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Amazon adds a charity option

SEATTLE — Amazon has launched a new website for its online store that will donate a fraction of shoppers’ purchase amounts to charity.

Amazon.com Inc. launched the site, smile.amazon.com, on Wednesday. The world’s largest online retailer says people will find the same items and prices that they would on its regular site or mobile app, with some exceptions.

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But the company will donate half a percent of the purchase amount to a charity of the shopper’s choosing. Amazon says people can choose from nearly 1 million organizations for the donation.

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