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Using Amazon-listed supplier to dropship on Amazon without permission. Safe?

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by monsieurpooh, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. monsieurpooh

    monsieurpooh Newbie

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    Recently there has been a lot of talk about dropshipping on amazon.

    Most plans involve finding a separate company to provide goods, and dropshipping them via amazon.

    I am currently getting my feet wet in dropshipping, only I plan to use a supplier on amazon as my source. e.g. I list a dvd for 16 dollars, someone buys it, then I buy it from the amazon listing for 12 dollars with their shipping address.

    Obviously this is traceable/detectable but my question is, does amazon care? Do they ban people for this? I've heard of bans but they all involve seller misconduct like accidentally selling fake goods, or having goods not arrive.

    Thanks in advance.

    p.s. If amazon is not that strict about this then I could probably do this reliably from the same account without them caring. On the other hand if they are very strict I would probably have to get a separate debit card or bank account so I can anonymously purchase the items from a separate account/IP, keeping my seller account and buyer account separate. But I don't want to have to do this because I don't have an extra bank account.
     
  2. sasha-bg

    sasha-bg Junior Member

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    I don't get it. You're going to sell on Amazon as a market place seller, then when it sells, you're going to buy from Amazon?

    Why wouldn't your customer just buy from Amazon?
     
  3. alnev

    alnev Newbie

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    Because the customer is stupid and he buys the $16 product instead of the $12 one. A lot of shoppers buy products from the first place they find, don't make any more research on possible lower prices.
    Anyway, I would be also like to know the answer to this question.
     
  4. -s3c-

    -s3c- Junior Member

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    I have tried this for the last 3 months or so but I am in the UK and it does not bring a decent volume of sales and I think I still have some items listed which I did not delete yet from doing this. I have had no repercussions from Amazon or customer complaints but I am more focused on drop shipping items from reliable drop shipping companies or searching for sales on other sites and putting them on Amazon but you can get caught out when the sale ends or stock runs out.
     
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  5. anatho

    anatho Elite Member

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    The customer is so stupid that he cannot perform a search for lowest price?? And sometimes he even does not have to do that because the cheaper listing may just be under your listing .... so it really needs a complete idiot who pays $16 then ...
     
  6. sasha-bg

    sasha-bg Junior Member

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    I think what the op means is making another listing for the same item, but rewording it, so some people will come across the most expensive item. It's a good way to go, Amazon are a great dropshipping company!.

    I have found that any business who calls themselves a drop-shipping company are usually crap. You're better phoning companies to see if they will dropship for you
     
  7. flibbertigibbet

    flibbertigibbet Regular Member

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    I would keep the accounts separate or purchase from another retailer if I were you.