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Sun Oct 16 2016 14:21:20

Why These Items Are Easier to Buy on eBay than Amazon

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Like most of us today I shop on various e-sites - eBay, Amazon, ETSY, etc. I sell on eBay and do try to see if some one has what I need there. Yesterday I was thinking that it will soon start to get cold here in the far North, and I need to replace a little device I use on a cane that helps me be secure on ice and snow.

For some reason I hopped onto Amazon for this. I found the item - from several sellers; and reviews. That is a good part of Amazon and something eBay's reviews do not come close to. I found one at a good price - these are under $10 in any case - and went to Checkout. Only to find NO CHECKOUT! 

Eventually I went to Live Chat and was told after much confusion that No; I could NOT buy this item UNLESS I wanted to hunt around Amazon for an additional $25 of merch from certain "programs" (I suspect this is a fulfilled by Amazon program) there was NO option to buy the item and pay a shipping fee. And no way to find out if a different seller offered it that way. 

So - Amazon HAS the item; has it displayed and a few hundred reviews; has a price; it is IN STOCK - and I can't buy it unless I want to spend around $35 for a $7 item! I don't think so! 

These poor things are called ADD ON ITEMS and are the orphans of Amazon. 

While I was still on Chat I toggled over to eBay; sorted by price; found one for $7.99 with free shipping - click boom done. Took under a minute meanwhile the Chat person was cutting and pasting furiously to convince me I WANTED to do it their way. Nope! Buh Bye Amazon! See ya! 

It's not like I will never go back to Amazon - I am sure I will; but why even bother listing these items if you then refuse to SELL them or force the buyer to pay many times the cost of the item TO buy them? 

For all of eBay's many faults, at least when you SEE an item, you can BUY the item right then and there or at least place a bid on it. 

I guess this explains why both companies are still in business; but at the expense of sellers on Amazon in this case. 

Thanks,
J.




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by: puppy This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 01:31:53 2016

Another reason why shopping on Amazon has become inconvenient and ebay offers a better alternative: non-prime members have to wait a LONG time for their orders to ship out when Amazon is busy, sometimes over 7 days. On ebay the same things are available for around the same price with much faster shipping speeds. The Amazon prime model fails in several ways.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Oct 17 02:02:52 2016

@Puppy -- I sell on Amazon and not through any program of Prime. Any purchase someone makes from me ships out within 24 hours - Always. You are making a very broad, unprovable allegation against Amazon sellers. I've had more problems with orders from ebay sellers in the past than I have ever had from Amazon 3P merchants or Amazon itself. But I doubt all ebay sellers are as bad as the ones I ran into. I don't use ebay now and haven't for years due to the stupidity of the CEO's Meg and JD that just about bankrupted me. Now I sell on Amazon and eCRATER. Nobody ever complains about slow shipping with me. I'm sure many more sellers are like me.

The OP poster ran into a problem with something so lightweight and cheap that apparently Amazon loses money to ship it. I would suggest that for medical needs, they might want to check out CVS.com and get on their mailing list.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 06:11:15 2016

These poor things are called ADD ON ITEMS and are the orphans of Amazon

^^
Me too.  I wanted some items and they were "add-ons" - or I wanted to sell some items and couldn't because they were restricted.
I guess Bezos with all his trillions of dollars in profit can afford a little misstep like this.  But it turns off potential customers.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 06:14:10 2016

Too add to this, I recently wanted to buy some tape from Walmart.com and ship to store.  I searched for 1/2 hour trying to find the "ship to store" button and couldn't.
I ended up going to ebay, buying the tape for about the same price & free shipping.
As more and more people try to "checkout" and run into these bumps they will head back to Ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon Oct 17 07:16:34 2016

Sounds like a variation of bait and switch. All legal no doubt but leaving a bad taste in the buyers' mouths.

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by: diyrob This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Oct 17 08:29:48 2016

This is a way for Ebay to exploit a little chink in Amazon's armor. Maybe they can advertise this significant difference between the two platforms and send a few more buyers our way?

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Oct 17 09:00:54 2016

puppy is right, at least on orders that qualify for free shipping.  They sit in "preparing for shipment" status for several days.  When they eventually ship, it's quick enough, but to say they aren't delayed by Amazon is crazy.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Oct 17 09:03:48 2016

>>Sounds like a variation of bait and switch. All legal no doubt but leaving a bad taste in the buyers' mouths. <<

@Rexford - While I have I have seen some catalog pages with these "add on items". They are clearly shown on the first catalog/product page up at the top below the bullet points and even in a different color so the statement will stand out. So clearly not a bait and switch. I have seen pages like this where you can still buy the product via a 3P merchant, but just not through the Prime program. I have also been able to list an item for sale on these pages as long as I am doing the fulfillment of it. Yes, not necessarily nice for a Prime member, but it isn't hidden from the buyer till checkout. It is clearly stated at the beginning.

I will say this, seeing something like this, does NOT and will NOT make me go to ebay to buy it. Not everything has to be bought at Amazon or ebay. there are MANY, MANY, MANY on line stores that are happy to fulfill your needs. I woke up to a CVS email giving me 30% off CVS brands as well as 20% off anything else in the store and free shipping for over $49. So something that I need to buy, printer cartridges, I can get from them for about the same price, but I will compare prices first just to be sure. The point being no buyer is locked into the "Big Two" and that is what the "Big Two" need to be worrying about. If Amazon says they won't ship me my sewing machine needles that I need, I'll buy them through the Joann.com website, etc.

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by: Twiganne This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 10:17:46 2016

This is exactly what Trump wan't to do is level the playing field and discourage buying from China and rather from the US.  I believe the man has a point.  We make so easy for China to rip us off and don't even put up a fight.  It is not that USPS in not making a profit but that congress siphons off money from them just for running under the government.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 11:11:28 2016

Puppy - "non-prime members have to wait a LONG time for their orders to ship out"

This very thing just happened to me - it took so long to get the item (which wasn't on ebay) I forgot I bought it! I'm an ebay seller - I ship same day or next. My buyers sometimes get their items in 2 days just with 1st class.  This package took 10 days to get to me from Amazon. If I could have found it on ebay I would have bought it there. Ridiculous.

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by: whipnet This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 11:31:14 2016

I have Prime and make about 30 Amazon orders a week for inventory for our local business.  Non-prime orders usually take 7-14 days to arrive.  It's ridiculous.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 11:48:40 2016


I have never had any problems with buying from Amazon.

ebay, well, I will not buy from there as I had to many bad experiences.

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by: Toledo Maude This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 12:32:59 2016

Several months ago in the New York Times, there was an article about Amazon would start to  promote their Prime listings and hide the same listings of 3rd party sellers.

Tis true!  Now to buy a ''Prime'' item is easy.  There is the buy button with a murky message about maybe ''free shipping'' Maybe!

To find the 3rd party listings, one must look and look and look and finally there is a small tiny link for ''new'' and ''used'' listings.  

But hey! With the weekend's announcement of the $1.2 million donation to Trumps campaign by a co-founder former big shot of Paypal, buyers are not happy to use Paypal to buy on eBay (or elsewhere).

Already have had complaints from eBay buyers that now refuse to use Paypal.  

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by: Joey4711 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 14:02:04 2016

Reading your posts I have to laugh.....I get free shipping when I buy.  Be honest with yourself you get shipping included.

Just like sellers that say I give free shipping, that is an outright lie, what is the truth is you mark up your product to cover the shipping otherwise you better have wonderful markup.

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by: Joey4711 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 14:03:34 2016

How is Prime free if you have to pay for it and the item is more than the item without the great free shipping?  Your smarter than that aren't you? Hmm Prime $99.00, prime items typically marked up higher than non prime, but I get free shipping how?  Please explain that to me? You paid 99.00 you paid more for the item, if anything you paid to much.

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by: uppercutknives This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 17:18:34 2016

In reply to Joey4711.
Prime is not for everyone. However if you purchase more than 1 item a month on Amazon its worth it. Also I enjoy Amazon Music everyday as well as watch an Amazon movie every night. Netflix charges $10 a month for movies thats $120 a year alone. I get 2 day shipping which is always very fast. Prime is certainly worth it to me. JMO

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by: margo This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 17 18:09:01 2016

I am not a prime member and I placed a order at Amazon and it took 6 weeks to receive my order. I said right then if I can find the item somewhere else I will never order from Amazon again. I bought something on ebay and I recieved it in 3 days.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Mon Oct 17 23:36:08 2016

It's hard to believe but I have only bought 1 item on Amazon and that was back in 2001.

I don't need Amazon, I have EBAY

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Tue Oct 18 03:16:15 2016

What Amazon is doing is they have certain items on their site that can ONLY be purchased by those in the Prime program.  There was some chatter about this a few weeks ago, but I really don't remember the particulars.

@twiganne

WHAT?!?!?!?

What does the OP's problem have to do with China or Trump for that matter?  You do realize that Trump has many of the fashion items he sells manufactured in China because it is cheaper?  You are correct he has said what you stated, but then it really has no meaning to him because he is CURRENTLY having stuff manufactured there and then selling them in the US.  So he is just saying what he thinks people want to hear, nothing more.  How can you take him seriously on this particular subject when he IS part of the problem?  Do you really think he is going to shut down his manufacturing in China?  He makes too much money on it to do that.

I'm not sure where you got that the Congress was taking money from USPS.  That is something I must have missed him saying.  Not sure how they would accomplish that anyway.

What does "running under the government" mean?

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by: justsaying This user has validated their user name.

Tue Oct 18 06:44:57 2016

@ Toledo Maude:  it's ludicrous that anyone would not use PayPal because the founder of PayPal donated Trump.  Didn't eBay buy Paypal years and years ago?  That's how dangerous ignorant minds can be in an election as important as this.

And for all small online sellers (as opposed to the mega sellers and large global corporations), if you can't read the writing on the wall, or check out wikileaks.org to see just who is the most dangerous candidate running for president, and who is the candidate who ''dreams'' of a world without borders, and who is part and parcel of the globalization of our world, then I suggest you do a little more homework before going to the polls, and try to educate yourself on the REAL issues that matter in this most important election.

I am a DEPLORABLE, and I'm voting for TRUMP!

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