This inquiry will probably not settle well with some of the other eBay sellers; however, I haven't seen the subject addressed thus far.
1) Amazon "Prime" Members abusing their "personal accounts" to sell on eBay
2) These types of eBay sellers listing goods for sale on eBay that they have no investment/ ownership/ agreement in the goods but are simply drop-shipping from Amazon's FBA warehouse (not to be confused with legitimate drop-ship agreements)
3) Offering 2-day, FREE SHIPPING to eBay buyers as a result of the "free shipping" that comes with their “personal” Prime account
This, no doubt has been going on for a long time and from prior inquiries with Amazon, they don't appear to have a way of tracking nor stopping the abuse. Now, one might ask, "How does this affect you? Why do you care? Hey, if you can't beat them why not join them?"
First, these sellers on eBay (and perhaps other internet venues) are abusing the Amazon Prime Account. It states clearly in the membership that this type of use is prohibited. Reference Amazon's Prime Terms and Condition: Other Limitations: "Prime members are not permitted to purchase products for the purpose of resale, rental, or to ship to their customers or potential customers using Prime benefits." I.e. the Prime account is for "personal use."
Secondly, and would hope this matters to other eBay sellers: The Amazon Prime Members are abusing their account for the advantage of offering eBay buyers FREE 2-day SHIPPING. These types of eBay sellers have a competitive edge over other eBay sellers who absorb/build-in/add-on the cost of shipping to their buyers. And, that can be a huge advantage.
Thirdly.....did I mention that these eBay sellers who have their items shipped from Amazon's FBA warehouse while offering FREE Shipping, have done nothing but place a personal order through their Prime Account and have it drop-shipped to the eBay buyer? They don't own the inventory, they use the stock photo, copy the description, set their price, offer free shipping and "keep watch" to make sure the item is always in stock in Amazon's FBA warehouse. This is not a legitimate drop-ship contract or arrangement. These sellers have no real investment of time, labor or money - just pay their annual Amazon Prime Account "personal" membership, fill-in the order form and request "drop ship."
How do you spot these types of eBay sellers? On the surface their listings appear similar to sellers legitimately drop-shipping from "their" inventory sitting in Amazon's FBA warehouses. (The following basics easily identify Amazon drop-shippers)
* Typically, All of their eBay listings are in the "Other" category since inventory/availability changes frequently
* The photos look like professional, "stock" photos
* Their profile may (not always) say they live in another country, but ships from United
* FREE SHIPPING - their listings seem to consistently come up as the "lowest
price with shipping"
* 2-Day Shipping Offered (and FREE - sound familiar?)
* check the listing under “Shipping Details” and open up “Seller charges tax in multiple states: and you will find: AL, AZ, AR, CA, O, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.
* HERE IS YOUR FINAL EVIDENCE that your purchase came from someone using their personal Amazon Prime account - Once you receive the package, the packing slip says, "A gift from (you the buyer)." That is the only way that a person abusing their Amazon Prime account can drop-ship without actually exposing their personal name/address and what the item actually cost on Amazon FBA. And since the box is drop-shipped from Amazon's FBA warehouse, the box and label simply say shipped from Amazon.
The only way to stop the abuse is to hold onto your "A Gift from you" receipt and report the information on it back to Amazon. I don't know about other eBay sellers, but for me as a buyer and seller on eBay, I don’t like the “free shipping” advantage and I'd like to actually buy from someone who is a genuine eBay or Amazon seller, not someone free-loading on the Amazon Prime account. These types of sellers can have minimal mark-up because they have invested NOTHING - just the annual Amazon Prime Membership. These types of sellers are your competition.
So, I submit this letter to you to open up the topic for debate. How do other eBay sellers, both eBay and Amazon, feel about this practice? Do you condone it? Are you willing to report the abuse? If not, why not?
Considering that I expect an Amazon box to be thrown at me, I will refrain from disclosing my name.