I have to admit, sometimes the best buys are from direct retail purchases. When you go to a department store, or toy store, you can take a good look at a toy if there is any wear and tear, missing parts, or scratches and dents.
A direct purchase from Amazon, or other retailer might have its advantages by saving you (the shopper) some time, by not having to take a bus to the toy store, and you take your chances by placing your trust in the integrity of the seller and online retailer.
As a telephone agent with the national post office, I received a lot of nasty phone calls about people who would receive broken toys. X Boxes, and Sony Play Stations wouldn’t show up at people’s door on time, and customers were even crying on the phone! People would also received items damaged and try to pin the blame on the post office. If there was enough foam/foam chips in the packaging, the product would not be damaged. I would constantly advise the receiver to contact the seller, or retailer for compensation.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there. You have some sellers trying to sell legitimate items, while they are trying to compete with fake sellers. Fake sellers are people who will set up an account, steal photos from Google, and create a false ad, to get you to buy a product that doesn’t exist. The good news is…Amazon hears your complaint, then reimburses you 100% of the cost for the product. Amazon is reimbursing the buyer out of goodwill, and unfortunately, Amazon is also getting a bad rep, and they are losing money because of this.
It’s hard to say how long this fulfillment by Amazon, or the retail arbitrage thing will go on for. As a blogger, I’m in this for the advertising, but I don’t have to lead you down the wrong path so I can gain a percentage. Not being honest kills a website’s integrity, and I will lose all my viewers, so what is there to gain? I’m waiting for Toys R’ Us affiliate program to be working again, then I can advertise their toys directly from them, and soon move away from Amazon. If something looks like a scam, I won’t advertise it.
Here is a new article from Tyler Omoth, who is a top writer from www.thepennyhoarder.com
There are still good deals out there… Go with proven sellers with lots of positive feedback, and have already established a good reputation with their buyers. Don’t buy something that is priced well below it’s value, because it’s too good to be true.