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* Amazon Central / Re: Even the Amateurs Are Catching On
« on: July 09, 2016, 12:24:44 PM »
But will they harm the small legitimate sellers in the process?
Yeah, they have a tendency to go way overboard. Kinda like the idiot that blows up his yard with dynamite to kill a mole, when a simple trap would do.
* Amazon Central / Re: Prime Day pre-deals have started today
« on: July 09, 2016, 07:17:08 AM »
Just got an email from Amazon, take 20% off Amazon Warehouse Deals, now until Prime Day
coupon code: WDEARLY20

The downside is that Amazon Warehouse Deals are hit and miss. It could say minor scuff and you get it and it looks like it's been dropped from a 3 story building's rooftop. Other times, the item looks brand new.  And, of course, the items don't have mfg. warranty since they're used.  I've also seen times where the Warehouse Deal was nearly the same price (or even higher than) the new version being sold by 3P sellers.  Still, though, it can be a source for a good buy.  I've gotten table skirting at a fantastic price and a portable, plug-in cooler for way less than retail (as it should be since no warranty).
Something new, and possibly related to the warning about the rules

Amazon now has a link underneath the bullet points that says, "Report Incorrect Product Information".   

It appears to only show up on listings when you're signed in with your seller account, which would make sense. After all, sellers (should) know more about the products then the buyers do.

People who have used it have noted that it does not result in the creation of a case in sellercentral.
I hear ya. With Amazon, you never know what they're gonna throw at us  :(
* Amazon Central / Re: Prime Day pre-deals have started today
« on: July 05, 2016, 04:35:19 PM »
Dont need anything, but does look like lots of good deals. E.g. a Hoover upright for $39  :o
* Amazon Central / Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices
« on: July 04, 2016, 02:42:34 PM »

Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices


SAN FRANCISCO — In a major shift for online commerce, Amazon is quietly changing how it entices people to buy.

The retailer built a reputation and hit $100 billion in annual revenue by offering deals. The first thing a potential customer saw was a bargain: how much an item was reduced from its list price.

Now, in many cases, Amazon has dropped any mention of a list price. There is just one price. Take it or leave it.

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Looks like the launch another bot for mass suspensions and evictions is coming soon on Amazon.  In the headlines area of seller central it says
Important Policy Review Notification
Jul 1, 2016

Important: Please review the following seller policies:
Prohibited seller activities and actions policy

Optimize listings for search and browse

We recommend that you take the time to ensure that your account and any actions related to your account comply with these policies. If you partner with service providers to assist you with your Amazon account, we recommend reviewing their business practices as all sellers are ultimately responsible for ensuring their accounts comply with Amazon policies. Accounts that violate policies are subject to suspension and or removal from Amazon.
When you click on the links above, it takes you to more detailed info which outlines many of the rules for selling on Amazon (including the rules against .com in name, directing sales off-site, keyword stuffing, multiple accounts, manipulating product reviews & feedback, duplicate product pages, and more). 

Those two pages that are linked to are worth a review for every seller.  Also note that the rules against keyword stuffing include rules against using common misspellings of words and against using variants of words (e.g. plural forms of words)

* Great Deals / Today Only (6/30/16) - 20% OFF all Monoprice items
« on: June 30, 2016, 04:59:00 AM »
All house brand items at are 20% off, today only! (6/30/16)  Coupon not valid on branded items from other companies (such as Sony, etc) and cannot be used to purchase gift cards.

Use coupon code: crazy

If you're not familiar with monoprice, they are THE place to go to for cables.  Monoprice offers China prices w/o the wait time for shipping from China AND Monoprice actually stands behind their product, unlike many vendors in China.  For example, they have a 15 ft. HDMI cable for as little as $3.19!  They also carry a wide variety of other electronic items.

They also have a variety of other deals going on (such as the deals in their Platinum Chest, their version of Amazon's Gold Box), many of which you can combine the coupon code with.

Monoprice also sells on Amazon, but monoprice's website is easier to navigate, with better category filters available, and prices on their website are (at least in some cases) cheaper than their prices on Amazon.  For example, I'm looking at a cable right now that is 93¢ on monoprice website and $2.68 on Amazon, and on Amazon it's one of those friggin'add-on items.  With shipping (and after crazy coupon) it's $2.73 on monoprice website, which comes out to only 5¢ more than on Amazon and w/o Amazon's add-on minimum purchase thing.

UPS has announced rate changes that go into effect on July 11th of this year.  Among the changes, UPS is changing the measurement that determines whether the UPS Additional Handling charge will be applied, reducing it from 60" on the longest side to 48" on the longest side.

In addition, the Remote Area Surcharge (a.k.a. Extended Area Surcharge, a.k.a. Delivery Area Surcharge Extended) will be reduced.

For more information and to view the published retail rates that will be in effect on July 11, visit

The updated 2016 UPS Rate and Service Guide will be available for download on July 11, 2016.
Since retail arbitrage is, to some degree or another, a part of the business plan of most online vendors such as ourselves, I though everyone here might find this of interest. 

Walmart has eliminated price matching in 500 of their stores, but won't say which stores -- you have to physically go to the store to find out.  Meanwhile, Target has increased the number of .com sites that it will price match at their brick and mortar locations.

Although Walmart has discontinued price matching at 500 of their stores, they will still price match at those stores (something that walmart used to not price match).  In addition, they have their Price Catcher program, which will rebate you the difference, should a local competitor be offering the same item at a lower price. However, Price Catcher only has the advertised prices from the larger shops.  It won't know about the sale flyer from, say, the local family run grocery store down the street. 

Meanwhile, Target is moving in the opposite direction, expanding their price matching program to include a total of 29 retailers (both their website and their B&Ms, if they have physical stores).  That being said, some of the retailers that Target has added carries primarily their own branded goods, which Target won't have, or heavily stocks product variants that are specific to their store.  The list of retailers that Target has added to their price matching program, regardless of whether or not they have a local B&M:
   Babies ‘R’ Us
   Bed Bath & Beyond
   Best Buy
   Barnes & Noble
   Buy Buy Baby
   Dick’s Sporting Goods
   Office Depot
   Sam’s Club
   Sports Authority
   Toys ‘R’ Us

For more information on Walmart's policy change:
For more information on Target's policy change:
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon sues sellers for buying fake reviews
« on: June 07, 2016, 12:27:42 PM »
From my understanding, they're weighted just the same as any review. One of the Chinese seller tactics is to give away tons of product to get the ranking way up there so that the item appears towards the top of the search results. As a buyer, I don't mind seeing one or two "I got this for free" reviews, but when I see a ton of them it makes me move on to the next item for two reasons: I become wary of the item and it makes me question why should I pay for it when so many others got it for free.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon sues sellers for buying fake reviews
« on: June 07, 2016, 02:38:36 AM »
If you don't like the smell of honey, why in the world would you even consider buying a honey based product?   :m218

Freezer bars have to be put in freezer? No way!  :laugh

There has been a time or two that I've been compelled to write reviews for items I didn't purchase on Amazon (but did purchase elsewhere) but those are far and few between for me. It has to be extremely bad or extremely great before I feel the need to write a non verified review.

I'm not sure what the best way to go about it would be, but I think the non-verified reviews and the paid reviews (that is, reviews that are for items that were bought with deep discount or that were obtained for free) need to be weighted differently than a regular purchase. Perhaps even go so far as to not have it alter the products ranking, which would eliminate a lot of the motivation for the paid reviews.
Since my review was rejected, I decided screw it and started a thread on AZ Seller Forums
I reported the silver bar to Amazon, using the report a problem with this listing, link and wrote a negative review.  I also reported that gold one (again) to Amazon and I wrote a scathing review using all of the keywords I could think of: counterfeit, fraudulent, illegal, scam. Guess what happened?  My review was rejected!

I got an email saying:
Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in it's current forum. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:

My review that was rejected:
Title: Fake, counterfeit, and fraudulent. Scam item.

As mentioned by others, this item is illegal to sell in the United States. It is fake gold, but is marked as being pure gold. That's a violation of federal law. In addition, it's made to look like gold bars that were minted by Reichsbank (the central bank of Germany from 1876 until 1945) complete with serial numbers. That makes this counterfeit as well as fraudulent.  To top it off, the seller(s) is trying to fool the customers by putting .999 Fine Pure Gold in the title, which is another violation of U.S. laws and regulations.

Shame on Amazon for allowing this to be sold. More so, shame on the seller(s) of this item for not only trying to rip off consumers, but also for putting this out in general circulation, where it can continue to be used to scam people.
Here's a fake silver bar being sold on Amazon. According to the FTC, if you call it silver, it must be 92.5% pure silver, or better.  :(
What is the solution for Amazon to reel in those that are misrepresenting the product?
The testing to be approved as a seller in Jewelry is rigorous or it used to it still?
I realize that eBay doesn't have the same control over their sellers as Amazon (sellers that FBA vs those that self-fulfill) but seriously is there anyway that this can be reigned in?
Amazon still has jewelry tested from time to time, but aside from that, as you can see from Bobby's link, they don't care about fake gold or even counterfeit currency :(

Kinda sad when China does a better job of not misrepresenting something.
As most of ya have seen me write about, it's a violation of U.S. FTC regulations to refer to something as gold, when it's not solid gold of at least 10K.  We see it all the time, though, on eBay, Amazon, and other sites where people market jewelry, watches, belt buckles, etc. as gold, when it's actually only gold-tone or gold-plated. 

I gotta say, it's pretty bad when CHINA gets it right (even though it's a U.S. regulation), meanwhile tons of sellers in the U.S. routinely get it wrong

I still haven't decided if that's a good thing or not.  It'll slow down some of the flooding of the marketplace with long tail items; but, at the same time, if they're going to be the everything-store. . .   I know there's been many an item that I've bought on Amazon that's so slow selling, that many brick and mortars don't stock it, which is why I've bought it on Amazon.
* General Discussions / Re: Stupid website tricks
« on: May 21, 2016, 01:58:11 PM »
Looks like you have to register an account and then you MIGHT be able to view locations, by going into the order system. *shaking head*

I've seen similar idiocy from other restaurants.  More than once I've gone to a restaurant's website to look at their menu, only to find that they don't have their menu on their website, nor even a description of what type of food they serve. I had to turn to Yelp for the info. You'd think restaurants that decide to have a website would provide the basic info that a customer wants to know - the menu, the hours, the location(s), if they deliver or cater, etc.
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