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What is the Amazon.com A-to-z Guarantee?

We want you to buy with confidence anytime you purchase products on the Amazon.com website or use Amazon Payments. That is why we guarantee purchases from Amazon Marketplace and Merchant sellers when payment is made via the Amazon.com website or when you use Amazon Payments for qualified purchases on third party websites. The condition of the item you buy and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee.

After you have read carefully through the following important guidelines, click below to submit your claim.

When can I file an Amazon.com A-to-z Guarantee claim?

You can file an Amazon.com A-to-z Guarantee claim if you purchased physical goods from a seller or merchant selling on the Amazon.com website (including the Amazon.com Marketplace), or used Amazon Payments to purchase physical goods from a third party website. See "Exclusions from coverage" below for a list of items that are not covered by the A-to-z Guarantee.

One of the three conditions below must also apply:

  1. You made payment to the seller through the Amazon.com website or a third party website using Amazon Payments, but the seller failed to deliver the item by 3 calendar days past the maximum estimated delivery date for an order or 30 days from the order date, whichever is sooner; or
  2. You received the item, but the item was defective, damaged, or not the item depicted in the seller's description; or
  3. You have returned the item to the seller per an agreement between the buyer and seller and the seller has not provided the agreed reimbursement to the buyer after receiving the item.

You must first contact the seller through Your Account before filing a claim. From the order details, click "Problem with this order?" and "Contact your Seller." Please allow three business days to give your seller a chance to address the issue. You can submit a Guarantee claim if the seller does not respond or if the issue is not addressed to your satisfaction.

What are the requirements of the Amazon.com A-to-z Guarantee?

Purchase Method:

  • The item must be purchased from an Amazon Marketplace or Merchant seller on the Amazon.com website or from a seller using Amazon Payments on a third party website. Purchases from the following sellers are not covered by the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee: Warehouse Deals, the Target Store, eLuxury, Marshall Fields, Mervyns, and Virginmega.com.
  • The buyer purchased physical goods from a seller or merchant selling on the Amazon.com website (including the Amazon.com Marketplace), or used Amazon Payments to purchase physical goods from a third party website.

Timeframe for Claims:

  • For Amazon Marketplace and Merchant orders made on the Amazon.com website, you must wait 3 calendar days past the maximum estimated delivery date for an order or 30 days from the order date, whichever is sooner. For example, a U.S. order sent using the standard shipping option would become eligible for a claim 21 calendar days after the ship date (14 business days + 3 calendar days). From that point, you have 60 days to submit a claim.
  • For purchases using Amazon Payments on a third party website, you must wait 15 days from the order date to submit a claim. From that point, you have 75 days to submit the claim.
  • If you have received a materially different item, you must contact the seller within fourteen (14) days of receipt to request return information.

Warranty Coverage:

  • If your item becomes defective more than 30 days past the shipment date and it is under warranty, you must contact the manufacturer for repair or replacement.

Claim Limits:

  • Buyers are limited to a lifetime maximum of five claims for purchases from Amazon Marketplace or Merchant seller on the Amazon.com website.

Exclusions from coverage:

  • The following items are not covered by the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee: payments for services, digital merchandise, cash equivalent instruments (including retail gift cards), and prohibited items (including items violating the Amazon Payments Acceptable Use Policy);
  • If you paid by credit card, and the issuing bank has initiated a chargeback, you are not eligible for coverage under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee.
  • Only buyers who live in the following countries are covered under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee for qualified purchases: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (including U.S. protectorates, e.g. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, APO/FPO, etc.)

How much coverage will I receive?

Buyers who pay for Amazon Marketplace or Merchant purchases via the Amazon.com website and buyers who use Amazon Payments for qualified purchases from a third party website are eligible to receive up to $2,500 of the purchase price, including shipping charges.

What does it cost?

Buyers are covered at no cost. We're committed to creating a safe buying experience on the Amazon.com website and when using Amazon Payments on third party websites.

How do I file a claim?

If you made the purchase through the Amazon.com website, you can easily submit a claim by viewing the specific order details via Your Account. Click "View order" to view the order details, and then click "Problem with this order?" to file your claim.

You can submit a claim for the payments made on third party websites using Amazon Payments by viewing the specific transaction details via Your Account on the Amazon Payments website (https://payments.amazon.com). From the transaction or order details, click "Problem with this transaction?" or "Problem with this order" to file your claim.

When do I use the "I returned my order" reason while filing an A-to-z Guarantee claim?

If a seller has clearly misrepresented the condition or details of an item in a way that affects its value or utility, the seller should be willing to offer a refund or exchange per the terms of the seller's return policy. If the seller does not accept the return of an item that is made in accordance with the seller's return policy, you may qualify for coverage under our A-to-z Guarantee.

When submitting your claim, please provide further details about the desired resolution by choosing one of these options:

  • Received no refund: You returned the item, but did not receive a refund from the seller.
  • Received no replacements: The seller promised a replacement, but you did not receive a replacement.
  • Received insufficient credit: The seller issued you a refund, but it's less than what you expected.
  • Ordered wrong items: You returned an item you ordered by mistake.

When do I use the "I did not receive my item or received them late" reason while filing an A-to-z Guarantee claim?

If the estimated delivery date noted on your order detail page has passed and you have still not received the product(s) you ordered, you can file a claim citing the reason "I did not receive my item or received them late."

You can also choose the desired resolution:

  • Received item late and would like to return: The item arrived after the estimated delivery date, and you would like to return the item to the seller rather than keep it.
  • Did not receive full order or part of the order: Some or all items in the order have not been delivered to you yet.
  • Received items late and would like to have shipping credit: The item arrived beyond the estimated delivery date, but you would keep it if the seller were to issue you a refund for your shipping costs.

When do I use the "Order contained damaged/defective/incorrect items" reason while filing an A-to-z Guarantee claim?

If a seller has clearly misrepresented the condition or details of an item in a way that affects its value or utility, it is "materially different" and that seller should be willing to offer a refund or exchange within 30 days of shipment. If the seller does not accept the return of an item that is made in accordance with the seller's return policy, you may qualify for coverage under our A-to-z Guarantee. Please visit our Return Help pages for more information regarding returns.

Items are considered "damaged/defective or incorrect" in these circumstances:

  • Wrong version or edition: You received the item ordered, but it's a different version or edition than what was displayed on product page.
  • Item condition or details not as described: You received the item ordered, but it was a different condition (e.g., used or refurbished instead of new) or had an important detail that was not explained on product page.
  • Item was completely different from what was ordered: Seller mistakenly sent completely incorrect item. (e.g., Audio CD instead of DVD)
  • Missing parts or components: The item is missing parts or components. (e.g., Camera kit was supposed to include a tripod, but it was not received.)
  • Item defective during first use: When you tried to first use the product, it did not work (e.g., HDTV did not turn on).
  • Item defective after first use: The product did not work or was broken on second or subsequent use.
  • Damaged item: The item delivered was visibly damaged (e.g. Plastic storage you ordered had chipped pieces).

When submitting an A-to-z Guarantee claim with the reason "order contained damaged/defective/incorrect items," you will need to select one of the reasons above and provide comments explaining what happened.

Note: This does not extend to cases where you are simply disappointed with an item. We will ultimately determine material difference at our discretion.

What happens after submitting a claim?

For purchase through the Amazon.com website, you can track the progress of your claim by viewing the order in Your Account. From the order details, click "Problem with this order?" to see the status of your claim.

For purchases from third party websites using Amazon Payments, you can track the progress of your claim by viewing the transaction in Your Account on the Amazon Payments website (https://payments.amazon.com). From the transaction details, click "Problem with this transaction?" or "Problem with this order" to see the status of your claim.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during the processing period, as we may contact you for additional information. We may also attempt to contact the seller to encourage him or her to work directly with you to resolve the problem.

I submitted an A-to-z Guarantee claim which was resolved in my favor, and later I received the lost or correct item. What do I do?

All payment for Amazon.com orders must be made through Amazon Payments, the only accepted payment method for Amazon Marketplace transactions. If you receive the item after a claim is resolved, contact Customer Service to request that we recharge the credit card for the order.

Why was my claim denied?

The common reasons for a claim being denied include:

  • The item received was the same as described by the seller.
  • The item was received and the seller provided verification of delivery.
  • The buyer failed to respond to a request for further information.
  • The claim was filed due to buyer remorse rather than an actual issue with the item.
  • The buyer filed a chargeback with their payment processor or bank.
  • The buyer was unwilling to return the item to the seller.

 

Revised January 14, 2009

 


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