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Several of our Amazon listings were copied and listed on eBay by foreign sellers. This is particularly concerning to us when our products are only sold in the US for various reasons and these other sellers are offering to ship our product overseas. Not cool. As a buyer, I have had this happen to me twice. I purchased two items on eBay and they came to me in Amazon Prime boxes with an Amazon invoice inside that said it was a gift invoice.
I was not happy about that at all. If I had wanted to purchase those items from Amazon, I would have purchased them myself. Yes, dropshipping through Amazon happens all the time. But I think that practice will slowly decline as the prices start to equalize. Robin, The reason for that is because some sellers sell on both Amazon and eBay. If an item sells on eBay, the seller directs Amazon to ship the item to the eBay buyer.
That creates two sales channels for the seller and Amazon ships quick with a tracking number. It is a win-win for both buyer and seller. I once purchased something from ebay and the item received was in flipkart packing with ebay invoice. Ive had something similar happen to me although its probably not as shady as your instance. But i purchased a particular paper that i like on Amazon only to have it shipped by Costco. Im sure this is perfectly fine with Costco but the idiot seller lost me as a repeat customer because I now buy it directly from Costco at a fraction of the price.
You can check it. And the prices are really inflated compared to those in stores. I read about this same thing happening to another seller and what he did was so awesome. He did 2 things. First he raised the price of his product really high and then ordered it from that eBay seller. He placed 10 separate orders back to back. When the eBay seller went to buy and ship the product, he found out that he actually would be losing money.
He begged the guy to cancel his orders and promised to never do that again. The other thing the seller did was switched his Amazon listing to zero units available and again, he went to that eBay seller and made multiple orders back to back. When the eBay seller went to order from the Amazon seller, there was no inventory. So ta-da! Just take care of it yourself just like this seller did. That seller sorted his problem cleverly but how he got his problem in the first place was bad business practice.
Thanks so much for sharing how he handled this. Only, the product they sent me was completely different than what I ordered. It was a much cheaper item, not even related to the item I ordered. Go figure. Anyway, these are great strategies! Thanks for the info! I have the same time exact situation.
While I was shocked to see it at first, I thought why now have someone sell for me at make a commission. I could think of any drawbacks. They would have to buy from me to drop ship to their buyer. Ugh, Amazon. I know the pain of having your marketing images taken and used in the Amazon Marketplace. And guess what happened? The thieves listed them again in a new store. I agree. Image stealing is still quite rampant on EBay today.
Does anyone have any insights into getting un-banned from Amazon? His products were legit — but had a few customers who used the complaints mentioned above. Are bans lifted? How long? Any insights would be truly helpful. JP — sometimes suspensions are lifted. My account was not banned, but two of my listings were removed. The only thing that I can say is that it helps to know someone who works at Amazon who might be able to divert some attention to your account.
Other than that, you are placed in the same queue as everyone else. I was getting hit with accusations of selling counterfeit items. Oh well. You actually missed the biggest one. If you have a successful product Amazon WILL back door you directly to the manufacturer, cutting you out.
Im not sure I entirely understand. Does that mean they will start selling successful products you sell and eliminate you as competition? Amazon will ask for receipts. Once they have your documents Amazon knows who the distributor is. COmpletely agree with you on that one. I have a colleague who got an offer from Amazon to sell his products wholesale to Amazon. He politely declined and found that Amazon started working with someone else which greatly degraded his sales.
They have all the sales data. I have experienced this first hand. I am seriously considering pulling the plug on my biz there for stuff like this and many other issues. I did Christine. It is this practice that drove me from selling on Amazon. They would eventually start selling my most successful products and kill my already close margins. That — and declaring my very best product a safety hazard glue-like stuff and prohibiting me from selling it through Fulfillment.
Then they went on to sell it themselves…. I contacted the producer to find the product not counterfeit and then found the exact same listing now being sold directly by Amazon at a much higher price. The seller was totally banned. Unethical behavior by Amazon! I have had to return more items this year than all the years in the past, I was truly shipped the wrong items or damaged or expired goods.
I get annoyed by the Add-On Only item program. I was completely turned off by Deals for Prime Members only. I feel like you increasingly have to join the club to get good deals, and I refuse to do that. My trust in Amazon has been eroding steadily over the last couple of years. Robin, I get what your saying. The tracking right now is useless as it just means he created a label, but two of the 8 or 10 sellers is already gone. Looks like Amazon is now flooded with fake sellers trying to steal your money.
Same problem on eBay. So when you purchase, make sure the seller has been on Amazon for a while and has a positive feed-back history. Very well written Steve. Thanks for the insights. I started selling on Amazon today and this article comes in very handy in ensuring I keep an eye on customer satisfaction. Who wants to be completely reliant on a third party for all of their success? Thanks so much for writing this article! This leads to them being connected with middlemen and scammers. The deluge of sellers asking for the lowest possible MOQ means the best suppliers just ignore them and move on.
And all too often, sellers fail to do a quality control inspection on their goods prior to shipping them to FBA because they just care about sales. As a result, Amazon has started to get very stringent with product quality issues. It really is the sellers responsibility to ensure their goods come from a reputable supplier. No, Alibaba star ratings are not a good indicator because they can be purchased when a supplier joins the site. Defects are common in manufacturing, and smart sellers make sure their order includes recompensatoin for defective units prior to them being shipped to Amazon.
Walmart would never put items on the shelf without a qc check and online sellers should follow theri lead. And we agree, the Amazon wave will only last so long. Amazon sees sellers as middle-men driving up the price to line their own pockets, so they are now training Chinese manufactureres to list their products on Amazon themselves. Thanks for posting this. Nothing negative, just points that revealed it was the wrong product. Amazon took the review down, telling me that you really cannot trust Amazon reviews at all.
They permit positive reviews, but censor the negative reviews, which leave consumers at a loss on just how good or bad a product actually is. I just had this happen also. Amazon says that they are fighting all of the con artists and counterfeiters, but in reality, they are not. Not to mention the chances of anyone actually finding your store in the first place…. There are very good reasons to have your own online store, and yes, people CAN find it on Google; at least they can find mine.
If you also sell on Amazon, your Amazon listings will appear on Google ahead of your own store, and it does indeed cannibalize your own sales. The real hired help wield the whip and function as overseers to the slaves, and they would make Simon Legree look kind.
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Tell that to Shopify, Woocommerce and other ecommerce platforms. Their customer base is keep growing. If its easier to build and grow a business everyone would be rich by now. I see many good points to having your own online store. When I find a listing on Amazon and I know or am shown that the seller has a store of their own, I will get off amazon and go directly to their store because I know I can trust them. I would not use Amazon again to sell, their whole system is set to keep the customers happy by instant refunds leaving you with the selling costs, postage and possibly the non return of products.
Amazon believes they have the right to hold onto sellers funds for up to 90 days and beyond and release them as they see fit. How is that legal? Thank you. Amazon had revoked my seller privileges and kept all remaining money. It was all from items that had been shipped and received by customers. So I was left holding the bill and no merchandise. The message I sent to amazon was that I had contacted the attorney general and office of financial regulations. Within a couple of hours, I received a message that they had released my funds to my bank account.
Amazon suspended my account for 2 fraudulent disputes from buyers that were claiming they never received the item when tracking showed it did. Provided all evidence, but Amazon denied it and sided with the buyer. I get dinged in ratings, lose out my money, the item and my account. I cannot appeal because it is a permanent suspension! Been trying desperately to get back on with no success. I came across the idea of Stealth from the Auction Essistance website, but I was wondering. Is it a safe solution? Is it even legal? I am a seller on Amazon- small time just selling my collection of used books.
Some of the fees were hidden per listing fee. I also sold another more pricey item. I am never selling on Amazon again.