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But I Don’t Have A Warehouse!
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Tactical Arbitrage Closing
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Customer Damaged Returns

But I Don’t Have A Warehouse!

Moving into doing wholesale one of my main concerns was how on earth was I going to be able to get deliveries of large amounts of product. Warehouse space is expensive here in Denver and I’m not quite that big yet. I had a local friend with a warehouse willing to accept pallets for me but he ended up selling that part of his business, leaving me to try and figure out another solution.

Enter “Cross Docking” – which I’ll let wikipedia explain below.

“Cross-docking is a practice in logistics of unloading materials from an incoming semi-trailer truck or railroad car and loading these materials directly into outbound trucks, trailers, or rail cars, with little or no storage in between. This may be done to change the type of conveyance, to sort material intended for different destinations, or to combine material from different origins into transport vehicles (or containers) with the same destination or similar destinations.”

A couple hours of searching on Google for “Denver Cross Dock”, reading through the sites that came up in the results and exactly one phone call later and I’ve got a contract pending with a local company that specializes in working with smaller businesses for stuff like this. For only $35 a pallet to start I now have a warehouse/receiving company “on payroll”. After working with them for the next 60-90 days the owner and I will revisit that rate because the less time the pallets stay in his warehouse the better the rate he’ll be able to give me.

Now to get some pallets lined up! More coming soon on how my wholesale journey is going. My wife and I are getting ready to move at the end of this month which has forced me to concentrate on getting my current warehouse (AKA, the garage) cleaned so we don’t have to move my inventory across town. Sending in some summer items that I’ve been holding over the winter now and looking forward to easter.

Go Ship Some Stuff!

Tactical Arbitrage Closing

My friend Alex Moss is the creator of Tactical Arbitrage – the premiere tool for finding great Online Arbitrage opportunities and Amazon to Amazon flips.

When I did my New Year giveaway Alex was one of my main sponsors – he asked me if I was going to be giving away a copy of OAxray (his main competitor) as well. My response was “Why give away a Ford, when you can give away a Porsche?”. That, plus the fact that I personally have three different Tactical Arbitrage accounts should tell you something about how highly I recommend this product.

One to the things that I really like about Alex is that he knows when to throw up his hands and say “enough!” – which is what he’s doing tonight. He is closing the doors for Tactical Arbitrage for at least a month so that he can dedicate more time to supporting his current customer base, add new sites and some new features to avoid saturation. He’s also going to be adding some more wholesale functions that I’m really looking forward to.

If you don’t yet use it, I urge you to check out Tactical Arbitrage before it closes tonight at midnight Hawaii time. There’s a Seven day free trial so Try It Out Today!

 

Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Alex so if you decide to check out TA through the links in this post I may earn an comission. The price you pay through my link is the same that you would pay if you went directly to tacticalarbitrage.com

Customer Damaged Returns

UPDATE 7/15/17

Amazon seems to be cracking down on reimbursing people for “customer damaged” items – over the past couple months my success rate has gone from around 95% to about 10%. I’ve been having better success recently by following up on denials with a second letter which is detailed in this post.

 

If you have been selling on Amazon for any length of time you probably have been annoyed by Amazon’s over-liberal return policy when it comes to “Customer Damaged” items.

When items are damaged by the customer then, per Amazon’s formal policy, as the seller, YOU are responsible for it.

For example, during the 4th quarter, I got a great deal on a Hexbug toy which I sent to Amazon in perfect condition. A couple days ago, I got it back from Amazon totally demolished and with pieces missing.

Before & After

Most of the time when I get a return it’s in good shape and I’ll just resend it back in. Obviously, I won’t be sending this item back in.

Given Amazon’s current policy, I am responsible for this. I have to take the loss and live with it. I find it frustrating at times but view this type of return as the cost of doing business on Amazon. A painful part, but one that overall doesn’t have that great of an impact on my business. Especially given the fact that Amazon often will take responsibility even though their policy says they don’t.

Next time you get an item back from Amazon that looks like someone backed a truck up over it, just open a case and ask Amazon to reimburse you for it. I actually have around a 95% success rate in getting them to refund me using the following process.

Step One – Take photos of:

  1. The Damaged item(s)
  2. The shipping label on the box they were returned to you
  3. The packing slip
  4. The box the item was shipped to you in

Step Two – Open a case via Seller Central

  1. Click Here
  2. Click “Selling On Amazon”, then “Fulfillment by Amazon”, “FBA Issue” and finally, “Something Else”
  3. Choose to submit your contact via email and submit your reimbursement request. Sample reimbursement request text provided below.

 

One unit of ASIN ABC1234RD and two units of DEF5678DR were returned to me Damaged\No Longer New. The items were damaged and/or removed from their packaging.

Please initiate reimbursement for the damaged items

I have attached the following images.

1. An image of the mailing label on the outside of box

2. An image of the box the item was returned to me in

3. An image of the packing slip

4. An image of the Damaged/No Longer New units that were returned to me

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Respectfully,

Your Business Name

Step Three – Sit back and wait for a response! If they do say no, then give it some time and open another case, often it will get approved the second time around.

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