Free Return Shipping on Amazon? NOT!

Amazon Box

Just because a seller offers free shipping doesn’t mean the return shipping is free if you don’t like the product, it doesn’t fit, or it looks different in person than on the computer screen.  In other words, don’t assume that you’re getting free return shipping if what you ordered is just not exactly what you wanted.  Don’t think you’re any special if you’re a Prime Customer either!

So what are the Amazon return rules?  Well take a look below and next time you order something from Amazon make sure it’s what you want.

“If you return an item using a prepaid method (dropoff or pickup) from the Online Returns Center, and the reason for return is not a result of an Amazon error, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund unless your item qualifies for a free return. For items shipped by a specialty carrier (e.g. CEVA, ABF, Pilot), there is a flat $50 fee. If you choose to ship the item on your own, you’ll pay the carrier at the time you ship your return. If the return is the result of an Amazon error, we’ll refund return shipping costs up to a maximum amount. Return shipping fees will be communicated on the Returns Center when you are choosing the shipping method for your return.

For more information about refunds and refund amounts, go to About Refunds.”

So there it is straight from the horse’s mouth!  Well…Amazon’s mouth.


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But don’t get discouraged there is another option if you want to shop with confidence. If you shop on “Amazon Fashion” you get free shipping and free returns so you can shop with confidence.  However, there are a limited number of items in this shop.  They are limited to…

  • Apparel
  • Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes, Handbags & Sunglasses
  • Luggage

However, not to disappoint you once again, even if there is free return shipping for an item there is still a “Returns Processing Fee“.

So what do we suggest?

  1. Make sure you are 100% sure you will like what you order.
  2. Check out the item in person at a local store if it’s not too inconvenient and the price is significantly lower on Amazon.
  3. If you do have to send something back figure out what Amazon will charge and then figure out what you can ship it back for yourself.
  4. Send the item back with “tracking” and return it within the return timeframe.

We hope this is an eye-opener for online shopping.

So, if you want to save money when you return something to amazon ship it yourself with ZipShipit. Take me there now!