multiple amazon accounts?

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Ocean Zhang
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is it possible to have multiple amazon posting accounts? i tried to request this from my amazon account manager, but i keep getting no response to my inquiries. i'm selling in the apparel category. i'd like to have a separate posting account for swimwear and costumes/shoes. right now my shipping rates reflect reasonable rates for costumes/shoes, but they are quite high for swimwear. it would be nice to have 2 separate accounts that have 2 different shipping configurations. also having a costume name negatively affects our ability to sell swimwear and retain swimwear customers. if anyone has been able to get multiple posting accounts on amazon, can you please let me know how you did it? thanks ocean
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Marshall Smith
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multiple amazon accounts?

I don't think they officially do that, but I've seen a person or two that's gotten more than one account. I don't know if Amazon realizes that they're the same person.

Mark Riedeman
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multiple amazon accounts?

I believe that multiple accounts are still forbidden. In fact, that was #1 on this pretty handy list: [url]http://www.sellingontheriver.com/bonuses/25Things.pdf[/url]

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multiple amazon accounts?

That is correct - Amazon does not allow multiple accounts unless you have prior approval. It is possible if, for example, you need to have both an Amazon Marketplaces and Amazon Seller Central account (DVDs and jewelry?), you sell in multiple countries or have so much inventory that Amazon recommends splitting it across multiple accounts.

Retailers have gotten around this restriction by using completely different names, bank accounts, etc. but Amazon will close these duplicate accounts if they figure this out and may even suspend the main account if the retailer continues to open new ones.

Ocean, what I think will help here though is the Shipping Override that Amazon permits for your SKUs. While generally they do not recommend you use it for more then 10% of your products, it would accomplish what you're describing.

There are 2 types of overrides: Exclusive and Additive.

[quote][b]Exclusive overrides[/b]
Exclusive overrides replace the default shipping charge, based on your general shipping rates, with a fixed shipping charge for a product.

For example, suppose you sell books and you use item-based shipping. Your expedited shipping charges for Europe are $10.50 per-shipment and $1.80 per-product. Then a customer buys a book, SKU# 1237, which weighs 7 pounds and costs $35.00 for Expedited shipment to Europe. If a customer buys only this book, you collect only $12.30 ($10.50 + $1.80) to cover shipping costs. But if you create an Exclusive override, you can charge a flat fee of $35.00 instead.

[b]Additive overrides[/b]
Additive overrides add to default shipping charge with a fixed surcharge for a product. For example, suppose you use price-tier shipping, and you sell a leather jacket, SKU#1235, which falls into the highest price-tier of $150 and Up. Normally, you charge $14.00 for Expedited shipping for order totals of $150 and Up to Europe, but for this leather jacket you need to collect an additional $10 for extra padding to protect the leather. You can add a surcharge to the leather jacket so that, instead of paying $14.00, a customer in Europe pays $24.00 ($14.00 + $10.00) for shipping.[/quote]
Today we do not support these overrides through ChannelAdvisor but you should be able to configure these directly for your products in Seller Central. It's our goal to add this with our next wave of enhancements so that you have better control over your shipping.

Cheers.
Max

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multiple amazon accounts?

Max

Does this feature exist on Amazon UK too?

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Mark

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multiple amazon accounts?

Hey Mark -- at this time we do not support this feature but are planning to add this in 2009 so that you have the flexibility to override it. If you have an override today I'd set this up directly in Seller Central.

Cheers.
Max

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multiple amazon accounts?

Hi Max

Wow. They kept that quiet. It doesn't really matter too much as we've gone inclusive shipping on Amazon now (built into the price) but its worth linking in case anyone else is interested.

https://sellercentral-europe.amazon.com/gp/help/help-page.html?ie=UTF8&i...

Not sure where the postage cost will show up on Amazon if using overrides, but it should show up where it matters.

Cheers
Mark

Marshall Smith
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multiple amazon accounts?

Apparently the Amazon processing system doesn't handle it well if users have too many of these, so they really like to avoid usage of the shipping overrides if at all possible.