I ordered a book which was not what I expected. I contacted amazon & rranged to return the book immediately. It was a brand new book that I bought directly from amazon.
Imagine my shock when I received the total of my refund amount. On a book that cost over $16 I am getting back $4.
Besides high shipping ($3.99 media mail) they charged me over $8.50 restocking. This is a new fee which is not mentioned anywhere in their refunds policy.
Receiving $4 bck on over $16 means it cost me $12 + to make a mistake, which I will not be making gain with this formerly honest company
I placed an order with Amazon.com for the tv and selected the electronic check method of payment on August 27, 2008. Amazon received an authorization from Telecheck, but cancelled the transaction. After contacting customer service I replaced the order on the 28th and the same thing happened again. Their reason was that my bank would not validate my billing address. I contacted my bank (small local bank) and they had received no inquiry from Amazon. I went on working with customer service at Amazon until yesterday- we added notes that provided the proper phone number for my banks, the manager's names, and after almost 3 weeks of cancelled orders Amazon finally told me they weren't actually doing anything because they were a global company and didn't have time to mess with these things. I feel that if they aren't going to honor a payment method for purchases of a certain amount, then don't offer it or at least be honest with the consumer and tell them to take their business elsewhere.
I placed an order on Sept. 24, 2008 for 2 DVDs and 2 books. I received a confirmation for 4 orders but I didn't check the body of each e-mail, only the subject line. Today I received in the mail 2 of the same DVDs from the same company. In speaking with an Amazon.com representative, they said I clicked the "One click" order button twice. Now, I kow it might be possible to do it once, but not twice! And it would have been by accident, anyway. So, I have 2 sets of DVDs ordered - one already here and one enroute. I may be able to cancel one if it hasn't been sent yet but the one I received, I have to absorb the shipping/handling fee if I return it.
My advice for anyone using the Amazon.com "One Click" order button, check the status of the order within 90 minutes and make sure there isn't a duplicate - if there is, you can cancel it. Also, check the body of your e-mail for confirmation of each order and specific titles. Especially when you are ordering more than one.
On November 16, 2007, I sent a $99.92 cheque to Amazon.com as a payment for two books I ordered. After about 7 weeks, I received only one book. Since then I've sent e-mails, letters, and even a registered letter personally addressed to Amazon.com CEO.
However, all my messages have been totally ignored. No reply explaining the cause of this unfortunate error for which Amazon.com is the sole responsible has been issued up-to-now. I said 'unfortunate' because I urgently needed the book to hand over a research proposal.
I've all the neccessary evidence and I 'm fully responsible for what I'm declaring.
my order reference number: [protected]
I have been an Amazon customer for more than 7 years, with purchases of more than USD$8000 yearly (all purchases are recorded either via email or print-out Amazon account summary). The reason I am writing this review is to expose what Amazon does to her faithful customer.
I make purchases of at least 20 to 30 books in each order several times a year, so I do consider myself a “big” customer of Amazon’s (let the reader be the judge). The reason I make such regular purchases is this - I am doing research and require books for my papers. Besides, I am a bibliophile and an avid book collector.
The quality of Amazon packing has progressively deteriorated over the years. In the early 2000 (i.e. from 1999 to 2003), Amazon shrink wraps my books for delivery. In the last few years, the packing has decline to such an extent that, several books were simply thrown into a box – sometimes with nothing and sometimes with a plastic bubble on top – and the books were shipped all the way to Asia with such flimsy packing. Imagine 10 books in one box (the orders of say 30 books were often split into a few shipments). What do you expect to see when the books arrive?
Needless to say, there are badly damaged books in every shipment.
I never requested for replacement of books with minor damages i.e. slight dog-ears, little dents, or even a mark here and there. Thus far, I have only requested for replacements when the damage is substantial i.e. numerous dog-ears, dents to corners of books, torn covers (even torn hardcover jackets), or crushed pages.
Apparently, Amazon dislike customers asking for replacement, even when customers were to send back those damaged items. Recently, I asked for a replacement of a damaged book which was an expensive item. The damaged book was sent back to Amazon, but Amazon sent me another damaged book as a replacement! I do not know if the damage was due to transport or originally there, but the book had dents, crushed pages throughout, and markings.
I therefore requested for a second replacement for the damaged book. But this is what I received from Amazon in my email the next couple of days:
Email from Amazon Management:
Date: Wednesday, 27 August, 2008 11:03 PM
Hello from Amazon.com.
A careful review of your account indicates you've experienced an extraordinary number of incidents with your orders and corresponding shipments.
In the normal course of business, the occasional problem is inevitable. The rate at which such problems have occurred on your account is extraordinary, however, and cannot continue. Effective immediately, your Amazon.com account is closed and you are no longer able to shop in our store. I am very sorry for any disappointment this may cause.
Please know that any accounts related to yours have also been closed. If you were to open a new account, the same will result and it will also be closed. In the event that you attempt to do so, we will not accept the return of any additional orders, nor will we issue further refunds in connection with any future orders. We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from using our web site.
If you require additional assistance, or have any concerns, feel free to contact us directly at mailto:[protected]@amazon.com.
Please do not contact regular Customer Service again, as they will no longer be able to assist you.
With the aforementioned email, I can no longer access my Amazon account. What’s more, all my standing replacement orders and credit card details were frozen and taken by Amazon (can’t I at least DELETE my credit card details? What about those well-known Amazon hackers who hack into accounts to steal credit card details?). What’s most frustrating is that – I cannot even log into my Amazon account to stop SPAM mails from Amazon from being sent to my email account.
This is what I wrote to Amazon after receiving the aforementioned email.
Date: Thursday, 28 August, 2008 12:06 AM
Re: Closure of My Account After So Many Years As A Customer
1. I do not understand why you have closed my account without even discussing this with me. The alleged "extraordinary number of incidents" were not due to any faults of mine.
2. Take for example, the numerous paperback books I ordered. In order to prevent damage due to the packing of MANY books into one box, I have been splitting my orders recently (and PAYING MORE as a result) into lesser and lesser books. Go and check it out: it would be cheaper and more economical just to purchase all the books in one order. Instead, I choose to pay more and split the books up into several orders (like 10 orders). With each order, I have to pay a shipment surcharge. I am willing to do so because the packing is very poor, and the books often arrived damaged. The soft-covers were often placed into a box with nothing, or a simple plastic bubble. The books become damaged when the corners of the books rub/knock against the inside of the box or when the books rub/bang into other books within the box.
3. Hard-covers were more resilient to transport, but not all books come in hard-covers. Even so, I have hard-covers damaged every once in a while. Some hard covers had badly torn jackets.
4. Thus far, I have returned damaged items as instructed.
5. Furthermore, I had appealed to shipment (like writing to them) to pack my books well i.e. to wrap my books in a plastic shrink wrapper. Once in a blue moon I get books wrapped in a shrink wrap, but even so, the shrink wrap was done such that the corners of the TOPMOST book were bent inwards (due the to hasty shrink wrapping or carelessness). As a result, the book was damaged.
6. Other than the packing problems, I had no other complaints against Amazon. I never complained when my orders were delayed for months. I never complained when you say that a book was in stock, and when I ordered, you cancelled my order because there is no stock. I never complained when you cancelled an order because the price was allegedly a “mistake” (too low and couldn’t make a profit?). Why didn't you just pack my books properly? There were even times when I had to re-order the damaged book because your replacement book was damaged as well.
7. I am a book collector, and I will want my books in new or reasonable condition as I had indeed paid for NEW books, not damaged ones. I will accept the book if it has no dents, severe dog-ears, torn or bent covers.
8. Lastly, I have purchase books from you for more than 7 years, and have given you much business. You could at least DISCUSS this issue with your long time customer.
9. This is not the way to deal with a faithful customer of so many years.
I would like the readers to be aware of how unprofessional Amazon is even with her faithful customers. Buyers beware!
Seems like the problem is widespread!
Here's what I received from them via email. — Hello from amazon.com. A careful review of your account...
Amazon.com's supposed customer service is difficult to deal with. The Web site didn't offer the kind of help I needed, so I finally unearthed their phone number (cleverly concealed) only to talk with someone whose English was difficult to understand. He created a problem which resulted in my having to reorder. But following the "help" suggestion that explained I could combine orders (and thus save the shipping costs of the added item), I found that you can only do this if you manage to complete the "combine orders" in a nanosecond or less. If a minute elapses, you cannot combine orders. The second person I talked to was totally incomprehensible, and I really am not sure what we were talking about. The final result after a couple of phone calls, cancellations, reorders, and frustrating attempts to get the right book back into the order was that I had to pay shipping for a book that should have been on the first order (and thus not charged for shipping). Does Amazon perhaps seek out people whose English is so difficult to understand that customers wind up just hanging up and resigning themselves to do business elsewhere?
I only sold items on Amazon.com for a few days when the Seller-Performance Team at Amazon.com blocked my...
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I read your post, this is a big problem. Is there any class action going on? If not, should there be? Imagine how much CASH, Amazon held by closing all the accounts. If you know anything, let me know. I will do the same. Selling on Amazon was my job, I would not have risked it for anything.
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Amazon.com hides its contact number for a good reason. They don't want to hear from you. In my most recent experience, I painstakingly researched several records, items of clothing, and a computer that I placed in my shopping cart. This was the largest order I was about to place with them ever. The very next day, when I clicked my cart open it was empty. I have just spent 3 hours with various Phillipine and India operators, two of which closed the phone on me, another had me wait 20 mnts to access a supervisor who did not help. 3 hours of pure frustration.
Before doing anything, these people want the e-mail address, the name, billing address and the last 4 digits of your credit card to protect YOUR privacy! All this to find out why THEIR computer is malfunctioning.
Lets teach all these companies who forgot about proper consumer service a lesson. Let's take our business elsewhere. Dell's demise is benefiting Apple. Amazon will probably learn its lesson too late as well!
On April 27, 2008, I purchased the Motorola
HomeSight security system from Amazon.com. Once the order was placed I
was told that I would be receiving the security system from Axsecure.
I really didn't think that much of the notice because I believe I have
received other items from other sellers on Amazon's site anyway and so
far I had no complaints.
Doing business with Axsecure was a HUGE
mistake. I received the security system 3 days later and was shocked.
I thought this was great. WRONG! I opened the box to find NO receipt
for the security system and ONE confusing page on how to install the
software and what to do if the installation failed. In the meantime, I
am looking at the system and I find one piece that I am unable to
figure out what it is for. There was nothing to tell me what each
piece was, how to use them, or which plug went to which item. This is
the first time I have dealt with anything like this.
I have to
say at this point, I am wondering if I paid for a refurbished security
system and not a brand new one, which is what I paid for.
decided I wanted to return the system, so I tried to get information on
Axsecure. The only information was an email address. I sent an email,
but there was no telling how long it would take to reply and I wanted
to get the system in the mail ASAP. I called Amazon.com to ask how to
return the system. I figured that since I placed my order at
Amazon.com, they had some responsibility in helping me get a refund.
seems Amazon.com hires people all over the world to be customer service
representatives. I went threw language barrier after language
barrier. I had to repeat myself so many times that in the end I hung
up on the first 2 representatives. I kept asking for a supervisor, but
all the representatives would do was ignore my request for a
supervisor. I finally called a third time and told the representative
that I was not going to give her my information and that I wanted a
supervisor. At first I was told there were NO supervisors. When I
told her that not 5 minutes before, I was told there were supervisors
there, she then told me they were ALL busy. I told her I would wait.
2 minutes the representative came back on the phone line and told me
the supervisors were still busy. I said, I'd wait. Around 5 minutes
went by and the representative came back on the phone line and said
that the supervisors were still busy. I told her that, I was still
going to wait if it took all night because I had nothing to do anyway.
In less then 1 minute I had a supervisor. What a waste of time. He
cared nothing about my problem. He kept saying it was not Amazon's
responsibility and that I needed to contact Axsecure. I ended the phone
call letting the supervisor know that I was filing a complaint with my
State Attorney General's office.
I immediately went online and
filed my complaint with the Attorney General's office. While finishing
up with my complaint, I got an email from Axsecure. I received this
reply in bold, black letters:
sorry no returns on open items they have a tech support # its a great system
Had I been informed that there would be NO returning this item when I was ordering it, I WOULD NOT HAVE PLACED THE ORDER.
called Amazon.com back and I was now more than furious. I finally got
someone that understood English. I told her that it was against the
law to sell something WITHOUT informing the customer of a NO RETURN
POLICY. I told her I got an email from Axsecure stating they do not
have a return policy. She told me I was correct. Suddenly, I was
receiving customer service. She was extremely nice. At this point I
didn't trust her either. This representative asked me to hold while
she did some research. Amazon has a guaranty for satisfaction. She
was going to file a claim and issue me a refund.
I asked what to
do with the security system and I was told that I could either keep it
or send it back but was never given an address to send it to.
I placed a call to Motorola Homesmart and told the representative that the Homesmart system was a piece of junk. To my surprise he agreed. On top of that he told me that the system I purchased was OBSOLETE! Not only is it obsolete but if someone has purchased this item and needs a new CD, they are NO LONGER available and the consumer is out of money. Now I know why Amazon told me I could keep it if I wanted to.
the past I have rarely had problems with Amazon.com, but this time was
a real learning experience. You have to beware of ordering things that
are being sold by other companies. Before you place an order, call
them or email them and find out what the RETURN POLICY is. You also have to worry about whether or not you are getting an obsolete item. If Amazon doesn't know or
can't tell you how to find it on their web site (I was given
misinformation), DON'T place the order.
received a couple of emails from Amazon.com telling me how to check the
sellers return policy, but guess what? The information I received was
worth nothing because what I was told to do, couldn't be done.
I searched the net for 'Canon PowerShot SD790IS 10MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom'...
Amazon send me an email stating that I had violated their policy WITHOUT telling me what policy did I violate. They blocked my account and withheld my money. Amazon customer service asked me to email [protected]@amazon.com and NO ONE has responded to my request of an investigation of my account? Amazon held my money and states that they will hold my money for 90 DAYS! But No explanation what caused that action?? I have NO one filed claim my account on A-Z claim.
Without any warning or explanation of what is going on??? Amazon decides to close my account and I cannot find any customer service at Amazon is willing to explain to me.
Amazon does NOT respect seller at all but takes commission from us.
Well, I have shopped with Amazon for years and was one customer who spent a lot of money with them. I did...
I've had the same horrible experience that Amazon.com has done to me. As a loyal Amazon.com user for the past several years, this is the single most WORST experience that I've EVER experienced with Amazon.com. They further cancel your account without so much as a rebuttal, without so much as a reply that what their terms and conditions are, or what it entails. I believe that a lawsuit against this company is warranted, if not to get our money back, then at least to show the rest of the country what a HORRIBLE company Mr. Bezos's company has now become, and the way that it treats its loyal customers and 'supposed' Amazon.com friends.
I received email from Amazon that my account has been closed because someone told them that i have another account with them. When I called amazon they did not want to discuss this issue. Nobody would return my phone calls. I was selling items on their website and now they are holding my money for 90 days (who knows why). I never had any other accounts with them and wanted to resolve this issue. They basically told me that they can shut anyones account off anytime they feel like it and I should move on with my life.
I have not ever encountered such unreliable services in my life until this month when I missed the deadline of my credit card payment by 1 day. I know I am a busy person, but I also like to pay my bills on time. To be safe and to not miss my payment deadline, I enrolled with the Chase credit card Alerts, which would alert customers for many functions, which include payment deadlines. I appreciated this system because on September 2007, I received an alert email to remind me that my payment would be due in 7 days.
Last month, I did not receive any alert email from Chase; as a result, I did not pay my bill on time. I called and emailed the Chase customer services to ask why, but none of them could provide me the reasonable answers.
Worst of all, when I called and spoke to Tyler, one of the Internet Chase credit card adviser, he told me that I should not rely on this Alert system to pay bill. I was in shock. Chase provides such Alert system to help customers, but customers should not rely on Chase. What a slap on their trustworthy words!
However, I was not satisfied with what Tyler said and seeked second opinion from other Chase advisers. I spoke to Patricia and she told me that my email server could have filtered out their emails. Again, I disagreed with her because I have been receiving all other emails from Chase except my alerts email. I asked her if there was any change in their system that Chase didn't inform their customers to aware of, and she said no. But, from her, I learned Chase did change their email address and they did not inform customers about the change. Instead of using [protected]@alerts.Chase.com, they just started to use [protected]@cardmemberservices.com as their email address.
The latter imposed two issues: 1) fraud email address without using Chase as part of the domain name, and 2) negligence of informing customers about recent change of email usages.
Although I am responsible for my lateness, I don't agree that I am the only person who would be responsible for the whole situation. I post this statement because I think Chase serves millions and millions of people in this world. Imagine if Chase serves 4 million people internationally, only 1/4 of this population, who relies on the alerts system for meeting their payment deadline, could bring them a profit of $15 millions dollars plus finance charges imposed on the statement.
If some of you like me enrolled in this system and did not receive any alerts email last month, please respond to this statement to see if we could make a case. I plan to carry this on elsewhere; if you have any other advice, please feel free to offer here.