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Which Amazon sellers you can trust
Start with Amazon. “These days, almost anyone can sell items on Amazon, but Amazon does not vet everything on its virtual shelves thoroughly, if at all.” To avoid the site’s third-party sellers, look for the phrase “sold by Amazon.com.” You can also filter search results to see only such items.
Vet the seller. Only a fraction of sellers would scam customers, but try to weed them out. If a product listing says “Fulfilled by Amazon,” you at least know that Amazon will deliver the item. For other vendors, seek signs they’re legit: Click on the vendor name to see what else the vendor sells. And look for positive reviews by the thousands.
Vet the product. Double-check the item you’re purchasing to avoid a simple ordering mistake. And don’t blindly trust five-star reviews. Go to ReviewMeta.com, paste in the product’s Amazon URL, and the site will weed out the product’s fake reviews.