Amazon/Kindle Multiple Accounts Question - Advice needed

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If a person has had an account with Amazon AS A CONSUMER since, say, the mid-2000s. This person only uses this particular account for buying stuff, not for selling stuff. This account is just for buying ebooks and other things. Let's call this the CONSUMER ACCOUNT.

Then that person decides to open a separate account just to publish Kindle books years later, perhaps in 2011. This person ONLY uses this KINDLE ACCOUNT for publishing NEVER for purchasing.

Is this considered multiple accounting?

The person's social security information (required by Kindle Amazon to make royalty payments) is not even submitted to the Kindle for the CONSUMER account. Nor has the person ever submitted a book for publishing on Kindle thru that CONSUMER ACCOUNT.

If this arrangement is called multiple accounting, what do you advice this person must do. Should this person just volunteer this information to Amazon?
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  • Profile picture of the author nubchai
    No that would not be considered having multiple accounts. Amazon doesn't allow you to have multiple Seller's accounts.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      One of the big things Amazon is trying to avoid with the policy is people setting up two (or more) accounts where at least one of them is enrolled in the Associates program. Then the other accounts order merchandise through the affiliate links to give themselves a kind of side-door discount since Amazon does not pay on stuff you buy through your own links.

      Another biggie is using multiple accounts to launder money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Skywriter
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        One of the big things Amazon is trying to avoid with the policy is people setting up two (or more) accounts where at least one of them is enrolled in the Associates program. Then the other accounts order merchandise through the affiliate links to give themselves a kind of side-door discount since Amazon does not pay on stuff you buy through your own links.
        This isn't actually true in my experience. Over the years I've accidentally ordered a few things via my own affiliate links and received the commission as usual. It's actually an easy mistake to make if you're both an Amazon Associate and buy stuff from Amazon. But you may be right about Amazon not wanting to legitimize this by permitting people to have two separate accounts.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Skywriter View Post

          This isn't actually true in my experience. Over the years I've accidentally ordered a few things via my own affiliate links and received the commission as usual. It's actually an easy mistake to make if you're both an Amazon Associate and buy stuff from Amazon. But you may be right about Amazon not wanting to legitimize this by permitting people to have two separate accounts.
          I've ordered things through my own links as well, but through my one account. I've never had a problem, the initial order always shows up in my associate stats, but I've never actually gotten paid.

          In fact, the Amazon TOS doesn't say anything prohibiting you from using your own links as of my last reading. The payment terms just say you won't get paid for those items.

          If you did collect the commissions, good on you. Their mistake, their loss.

          The practice I was highlighting is for preventing deliberate fraud.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedJohn473
    Call up amazon and get an answer - best not lose your account
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  • Profile picture of the author philrich21
    That was cool skywriter, I always wondered would that work.

    Nice mistake to make
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    The kindle account is not the same as your consumer or affiliate account. If you recall, you have to fill out different "stuff" and agree to the terms before your kindle account is activated.

    The rule is that you cannot have more than 1 kindle account. Your amazon affiliate or customer accounts do not have anything to do with your kindle account. You can't list books in your amazon affiliate or customer accounts.

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  • Profile picture of the author MattWhite
    I would ask Amazon directly. It's better not to risk your Kindle publisher account.
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