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...And this is why you don't become an Amazon Vendor...

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by toml3030, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. toml3030

    toml3030 Elite Member

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    True story, personally confirmed as being true.

    1. Dude signs up for FBA account, sells over 1000 items in the first nine months, at $80 per item, making $30 per each sale

    2. Amazon contacts him, asks him to become a vendor, asks dude to send them samples, dude complies

    3. Amazon places an order for 12,500 items at $55, tells him that they're going to promote his item on the main amazon site, and to expect larger orders in future. Dude thinks "I'm going to be RICH!"

    4. Dude mortgages his house and gets a bank loan to come up with the 12,500 item order on terms that delivery must be made within 60 days amazon has right to return unsold items if it sits in the Amazon warehouse for 180 days.

    5. After 180 days, Amazon returns 11,900 items. Interestingly, the dude's top sellers are now starting to be promoted on Amazon's site. The return ruins dude's business. Somehow Amazon is still selling that item and promoting it, even though they returned almost all of dude's inventory.

    6. Dude calls up Amazon asking how they are still selling his items when his entire stock was already returned, Amazon confirms that those items are still being sold, but won't confirm how they're coming up with the merchandise.
     
  2. Ste Fishkin

    Ste Fishkin BANNED BANNED

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    So he didn't read the contract he signed.

    That is just fucking stupid.
     
  3. toml3030

    toml3030 Elite Member

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    The language is standard for selling to department stores, but rarely actually abused to this degree. Usually even if they screw you like this, they make an attempt to sell your initial order, you just won't get a reorder.
     
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    Fool me once....He was an idiot for giving them an out to return the merchandise. It was a DEAL BREAKER! The rest is just big fat corporate fucking SCUM doing anything and everything to make as much money as possible. Commonly referred to as capitalists. What's mine is mine and what's yours shall soon be mine. No mercy. He let the $$$ get in the way of common sense and allowed them to set the terms. Expensive lesson to learn.

    Success is the best revenge. Hope he makes a comeback.
     
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    wow just wow.....
     
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  6. Euphorix

    Euphorix Supreme Member

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    The closer I get to going FBA the more horror stories I hear
     
  7. sergey007

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    Omg, what a terrible story. I was planning to get to FBA business in 2016 and will think twice before doing that.
     
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    7. Dude has no house.
     
  9. McPatrick

    McPatrick Regular Member

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    8. ???
    9. Profit
     
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  10. Dozier

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    OKAY FBA!!!! But ya, that was pretty stupid of the guy, and Amazon as well. This is not usual business.
     
  11. Cnotey

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    Ever watched the movie Horrible Bosses 2?

    It's actually a fairly common business technique.
     
  12. toml3030

    toml3030 Elite Member

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    Stealing someone's product is common. What's not common is how absolutely ruthless Amazon was. Basically from the moment he sent in the samples Amazon knew that they were going to sell the items made somewhere else cheaper but placed an order with the dude anyways so that if their new supplier couldn't come through, they would sell the dude's merchandise. Usually even if they steal your product, they make an honest attempt to sell your initial order so you don't at least lose money on the deal.
     
  13. Panther28

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    The real horror is that this thread is filed under "ebay"
     
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  14. switchblade

    switchblade Registered Member

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    I totally agree. Making a comeback is the best way to spite Amazon. He should look for another fulfillment center to use. Amazon does not have a monopoly in the fulfillment center ' business'.
     
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    i just sold a rolex watch thro Amazon associates hope this isnt related. i want my cut out of 20ka rgh its not showing up yet in stats.
     
  16. harizd

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    Another FBA horror story.
    Having read so much of negative experiences, not sure if I want to consider signing up for it.