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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed Dec 6 2017 10:23:53

Do You Ship in Amazon Boxes to Speed Delivery?

By: Ina Steiner

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Of all the tips sellers share, this one is the most intriguing we've seen in a while: ship your item in an Amazon-branded box to speed delivery.

The advice came up in a recent blog post about the challenge of Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year, since Sunday-delivery on Christmas Eve may not be possible for all sellers.

RL15 suggested, "Just use Amazon boxes, they will get delivered on Christmas Eve."

That led Chicago48 to ask, "Where can I buy Amazon boxes? We know and it's known that the Post office gives priority to Amazon boxes when it comes to shipping."

It may not be a stated policy handed down by USPS management to carriers, but even the perception on the part of postal workers that Amazon is an important customer (and possibly a key to its survival) could lead to favored treatment of its packages. 

But can postal workers easily discern when an Amazon box is not sent from Amazon?

The question becomes even more relevant as Walmart has taken to branding its boxes and as eBay tries to get sellers to use eBay-branded packaging to ship their orders. (It's even part of eBay's marketing strategy with TV commercials featuring colorful boxes and referencing Amazon's "boring" beige boxes.)

What do you think of the strategy of using Amazon boxes to ship your orders? Do postal carriers treat Amazon boxes with greater care, and are any there downsides to using an Amazon box to ship items even if you made the sale off-Amazon?

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This user has validated their user name. by: VV

Thu Dec 7 14:52:51 2017

I use ebay boxes for Amazon or Amazon boxes for Ebay and vice versa and mix with LOTS of free USPS ones. Whatever I need to make the cheapest weight and safely secure the items goes in the box. I don't give a flip about the branding and I really doubt the Postal Employees do either.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 7 19:15:21 2017

its sickening that the usps has empowered amazon by giving them special treatment, this treatment should end immediatley, but I suspect politicians and amazon monkeys have back room deals.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 7 21:51:15 2017

''its sickening that the usps has empowered amazon by giving them special treatment...''

The USPS 'gives' none of ther service or product for free, although they will provide anyone with free PRI boxes, under condition they are not used for purpose other than shipping via USPS.  Wanna bet that misuse never happens?

And Amazon doesn't need 'empowering'.  They can afford to negotiate a contract for whatever service they require.  And then pay for it.

Which they have done, with the USPS, independent of any government involvement whatsoever.  And which any other entity can do too.  'Available' terms may vary based on volume expectations and promises of course.  As it would for any typical 'deal'.  Between any two parties.

And anyone else can receive USPS priority expedited services too, to cover a variety of requirements.  If they pay for it.  Like Amazon does in accordance with their aforementioned contract terms.  

It's not the USPS who 'empowers' Amazon.  It's money.  YOUR (collective) money.  Or it was, 'till you (collectively) gave it to them.  As part of a contract.  In exchage for goods and services.  

Which in this case involves what seems to be perceived as something they are getting or are able to offer for nothing.  Which isn't true.

Much like any associated 'free' shipping entails.  The USPS doesn't do that either.  

For anyone.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Fri Dec 8 09:04:39 2017

Snapped, there is this thing called a bribe or kickback.  Upper management is disconnected from the consequences (delivery, layoffs, etc) and thus can make any deal it wants.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 8 13:58:05 2017

lets see, amazon was the only vendor usps delivered packages on sunday, special treatment.

gave them insanely cheap rates..special treatment

gives them special faster shipping, special treatment

all of this empowered Amazon to grow as they had special access to fast and sunday shipping that other companies did not.

it is why usps even wondered if they did the right thing in helping them, as it pretty much helped to grow a competitor..who now has its own shipping network for same day delivery etc.

If it wasnt for the usps, that free 2 day shippign would NEVER have happened and thus Amazon would never have gained such a market share.

end of story



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Fri Dec 8 18:13:09 2017

That's Funny :o)

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by: Troy Stiffler This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 8 19:27:05 2017

If they treat them like Amazon packages, does that mean they also leave it at unsuitable locations or bulk-scan packages as "recipient unavailable - will attempt delivery tomorrow" when the delivery guy wants to go home for the day?

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