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Buyer wants to return book because class doesn't require it...do I have to accept the return?


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Initial post: Aug 29, 2012 7:27:07 AM PDT
I sold an an accounting textbook to a buyer a couple of weeks ago. He is now wanting to return the book because its not the right book for the class and he doesn't need it. Do I have to accept the return?

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 12:30:20 PM PDT
If it's within 30 days, generally yes, if it's still in the same condition it was sent to them in. It's part of the rules people agree to by selling here. You can find more info in the Help pages. There are pretty strict rules. Personally, I'd consider charging a restocking fee equal to the cost I paid to mail the book in such a case, and of course he'd be responsible for return shipping. Most buyers would recognize there's no point to complaining about a seller making themselves equal. It's when things get too ridiculous that it can be a problem, like when I bought "very good" condition textbooks that were full of highlighting, then was charged a 20% restocking fee upon returning them. That's NOT allowed, since they were listed incorrectly. But, if you're fair, Amazon's rules will back you up should there be any complaints. You don't want to get a bad feedback though, so be careful how much if any of a restocking fee you charge. Most people would consider much more than the shipping cost to be excessive, no matter how annoying needing to deal with the book again is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 5:45:14 PM PST
What exactly is Amazon's approach to this? I read their return policy and doesn't really say. I have had several returns lately where the wrong book was ordered. If you don't refund their money will Amazon do something to you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 1:22:12 AM PST
If you don't refund their money, they'll likely file an A-to-Z Claim (or otherwise go to Amazon about it), and then, pardon the language, you're screwed, because Amazon's policy is that a seller cannot just refuse to accept returns. Not to mention, the certain negative feedback from the buyer, which is minor in comparison but would likely hurt your sales somewhat for quite a while. If the return is not a seller's fault (due to them listing the item incorrectly, it being damaged or not arriving, etc.), but is instead due to buyer's mistake or change of mind or whatever, the seller is not necessarily obligated to refund the shipping fee portion of the buyer's cost, but they can't refuse to issue refunds completely.

It's not all under their return policy, because that's primarily info for returning items to Amazon, though as sellers here, we are bound to the same timeframes, policies of when a return is allowed, and such. For info on this subject actually written to inform sellers of their specific obligations, you need to read the help pages for selling on Amazon. I'll warn you, there's no single catch-all page (that I know of) that covers every aspect of this. You'll need to take some time, poke around a bit, and familiarize yourself with what the expectations are if you sell here. That's what I did. There's too much there to memorize it all, but if you get the basics down, and kind of learn how to find the rest as you need it, it helps a lot. For a good starting point, which you can venture from as you like: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_cn?ie=UTF8&nodeId=1161280

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 2:25:44 PM PST
Bailey says:
I have a request to return a book by the buyer. It is in perfect condition, never used or written in, which is how I described it and wants to return it saying "it is used and could have bought it for half the cost." I think it's buyers remorse and do not feel I owe this person a refund.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2013 6:28:36 PM PST
Bailey, see my post above. It really doesn't matter whether you feel you owe them a refund or not. There are certain things we all agree to by selling here. Providing refunds is just one of them. As it says in the help pages though, if you listed the book completely correctly, and they've just changed their mind or whatever, you do have the option of refunding only the item cost and not the shipping, in addition to having them return it at their expense. You may want to go navigate around in the seller help pages a bit and learn more about this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2013 7:10:32 PM PST
I have recently also had a lot people wanting to return books because they ordered it wrong or don't want the book anymore. Start a policy where you return their money minus a "restocking fee." Make sure you post this on your seller page.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 7:10:00 PM PST
The buyer recently told me that they had not received their book yet, but the tracking information said it had been delivered. I sent her an email asking her to verify her address, and she had the wrong address listed on her Amazon account. Now she wants a refund.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 10:43:11 AM PST
Li Hong Li says:
can I just buy cd?

Posted on May 14, 2014 3:45:33 PM PDT
What if it is a computer part and all of a sudden after he has it a day before my money comes in he decides oh now I don't need it anymore or don't want it so he can just get a refund, I think he is trying to scam and just get things free, is there any way if could win in this situation I'm not gunna let him return the item at the last minute and say oh now he don't need it, no we all know he needed it and for sure used it I think he is just trying to rip off the seller I don't think that is right and I'm not gunna sit by and let someone do that any help on this

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 5:00:49 PM PDT
That happens all the time. Amazon almost always sides with the buyer. My advice; figure out a way to get used to it, and don't expect any help from Amazon.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 12:02:52 PM PDT
Someone bought an item from me, they had issues getting it to work because they didn't know how to work the item, They emailed me saying they want to send the item back and they had already contacted amazon so I sent her instructions on how to fix her issues, she got the item to work and now wants to keep it and amazon already refunded her the money back so now i am out my item and my money... what do I do? I have spoken numerous times to amazon and they side with the buyer and say now they can reverse the money. Not very happy right now since I'm out a $60+ item and the money. any one have ideas or suggestions?
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