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Yahoo Finance Article
Amazon adds its own discounts to third-party seller products

From the article:
For the first time, Amazon is cutting the prices of third-party seller items at its own expense to be more competitive with other online sites, a move first spotted by the WSJ. Such items are labelled as "Discount provided by Amazon," marking a new policy that even many of the retailers aren't aware of. "I do not know if this is new or if I just never noticed it before," wrote reseller Rock Creek Gifts on Amazon's seller forum. The discounts are less than 10 percent, and appear to only be applied for sellers that use Amazon's fulfillment service.

Amazon rolled out the discounts just in time for the holidays in an apparent effort to be competitive with rivals like Wal-Mart on goods it doesn't directly sell itself. "This item is sold by a third-party seller. The discount is provided by Amazon," the offer states. "This is a limited time discount."

Sellers have noted that the discount does not impact what they are paid on products, so Amazon is eating the entire reduction itself. "We actually have a couple of products where Amazon is doing just that and it's great," notes one seller. "One example is a product price at $78.50 [discounted to $74.90]. We still get the full proceeds from $78.50 sale less the fees."
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Amazon Just Slashed Prices. Here's What Third-Party Vendors Need to Know

Heard this yesterday on the news, meant to post earlier.
Sorry!


Amazon is forcing discounts on its third-party sellers. Hmmmmmm.
You'll need to click the link to read the entire piece....

"At first glance, we thought it was great," he said of the discount, which is being called Discount Provided by Amazon. But at a closer look, he realized it would mean "violating our seller agreement with every other marketplace that we sell on."

Amazon is trying to keep prices competitive with Wal-Mart and Dollar General, WSJ reports, especially as the holiday shopping season starts. Amazon is using the discounts on items sold by third-party vendors to match the prices offered by other retailers. Amazon covers the difference between its price discount and the normal price listed by independent vendors, which means vendors don't feel the discount. But, the price cut still could result in thousands of third-party vendors violating the minimum advertised price policies they signed with product manufacturers and brands, as well as pricing agreements they sign with other online marketplaces.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Arbitrage Is Not Dead
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:12:50 AM »
Yep.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Manage FBA Returns page is now available
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:55:04 AM »
Made me laugh.
Yep.
Agree for all the same reasons!
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* Amazon Central / Re: FBA Refund
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:54:21 AM »
Had similar credits in the last 3 months of items that I called back.
I was the only seller selling those items.
Those items were actually lost/damaged in the warehouse and goodness knows how long they would've stayed 'lost/stolen' in my inventory.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Arbitrage Is Not Dead
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:51:29 AM »
Great Minds Think Alike.
I read that day before yesterday and book marked to post here.

My only addition to this is that the seller needs to be approved in quite a few categories to move forward.
Most reading the article won't know that.
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Same here.
That's one of the perks of FBA is they handle the customer service part.
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* Amazon Central / New columns in Amazon order reports
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:56:01 PM »
New columns in Amazon order reports

Nov 2, 2017

We have added several columns to all types of order reports that you request.

The new columns are:
1.    is-business-order
2.    is-premium-order
3.    is-prime

If you use programmatic access to process reports, please check for any potential impacts.   We added these columns to provide a standard format for all your reports in all regions.
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* Amazon Central / Fee reduction: Fulfillment by Amazon Subscribe and Save
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:54:56 PM »
Fee reduction: Fulfillment by Amazon Subscribe and Save

Nov 2, 2017
To help sellers list more products and lower their costs, Amazon is offering a limited-time FBA fulfillment fee reduction on products enrolled and purchased through the free Subscribe & Save program. This fee promotion starts on November 28, 2017, and will run through November 27, 2018. During this promotion, sellers that offer a 15% Subscribe & Save discount on their products will receive a reduction of $1.25 per order on the FBA fulfillment fees for such products.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Manage FBA Returns page is now available
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:54:08 PM »
Amazon Manage FBA Returns page is now available

Nov 3, 2017
As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a great selling experience, we have added the Manage FBA Returns feature to your Seller Central account. The Manage FBA Returns page provides improved visibility to the FBA returns process, starting from the time the customer is refunded to the time the item is returned and processed at Amazon’s warehouse, including items that have been refunded, processed at a warehouse, or reimbursed (if applicable). FBA Sellers can now navigate to the page by going to the INVENTORY > Inventory Planning > Manage FBA Returns tab.

Let us know your ongoing thoughts on how well we’re meeting your needs, and where there are areas for improvement. You can provide feedback by using the "Tell us how we’re doing" link at the top, or the FEEDBACK icon at the bottom of the Manage FBA Returns page.
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Amazon Restrictions on contacting buyers for FBA gifted items

Oct 30, 2017

Starting today, you cannot initiate a message to a buyer about a return via the Buyer-Seller Messaging Service if the buyer's order contains an FBA item designated as a gift.

You will still be able to respond to messages about such returns if the buyer initiates the communication.

For FBA items, Amazon will take care of order-related issues and customer service on your behalf.
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Harsh?
Nope.
Spot on?
Yep.
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Email from Amazon:

Dear Seller,

We apologize for sending an email that incorrectly stated you are ineligible to sell in the Toys & Games store during the holiday season. We are sorry for this mistake.

To clarify, your seller account currently meets the following Holiday Selling Guidelines for the Toys & Games store:

- Your first sale on Amazon.com must be prior to September 19 of the current year and need not be specific to Toys & Games store.

- You must have processed and shipped at least 25 orders between September 1 and October 31 of the current year and the orders need not be specific to Toys & Games store.

- Your short term order defect rate must be no greater than 1% as of November 1 of the current year.

- Your pre-fulfillment cancel rate must be no greater than 1.75% between October 1 and October 31 of the current year.

- Your late shipment rate must be no greater than 4% between October 1 and October 31 of the current year.

To remain eligible to sell in the Toys & Games store during this holiday season, please continue to meet our Holiday Selling Guidelines. You can review your order history and performance metrics at:  https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/seller-rating/pages/performance-summary.html/

Thank you for selling on Amazon.

Regards,
Amazon Services
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From Seller Support Forums:

AMAZON SENT OUT WRONG NOTICE !! Holiday Selling Guidelines

Oneida Books posted and link posted above:

Got through to support and verified the mistake .... EVERYONE got it and they are aware.

Expect an email correcting the mistake from Amazon

Edited by: Oneida Books on Oct 31, 2017 7:23 AM

All support staff aren't aware yet though so if you contact them don't expect they will know.



Blanket email sent out to every seller on Amazon:
Dear Seller,

We are writing to let you know that your seller account does not currently meet
some or all of the following Holiday Selling Guidelines for the Toys & Games
store this holiday season:

Your first sale on Amazon.com must occur prior to September 19, 2017 (sale
does not need to be specific to the Toys & Games store)
You must have processed and shipped at least 25 orders between September 1 and
October 31, 2017 (orders do not need to be specific to the Toys & Games store)
Your short term order defect rate must be no greater than 1% as of November
1, 2017.
Your pre-fulfillment cancel rate must be no greater than 1.75% between October
1 and October 31, 2017.
Your late shipment rate must be no greater than 4% between October 1 and
October 31, 2017.

To be eligible to sell in the Toys & Games store this holiday season, please
evaluate your selling practices and take action immediately to increase your
sales or improve your performance.


Posted on the forum: Amazon just called and apologized (yes, hell just froze over).
Real email will be November 8th!
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* General Discussions / Re: Dropping in
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:33:43 AM »
We're on the 6th episode of Stranger Things.
I'm liking how the second season is going.
I won't post any spoilers in case someone is reading hasn't watched it yet.

Glad to hear you're cutting back on the season.
It has grown by leaps and bounds the time on the road you're now spending as in past years.

That's gotta be tiresome.
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I understand.
I'm like you, I definitely find the need for it.
But darn, Every time I do a clean up of my computer, I'm having to get a new 2 step verification.
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They need internet.
Not spotty internet.
Really, excellent internet.

Amazon from my research tends to go more rural than metropolitan as long as it's near rail, airports and interstates.
Right?

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* Amazon Central / Re: Are prescription drugs the next target for Amazon?
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:06:23 AM »
Thanks, I've been wondering when that would be going through.
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* General Discussions / Re: Dropping in
« on: October 24, 2017, 06:27:19 PM »
Once defendant signed waiver of right to jury trial, we were all sent home and wont be called back for at least 5 yrs. Glad because would have been a tough case to hear; was a rape and assault case  :-(

It'll probably go to supreme court, but I read the 100+ pg verdict and judges laid out exactly why and seems clear to me that they ruled correctly based on laws & treaties.

Five Years!
Sounds like an interesting case and will watch to see if it heads SC way.

Still counting down to Stranger Things.
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* General Discussions / Re: Dropping in
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:31:30 AM »
Waving at cha
Was just wondering if you were on the road or back in town.
Jury Duty!
Go get 'em.
I was so very sick last time I was called that I was excused.
Waiting to be called again.

Shows?
So much streaming.
So very much streaming.
Have you tried out Ozarks on Netflix?
Thumbs up!

This week we're anxiously awaiting the second installment of Stranger Things.

We've been slammed here but trying to get into the theaters for Blade Runner.
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