With Black Friday and Christmas just a few months away, Amazon is launching a new gift-giving feature that lets you send packages to people who only use a phone number or an email address. In other words, people can send you packages without your email address, and you can not opt out.
This feature is exclusive to Prime users in the continental United States and is only available when using the Amazon mobile app. Gifters who enter a recipient’s phone number or email address instead of a mailing address cannot see where their recipient lives. This feature also does not open a line of communication between gift givers and married people.
In theory, this new gift-giving feature can be quite useful. Family members move around a lot and it is difficult to keep up with new addresses. It might also be a good idea to send a friend or colleague a gift without asking for their home address – Amazon could provide a good layer of privacy during the holiday season.
But when asked by The edge if customers could disable this feature, an Amazon spokesman said “no”. If someone tries to send you a gift without your address, you will be notified and asked to approve the transaction (or exchange it for a gift card of the same value). You can reject or ignore the message to cancel the transaction, but whether you like it or not, Amazon does not let you opt out of its program.
Just from a customer’s perspective, it’s never nice to be forced into a program. But letting people send gifts (or trying to send gifts) without the recipient’s address is not just annoying; It can be dangerous. For example, if you Having blocked an item on your phone, they may still harass you by trying to send gifts. This feature can be part of a stalker’s obsession or put unnecessary stress on a person who is recovering from an abusive relationship.
We hope Amazon offers a clear way for customers to opt out of this app because it’s a really useful way to save time when shopping for family or friends. But in the meantime, those who do not want to attend have only one option – block all numbers or email addresses that Amazon uses to contact you about these kinds of gifts.
Source: Amazon via Techradar, The Verge