When Third-Party Sellers Sell No-No Products They Are Sued
Sometimes Amazon sellers sell wrong products, and as a result, they harm Amazon customers. For example, we have seen cases when third party sellers sold fake chargers that harmed Amazon customers. By the way, these people were later killed by electric shock. Or what about the cases when innocent Amazon customers were harmed because of poor-quality cosmetics. Their faces were swollen and damaged for the rest of their lives.
See? This is the first and most popular reason why Amazon sellers are sued: Amazon is ideally a marketplace of fair and legitimate sellers, so if there are any problems, they will either get suspended or will be sued.
Patents Are Violated and Sellers Are Sued
As it is mentioned on the website of World Intellectual Property Organization, “a patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application.”
So, if Amazon sellers sell products that are an invention of another person, they violate patents, and therefore, can be sued.
Copyrighted Images Will Sue Every Amazon Seller
According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.”
Some third party Amazon sellers (sometimes unintentionally) sell products that include copyrighted images. This happens when Amazon sellers acquire products from Chinese suppliers. You see, copy-pasting things and making them available for everyone is a noble and normal thing that can be easily done….In China and some other countries! However, in the United States everything is different: here, people take their original works seriously, and therefore, are ready to fight for their rights!
So, every Amazon seller should rethink their selling strategy, their supply chain and their selling methods. If they don’t want to be sued, they need to know what products they are selling, why and to whom. So, an Amazon seller would better check your products that are listed on Amazon, and only then continue your selling career.
Amazon sellers are always exposed to risk, and it doesn’t matter where they live or operate their business. From third party Amazon sellers who operate their business in New York to those whose suppliers are located in China, every single Amazon seller is at risk of either suspensions or lawsuits.
In order to circumvent the risks that exist on Amazon, sellers should know their products, where they come from and who is manufacturing them. Sellers like these are not only sued, but they also get suspended by Amazon, which is another difficult and complicated process. If a seller doesn’t want to be sued or suspended, they should do everything in order to provide a good customer service. Harming Amazon customers because of money is not an option, especially when there’s a sign “rights reserved” on the products.
“Two-thirds of all the strifes, quarrels, and lawsuits in the world arise from one simple cause-money.”
Believe us, Amazon customers would appreciate that if sellers offered genuine products and respected their rights. What’s more, brands also need a guarantee that sellers won’t sell their products on platforms like Amazon without their permission. So, respect the “rights reserved” situations and operate your business legitimately on Amazon!