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.