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Amazon Tightens Up Some Policies to Be More Buyer Friendly

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Amazon Tightens Up Some Policies to Be More Buyer Friendly

Amazon is tightening up some policies to be more buyer friendly. The following are some announcements the marketplace made this week.

Changes to Return and Refund Process for Seller Fulfilled Orders
Effective November 15, 2019, if you are fulfilling customer orders in the US from outside the US, you must provide Amazon a valid US return address for items under $10. Amazon will use this address to generate prepaid return labels for customers on eligible return requests. If a US return address is not provided, Amazon will issue the customer a refund for eligible returns without requiring the item to be returned. Learn more about prepaid returns for seller fulfilled orders or returnless refunds.

Note: If you do not have a local return address, an International Returns Provider on the Solution Provider Network may be able to help.

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Seller’s Response to Return Requests Required within 48 Hours
In our continuous efforts to improve the customer experience, Amazon has updated the A-to-z Guarantee claim policy.

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To help you avoid any potential or unnecessary A-to-z Guarantee claims, we ensure that customers first submit a return request in the Online Return Center and wait 48 hours for your response prior to being eligible to file a claim. We will now also require that you provide a response to this return request.

You can see your outstanding return requests on the Manage Returns page in Seller Central. In the event that a customer files a claim and you have not provided any response to the return request within 48 hours, we will grant the claim and debit your account for the claim amount. If you believe we took that action in error, please submit an appeal here.

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Those two announcements sparked many questions from sellers about how the changes will impact them. Amazon also announced a new feature for brand sellers on Wednesday called “Manage Your Experiments.

Quickly Test New Marketing Strategies with “Manage Your Experiments”
You no longer have to spend months testing different product marketing strategies when creating A+ content on your brand’s listings. The Manage Your Experiments tool helps you test two versions of A+ content simultaneously, and shows you the results in an easy to understand dashboard. Through the use of A/B tests you can compare the two versions of content and see which version resonates with Amazon customers.”

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2 thoughts on “Amazon Tightens Up Some Policies to Be More Buyer Friendly”

  1. “If a US return address is not provided, Amazon will issue the customer a refund for eligible returns without requiring the item to be returned.”

    I’m liking this policy…stick it to the Chinese claiming they’re in the US so they can steal our business.

  2. I should add, when doing a test search on eBay, I found brand new king-size quilts with free shipping for $26.99 that was supposedly shipping from some state (can’t remember which now). The seller had a seriously high rating with tens of thousands of sales.

    I don’t think it should be legal for any shop to lie about where their business is actually located. If they do, shut them down.

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