Feeling pretty stressed out right now . Was looking at my bank account today and found to my horror that the amazon cheque I paid in about 10 days ago has bounced (been reversed). I called the bank and they said it was a problem at Amazon's end and that the cheque had not been verified. I have emailed amazon about it, but God knows what is going to happen with my money It was my best payment so far as well - $362.
Anyone had similar experiences or any advice for me?
Hi, I am sorry to hear that.
Can you check with your bank what their penalties are. I once had a bouncing US$ check and my bank (Barclay's) here charged US$87 as penalties.
Hope you resolve this issue soonest.
Please, immediately sign up for direct deposit and i can assure you that will not bounce and it is free and faster. You can find the simple way to setup amazon direct deposit in your account section. Probably a clerical error and i hope you get your money soon. Keep us posted!
This is really disappointing news. I can understand the agony and pain you are going through as I had experienced the same though not with Amazon. This is an extremely unprofessional behavior from a reputed company like Amazon. I hope they get thing sorted out for you and you get your money. Keep the Faith.
WOW! I'm sorry to hear about that. I wouldn't think that would happen. I would contact Amazon, A.S.A.P. whichever way to get in touch with a live person.
Nice payout btw. I just started writing sales hubs and nowhere near a payout yet. I just hope I don't have same problem when I do.
Best of luck.
Is Amazon insolvent? Can Google be in similar straits? Scary stuff!
Can you choose a bank transfer as a payment method from now on? That seems safer.
No, unfortunately they don't do bank transfers outside the US and I think Susanna is from the UK.
You'd think that Amazon would realise that the cost and hassle of doing an international bank transfer or a PayPal payment would be a lot less than sending a cheque via snail mail to a foreign country!
That's what annoys me about Amazon and Adsense too for that matter. Why go to the bother of sending cheques which are an outmoded form of payment anyway?
Paypal or direct bank transfer worldwide is much more convenient and economical for all concerned.
Sorry to hear what happened Susana. Makes you feel less confident in dealing with such a giant company, especially when they cost you money through something like this.
Hi Izzy, I get a direct transfer into my UK bank from Adsense, so you can set that up. I have just hit the threshold I set in Amazon, and they do only send cheques, so I hope that it clears ok when it arrives!
Adsense just started offering direct bank transfers for Euro accounts, too - I have my earnings paid straight into my Greek bank.
Makes life much easier!
Hahaha.... Not if the Greek economy keeps pushing up the price of Strawberries Sufi!!
I live in Belgium and didn't see that option.
Hope they expand this offer soon across Europe.
Thanks guys and gals for your supportive responses
I have emailed amazon and can only hope that they can resolve it. I wouldn't be surprised though if they say it's the banks fault
@Aya - I wish I could get direct bank transfer but amazon don't do it with international associates. An international cheque is the only option.
I really hope you have better luck than me. I'm still trying to get my last 2 payouts from them. Mine are direct deposit, though.As you say, they're blaming my bank, and my bank is blaming them. What a nightmare! I wish you much luck.
The country barriers can be breached. Go online and open an account with a bank within amazon direct deposit area. Nowadays, you can have an account in a lot of countries, without even visiting.
Just how often have you done this? Because I have had trouble getting accounts in the UK and the US when I actually was both living and working there. There are pretty strict regulations that require one be physically present and produce evidence of an in-country address.
I hope you sort it out soon and that they will respond to you soonest Ms Susana! It is frustrating if that happens!
Thanks Ms Pretty Amazon have been good at responding quickly in the past, so I will just have to wait and see what they say.
If there are any fees associated with this (as I understand does sometimes happen here in the US), then I hope Amazon will be held responsible.
Sorry to hear that, I just banked my Amzon cheque recently and hoping that it will go through
Susana, what a horrible thing to happen! It's disgraceful that a company the size of Amazon is bouncing cheques like this. You have worked really hard on those hubs and deserve your commission. Do check for bank charges as it must be Amazon's responsibility to pay them.
I hope that this hasn't impacted too badly on your financial situation, as this is an expensive time of year for all of us
Thanks CM - I can't imagine what's gone wrong here. Amazon must have the funds! Hopefully it's an easily sortable technical problem.
The money was an important part of this month's income and so it is a bit of a blow, but hey, I have survived worse
Wow Susana. That is brutal.
Thanks for alerting the Hubber community.
If others are having the same problem perhaps Admin can intervene.
Meanwhile, I hope you get this sorted out quickly. That's a big check to mess around with.
An irreverent thought: You COULD contact Amazon and tell them to forget the check, just issue you a $500 credit* on Amazon.com and you can do a bunch of Christmas shopping.
*Original $367 plus bank fees plus pain and suffering....
I think that's only fair:-).
Good luck and please keep us posted!
@Izzy - Yep it's scary alright. I do wonder how much they are going to care about the little guys (or gals) referral fees. I can only hope
@MM - That's a great idea and I will defnitely ask for something like that if I can't get anywhere. The downside is that I would spend more than half of it on postage
@awesome - That's good advice. I have just applied for a dollar account at citibank. I can't afford to have this happen again!
Amazon stock 161.70, down 4 bucks.
I guess the word is out on the bounced checks.
I like yahoo, so here's a backlink just for them.
Their finance page is quite spiffy these days...
Hi Susana - You have totally demotivated me to do any work tonight. I have over $2k owing to me from Amazon waiting for payout days and I can't imagine how stressed I am going to be if there are issues with that money.
I have looked online at all the accounts and I am still so confused. Can you send me a link for the CitiBank a/c type you applied for? Do they definitely give you a US a/c number?
Might pop into Barclays and Lloyds in my high street this week and see what they can offer too, but I will have to first explain to them what 'America' is as we live in a very very small town
Man I am so stressed now I need another drink - this is all your fault - wish I had never read your bl00dy forum post now
I'm sorry Gracey I must say I feel a bit demotivated myself now. But to reassure you, I have never had this happen before and I can't find any info on the web about anyone else having the same problem either. My own theory is that someone at the bank did something wrong on the form and it's not down to amazon at all. But we will see....
This is the account I chose: http://www.citibank.co.uk/personal/bank … chant=citi
I did it so quickly I'm not even sure it's the right one! It's the US dollar deposit account, not the current account.
A drink sounds like a top idea - bottle of red for me
I've got a great mental image of you steaming down the A12 and hammering my door down I will let you know what happens.
Oh - and Susana - keep me posted. If I am not seeing daily updates from you on this thread I will be chasing you email, or possibly driving up the A12.
Thanks Susana - I have had a drink and poured another for good measure. There is an awful lot of form filling involved with these checks. I have only had two so far and I thought they arrived pretty quick and landed in my account pretty fast too.
I'll take a look at the bank account just as soon as I stop seeing double
Keep me posted.
Just in case anyone is worried about poor little ‘ol amazon…; they are planning on hiring 15K+ seasonal workers this year.
Amazon is doing just fine, don't weep tears for them! I'm sorry about the bounced check, but it's not because Amazon did not have the funds, trust me.
Most likely a clerical error that you will get fixed soon. I have had this also happen from other affiliates. It happens.
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Gosh Susana, all I can say is that really stinks. I agree with Bill, though, Amazon is doing just fine. I'm sure it's a clerical error that will be straightened out with time and hopefully not too much irritation on your part. I have never heard of this happening, never had a problem myself. I just hope you can be reimbursed for any bank fees. Thanks for sharing this with the community.
Regarding bank accounts, the citibank dollar account is legit and above board and you don't need to be a resident of the country. They offer accounts in several currencies. Just check out Citibank UK and click on international accounts if you're interested.
I didn't know such things were possible until a while back when Mark Knowles said he had a dollar account with them. I always meant to check it out, but I guess I needed a push - well I got it
@WS & Bill - Yep, I'm pretty sure Amazon is not scaping the dregs of their overdraft as I am
@paradigm - Thanks for the chuckle Nice to wake up to!
Ok, I have received a reponse from amazon. This is it:
Hello from the Amazon Associates Program.
Thank you for contacting Amazon.com Associates Program. I am sorry for the inconvenienced you have experienced with your recent payment.
I have forwarded your issue to the appropriate department and they are now aware of this situation and are investigating further. It may take a few days to research this situation and will contact you back within the next 5-7 business days.
As always, please feel free to contact us should you have future questions or comments, and thanks for your continued interest in the Associates Program.
So I'll just wait and see what they have to say. Hopefully it will be positive!
Gosh!!! this disappoints me.. i just starting to shine on amazon.. don't worry possibly some mistake. Hope al goes well with you. do share the climax..
Oh that's rough Susana... irrespective of reasons why.
I hope that Defective KickButt finds out that your content thief owes you enough to cover the fees!
Thanks nanospeck It surely is some mistake - I just hope it gets resolved quickly and I get my money!
I had no idea these problems occurred. I opted to get my Amazon payments via electronic gift check and so far I've been able to apply them to my Amazon account without problems. I wish they had Western Union money transfer as a payment option like Adsense though. It would be so much more convenient.
Just discovered that My Cheque from Amazon has bounced too, will write to them like you did Susana and see how it goes thanks for the heads up .....jimmy
Wow, that is horrifying. You wouldn't expect that from a major company like Amazon. Let's hope it's a processing error or computer glitch. I get paid for most of my work directly into PayPal, but I worry about reversals with them if something goes wrong, too. We're all right on the edge in this economy as it is. Hang in there and good luck dealing with them!
Wanted to update those following this thread I have got my cheque issue resolved now and it was nothing to do with amazon. As I suspected it was an issue with my bank. Basically the office that receives the international cheques for processing was not getting them in time and therefore removing the funds from the accounts. Apparently it happened to loads of people who use Santander in the UK.
Anyway I'm just glad it's resolved and that I finally have the cash in my account, just in time to spend it all out on Christmas, lol
Woohoo - did you just get Septembers check too? I got it last week and managed to tear the sort code off the bottom so should be great fun trying to pay that one in.
Great to hear! I was wondering and hoping this was the case. Thanks for the update!
I have a question about the dollar account. Have you actually gotten that up and running? My understanding is that that account would not be considered a US account it only eliminates currency exchange charges (which can add up). I would be curious to know if it will help with Amazon payouts or not. I have to worry first about making money with Amazon but I always like to plan ahead! Glad you got your money.
Wow, that's terrible. I've been dealing with Amazon for about 3 years and have never had any problems cashing their checks (I'm in Canada). Good luck, I hope the issue is resolved quickly!
After long time im checking this tread... and glad to know all is well.. Gud Luck! Happy Earnings!!
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