Amazon Customer Service

Hopefully, you won't have any problems with anything that you order from Amazon.com.  With that said, accidents and mistakes do happen on all shopping websites, including eBay.com, Overstock.com, Rakuten.com, and of course, Amazon.com! You may get stuck in an unfortunate situation where your order is uncannily late or doesn't arrive at all, or it arrives broken, defective, or with parts missing.  Whatever the issue, you're going to want to get in touch with Amazon's customer service department.

How to contact Amazon by phone

The easiest way to contact Amazon's customer service department is by using their toll-free phone number at 1-888-280-4331.

However, this is probably not the most efficient way to address your issue, since you will have to answer a number of questions related to your account in order to verify your identity before Amazon customer service can even begin to help you with your problem.  Instead, you may want to use Amazon customer service's guided contact process.

How to contact Amazon using their guided customer service process

  1. Go to www.amazon.com and log in (if you haven't already). 

  2. Scroll to the bottom of Amazon's main page and click Help in the right-hand menu.

  3. Move your mouse cursor over "Need More Help?" and click Contact Us.  You may be prompted to log in (again) when you do this; you can click Skip Sign In to skip this step, but by logging in, Amazon can have your information ready when you contact them.

  4. The next screen lets you specify information that will give Amazon's customer service team a quick overview of your problem so that they can help you solve it faster.  You don't have to fill in all of the information here, but the more you do, the better customer service can help you.

     

    First up is the "What Can We Help You With?" section. Click the buttons here to tell Amazon the type of product or service that you need help with: an order, one of Amazon's unique products, downloadable digital content, or something else.  Note that depending on which one you choose, you may get different sub-options.  For example, if your problem is with An Order I Placed (as it is in the screenshot here), you can search for and select the specific order that you're having a problem with.

    Next is "Tell Us More About Your Issue".  You can click the drop-down menus here to select details about exactly what kind of problem you're having with the product or service you've selected.  Again, based on what you chose in the above section, you will have different sub-options.  For example, you may specify that the problem with your order is with the item itself, the sub-problem being that the item or some of its parts were missing, and the further sub-problem being that the entire item was missing from the package.

    Once you have filled in enough information in the above options, the "How Would You Like To Contact Us?" options will become available.  Sometimes, depending on the options you've chosen, Amazon will suggest a specific way to contact their customer service department.  Regardless, click one to start the contact process.

  5. If you choose to contact Amazon customer service by clicking Email, you'll see this screen.

     

    Click Edit Items or Details to go back to the previous screen if you entered any information incorrectly.  Otherwise, click in the box that says "Enter Additional Information" and type in a more detailed explanation of the problem.  Depending on the information you've already given about your problem, Amazon may give you a hint as to what to put here (as it does in the sample screenshot below).

    When you're finished, click Send Email.

  6. If you choose to contact Amazon customer service by clicking Phone, you'll see this screen.



    Click Edit Items or Details to go back to the previous screen if you entered any information incorrectly.  Otherwise, click the drop-down menu labelled "Country" and select what country you're calling from, click in the boxes marked "Your Number" and type in your phone number, and then click Call Me Now.  An Amazon customer service representative should call the phone number that you entered shortly, and they will walk you through solving the problem.

  7. If you choose to contact Amazon customer service by clicking Chat, you'll see this screen pop up. 



    Click in the field marked "Name" and type in your name, click in the field marked "Email" and type in the email address that you use for your Amazon account, and then click in the field marked "How Can We Help You Today?" and type in a more detailed explanation of the problem.  Then click Start Chat to begin sending quick messages back and forth with an Amazon customer service representative to work out the problem.

Amazon Customer Service Tips

The general consensus is that Amazon's customer service department is actually one of the best ones among today's big Internet-based companies. Its overall customer satisfaction rating is said to be around 87%.  With that said, there are stories here and there on the Internet from disgruntled Amazon customers who think they were treated poorly by Amazon's customer service team.

In light of this, there are a few things you can do to make your encounter with Amazon's customer service department run as smoothly as possible, should you ever find yourself needing to contact them.

  1. Use the guided contact process -- As we said above, calling Amazon's toll-free customer service number may be the fastest way to get in touch with Amazon's customer service department, but it's definitely not the most efficient way.  By logging in and using the guided contact process, the customer service representative will have all the information they need about you to help fix your problem right in front of them when you get in touch.

  2. Provide as much information as possible -- Following the above point, provide as many details about your problem as possible as you go through the guided contact process.  It will help the customer service representative that you connect with narrow down your problem and offer a solution more readily.

  3. Be patient and courteous -- We know it's hard to stay calm when something's not right, but remember that Amazon's customer service department isn't the source of your problem; it's Amazon's shipping division, the courier service, or the third-party seller (if you bought from one).  Staying connected and not losing your temper is the only way you're going to help the customer service representative make things right.

  4. If you bought from a third-party seller, contact them too -- You may actually want to contact the seller first, before you go through Amazon's customer service branch.  The seller may be able to explain the problem, or at least give you information that you can provide to an Amazon customer service representative to help them help you fix your problem.

That's a quick how-to on contacting Amazon customer service!  Good luck!

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