Amazon Is Banning Customers Who Return Too Many Items

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We’ve all felt buyer’s remorse from time to time, but returning too many items to Amazon could get you banned from the e-commerce platform, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon hasn’t specified how many returns is too many, but anecdotal reports from several blacklisted customers have surfaced recently. One customer, Nir Nissim, said Amazon notified him that he had been banned for this reason, even though he had returned just five items over a two-year period. However, his account was reactivated after making several calls to Amazon and emailing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directly.

As spotted by Time magazine, several other customers have taken to Twitter to complain about the policy.

Amazon said in a statement that these types of bans are rare and urged customers to contact the company directly if they feel a mistake was made. Former Amazon employees said customers can be banned for abusing the company’s return policy, which could mean returning the wrong item or simply returning too many items.

The policy isn't new. In 2016, a computer programmer was banned from the service and had his gift card balance revoked after returning 37 faulty items between 2014 and 2016, The Guardian reported. He had purchased 343 items in total.

[h/t USA Today]

10 of the Most Popular Portable Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon

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Altech/Bose/JBL/Amazon

As convenient as smartphones and tablets are, they don’t necessarily offer the best sound quality. But a well-built portable speaker can fill that need. And whether you’re looking for a speaker to use in the shower or a device to take on a long camping trip, these bestselling models from Amazon have you covered.

1. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker; $26-$30 (4.4 stars)

Oontz portable bluetooth speaker
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Of the 57,000-plus reviews that users have left for this speaker on Amazon, 72 percent of them are five stars. So it should come as no surprise that this is currently the best-selling portable Bluetooth speaker on the site. It comes in eight different colors and can play for up to 14 hours straight after a full charge. Plus, it’s splash proof, making it a perfect speaker for the shower, beach, or pool.

Buy it: Amazon

2. JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $110 (4.6 stars)

JBL portable bluetooth speaker
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This nifty speaker can connect with up to three devices at one time, so you and your friends can take turns sharing your favorite music. Its built-in battery can play music for up to 20 hours, and it can even charge smartphones and tablets via USB.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker; $25-$28 (4.6 stars)

Anker portable bluetooth speaker
Anker/Amazon

This speaker boasts 24-hour battery life and a strong Bluetooth connection within a 66-foot radius. It also comes with a built-in microphone so you can easily take calls over speakerphone.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker; $129 (4.4 stars)

Bose portable bluetooth speaker
Bose/Amazon

Bose is well-known for building user-friendly products that offer excellent sound quality. This portable speaker lets you connect to the Bose app, which makes it easier to switch between devices and personalize your settings. It’s also water-resistant, making it durable enough to handle a day at the pool or beach.

Buy it: Amazon

5. DOSS Soundbox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $28-$33 (4.4 stars)

DOSS portable bluetooth speaker
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This portable speaker features an elegant system of touch controls that lets you easily switch between three methods of playing audio—Bluetooth, Micro SD, or auxiliary input. It can play for up to 20 hours after a full charge.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Altec Lansing Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $15-$20 (4.3 stars)

Altec Lansing portable bluetooth speaker
Altec Lansing/Amazon

This lightweight speaker is built for the outdoors. With its certified IP67 rating—meaning that it’s fully waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof—it’s durable enough to withstand harsh environments. Plus, it comes with a carabiner that can attach to a backpack or belt loop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker; $33-$38 (4.6 stars)

Tribit portable bluetooth speaker
Tribit/Amazon

Tribit’s portable Bluetooth speaker weighs less than a pound and is fully waterproof and resistant to scratches and drops. It also comes with a tear-resistant strap for easy transportation, and the rechargeable battery can handle up to 24 hours of continuous use after a full charge. In 2020, it was Wirecutter's pick as the best budget portable Bluetooth speaker on the market.

Buy it: Amazon

8. VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $18 (4.3 stars)

VicTsing portable bluetooth speaker
VicTsing/Amazon

The SoundHot portable Bluetooth speaker is designed for convenience wherever you go. It comes with a detachable suction cup and a carabiner so you can keep it secure while you’re showering, kayaking, or hiking, to name just a few.

Buy it: Amazon

9. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $30 (4.4 stars)

AOMAIS portable bluetooth speaker
AOMAIS/Amazon

This portable speaker is certified to handle deep waters and harsh weather, making it perfect for your next big adventure. It can play for up to 15 hours on a full charge and offers a stable Bluetooth connection within a 100-foot radius.

Buy it: Amazon

10. XLEADER SoundAngel Touch Bluetooth Speaker; $19-$23 (4.4 stars)

XLeader portable bluetooth speaker
XLEADER/Amazon

This stylish device is available in black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Plus, it’s equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, a more powerful technology that can pair with devices up to 800 feet away. The SoundAngel speaker itself isn’t water-resistant, but it comes with a waterproof case for protection in less-than-ideal conditions.

Buy it: Amazon

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FSA-Eligible Health Products You Can Buy on Amazon and Walmart

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Amazon/Walmart

If you’re new to the system, a flexible spending account (FSA) is basically an employer-sponsored spending account that employees can use to save pre-tax dollars to spend later on medical supplies and health products. In April 2020, the FSA program expanded its scope to now include basic over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and Advil, making it more convenient than ever to stock up on the necessities.

The other convenience of the program is that you can spend FSA money at all your familiar haunts, including big-name stores like Amazon and Walmart. The two e-commerce giants have dedicated FSA stores on their respective websites, where customers can pick up anything from sunscreen and allergy medication to lip balm and first-aid kits.

To get just a sampling of what your FSA dollars can buy, check out the products below. For even more information, head to the FSA stores on Amazon and Walmart for the full picture.

Over-the-Counter Medications

- Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets, 100 count; $9 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Advil Liqui-Gels Pain Reliever, 160 count; $15-$18 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Tums Ultra Strength, 72 count; $4 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Prilosec OTC; $23 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Aleve Pain Reliever, 270 Count; $12 (Amazon, Walmart)

Cold and Sinus

- Claritin 24-Hour Allergy Medicine, 30 count; $19-20 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Allegra 24-Hour Allergy Relief, 70 count; $25-$34 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Alka Seltzer Plus Cold, 20 Count; $6 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Zyrtec 24-Hour Allergy Relief; $24-$27 (Amazon, Walmart)

Oral Care

- Waterpik Cordless Plus Portable Water Flosser Oral Irrigator; $64 (Walmart)
- Colgate Peroxyl Mouth Rinse; $9 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Crest Complete Whitening Toothpaste + Scope; $34 (Walmart)

Sunscreen

- Banana Boat Ultra Sport Reef Friendly Sunscreen Spray Two-Pack; $13 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Coppertone SPORT Continuous Sunscreen; $12 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Sun Bum Original SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion; $16-$18 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion; $9 (Amazon, Walmart)

Feminine Care

- U by Kotex Barely There Liners, 150 Count; $8-$13 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Playtex Sport Tampons; $6-$8 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Always Ultra Thin Pads, 58 Count; $9 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Tampax Pearl, 47 Count; $9 (Amazon, Walmart)

Everyday Health Essentials

- Icy Hot Cream; $5 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages, Assorted, 100 Count; $7 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter; $30 (Amazon, Walmart)
- Konquest KDT-1201 Best Digital Medical Thermometer; $17 (Amazon)

Foot Care

- TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller; $17 (Amazon)
- Dr. Scholl's Pain Relief Orthotics; $13 (Amazon, Walmart)

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