Never mind letting sellers choose their shipper, what about requiring them to say which shipper they will use, so that we can avoid sellers who use Evri/Hermes.
Amazon has avoided being charged with breaking EU law and a fine of up to $50 billion by making several commitments to the European Commission today, one of which was to allow Prime sellers to "freely choose any carrier" for their logistics and delivery services. The Register reported that it would shortly make changes to its …
Tuesday 20th December 2022 22:48 GMT Gene Cash
Or even how about telling where they're shipping FROM?
I recently ordered a $12 silverware basket for my dishwasher.
It's being shipped via Royal Mail, which tells me my piddly little $12 plastic piece 'o crap is being shipped all the way across the Atlantic. And it still hasn't arrived. I ordered it mid-November, and it isn't supposed to arrive until next year.
Now I expected my A4 paper to come from Europe, but not this.
Wednesday 21st December 2022 03:28 GMT Zola
Going further, I'd like to hide sellers that use specific delivery companies, ie. Evri, as that would be perfect.
I'd simply specify in my profile the delivery companies that I DON'T trust to deliver my purchases and that I don't want to have to deal with, and bingo - sellers using the cheapest and crappiest delivery companies would disappear from my listings and those sellers will most likely see a dramatic loss of business until they start paying a fair price to have their stuff delivered by reputable delivery companies.
Evri would be put out of business overnight. Hopefully.
Tuesday 20th December 2022 21:27 GMT elsergiovolador
So the EU is not concerned about Chinese sellers selling products that don't meet regulations among other things?
Surely that is more harmful to the consumers and European businesses as for instance Chinese vendor does not have to fork out thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands or even millions upfront to meet certification requirements?
It seems like again EU is focusing not so relevant things to appear they are doing something.
Tuesday 20th December 2022 22:18 GMT H in The Hague
Re: Brown envelopes
"So the EU is not concerned about Chinese sellers selling products that don't meet regulations among other things?"
As far as I am aware, that is not handled by the EU, but by the trading standards authorities of the member states.
However, in some countries (including the UK) those have had their budgets cut, both to reduce government expenditure and to - supposedly - reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. But I am in favour of effective standards enforcement, to protect both consumers and traders/manufacturers who do comply with the rules.
Wednesday 21st December 2022 00:47 GMT elsergiovolador
Re: Brown envelopes
You don't need a big budget for this. It's literally a couple of weeks of gathering evidence and then telling Amazon they will get shut down if they don't fix it within a month and if they don't shut them down.
This is how they work against small business. Not sure why big business should get a different treatment.
Then look at the title of my first post.
Tuesday 20th December 2022 22:37 GMT IGotOut
Wednesday 21st December 2022 09:28 GMT BristolBachelor
Re: Probaly the only reason I use Amazon
To be honest they also have a good return policy; to the point where we'll shop with Amazon instead of others.
Also you know the Amazon delivery price when you select the object; with many suppliers on Amazon, its impossible to know until check-out. Even ebay does better!
Wednesday 21st December 2022 10:25 GMT Spamalam
Wednesday 21st December 2022 16:25 GMT tiggity
I never have issues with Royal Mail parcels - do have lots of grief from other companies.
.. I live in a place where no house number, satnavs, maps applications etc shows postcode as several hundred metres from where I am (totally different street) - live in an area where new streets / houses added without new postcodes so, whereas normally a postcode covers a small area, ours covers a bizarrely large area. And also the fun of a house with the same name, nearby but that actually has a different postcode.
Royal mail local knowledge wins every time, we get very used to large delays from other delivery companies and also often get deliveries meant for others.
... So Royal Mail experience / opinion can vary