Amazon has opened their marketplace for third party manufacturers who can sell their goods on the popular online shopping site. Shipping and handling fees are usually added to third party items sold on Amazon, which can increase the price of the item significantly. Most items sold by Amazon directly qualify for free shipping, either directly, or indirectly if a certain threshold is reached.
Third party retailers on Amazon may use different shipping providers and different shipping methods. They often do that to cut down the costs of shipping the goods to the customer.
This may be problematic if unreliable shipping providers are used.
Some users because of this may want to only buy first party sold products on Amazon shopping sites. And while that's possible manually, it requires paying attention to the merchant listing on Amazon item pages.
Amazon lists who is selling the item. Items sold by Amazon are listed as such, while items sold by third party merchants list the name of the merchant there.
Shipped and sold by Amazon is a Firefox extension that filters out all items that are not sold by Amazon directly. The extension works on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.
Filtering out items may have consequences on item availability on Amazon. Items that would otherwise be available may be filtered out so that they cannot be purchased on Amazon as long as the filter is on. It happens quite often though that Amazon and third parties both sell the item on Amazon. The extension in this case makes sure that the item sold directly by Amazon is displayed to the user.
The extension needs to be activated with a click on its toolbar item. Some Firefox users may not see the icon by default. If that's the case, they need to right-click a blank spot on a toolbar, select customize from the context menu, and drag and drop the sold by Amazon icon to one of the browser toolbars. A click on the icon activates it, another deactivates the filter again.
Firefox users can download and install the add-on at the official Mozilla add-ons repository.
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