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About A-to-Z Guarantee claims

The Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee protects customers when they purchase items sold and fulfilled by you directly. Our guarantee covers both the timely delivery and the condition of items you sell. If customers are unsatisfied with either and cannot reach a resolution with you, we enable them to file a claim with us.

You can refer to the claim eligibility polices on the A-to-Z Guarantee customer help page.

Note: Customers are always required to contact you before filing a claim, either via Buyer-Seller messaging or a return request. If after 48 hours, customers are not satisfied, we enable them to file a claim – they can do this themselves or by calling Amazon Customer Service for assistance. If a claim is filed and we find that you have not responded to the customer’s contact within 72 hours, we will grant the claim and debit the amount from your account.

If we determine that additional information is required before we make a claim decision, we will reach out to you via email and you must respond within 72 hours. For help on how to respond to claim notifications, refer to the Respond to an A-to-Z Guarantee claim notification help page.

If a claim is granted to the customer and the amount is debited from your account, you have 30 calendar days to submit an appeal if you disagree with our decision and have new information for our investigation. For help on how to appeal claims, refer to the Appeal an A-to-Z Guarantee claim help page.

You can manage and take action on claims via the A-to-Z Guarantee Claims page. We encourage you to check your email often so that you are aware of when you need to take action on a claim, as claims are one of the components to your Order Defect Rate (ODR).

How to prevent claims

To prevent claims, we suggest you follow these best practices:

  1. Shipping
    • Purchase tracking for all shipments. Tracked shipments enables a good customer experience by allowing customers to see the status of their shipment without needing to contact you. Failure to provide tracking affects your Valid Tracking Rate and negatively affects your chances of winning a claim.
    • Purchase signature confirmation for high value shipments. High value shipments may warrant purchasing signature confirmation with tracking so customers can feel protected. It is up to you to determine the threshold of a high value shipment.
    • Confirm shipments on time. It's important to confirm the shipment of orders by the expected ship date so that customers can see the status of their shipment without needing to contact you. Failure to ship on time affects your Late Shipment Rate and negatively affects your chances of winning a claim.
  2. Products
    • Describe products accurately and provide clear images. This eliminates confusion over what customers expect to receive. Your products must match the correct ASIN and you must assign the correct condition. For more information, see Condition guidelines.
    • Promptly cancel any out-of-stock orders. Email customers to let them know why you cancelled their orders so they are not waiting for their items to arrive.
  3. Customer Service
    • Respond to customers within 24 hours. If customers reach out to you, respond promptly to ensure a good customer experience. If a customer is requesting a return, direct the customer to submit a return request. Failure to respond within 24 hours increases the chances of a claim being filed.
    • Refund customers proactively. If customers contact you for a refund, promptly refund to avoid customers filing a claim.
  4. Returns
    • Respond to return requests from the Online Return Center within 48 hours. Failure to do so may result in an A-to-Z Guarantee claim and an immediate debit to your account.

Note: The A-to-Z Guarantee policy is different for Amazon Pay transactions.

You can review the Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee for Merchants on the Amazon Pay website.

Note: The A-to-Z Guarantee policy applies to all customers, including Amazon Business customers.
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