Posted by William Charles on October 10, 2018

Published on October 10th, 2018 | by William Charles


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The woman in the Amazon article was taking in only $7,500/year in profit, which I guess is ok if its a side gig, but she said it was her full time job, how’s she going to pay the bills with $7,500/year? If she worked two days a week at Starbucks she’d make more money with a heck of a lot less risk — she was selling *baby items* made in China. With the non-existent standards in China, she can’t be sure the formula dispenser were free from nasties that will hurt and kill babies (lead, unsafe plastics, etc.).

My experience selling on Amazon. I super couponed about two years ago, along with waiting in Black Friday/Cyber Monday lines and combined that with Target RedCard. I got many many items including: Many popular Video Games, Dre Beats, PS4, Xbox One and so on. Target ran a few promotions over the holiday season that year where their system (through the language and the promotion they ran) gave away these items with a CartWheel Discount, A $20 Target GiftCard and my RedCard Discount. I was getting them in way below MSRP. I was a college student at the time so I figured hey this could be good extra money. So I created an Amazon Account and Posted my Dre Beats brand new with even my receipts in hand showing it’s beyond reproach. Obviously since I’m a new seller I’m going to need to undercut whatever the lowest priced seller has them priced at otherwise why go with me over them right? So I did just that, with still about a $10-$15 profit margin per item after shipping estimates, but not factoring in Amazon fees yet as I didn’t really know what they’d be. A few days go by and I get a notification that my account is suspended for selling counterfeit items. I think okay, this is obviously a mistake and I have no problem showing them proof that these are legitimate. I reach out back to Amazon explaining how I got them and that I do have proof of purchase for the 10 Dre Beats (I had about 30 pairs but only posted 10 to start) I posted on their website. When I told them this, they didn’t want to hear it or even see my proof of purchase. They told me the only way they would reinstate my Amazon account was to provide wholesale paperwork showing I was buying them wholesale and reselling on Amazon. Since I had gotten them at Target and even kept the receipts I didn’t have any wholesale paperwork. And because I did not have wholesale paperwork and only had actual proof of purchase Amazon considered them counterfeit and banned me for life from selling on Amazon. Shocked I ended up selling them on eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Buy and Sell Groups, But that definitely left a very bad taste in my mouth for Amazon. Mainly because I literally watched a News Story of how… Read more »

Some particular high-end brands have restrictions on who they’ll allow to sell them on Amazon. Beats is probably one of those brands.

Another seller of the same items probably complained about you.

But Amazon never asked if I was authorized to sell them, leading me to believe anyone could sell them. They only insisted they must be counterfeit because they were not purchased wholesale from China.

We can’t know what else the woman does/did for money, so there would be no point in speculating.

One can’t be sure about a lot of things with babies, but one thing that is sure is rising is the phenomenon of the “snowplow” parent. Such a parent removes any and all obstacles their child may face during their childhood journey, including exposure to anything that could ever cause them even miniscule amounts of harm. I’d argue that behaving in such a way as a parent does far more damage to the kid than a random piece of plastic ever would.

This has nothing to do with parenting, this is solely about personal liability.

If you’re selling baby products that don’t meet American standards for safety because they were made in the third world by the lowest bidder, you open yourself up to personal liability.

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