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Beware of Amazon Seller Scams

Updated on November 21, 2014

Buyer Beware

I'm sure many of you are aware of fraud, but when it comes to an awesome website, such as Amazon, we may overlook things.

Like when "100% Real Diamond Earrings" are $5, someone may buy them thinking it's a fantastic deal. That happened to my cousin and of course, the earrings were not real diamonds.

So how do we tell scams and great deals apart?

Some Good Things to Look For:

  • Established brand name
  • Good customer reviews.
  • Seller answers all questions asked.
  • Product in the U.S. (Or your country of origin)
  • Proof of quality.

Things That Should Cause Red Flags:

  • Bad customer reviews.
  • No customer reviews.
  • No brand name.
  • Insanely low prices.
  • Claims of quality.
  • Item from overseas.
  • Seller does not respond to questions.

What I Suggest...

Here are some things to also avoid some Amazon scams:

  • Check price on other websites (at least 3).
  • ALWAYS read the customer reviews, both good and bad.
  • Ask friends and family if a deal doesn't sound right.
  • Look up company or seller, do they have a bad reputation?
  • Don't turn on "1-Click Ordering", it makes it too easy to purchase without thinking.
  • Do research on the product itself and compare to others like it.
  • Know the return policy.

Bottom line? Please do your research, especially with the holidays and Black Friday coming up. It's so easy to impulse buy and then pay for it later by getting a terrible product and finding out you can't return it.

This warning also includes eBay because it is more open to scams such as these because it's easier to become a seller on eBay.

I wish you luck in your holiday shopping and future purchases! Thanks for reading.

No Offense Amazon!

This article was not meant to call Amazon a bad company, but rather some of the

seller's found on Amazon. I do know the Amazon warns you about these scams but

I believe they don't do it enough or take enough action against these scam artists.

Amazon is a great company that you can find amazing deals on, just do your research first!

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good tip Caitlyn especially at this time of year.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Last year I bought a lot of stuff on Amazon. However, I stuck with reputable products that were priced sensibly. I feel as if I spent less when shopping online, not due to the great deals, but because I wasn't sidetracked with merchandise that seemed like fun but that no one really needed.

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