I ordered one book from Amazon, but received two (of the same). Should I return it?

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    If you ask about it they'll probably let you keep it if it's not too expensive a book. Then you skip the moral debate and get your books
    – Double AA
    Jul 27, 2018 at 0:17
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    Check your credit card bill, you probably bought 2 by mistake its happened to me just a slip of the finger...
    – yosefkorn
    Jul 27, 2018 at 0:22
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    I had a similar, but not identical, situation. I ordered the 3rd edition of a book from an amazon reseller of used books, and received the 2nd edition. I contacted the seller, and he offered to send me the new version free of charge and to keep the old version. As @DoubleAA mentioned, it is not worth it for them to pay for the shipping of the wrong book back, unless it is something very valuable.
    – Menachem
    Jul 27, 2018 at 2:19
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    I think you should ask a competant Orthodox rabbi for practical advice and as to whether you can keep the book without violating the prohibition of stealing. Stealing is prohibited even from a non-Jew.
    – ezra
    Jul 27, 2018 at 3:34

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Rambam says (גזלות ואבידות יא:ד) you can rely on the non-jew’s authority in a sale, that he is in charge, and should he mess up, you’re off the hook.

Also, the rules of the country you live in (probably USA) apply, ‏דינא דמלכותא דינא. Some reading on that also this You call also trying asking on SE LAW; someone even did.

Otherwise you may then מחלל שם שמים. Which is similarly expressed in Tosefta (Baba Kama 10:8):

הגוזל את הנכרי חייב להחזיר לנכרי חמור גזל הנכרי מגזל ישראל מפני חילול השם

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    Is 'Amazon' a non-Jew? What about third party sellers on Amazon selling through their platform (who may or may not be Jewish)? Jul 27, 2018 at 15:41

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