Ordering From Etsy or Amazon? A Guide to Third-Party Sellers

Follow these tips to help make sure your shopping experiences go smoothly.

I’m an avid online shopper, but last year I had an online shopping first: I made several purchases through third-party sellers on Etsy.com and Amazon.com. My experience, however, was rather frustrating. Looking back, I partly blame myself. My issues ultimately were resolved, and I received full refunds, but had I done my homework first I probably could’ve avoided the problems altogether.

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Andrea Browne Taylor
Contributing Editor

Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and was a channel editor for Kiplinger.com covering living and family finance topics. She previously worked at the Washington Post as a Web producer in the Style section and prior to that covered the Jobs, Cars and Real Estate sections. She earned a BA in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is Director of Member Services, at the National Association of Home Builders.