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November 16th, 2011 at 07:26 am

Amazon Complaints:

1 - They told us that non-high-volume sellers can't sell during holiday season. Holiday season = November 1 through December 25th or so?? Not exactly sure on end date.

They did not remove dh's listings AND he had a game to sell, so he listed it. We thought maybe we didn't understand the notice and dh was okay.

THEN they sent him a note that he could not sell after November 15th, as per original letter. Original letter says November 1. So was that just a typo, or are they backing down a bit, but not really admitting it? Rolleyes

Last year we made about $200 during the Christmas season. Nothing life changing, but it's generally the easiest time of year to make money. So, BOO!

2 - Yesterday they told dh to give them his tax information or they would close his seller account.

Oh, they are getting worse than Ebay, if that is possible.

I understand they have a lot to manage with new tax laws coming up, etc. BUT, I don't like giving my SS# to people who do not need it. I am not sure of the legalities of them really asking for it in that manner. I am going to look into that a bit. Dh just gave it to them. After having my identity stolen, I am just extra sensitive about that.

Dh will never sell enough to have to be reported to the IRS. & I have a right not to give my SS# to people who don't really need it for tax reporting purposes. So, Bah!

3 - As of yesterday, Amazon had not shipped our Kindle fire or any of our Kindle pre-orders made ages ago. Plus, dh had ordered some Harry Potter Blu Ray that released last week but did not ship. For reference, when you pre-order things, they tend to be at your door they day of release. Particularly movies and books.

They must have TONS of these kindle orders. They have never been so slow on this type stuff. Anyway, dh griped all week, and then he called them to gripe at them. I don't know if it worked, but I decided to check on a whim. EVERYTHING shipped overnight. Dh will be pleased they shipped OnTrac - so everything should get here tomorrow. (OnTrac is lightning fast). Of course, this is free shipping, but we always order everything free shipping. It's usually pretty dang fast - in this case will probably just be one day to ship.

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In other news, I ran into next-door neighbor a month or two ago. She was telling me the charter high school that her daughter got into. HIGH SCHOOL? When did that happen? She's "babysat" our kids before, at her parent's house, but really her mom insists we bring the kids over to play with their 7yo and then refuses to let us pay. So we kind of left it that she will be a great babysitting resource when she is older. I feel awkward otherwise - don't want to take advantage.

I am not sure much has changed. We decided to ask if she could babysit tonight so we can go to parent/teacher conferences without spending a ton at the drop-in place. OF course mom said, "bring the kids over." They are saving us so much gas, time and money that I think we will just offer $10 per hour. Plus, it's not like leaving the kids with a teen - will be adults too - and won't be at our house. We will INSIST on paying. Will see how that goes. Should only be $10 since we have two conferences back to back. This might save us $15, by the time we would have driven over to the commercial drop-in place and paid more like $13 per hour. Not to mention what a TIME saver!

Now we just have to remember in the future. If they take our money, this could be a much cheaper alternative for date night.

5 Responses to “Amazon Complaints”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    This is all I could find on the subject of Amazon asking for ID#s:

    http://blog.auctionbytes.com/cgi-bin/blog/blog.pl?/pl/2011/1...
    Reading the comments? For anyone making less than $20k on Amazon, this has nothing to do with tax fraud. Rolleyes The point is there is nothing to report to the IRS and so I don't want my SS# floating out there for NO REASON.

    I am curious to see follow ups on this article.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I have Amazon Prime (student) and should be getting all my (numerous) orders of books in two days ... NOT. Apparently the 2 day shipping guarantee doesn't apply to rural areas. Frown As long as I'm here, I don't plan on renewing Prime -- there really is no point to it.

    I pre-ordered the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book - it *might* get here by Friday. (It was released yesterday.) I have the minions chomping at the bits for it (I bought two copies.)

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I would assume it is this whole kindle fire thing - we have never had such slow shipping from them. In Sacramento we get generally everything lightning fast.

    Though they show our items as "shipped" from lightning fast On Trac, there has been no further movement on out shipment tracking. We wonder if it's really even shipped. More like slapped a label on it so dh stops calling and complaining? Big Grin Will see!!! Any other time it would have arrived in one day from shipment. (They day is not over, but I am not holding my breath. The tracking would have said it was in Sacramento by now).

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    Can't wait to see how you and DH like the Fire.

    Getting a good, inexpensive, reliable babysitter would be great! Smile

  5. terri77 Says:

    That is so strange to me, the policy of only high volume sellers being able to list during the holidays. I guess it would overwhelm their site? I don't know, but it doesn't seem like it's very customer oriented.

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