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April 30, 2012

Returns and Refunds: Wait for the return (and other tips and options)

If you haven't been asked for a refund yet, great! If you have received such a request, you are not alone; most sellers get a refund request sooner or later.

Check out these tips and options for handling refund requests that involve the possibility of a returned item:

  • After you authorize a return request, you can wait until you receive the returned item from the buyer before you issue the refund. In fact, we encourage it. After you refund an item, you are still welcome to ask the buyer to return it, but there is no way to compel the buyer to return the item if you already issued the refund.
  • If you prefer, you can allow the buyer to keep or discard the item even if you decide to issue a refund. Sometimes this is the most efficient and customer-friendly choice.
  • If a buyer returns an item to you in worse condition than it was in when you sent it, you have the option to issue a partial refund.
  • If you decide to issue a partial refund, explain your decision to the buyer in advance to help avoid misunderstanding or a possible A-to-z Guarantee claim.
  • If you described and listed an item accurately, but the buyer simply decides not to keep it, you have the option to refund the item price and retain the shipping costs.
For more information, search on "manage returns" in seller Help.

April 23, 2012

Expert Tips for Creating Satisfied, Loyal Customers

Real profit is fueled by loyal customers, not just satisfied customers. Successful Amazon sellers know how to increase customer loyalty by listing items properly, managing orders well, and providing top-notch customer service.

To keep your buyers coming back, follow these tips from veteran Amazon sellers:

  • When listing your items, put yourself in your customer’s shoes. Look up an item in the catalog  using search and browse. Did you find your item quickly and easily?  Identify the best offer in  terms of pricing and promotions. How do you compare to the competition?
  • Review your business reports regularly. Pay attention to the page views, sessions, and click information to understand buyer behavior.
  • Take the time to read the Amazon Seller Discussion Forum for helpful selling tips.
  • Ensure accurate orders. Buyers expect professional and accurate fulfillment of their orders. Before you ship, ensure that the product is correct and that it is in the condition you listed.
  • Package your item well. The way you package your products goes a long way in making a favorable impression on customers.
  • Ship orders only to the address in the order confirmation e-mail sent to you by Amazon. If a buyer asks you to ship to a different address, cancel the order and ask them to purchase the item from you again after they’ve updated their delivery address on file with Amazon.
  • Pick up the phone. Most of the time, questions and problems can be addressed in e-mail.  But sometimes, if buyers provide their phone number, it can be more efficient to simply pick up the phone. A courteous phone call can be a welcomed change and can assure the buyer that a real person is handling their order. Follow up on your conversation with an e-mail through the Buyer-Seller Messaging Service (in your seller account) so you have a record.
  • Refund timing. Issue a refund to a buyer only after you receive their returned product.
  • And finally, do not conduct transactions outside of the Marketplace Payments by Amazon service.  Such transactions are not covered by the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee claim.

Remember: World-class products and quality customer service generate world-class profits.

April 09, 2012

Use Amazon Selling Coach to help increase your selling success

You may be wondering how to increase your sales on Amazon.com. If you are on the Professional selling plan, you can use the Amazon Selling Coach to see valuable information about your products and listings:

  • Inventory that is low or out-of-stock
  • Products that our customers are searching for that you may also want to offer
  • Products that may benefit from Fulfillment by Amazon
  • Products that match yours, but are being listed by other sellers at a lower price
  • Listings that are missing important information

Amazon Selling Coach is updated periodically, so check frequently for new alerts about potential opportunities.

After you have tried the Amazon Selling Coach, please send us feedback by clicking the “Tell us what you think of this new feature” link.

We appreciate the feedback and suggestions we have received so far. Sellers have told us:

“Fantastic!!! Now I never have to worry about my best sellers running out of stock without me knowing!! THANK YOU!!”

“[The Coach] is easy to comprehend. I like seeing what customers look at before deciding to purchase my products.”

To learn more, search for “Amazon Selling Coach” in seller Help.

If you are on the Individual selling plan and would like to learn more about the Professional selling plan, search for “selling plan” in seller Help.

April 04, 2012

Keep Your Seller Account Information Secure

Always be on the alert for attempted account takeover (or "phishing") e-mail activity: learn how to identify phisher e-mails and follow a few security-related best practices.

What is a “phisher” or “phishing e-mail”?

“Phishing” e-mails (also called “spoof” e-mails) are fraudulent attempts to obtain confidential information about your seller account, such as your e-mail address and password. This information is used to gain access to your seller account.

Be on the lookout for these false e-mails, which may look similar to legitimate Amazon e-mail. Often these e-mails direct you to a false website that looks similar to the Amazon website, where you might be asked to provide account information such as your e-mail address and password combination.

Protect your seller account by following these security-related best practices

  • Know what Amazon won’t ask for in an e-mail: your social security number or tax identification number; your bank account information, credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code (including "updates" to any of the above); your mother's maiden name or other information to identify you (such as your birth city, pet's name, etc.); your Amazon.com or Seller Central password
  • Review the e-mail for grammatical or typographical errors
  • Check the e-mail’s return address; genuine e-mails from Amazon in the United States come from addresses ending in "@amazon.com"
  • Check the website address in the e-mail; genuine Amazon websites in the United States end with ".amazon.com"

Learn more about how to identify “phisher” (spoof) e-mails by searching for “spoof e-mails” in our online Seller Help.

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