Amazon - the great understatement! from terrywebbs's blog

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Whether your a seller or buyer, Amazon can be either the bane of your life or a great tool. From the perspective of a buyer it works almost flawlessly, you have the little annoyance of making an order up to £20 just to get the one item you really need, however after a little more searching you can usually find what you need without having to sacrifice too much money. I am not one for add-on sales and am almost drawn in to the frantic add-on buying attitude to get the one item i really wanted but I stop and ask myself why am I spending £26 when I only wanted one item for £7.00 - That dilemma is for another post!


I am on the side of the Seller/Merchant today, there hasn't been any real major changes made to Amazon seller policies of recent, overall the minor updates have made selling more advantages. The shipping policy update this year was a great improvement making it easier to change and add postage policies for regions not normally available before. Sellers are now able to set different postage amounts for each region and then apply them to any number of products. The down side is that some regions like the UK for instance have regions that you may need to separate out and charge a little more like the highlands and the channel islands. Sorry folks Amazon still counts the channel islands and the highlands as part of the UK and your postage policies remain stuck in limbo at the same rates you charge for normal UK delivery. 


The system works great for the rest of the world and it's regions, you are able to set different price policies for each country or region. Amazon do give you the options to set different and varying amounts under each new postage policy you create however the system is quick to tell you when you try to set varying amounts to UK regions, yeah it lets you set varying amounts for each region but wont let you save it. You can't fool the system and currently there is no workaround either.


All this continues on from Amazon's 2012 postage policy system update it sees all UK postcodes as the same region.

Maybe this is not an Amazon issue but a government one, delivery firms are the ones charging sellers more for delivering to the highlands and Channel Islands even though these regions all fall under the same UK postcode system. On a positive note Royal Mail can delivery to these areas at no extra cost.


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