So I am trying to sell some unwanted DVD's that have never been opened through my seller account because the trade in value that Amazon is offering is like 10% of the cost that Amazon themselves is selling the items at. I go to the screen to list the items and a couple of them come up as a restricted listing. Why restricted is Amazon trying to sell off their inventory first? Why are there listings from other sellers? Are they allowing there other sellers first dibs on dumping their stock at a respectable market value. It is bad enough that Amazon rapes you on what you sell by taking like 15% of what you sell and not allowing you to collect the same tax that they take from you when you buy something. Amazon has jumped the shark and Best Buy is making a comeback for my business.
Some manufacturers have strict controls about who is allowed to sell their products. Do you have an example of one of the items? For DVDs in particular, some of the movie companies are talking about copyright infringement and distribution agreements, etc.
I never had a problem selling the occasional DVD or video game used or new on Amazon before. I would just click on the "sell your item here" button and it was good to go. Now all of a sudden they are restricting 3rd party sellers from selling their items. I did a quick google search and stumbled upon a thread in a forum and it looks like Amazon is up to something and screwing all of their 3rd party sellers and restricting their selling of DVD's and removing their items. Some of the sellers are getting screwed over cause they actually shipped their product to Amazon to warehouse and ship when the item gets sold and in order to get the inventory back they have to pay the return freight. People have contacted the major players like HBO and WB and asked if the are the ones forcing Amazon to do this and they said no. I buy from Amazon more than I sell and a couple of the items I tried listing to sell I actually bought from Amazon directly and the transaction is in my history. Us buyers should be very concerned about this because no longer will you be able to save a couple of dollars buying from a 3rd party seller you will be forced to pay the price is telling you to pay for it.
I have already slowed down on my buys from Amazon because the past two years I have been disappointed with how they run their black friday lightning deals. Top that with sales tax and state disposable fees on items with screens they are now collecting Amazon is now on the same level as all of the brick and mortar stores. The only thing that Amazon excels at these days is their return policy. But if something is the same price on Amazon and Best Buy I am taking my business to Best Buy because at least Best Buy will price match me. Might have to not renew my Prime membership and just switch to Netflix too.
Here is an example: I bought this item in 2010 from Amazon and never opened it and was waiting for the other season to drop to a respectable price. Then the series gets cancelled prematurely with no closure. So I no longer want to own the series and want to sell back the season that I did buy. I can trade it in for $4.00 credit with Amazon so they can sell it for $36.00 or I can list it on my own to sell for $27.00 and give Amazon 15%. Well they took away my last option. If Amazon is telling me that an item I bought in 2010 and never opened is still worth $36.00 then why only offer me $4.00 in credit. At the very least they should give me $20.00 credit if they are going to sell it for $36.00 not this crackhead pricing of $4.00. That is beyond robbery to me, they are flirting with raping their clients.
When you submit a previously owned product, it's not Amazon that buys it and resells it it's another party - usually a third party seller.
Amazon just handles the process and transaction.
The asking price for previously owned items is established by those who plan to resell it, not Amazon. They in turn sell it at whatever price they opt, but again, it's not Amazon that sets either pricing.
R. Miller, How do you figure that Amazon can still sell it as new and get $36.00 out of your "used" Blu-ray? Even though it hasn't been opened, it is still "used" merchandise. If I had the choice of buying your Blu-ray or one that came out of their "new" stockroom, I would want the un-handled one if they were priced alike. If you look up that Blu-ray and click on the "used" ones, they have a used one that is rated "used but like new" for $15.95 with Prime shipping. I'd guess that it is a returned and unopened one also.
You use words like rape and robbery very loosely. You not receiving an offer you like for the used goods is not akin to either rape or robbery. You see you have an entire marketplace in which to find the best value. Amazon is just a part of that.
Someone offering you a price that is valuable to them is no more robbery than you suggesting you receive new value for 2 year old returned goods.
> R. Miller says: .. they are flirting with raping their clients.
You deal with corporations on a voluntary basis. If you do not like the way things work at Amazon you can choose some other corporation. They are not forcing you to adopt their rules. This is not the Federal Government.
The entertainment industry has had lots of laws passed to benefit them. Amazon feels like they must have special restrictions on people selling DVDs. In return political officials get to hang around with famous stars.
Do you really think Orrin Hatch would have his music published if he wasn't a Senator?
R. Miller is onto something. I think some shills are trying to hide his concerns just like ebay does. If nobody hears about it, it doesn't exist so they remove or hide comments. I've had the same problem with large vendors somehow getting restricted access to status on a dvd that I own and would like to sell and cannot. It has nothing to do with copyright infringement or anything else that was brought up here. Many buyers do not like dealing with large volume sellers and prefer to deal with smaller volume sellers as they are more likely to get what they order and can deal with them on a more personal level. Amazon also increased their fees so it's impossible to sell anything for less than $3 because you basically wouldn't make any money with the small volume seller fees being $.99 per item + 20% commission on dvds. Also, if a customer returns the item, you're probably going to lose money, especially if you're pressured to return the entire amount or face negative feedback, which counts much more severely on Amazon Marketplace than it does on other sites.