13 Signs an Amazon Seller Can’t Be Trusted

13 Signs an Amazon Seller Can't Be Trusted

Not all Amazon sellers deserve your trust or your business. Here are the smart steps you can take to avoid getting scammed.

Beware of shady sellers on Amazon

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Amazon has been around for more than two decades, and as we all know, it has become the largest online retailer by a mile. But a recent Wall Street Journal investigation of 4,152 items on the site found that what you see isn't always what you get. Not all Amazon sellers are on the up-and-up, and the products you're purchasing may be unsafe, mislabeled, banned, or just not at all what you were originally promised. In fact, that study found more than half of those items were problematic for a variety of the aforementioned reasons. So, how can you sort out the good from the bad? Here are the clues that can help you spot a deceptive Amazon seller before they scam you. And while you're at it, check out these other online scams you also need to be aware of.

Start with the seller feedback

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People who've dealt with a seller often want to share their experiences, especially if those experiences were very positive or very negative. That's why you should look at the seller's feedback before purchasing an item. "If they're anything below 90 percent positive in the past 30 days, then find another seller for the item you're looking to buy on Amazon," says Josh Kreitzer, CEO of Channel Bakers, the first Amazon-focused advertising agency.

Here's how you can check out an Amazon seller's recent history with customers: On the product page, find the buyer box on the right-hand side of your screen. Next, look at a line that says "sold by" along with the retailer's name, which should be in the spot above where you would add the item to your cart. Click that and you'll find all the feedback you're looking for. While you're clicking around on the site, check out these 30 brilliant buys on Amazon with practically perfect reviews.

13 Signs an Amazon Seller Can't Be Trusted, Source:https://www.rd.com/advice/signs-amazon-seller-cant-be-trusted/