Prevent an A-to-Z Claim on Amazon
Prevention is better than cure. To reduce your risk of an A-Z claim, go through all the items on this list:
- Update your return policy with realistic and well-thought-through timelines and rules.
- Make it clear in the return policy that buyers may need to cover return costs themselves.
- Make sure your customers agree with the terms of your return policy before they return.
- Dispose of, delist, and blacklist problem items, and report inaccurate listings to Amazon.
- Improve descriptions and images with precise measurements and accurate details.
- Optimize shipping, using a tracked service with signature confirmation.
- Improve warehouse layout and upgrade equipment to avoid shipping errors and mixups.
- Confirming despatch quickly and upload the tracking number right away.
- Use safer packaging, keep delivery reports, and switch carriers if problems persist.
- Limit the number of emails you send to buyers to avoid becoming a nuisance.
- Respond to emails quickly – especially order status queries-, and with a measured response.
THE A-Z CLAIM TIMELINE FOR BUYERS
Buyers are generally unaware of the impact a single claim can have on a seller’s performance. It seems Amazon is more concerned with claim deadlines than with mediation. So, the official A-to-Z Guarantee help page has a few time-related pointers for buyers, depending on the issue:
Item Not Received (INR A-Z claim).
Buyers must wait until three days after the item was supposed to be delivered. From this point on, they have 90 days to file a claim, preferably after they contact the seller and wait 48 hours for a reply.
Item Not As Expected.
Buyers should first ask sellers to accept a return or grant a refund. Some are accepted automatically, so buyers forfeit a replacement without even knowing it. Still, if they want to file a claim, they don’t need to wait until the estimated delivery date (or for the return to be accepted, for that matter).
Item Returned But No Refund.
Buyers can only file a claim if the item was returned and tracked. There’s no mention here of providing proof of weight or contents. So, it’s important for sellers to keep a log of what’s been returned.