Amazon or eBay: Contact Customer Services

Sometimes, I eventually need to contact "someone" (= a Human) from eBay or Amazon if I have an unusual issue. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to find the right contact page for that. Here are the ones for eBay and Amazon. Good luck (you will need it).

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Amazon

The best support is IMO provided by Amazon. I always got a response from a human within 24 hours. They even called me back once to tell me they got the "suggestion" I sent (not an issue) and were happy to take it into account.

In English:

In French:

Notice: not being logged in, you could be missing the option to chat with someone.

Contact Amazon [En]

Contact Amazon [En]

Contact Amazon [Fr]

Contact Amazon [Fr]

eBay

It has always been much less obvious for me to contact eBay. They are much more pushing the customers towards automatic answers, making impossible for us to report an issue not foreseen in advance (like recurrent delivery issue with their shipping carrier not able to take not correctly of "long" addresses). However, in French, it's still assumed to be possible to contact an employee via this form:

French: http://ocsnext.ebay.fr/ocs/cuhome (Select a topic and you will have the opportunity to write a message to an employee or give him a phone call. Authentication required). Ex. or direct link for an undelivered item: http://ocsnext.ebay.fr/ocs/cusr?query=1479

ONCE submitted, you will get an automatic answer with standard tips to solve your problem. REPLY on this email if you really want a human to read and react on your question!

Contact Ebay [Fr]

Contact Ebay [Fr]

Send a Message Ebay [Fr]

Send a Message Ebay [Fr]

Notice their system tells it can take up to 76h to get an answer...

In English, you will only be able to give a phone call or you will be suggested to contact the eBay community.

English: http://ocsnext.ebay.com/ocs/cuhome (much much less straightforward, you have to do the right choices and won't always be able to write a message to an employee. It sucks !)

Contact Ebay [En]

Contact Ebay [En]

How Amazing is Amazon's support.

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Amazon provided me the very best level of support when I submitted an issue I got with an undelivered item bought on.. eBay (I buy so much on Amazon.de and Amazon.fr that I didn't pay attention when I sent them my complain, instead of contacting eBay). As I immediately noticed my mistake, I resubmitted the problem to eBay. But an employee of Amazon answered within 24h, being sorry about that issue and trying to find among my orders the item mentioned in my complain (asking if I bought this item via a subcontractor, or...).... On eBay side, I have been waiting for an answer during a whole week and they were unable to help!!! I had to figure out myself that my address being too long for the system of their carrier (the carrier available "out of the box" for sellers of ebay.uk). My address had been truncated! I told eBay that I this was the issue but they didn't handle the problem. I was unable to contact the carrier as this one refused any contact with end-users. I only got my order after about 2 months :(

Yet another example:

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Again excellent and quick support from an Amazon's employee: DHL regularly fails to deliver my orders because they use deprecated GPS and don't find my address (I am in a new residential area built in 2011). DHL neither tries to call me nor try to check my address on Google Map (One kind employee did it once. I saw he had a google map printed next to him). They simply set "Unknown Address" on the delivery and contact the expediter. As I am a customer, they don't allow me to provide them a new address (or explanations) by phone. And as my address is correct, the expediter can't give them any additional information. I hate DHL!

I did submit this issue to Amazon.de as I recently missed 4 of their deliveries. I got an answer 2 hours later (on Friday 23:23!). Amazing Amazon !

Hello!

I didn't get my lasts orders yet... The carrier, DHL, pretends that my addess is unknown. I am very dissatisfied by DHL. I have very regular issues with their deliveries (not only with those sent by Amazon!). They use deprecated GPS and always pretend that they don't find my address (it exists since 5 years now). The worst is that they don't even try to call me to check. And next, they don't want me to provide details to deliver as I am a "customer" and only the "expediter" may provide new delivery information.

My address as known by Amazon is 200% correct. Can you do something to help me?

Dear Customer,

We are sorry to hear that your order has not yet reached you. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment caused.

I understand very well that this is very annoying for you now when you wait for the order so long and still have not received!

I will be sure to pass your message on to the appropriate department  in our company for consideration. We always want to know how our customers react to all aspects of shopping at Amazon.de as this helps us to continue to improve the selection and service we provide.

Of course Shipping within Germany usually does not take such a long time. We understand your impatience.

In order to provide you a satisfactory solution, I have called DHL and asked to deliver the item as soon as possible.

You will receive the item soon.

If your package has not arrived within next few days , please contact us using the link below and confirm the shipping address we have on file for this order:"

At the opposite the Amazon's support, Samsung is really not taking care of the customers. It's IMO not a good strategy. I really buy more and more stuff only if I know there will be a good support behind.

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