To ensure a consistent experience for buyers, you must match or exceed Amazon's return policies.
Step 1: Return authorization
Amazon will automatically authorize return requests that fall within the scope of Amazon’s Return Policy. You can identify automatically authorized return requests via the ‘Auto-authorized’ flag on the Manage Returns page (Orders > Manage Returns) in Seller Central.
Any return requests that fall outside of Amazon’s Return Policy will not receive an automated return authorization. This can include items that are not eligible for return. Please regularly check if you have any pending return requests that need to be manually authorized. For more information on how to manually review and process return requests, see Process return requests.
To monitor returns, navigate the tabs on the Manage Returns page. Additionally, Amazon will send you an email that includes the reason for the return. We recommend you to respond to pending return requests within 24 hours.
Step 2: Return shipping labels
When a return request is automatically approved, Amazon sends the buyer a return shipping label with your return address. By default, this return label is not prepaid. However, you can also provide the buyer with a custom pre-paid return label if you are a Professional seller and select “I will provide a prepaid mailing label for this request.” In General Settings of Return Settings, you will need to upload a pre-paid return label for each return request after automatic authorization. For more information to provide a pre-paid return label, see Return Addresses & Postage Labels and Pre-paid return label requirements.
As return labels will show your return address, make sure that it is up to date. If a return address is not provided, the business address associated with your selling account will be used as a return address on all returns requests that are automatically authorized (see Set your default return address). To update your return address, go to Settings > Return Settings > Return Address Settings.
Step 3: Issuing a refund
We recommend you to issue a refund to the buyer within two business days of receiving a return.
For more information on how to refund orders, see Things to consider before issuing a refund. We encourage you to wait until you receive a returned item before issuing a refund so that you can evaluate its condition. You can issue a concession in addition to or instead of refunding order amounts. For more information, see Issue Concessions. If the buyer says the order never arrived, see What if a buyer says they did not receive their order?
Go to Customer Returns for International Sales to learn more.
If a buyer contacts you directly to cancel a return request, ask them to cancel it through their Amazon account. You will get an email when buyers cancel requests.
Amazon manages returns and refunds of orders shipped through FBA. To learn how Amazon manages FBA returns, go to Customer Returns for Orders Fulfilled by Amazon.