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Amazon Reseller DailyDeal USA Overprices Consumers and Gets Away with ItSalem-News.com
Thousand dollar paperbacks? Amazon takes no responsibility for DailyDeal USA and DailyDeal USA doesn't answer their phone. They priced Bill O'Reilly's book at a grand too.
(SALEM) - The Amazon reseller, DailyDealUSA, has the book co-authored by Robert O'Dowd and Tim King of Salem-News.com, Betrayal: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up, listed for just under a thousand dollars.
DailyDeal USA is a major reseller on Amazon. As a reseller, they set their own prices and use the Amazon website to overcharge consumers for books and other items with unbelievable mark-ups. The reseller has a land line located on Bainbridge Island, WA, (206-855-3932) with only access to a voice mail box. No customer service representatives are available.
We had sticker shock earlier this week when we checked the Amazon website for ]BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up. Tim King and I are the co-authors of the book.
Amazon’s price for the soft cover $24.26; the eBook sells for $4.99. You can imagine our shock when the Amazon website showed that DailyDeal USA listed the sale price of a used book at $999.11.
DailyDeal USA does a lot of business with Amazon. The Amazon website showed 324,000 ratings for this reseller over the past year.
Sounds crazy, I know and it’s not that this is an ‘autographed book’ by two internationally known best sellers. We did find that we were in rare company.
Robert Gates and Bill O’Reilly (the Fox Bill O’Reilly) have books overpriced by the DailyDeal USA. Maybe O’Reilly’s “Factor” can get the attention of the reseller and Amazon.
We first thought was “Could this be a ‘dirty trick’ by the government to dissuade readers from buying BETRAYAL?” I mean nobody would willingly buy $999 for a soft cover book. Our book is good but not that good.
That was a possibility since BETRAYAL reports the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow who was killed to prevent him from blowing the whistle on gun running and cocaine trafficking in a covert operation; crime scene tampering by federal agents; a blown NCIS cold case investigation; buried 55 gallon steel drums of toxic waste on a base sold to a real estate joint venture with plan to build over 9,000 homes; a radiation contaminated hangar shuttered and sealed years after the base was close; toxic exposures and cancers of Marine veterans and their dependents at two Marine bases and government denial of any responsibility of injuries and deaths. We haven’t sold many books but we’re certain that BETRAYAL is not on the Commandant’s top ten reading list for Marines.
No, this wasn’t a government dirty trick. Just plain greed.
A quick review of DailyDeal USA’s books for resell on Amazon showed the reseller was nondiscriminatory in its overpricing practices. A sample of the hundreds of books available from the DailyDeal USA showed that none of the books were on a list to be ‘banned’ by any government:
This couldn’t be a clerical error. There are just too many books overpriced by the reseller.
The DailyDeal USA has over 300,000 ratings with Amazon and complaints on the internet about overpricing. Lots of bucks passing through their hands. Some of it is ill gotten gains; in simple terms, just plain stealing.
How could this happen? A consumer in a hurry to purchase a book from Amazon thinks he sees a bargain for a book from a reseller priced at $9.99. He not wearing his glasses or is distracted by the children or whatever. He pays for the book with his credit or debit card.
When the bill comes in, he’s in shell shock, “What the hell! $999.00 for the dam book. Can’t be right.” He calls the DailyDeal USA and reaches a voice mail; calls Amazon to complain and is told that resellers set their own prices; Amazon is not involved; can’t help you. He’s now humiliated and maybe even intimated to file a fraud complaint with the state Attorney General. DailyDeal USA pockets the extra money; Amazon gets a piece of the change. Everybody is happen but the poor sucker who’s out several hundred dollars for a pocket book that retails by Amazon for less than $30.
We contacted Amazon to complain about the DailyDeal USA. As suggested with followed-up with an Amazon Customer Service representative. There was nothing they could do. Here’s the email from Amazon:
I understand your concern about the overrated prices this specific reseller has on the Amazon.com website, unfortunately we have no control on their stock, pricing or promotional strategies. If you would to complain about this specific reseller; I would advise you to contact Amazon.com's Customer Service and can best assist you in regards of this topic. They are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-216-1072.Or, if you would prefer to connect with Amazon's Online Support, please visit the following link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/
Lesson learned: If it sounds like a bargain, double check the price. Don’t be overcharged hundreds of dollars and find yourself out in the cold.
Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government. Half of that time was spent with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. A graduate of Temple University, Bob has been married to Grace for 31 years. He is the father of two adult children and the grandfather of two boys. Bob has a blog site on former MCAS El Toro at mwsg37.com. This subject is where Bob intersected with Salem-News.com. Bob served in the exact same Marine Aviation Squadron that Salem-News founder Tim King served in, twenty years earlier. With their combined on-site knowledge and research ability, Bob and Tim and a handful of other ex-Marines, have put the contamination of MCAS El Toro on the map. The base is highly contaminated with TCE, trichloroethelyne
You can email Bob O’Dowd, Salem-News.com Environmental and Military Reporter, at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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