch eReaders in my classroom and hope to purchase 12 more. That means multiple Amazon accts. to manage these devices as only 6 are allowed on one acct. I am buying the cases, accessories and covers myself as well as multiple ebooks (as well an many other non-Kindle related items). I spend hundreds of dollars on my classroom and students each year. Prime membership would be a great advantage for teachers. My school email address (like many others) is a district address ending in "k12.nj.us" not .edu. IMHO Amazon is missing a great opportunity by not making themselves more accessible to educators.

I have to restate what reg said...you CAN have more than 6 Kindle devices registered to one account. There is no limit to the number of Kindle devices and apps you can have registered to a single account. Most BOOKS are limited to being 'out' on a maximum of 6 devices at the same time. That is an issue that would probably be an obstacle to most classroom usages, but probably doesn't come up for most home users. I just wanted to make sure that it was clear that there is not a limit on the number of Kindles you can have registered to your account.

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By itsben, 03-Feb-2012 15:58 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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19-Dec-2011 18:44 America/Los_Angeles

How would Amazon verify that they are a teacher?

My wife is an elementary school teacher and has a state certification, which is renewed after several years (I don't recall how many years). Verification that way would be possible. Also, she belongs to the state teachers union, so maybe offering the prime membership through the teacher's union would be good. She also does not have an ".edu" email but has an ".......k12.ca.us" and can't can sign up for the student prime membership.

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