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Amazon covers unhappy shopper‘s $300 vehicle bill after her order went wrong

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As you know, Amazon has a reputation of always striving for customer satisfaction, even if it means letting them keep both the item and payment, often out of the third party seller’s pocket, in cases when something goes wrong with the order.

Amazon shoppers can hardly tell the difference between purchasing directly from Amazon and buying from a third party seller.

While Amazon is known to offer painless refunds and issue additional credits for any inconvenience, sellers usually fight disputes and avoid refunding, unless necessary.

Recently, a Canadian woman called Mannella had a very negative experience when shopping on Amazon and placing her order from a third party seller.

The Vancouver woman’s online nightmare began when she went searching for a key fob shell case for her 2009 Mazda 5.

She found one on Amazon from a third-party seller. The product description stated no programming was required.

“It said simply swap your existing electronics inside this key shell and install your original key to this key case. It was supposed to be as simple as that,” she said.

After buying two key fob shell cases, Mannella said she swapped the fobs as instructed.

“I hit the beeper and the lights went on and I thought it works. Then I had to go somewhere the next day and when I turned the car over it would not start,” said Mannella.

She was forced to have her car towed to a nearby dealership where a vehicle diagnostic test later determined she needed two new keys cut and reprogrammed for her car to start up again.

The total bill for the inconvenience was $436.09 (CAD).

“It wasn’t Mazda’s fault. It was Amazon’s fault. They shouldn’t be listing something like that on their site if they can’t back it,” Mannella said.

She said she reached out to both Amazon and the third-party seller. She was eventually refunded for the two key fobs, but not for her car bill.

“I was refunded for the product, but not for the Mazda bill,” Mannella said.

“I asked them for what I wanted in writing and verbally and I couldn’t move that forward myself,” she added.

A national retail advisory firm based in Vancouver said when it comes to third-party sellers on Amazon, consumers are taking their chances.

“What attracts us to Amazon is how quick it is to click and get something. Amazon’s idea of customer service is really about making that easy and making sure the package gets to you super quickly.

But in terms of the quality of that item or any follow up on  after sale support it’s really buyer beware. If you are in Canada and you are buying from a Canadian company you know that there are consumer protection laws here. You are not really covered when you are buying from anywhere in the world coming through Amazon, so shoppers should know that,” they added.

Once the story became medialized, the consumer advisory firm reached out to Amazon on Mannella’s behalf.  Within days, she received a $500 gift card from the e-commerce giant as a goodwill gesture.

Since Amazon was notified about Mannella’s experience, the key fob shell case she purchased is now listed as “currently unavailable” and the product description of “no programming is required” has been removed.

And what actually happened with the seller?

Amazon’s A-to-Z guarantee only covers the original product price and shipping cost. No additional credits can be taken out of the seller’s balance to cover any damages the buyer incurred by using the product.

If the seller was based in the same country as the buyer, she would be able to take the matter to local authorities and demand a repayment, however this wasn’t the case.

So Amazon simply compensated the buyer and the seller was most likely hit with a Customer Product Condition Complaint, which caused his listing to become blocked and require a Plan of Action.

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What is Customer Service by Amazon (“CSBA”)? 

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Recently, Amazon launched a new service for their third party sellers called Customer Service by Amazon (“CSBA”). Is is basically an option for FBM (Fulfilled by Merchant” sellers to have Amazon manage all of their customer service.

It is a paid service, which is currently only offered on selected Amazon marketplaces. To be able to enroll, you need to have a Professional Selling Account in a good standing.

Here are the full CSBA Program Requirements:

  1. Enrollment: To enroll in CSBA, your account must be created on Amazon.com and be a professional selling account in good standing. We will notify you when your enrollment in CSBA is complete and will begin to provide customer services on your behalf after your enrollment is completed.
  2. CSBA Units: CSBA will provide customer service for units that you fulfilled yourself (“CSBA Units”). CSBA will not provide customer service for any non-CSBA Units, including those fulfilled by Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) or Seller-Fulfilled Prime. We will provide customer services for CSBA Units in orders placed while you are enrolled in CSBA. If an order contains both CSBA Units and non-CSBA Units, CSBA will provide customer service only for CSBA Units.
  3. Amazon-Provided Customer Service: We will be responsible for all customer service issues relating to shipment and customer returns, refunds, and adjustments related to CSBA Units. We will determine whether a customer will receive a refund, adjustment, or replacement for any CSBA Unit, and you agree to be bound by our decisions. You also consent to deductions against your seller accounts for our decisions to allow returns or refunds.
  4. No Interference with Amazon Customer Service: You may not interfere with any communication between customers and us and you may not instruct us on how to specifically address a customer’s issues. Communications between us and customers for customer service are not recorded in Seller Central and cannot be viewed by you.
  5. Information from You: We will need information from you relating to CSBA Units to provide customer service, including information required in subsections (6)-(9). If you fail to provide information or provide wrong or incomplete information for them, we may take any measures to respond to the customer, determined by us in our discretion to best serve the customer, including cancelling or refunding the order.
  6. Valid Contact Information: We may contact you for information to respond to customer questions by email, telephone, or other means as needed. You must provide valid and current contact information to us and update it immediately in case of change.
  7. 24-Hour Response Time: When we contact you for CSBA inquiries, you must respond with complete and accurate information within 24 hours (including weekends and holidays).
  8. Tracking Numbers for Orders: You must enter a traceable order tracking number provided by the shipping carrier at the time you confirm the order shipment.
  9. Valid Return Address: You must provide a valid return address and ensure this return address is capable of accepting customer returns.

The CSBA fee is around $0.10 per customer message. Here you can review the full CSBA fee schedule: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/help/hub/reference/G92LV47D9LP2MXEF

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Watch out! Amazon will be auto-destroying aged FBA inventory! 

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Recently, Amazon introduced a new measure aimed to reduce the amount of slow-selling FBA Inventory belonging to third party sellers, which are stored in their warehouses.

Any units of inventory, which Amazon considers to be aged will be automatically destroyed at the seller’s expense!

The following inventory is subject to automated removal:

  • Units that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 365 days and that are subject to long-term storage fees
  • Units of ASINs that haven’t sold in six or more consecutive months and that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 180 days

Since Amazon requires a local return address for FBA Inventory removals, if you are based outside of the marketplaces, where your stock is stored, you risk having it automatically destroyed, unless you have a local return address on file for such removals.

Amazon’s default Automated Aged Inventory Removal setting is disposal, so you should immediately go and check your settings.

Here is a screenshot of Amazon’s e-mail announcement regarding the matter:

Here is a copy of the full wording in English:

Your aging inventory is at risk of disposal

Hello,

You currently have units of aging inventory that are at risk of immediate automated removal and disposal.

For the past several months, we’ve been reaching out to inform you that the following inventory will be automatically disposed:

Units that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 365 days and that are subject to long-term storage fees
Units of ASINs that haven’t sold in six or more consecutive months and that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 180 days
Go to Manage Inventory Health to see the units that will be subject to immediate or upcoming automated disposal.

If you don’t update your settings to manage your aging inventory, Amazon may dispose of these units in the manner we deem appropriate. We may also retain any proceeds from the disposal. 

Go to Automated fulfillable inventory settings to choose how to manage aging inventory: 
Select Return and enter a valid return address to have your inventory returned to you. Due to the high volume of requests during this period, it may take up to 90 days to process the return of your inventory. To avoid further delays, make sure that returns are accepted when delivered to your address.
Select Liquidation to recover value from your eligible products.
Select Disable to opt out of automated removals at any time.

The Fulfillment by Amazon team

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Amazon launches Small Business badges available to Handmade Sellers

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Recently, Amazon started displaying ”Small Business” badges and supplementary wording next to offers from storefronts belonging to Amazon Handmade merchants:

”Shop products from small business brands sold in Amazon’s store. Discover more about the small businesses partnering with Amazon and Amazon’s commitment to empowering them.”

Currently, there is no option for sellers to opt in and only selected accounts are eligible for this badge. A page with more information can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/b?node=18018208011&ref=sbp_dpb_01B

Here you can view a screenshot of the badge being displayed:

Here is a screenshot of the page with information:

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Regarding Amazon Seller Performance, you can always participate in our Amazon Seller Performance – Friendly Advice – Worldwide group, where you will be very welcome.

If you are an Amazon Seller who needs help with any Amazon-related issues such as suspensions, listing blocks or is looking for professional assistance, please don’t hesitate to subscribe to my new OnlyFans page at: www.onlyfans.com/kikaangelic

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