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Beware of some Amazon's third-party sellers, products could come from the dumpster

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Beware of some Amazon's third-party sellers, products could come from the dumpster

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I prefer to do not buy anything from a third party. For me, it is better to pay a little bit more or wait for that to get something selling by weird seller.
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Third party = No buy!
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With AliExpress, Amazon and Walmart's 3rd party shysters, almost makes me go back to bricks 'n mortar stores - maybe we just need to learn to live with what we can see and feel before we buy. Wouldn't be surprised if eBay sellers are also dumpster diving, or raiding consignment stores.
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So, let me get this straight:

Product gets created in a factory by company. Big box store purchases product. Big box store has product. Big box store does not sell product. Big box store liquidates or offs the product. Person buys product. Big box ships to person #1. Person #1 puts a new label and ships it to amazon. Amazon lists product. Person #2 buys product. Amazon ships to person #2. Person #2 uses product.
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Retrodude wrote: So, let me get this straight:

Product gets created in a factory by company. Big box store purchases product. Big box store has product. Big box store does not sell product. Big box store liquidates or offs the product. Person buys product. Big box ships to person #1. Person #1 puts a new label and ships it to amazon. Amazon lists product. Person #2 buys product. Amazon ships to person #2. Person #2 uses product.
And somehow there's enough meat on the bone for everyone to eek out a living.
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This was shipped and sold by amazon.

WD Elements 10TB w/ Seagate 1TB inside

Explain that one to me
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rob187 wrote: This was shipped and sold by amazon.

WD Elements 10TB w/ Seagate 1TB inside

Explain that one to me
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rob187 wrote: This was shipped and sold by amazon.

WD Elements 10TB w/ Seagate 1TB inside

Explain that one to me
Dishonest customer abusing Amazon's generous return policy. You ended up with the result.
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umopapisdnwei wrote: Dishonest customer abusing Amazon's generous return policy. You ended up with the result.
This has happened to me twice. This time the WD package was sealed, clear seals on the flaps were intact.

Previous instance was from the source, the drive was shrink wrapped but did not look right, the wrap was almost melted in one spot.

Thought I was safe with amazon as I didn’t think returned product ended up in the new product stream (thought it went to warehouse deals).
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I always just bought products that are eligible with prime shipping. I had no bad experiences. But guess I will be on the lookout. But all the things I bought still had factory seals on it for electronics.
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rob187 wrote: This has happened to me twice. This time the WD package was sealed, clear seals on the flaps were intact.

Previous instance was from the source, the drive was shrink wrapped but did not look right, the wrap was almost melted in one spot.

Thought I was safe with amazon as I didn’t think returned product ended up in the new product stream (thought it went to warehouse deals).
It could be internal theft/fraud, as opposed to customer returns. I don't know if you mean "shrink wrapped" as a generic term or actual shrinkwrap, but factory sealed items generally aren't done by shrinkwrapping. They use that cellophane wrap, which isn't so easy for people to replicate. If you see an item that actually is shrinkwrapped, it was most likely opened at one point, possibly by the retailer.
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rabbit wrote: It could be internal theft/fraud, as opposed to customer returns. I don't know if you mean "shrink wrapped" as a generic term or actual shrinkwrap, but factory sealed items generally aren't done by shrinkwrapping. They use that cellophane wrap, which isn't so easy for people to replicate. If you see an item that actually is shrinkwrapped, it was most likely opened at one point, possibly by the retailer.
The type of wrap in the picture, except it was thicker than usual and had one spot that was almost melted through like someone had done it at home with a heat gun.
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Leave it to Fruity to use shrinkwrap :D .
No tamper-proof sticker, I guess.
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Ottomaddox wrote: And somehow there's enough meat on the bone for everyone to eek out a living.
Baby you got a stew going!
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I don't know, I've gotten a few things from Amazon that looked like they've been in a dumpster. They've definitely sent me stuff that was sold to someone else before I got it.

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