I have listed against a couple of items today, yet this evening the original lister has purchased 2 items from the listings? Surely this is not allowed?! Why would they want to purchase them other than for malicious reasons??
This is allowed?
Maybe the other seller wants to check the quality/exactness/delivery/packaging of what you're selling ... or maybe you're right. Maybe you'll only know when they give you feedback or make an AZ claim
Many competitors check out their competition. I regularly buy from my competition (if I think I can make a profit) or I might have a need to buy stock which I had advertised but run out of.
It doesn't have to be malicious. But have you got anything to hide or worry about? If not then I would suggest you supply.
Edited by: A-Disc-In-The-Hand on Apr 30, 2013 7:45 PM
Edited by: Ali-Baba on Apr 30, 2013 8:01 PM
I dont see any reason a seller would buy a product they already have in stock and sell, other than 'unsavory' reasons. I am expecting NEG- feedback as Amazon probably will allow that? yet if I then purchased from them and done the same, I would no doubt be banned!
We all buy from Amazon and just because I now have a seller account doesn't mean I shouldn't or wouldn't buy from here. Obviously, when I buy I am interested in how other sellers pack and despatch their items, and maybe I can learn something. I certainly wouldn't leave poor feedback just because I am a competitor.
Make sure you pack your items and send them correctly, and you have nothing to worry about.
Competition is good - it makes us all better sellers.
Will use a different account however and would take a very sharp seller to figure out the buyer is this particular competitor.
Never for the purpose of bad feedback. Did learn to change the box size on one item last year that way, saved a couple hundred pounds.
Which, of course, is a bit different from your situation. I expect it is either that:
a) a competitor wishes to check your product to see if it exactly matches the product details on the listing. Which could then lead to one of these claims of IP infringement that seem to be cropping up with increasing regularity.
b) your competitor has temporarily run out of stock of that item, and needs to buy from you to fulfil orders. In which case, I doubt there will be anything malicious about it.
As Gerald has said, if they have bought using their seller account, they are unlikely to leave adverse feedback. Amazon take a dim view of sellers trying to sabotage the competition, if there is evidence of them doing so.
I also buy from other sellers on Amazon to re-list again, and also have other sellers buy from me (eg. Paper Cavalier) - that's the way it works!