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The problem with Amazon Dash buttons

Limits on choice mean the new shopping gadget won't click for everyone. Bridget Carey explains how the buttons work, and the rule changes for sharing your Prime perks with others.

Amazon is known for its wide selection of choices. But that trait doesn't extend to its new Dash buttons.

Watch CNET Update to learn how the wireless Dash shopping buttons work for Prime members -- and why Prime members may not be happy about new sharing restrictions. Members of the $100 yearly service can now only share their free two-day shipping benefits with one adult, instead of four:

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When I reached out to Amazon about my concerns, an Amazon spokeswoman said the company is working to add more options for Dash-button ordering, and Amazon is continuing to listen to customer feedback. As for Gillette buttons not offering women's razor choices, Amazon said that's because the button was designed to only be tied to the men's brand of products. There is no button right now for the women's brand, Gillette Venus.

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The problem with Amazon Dash buttons