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Amazon Handmade: Returns, Refunds, and Cancellations Policies

Returns

Return Eligibility:

To ensure a consistent experience for customers, Handmade Makers must match or exceed Amazon’s return policy, which states you must accept returns within at least 30 days of receipt of purchase.

An exception to this policy are items that are offered with customization options, other than size and color, that are configured, personalized, or inscribed such as, engravings, stamps, monograms, embroidery, embossing, etching, carving or printing. See Customized Products for additional details.

The table below illustrates examples of listings and how the return policy is applied.

Standard return policy applies:

In this example, the listing offers no customization options and returns must be accepted for return within 30 days of receipt of purchase by the customer.

Standard return policy applies:

In this example, the customer is asked to choose only size and color options and must be accepted for return within 30 days of receipt of purchase by the customer.

Note: Size and color options are just examples. Other generic options may be presented; For example: finish, lengths, even selecting an initial.
Standard or Customized Product policies can both apply, depending on what the customer ordered.

In this example, if the customer does NOT select the optional engraving option, the item must be accepted within 30 days of receipt of purchase by the customer.

If, however, the buyer requested engraving on their item, the item is required to be accepted for return only if there was a misspelling or other error in the configuration, inscription, or design that was not the fault of the customer, the item arrives damaged, or the item is materially different than what was ordered.

Customized products:

Customized products include any products that are configured, personalized, or inscribed such as, engravings, stamps, monograms, embroidery, embossing, etching, carving or printing. A-to-z Guarantee claims for these items require:

  • Notification to you within 14 days of receipt of their item for a return
  • Due to personal configuration, inscription, or design on these products, you are not required to accept returns or exchanges unless the products were damaged/defective upon arrival, or materially different from what was ordered.
  • If there is a misspelling or error in the configuration, inscription, or design due to a mistake by the customer, you as the Seller are protected per our stated Return policies.
  • All product packaging (such as boxes) and if applicable; certificates of authenticity, grading, and appraisal must be returned with the item. Products without all applicable tags are not acceptable for return.

Note: If you receive a returned product that does not meet these requirements, you are not required to accept the return or refund the customer for the purchase per the Amazon Return Policies on customizable products.

Processing a Return

For information related to managing returns, including guidelines and FAQs, see Manage returns.

A-to-z Guarantee Claims Products sold by Handmade Makers are subject to the standard A-to-z Guarantee policies for Amazon. The exception to this are items that are ordered/sold with optional customization options, other than size and color. See Customized Products for additional details.

The following help topics provide additional information related to standard A-to-z Guarantee claims:

Additional Policies

You must provide a return address within the United States or pay for return shipping to an international address, either by providing a pre-paid return label or by refunding the return international shipping costs.

For additional information on International returns, see Important Information for International Sellers

If the buyer disputes the delivery or condition of the item received, or receives the wrong product, they will be directed to contact you to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved with you directly, the buyer will have the option to file an Amazon A-to-z Guarantee claim.

  • The Amazon Extended Holiday Return Policy requires that orders shipped between November 1 and December 31 be returnable through January 31 of the following year. This policy applies to items either shipped by you or by Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA).
  • All Fulfilled by Amazon and Seller Fulfilled Prime Handmade items are currently eligible for free returns. Prime return policies outweigh Handmade return policies, whether the item is customizable or not.

Refer to the images below for examples of listings and information on whether they would qualify for regular returns:

Refunds

A refund should be processed when you have received a return from a buyer or you have made arrangements to refund a purchase. You are not required to issue a refund until the item is returned to you for inspection, prior to issuing the refund.

Note: The return window is 30 days after receipt; however, delivery of the returned items might take longer.

You can issue refunds in full or partially via the Manage Orderstool. See the Refund Options page for more information.

Restocking fees

If a customer returns one of your products, you have the right to charge a restocking fee based on the reason for return, which is a percentage of the item’s price according to the Restocking Fee guidelines.

Cancellations

You can determine the terms under which customers can return products or cancel items that are customized or made-to-order.

If a buyer asks you to cancel an order and you have not yet shipped and confirmed the shipment, you can cancel it in Manage Orders or use an Order Cancellation feed.

If you have already confirmed an order as shipped, you can authorize the return request in Manage Returns.

See Order cancellations for additional details on how they can impact your Account Health.

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