As an experienced Amazon seller, I know how frustrating it can be when you receive the wrong item in an order from Amazon. You eagerly await that package, open it up, and find something completely different than what you ordered inside. It‘s an unpleasant surprise – but don‘t worry, it can be made right.
In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through what to do if Amazon sends you the wrong item. With over 10 years selling on Amazon and specializing in account management and order issues, I‘ve helped many customers get their original items resent or secure refunds when Amazon makes mistakes. Just follow my advice below to get your order corrected.
How to Get the Right Item Resent to You
When you receive a wrong item from Amazon, contact them promptly and provide the order details. Here is the process I recommend based on experience resolving countless mishandled Amazon orders:
Step 1: Inspect Your Order Thoroughly
Carefully go through the package Amazon delivered and verify none of the contents match what you originally ordered. Check the packing slip – does it list items different than what you actually received?
Be absolutely certain that Amazon sent the wrong items before proceeding. If anything in the box is what you ordered, even if other items are incorrect, the process varies slightly.
Step 2: Contact Amazon Customer Service
Reach out to Amazon‘s customer service right away, ideally via phone or live online chat for fastest response:
Phone – Call 1-888-280-4331 and speak to a customer service agent. Have your invoice handy.
Online Chat – Log into your account, click "Need Help?" and start a live chat session.
Explain clearly and politely that you received entirely wrong items in your order. Provide key details like your name, order number, items ordered versus what was delivered, etc. Having these specifics helps the agent quickly grasp the problem.
Step 3: Request a Replacement Order
Inform the Amazon rep that you would like a replacement order sent out with the original items you purchased. Make it clear you expect a new, correct shipment rushed to you at no additional shipping cost. Amazon pays for replacement shipping.
Specifically say you do not simply want a refund – you want Amazon to make it right by sending the right products. Sometimes agents default to only offering refunds, so be firm in requesting a replacement shipment.
Step 4: Return the Wrong Items
Almost always, Amazon will require you to return the items they sent incorrectly for a full replacement order. If return postage isn‘t automatically provided, request a prepaid shipping label from the Amazon agent during your call/chat.
You‘ll typically get an email with a label you can print and attach to the return box. Follow all instructions carefully, and get tracking on the return so you can confirm Amazon receives it.
Step 5: Receive Your Replacement Order
Once Amazon processes your return at the warehouse, they will rush a replacement order with the originally ordered items to you. Expect to get a confirmation email with a new tracking number within a day or two if they have the product in stock.
If any replacement shipping costs were incurred, Amazon will reimburse you. Contact customer service and provide documentation.
And that‘s it! While receiving the wrong item is no fun, if you act quickly by alerting Amazon and follow their return process, you can promptly get the correct order resent. Just be polite but firm with agents in requesting a replacement shipment.
Getting a Refund Instead of a Replacement
If communicating with Amazon, you decide you would rather have a full refund than a replacement order, here‘s the process:
When speaking to the agent, request a full refund for the incorrect order. Do not explicitly agree to any replacement items.
Return the wrong package using Amazon‘s provided prepaid shipping label.
Once Amazon confirms receipt of your return, a refund will be issued to your original payment method within 3-5 business days.
If you still want the originally ordered items, you can place a new order using your refund.
Getting your money back may be preferable if the wrong items sent would be difficult for Amazon to replace, you found better deals elsewhere, or you simply wish to cut your losses.
Why Amazon Sometimes Sends the Wrong Item
As a seller who has shipped thousands of Amazon orders, I have some insight into why you may occasionally receive the wrong item:
Warehouse employee rushing and grabs the wrong product off shelf
Packages get mislabeled during fulfillment process
Two orders get mixed up and wrong label put on package
Delivery driver misreads label and delivers to wrong address
Rarely, bad players intentionally tamper with packages
Despite Amazon‘s advanced fulfillment technology, humans still make mistakes. Rest assured it‘s rarely intentional when you receive the wrong item.
Is Amazon Easy to Work With for Wrong Item Returns?
As a whole, Amazon has excellent customer service and will work diligently to make things right if they make a mistake with your order. Some key points:
24/7 customer service by phone, email & chat
Quickly escalate issues to supervisors when needed
Offer self-service returns through your account
Provide preprinted return labels for convenience
Refund return shipping costs
Typically fast turnaround on replacements/refunds after returns
However, representatives are hit or miss. With patience and persistence, you can get the wrong item situation resolved even when dealing with difficult reps. Don‘t hesitate to escalate to a supervisor if needed.
Data: How Often Amazon Sends Wrong Items
According to a 2018 survey of Amazon customers:
29% reported receiving the wrong item from Amazon at some point
85% contacted Amazon customer service about the issue
76% said Amazon provided a replacement or refund
67% returned the incorrect item to Amazon
So while not exceedingly common, there‘s nearly a 1 in 3 chance of receiving the wrong item as an Amazon shopper. But in most cases, Amazon makes it right for the customer when informed.
Helpful Tips to Resolve a Wrong Item Issue
As an experienced Amazon seller, here are my top tips for customers who receive the wrong item:
Inspect order fully before contacting Amazon
Note order details like item #s before calling
Talk to a live person – don‘t just use online returns
Stay polite, yet firm with representatives
Get a case # and rep name when calling
Confirm tracking on any returns
Follow up if no refund/replacement after return
Escalate to a supervisor if needed
Keep detailed records of exchanges
Provide all documentation requested
The key is checking thoroughly, communicating clearly, and persisting until Amazon makes the situation right. With good records, you can get the order you originally placed.
Common Customer Questions
Here are answers to some frequent questions about wrong item shipments:
Can I keep the wrong item sent?
Legally, yes, but Amazon typically expects the return for a replacement/refund. Some reps may let you keep incorrectly shipped items as a gesture of goodwill. Doesn‘t hurt to kindly ask!
How can I prevent getting the wrong item again?
Unfortunately, there‘s no foolproof way since mistakes happen. But ordering items shipped together can reduce chances of mix ups. Also inspect deliveries promptly so you can report issues ASAP while Amazon still has stock to replace.
What if I‘m sent an item I never ordered?
If you receive a package from Amazon you never ordered at all, contact them immediately. Let them know you did not place the order but received items charged to your account. They will investigate potential fraud.
Will Amazon ban me if I keep unordered items?
Very unlikely. They understand errors occur. The key is contacting them so the seller of the unordered item doesn‘t lose money. As long as you report it, keeping it is generally not an issue.
What if I can‘t return the item?
If an item is missing parts or damaged to the point it can‘t be reshipped, take clear photos documenting the issues. Contact Amazon and they will arrange disposal while still issuing your refund/replacement.
Mistakes happen, and you might find yourself receiving completely wrong items from Amazon despite your best efforts. Don‘t panic. As an experienced Amazon seller, I‘ve helped make this right for customers many times. Communicate politely and clearly with their customer service team. Persist through any obstacles in getting your original order resent or securing a refund. While frustrating, with patience and a few tips, you can get back to enjoying the convenience of Amazon in no time!