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No Sweat Tech: Buying from Amazon: 3 Steps to Find What You Need and Avoid Fake Reviews

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    DanBC Link
    Isn't this wrong? Aren't merchants shipping fakes to Amazon for FBA, and those fakes are being comingled with genuine stock? At that point there's no way for the consumer to know which is fake or not.

    FBM means “Fulfillment by Merchant.” The merchant will ship the item to you directly from its warehouse. FBA means “Fulfillment by Amazon.” The merchant sends the item to one of Amazon’s warehouses, and Amazon takes care of stocking it and shipping it to you.

    Most Amazon merchants are honest and want to give you a good shopping experience. But some aren’t. When you buy an item from a third-party merchant on Amazon and the merchant ships it to you directly (FBM), Amazon never sees it. It might be counterfeit. Items shipped FBA have somewhat better quality control because Amazon carries the item in its warehouse. If you’re looking for an item that’s in an oft-counterfeited category — things like fashionable clothing, makeup, and women’s accessories — you will eliminate a lot of risk by either buying just from Amazon or using a merchant that fulfills orders via FBA.
    Versions of the "Add to Cart" button on an Amazon.com item page. One showing how it looks if the item is being fulfulled by Amazon, the other if it's being fulfulled by the manufacturer

    Isn't this wrong? Aren't merchants shipping fakes to Amazon for FBA, and those fakes are being comingled with genuine stock? At that point there's no way for the consumer to know which is fake or not.

    1. MrGrey Link Parent
      You can pay more to have your merchandise separate, but I don't recall seeing any customer facing indication that it's the case.

      You can pay more to have your merchandise separate, but I don't recall seeing any customer facing indication that it's the case.