Tens of 1000’s of Individuals have acquired mysterious seed shipments up to now few months. Most have been postmarked as coming from China and have typically been falsely labeled as one other product. At the very least a few of them had been doubtlessly dangerous to US agriculture, together with noxious weeds, plant illnesses and even pests.
The US is working with China to trace down the seed sources. This isn’t essentially an assault — one important idea suggests the seeds are a part of a “brushing” rip-off the place distributors pay individuals (“brushers”) to order low-cost merchandise and write bogus opinions to spur gross sales. Amazon maintained that seed deliveries from its web site had been actual orders delayed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless it’s investigating potential hyperlinks between its web site, the packages, and potential brushing.
Amazon’s crackdown may not quantity to a lot if the seed mailers are utilizing different companies. Even so, this displays the corporate’s more and more lively response to dodgy merchandise and orders. It doesn’t need to be held chargeable for problematic shipments, and it’s apparently keen to lose potential gross sales slightly than threat future incidents.