"Fulfilled by Amazon" Online Shopping – Is it Safe?

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Have you ever wanted to buy something over the internet, or have bought an item online, and wondered how safe the transaction really is?  What about a return policy?  What if you are dissatisified, and want a refund?  If you have heard of Amazon, then you have heard of their size and great selection of things to buy.  What you might not have noticed is that many other online “stores” and shopping malls/marts are “Amazon Fulfilled” sites. This means that you are purchasing items from a non-Amazon website store, but the items are going to be delivered to you from Amazon.  This is an Amazon Fulfilled Shop.  Shopping at a so-called “Fulfilled By Amazon” Online Sites, (and there are many Amazon Fulfilled sites on the web),  can be a great shopping experience.  Many sites are specific niche sites, and many are full-blown “malls” and offer thousands of products.  These are what it means to shop at, or have a, high-volume e-commerce business on the internet.  And Amazon is the undisputed King of online shopping. Thousands of transactions per day are handled from hundreds of non-Amazon sites all over the online world.  But have you ever wondered if they are really as safe as shopping directly on Amazon?  I believe they are, and here is why:

How does “Fulfilled by Amazon” work?

Amazon’s Return policy states:

Items “Fulfilled by Amazon” are shipped from an Amazon Fulfillment Center to you. All of our standard shipping rates and policies apply to these items, including FREE Super Saver Shipping on qualifying orders over $25.

Amazon also handles all customer service and product returns for “Fulfilled by Amazon” sites.

What is the Return Policy on these sites?

Because order fulfillment is provided by Amazon.com, all orders are subject to the current Amazon.com returns policy.  This is precisely the reason I believe that shopping and ordering items on these sites are as safe as the good faith of Amazon.

You may return new, unopened items sold and fulfilled by Amazon.com within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Items should be returned in their original packaging. Amazon.com will also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of an Amazon.com error. Just visit the Amazon.com online Returns Center, and Amazon.com will guide you through the process and even supply you with a return mailing label you can print out.

In conclusion, shopping at e-commerce online websites, thanks to the power of Amazon, are as safe as if you were actually at Amazon shopping.  The safety of shopping at an Amazon fulfilled site is that your purchase is backed by the full faith and credit and return policy of Amazon. This is about as safe as you can get.  Shop on, and be a good bargain hunter!

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