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Amazon.com, the online retailer, is expanding a program designed to allow independent sellers to use its network of distribution centers to store and ship their products, according to Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazonís founder and chief executive.
Since last fall, the program, Fulfillment by Amazon, has allowed independent sellers who list their goods on Amazon.com to use its network of more than 20 distribution centers around the world to fill orders. Now Amazon, which is based in Seattle, is opening the program to vendors who list their items elsewhere on the Web ó on their own site, through Google, or even on Amazonís e-commerce rival, eBay.
Sold on eBay, Shipped by Amazon [nytimes.com]
How does that work for you?
Even though the NY Times article states Amazon is considering using unmarked boxes, I do not see this happening. Part of automation requires uniformity and I do not see Amazon giving up their branding and use unmarked boxes for their entire shipping operation.
I once bought a book on ebay from a seller who just ordered it on Amazon and had it shipped directly to me from them. I checked the Amazon price and saw the guy made $5 without having to hold the inventory - all arbitrage.
[I check Amazon before I buy anything now.]