A new Utah businessman got tripped up this week because of Amazon’s war against fake eclipse glasses.
Jason Wright, who bought thousands of eclipse glasses on credit and sold them on Amazon, struggled with the company after Amazon blocked him from selling them, according to the Bloomberg.
Wright enlisted his family to help him package them in his parents’ Salt Lake home and sell them to thousands of customers who placed orders. But Amazon began cracking down on fake shades this week, as sellers and merchants had been selling “fake shades that could damage people’s eyes,” according to Bloomberg.
Experts, including some in Utah, have encouraged those interested in the solar eclipse, which will happen Monday, to buy special eye gear to protect themselves, according to the Deseret News.
But Wright’s plan to sell glasses on his own didn’t work out the way he wanted. Wright doesn’t ordinarily sell on the site, so the sudden surge in sales from a new merchant triggered scrutiny.
He received an email that his account had been suspended, as Amazon thought his lack of feedback was questionable. He emailed and called Amazon, but got no response, Bloomberg reported.
So he flew to Seattle. He spoke with Amazon and got the decision changed, but he’s still worried it could all fall apart again.
“I’m on the edge of making a few bucks or falling behind on my rent,” he told Bloomberg. “It’s stressful. I’m very grateful to Amazon. But it would be really nice to have better escalation features when things go wrong.”
If you’re worried about buying glasses on Amazon, the Clark Planetarium offers some for $1 or $2. It’s also a good idea to buy some from a “reputable seller,” including NASA or other organizations.
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Source:: Deseret News – Business News