AmazonSmile is a great way for current Amazon shoppers to continue shopping and ordering while supporting their favorite charitable organizations. With AmazonSmile you can choose from either a handful of recommended charities or even pick your own! What a great way to shop.
In the past month (I know, I am late to the party!) I noticed on Amazon I started seeing something called AmazonSmile. Let it be known that I am an avid Amazon shopper almost to the point of obsession. As well I never fail to look into new things that Amazon debuts. AmazonSmile is no different. Within my first few moments of reading I realized that AmazonSmile was a brilliant way to give back to charities and other such organizations.
How does AmazonSmile work?
With AmazonSmile you can right off the bat either pick from a handful of recommended organizations or even input your own. I for instance since I am a motorcycle junkie and I chose the National Motorcycle Safety Fund as my organization of choice. If you are choosing a charity that is not listed, it must be a 501(c)(3) Charity. With every purchase of products that qualify for AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total purchase price to the organization you chose. This 0.5% is the amount paid for the item(s) minus rebates and excluding shipping costs, gift wrapping fees, taxes and other service charges.
A vast majority of products offered through Amazon are also eligible for Smile. You can see such products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation”. I have been using AmazonSmile for the better part of a month now and I have not found anything as of yet, that is not eligible for AmazonSmile.
You can use your current Amazon account for AmazonSmile. To use it, you must use Smile.Amazon.Com to shop and check out or else a donation will not be made. Amazon has become much better at reminding people that they participate in AmazonSmile. They now have a popup that will remind you that you can use AmazonSmile if you are browsing on their normal website.
AmazonSmile is at no charge to you. Amazon makes the donations for you and products will not be more expensive if they qualify for Smile. You as well cannot receive a tax deduction for the amounts donated since Amazon is making the donations.
I absolutely love this. I absolutely love shopping on Amazon and Smile is another thing to add to the list of what I love about their service. No, I am not making the donations myself. BUT a portion of the money I am spending on the product is going towards the donation. 0.5% does sound like a very little to donate. If you really think about it though, Amazon is big business and they generate a LOT of revenue every year. For instance in 2015 their revenue was One Hundred and Seven BILLION dollars. I know my math may be a little off. But if Amazon donated 0.5% of that right now to any charity, that would be $535,000,000.00. Which is a big deal.
Yes I would love to have seen it be 1% instead of 0.5% but as the saying goes, every little bit helps. I am extremely happy that Amazon is doing this and I will continue to use Smile for as long as the offer it. 🙂