I knew people were scamming Amazon, but I haven’t been a victim myself. However, a few readers got scammed lately when they were trying to buy a Skybell SOLD BY AMAZON.COM. The video is self explanatory. Kudos to my reader for He-Manning the box with his bare hands. Watch the video and then come back.
Let’s recap – the reader bought a Skybell. He received an item wrapped in a polythene bag with the UPC of the Skybell. When he opened up the bag, it was a box for a 128GB Compact Flash card. Then when he opened that up, it was a cheap camera lens cap. Clearly not the Skybell he ordered. Let me reiterate that this was SOLD BY AMAZON.COM and not an FBA listing.
There are 2 possible scenarios I can come up with:
- Someone bought the Skybell and then returned the fake item with the UPC of the Skybell. Then when it was returned, the warehouse doesn’t know what the item should look like, so assumed the fake item was the actual item. Then they re-sold the returned item.
- When Amazon is low on inventory, they will sometimes buy from an FBA person and ship it out as if it was from them.
The most likely scenario is #2.
The reader can always complain to Amazon and get a refund, but what if the person really wanted the item and Amazon has no stock? Then you’re sorta screwed here. You may get some compensation out of it, but you still won’t have your Skybell. I actually feel bad for Amazon cuz they are paying $$$ for a lens cap. Hopefully this issue won’t get worse, but I have a feeling it will once scammers find a way to get by the warehouse systems. This may also be why Amazon wants FBA sellers to start listing the weight of their products. Of course a rock and a Google search will skirt around that hurdle.