I got suspended from Amazon for the second time three days ago.
I started listing a few DVD's but there was no room for profit as some of the prices are stupidly low , e.g James Bond - Quantum of solace (2 disc special edition) - Brand New for £ 7.99 when the cheapest retail price anywhere in the uk is £ 12 .49.
When you take out Amazon's insane Postage fees / ebay like final value fees / P & P costs a £ 7.99 sale gives you back ab out £ 6.25 .
It's f@#!$ insane -- either these idiots are selling themselves short or selling ⊗⊗⊗⊗ DVD's. I can guarantee Amazon is full of ⊗⊗⊗⊗ DVD's .
Anyway, i had a stealth Amazon account for about three weeks selling DVD's ......... or so i thought.
I then decided to list heaps of high risk items such as Xboxes , wii's , laptops , etc.
Then bang , within 24 hours they had sent me the same suspension notice as was posted up by threadstarted.
I'm not exactly sure how they caught me , providing that they do not have access to the name on my credit card then i must of carelesly used same / simlar name / address to my old suspended account.
The way in which i was suspended proves that there are real people screening high risk accounts , they store details , i would'nt be surprised if there were people in their trust & safety departments taking down detailed notes and streing them as files to catch you in the future.
My views on Amazon are that without proof they will not suspend you which is the oposite to ebay because ebay will suspend you for blinking an eye lid.
Amazons detection / Linking methods are abviously more throughough and indepth.
Here is the letter i got from Amazon explaining my suspension:
Greetings from Amazon.co.uk,
This message is to inform you that we have blocked your Amazon.co.uk seller account. Your open listings have been cancelled and you are no longer able to sell on our site.
We have taken this action because it has come to our attention that this account is related to an account which has been previously blocked for violations of our Participation Agreement.
While we do not provide detailed information on how we link related accounts, we have thoroughly reviewed our records and have confirmed we have significant evidence that this account is related to another account previously closed for violations of our Participation Agreement.
If you still have items to dispatch, please take appropriate steps to resolve your pending sales. Your seller account will remain accessible and you are encouraged to refund or dispatch pending orders.
Any funds that were in your account at the time of closure are on temporary hold pending the resolution of your sales. Funds are generally held for 90 days and will be released minus any unresolved chargebacks or A-to-z claims filed against your account.
While we appreciate your interest, please understand that the closure of an account is a permanent action. Any subsequent accounts that are opened will be closed as well. Thank you for your understanding of our decision.
Please note that this e-mail was sent from an address which does not accept incoming mail.
In order to contact us please visit our help pages on Amazon.co.uk under Help > Marketplace Selling FAQs > "Contact Seller Support by e-mail" and select "Respond to Seller Performance" from the subject line drop down menu.
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The crazy thing about all this is that on both my suspended accounts i only ever sold 2 dvd's (Both were real)
Thereason i got suspended initially was because on my initial account i listed a lot of items which went out of stock so i had to issue refunds.
Half of the buyers left negative feedback (like the twa.ts they are).
Regardless of the bad feedback i recieved if you give too many refunds amazon will suspend you - and thats what they did for me.
Overall i managed to get two suspended accounts and sold only 2 items - with no profit and a lot of effort.
This sort of treatment makes me realise why scammers want to rip off the likes of ebay and Amazon.
At the end of the day unlucky people like me are the ones taking the brunt of Amazons attacks when the people they should be catching are the REAL SCAMMERS - THE PROFESSIONAL SCAMMERS & FRAUDSTERS who are wise up to all amazons security measures anyway.