Restricted Products Enforcement

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Up to now, it’s been “understood” that restricted products warnings typically just meant a simply listing takedown. However, Amazon seems to be making changes to this program. There is a new job listing for Product Manager, Seller Management (Job ID: 399043) In the listing, Amazon’s Compliance team states:

You will support communications, enforcement actions, and data reporting for the Restricted Products seller enforcement and appeal programs. You will work to promote transparency and understanding of Restricted Products policies, including assessing seller plans of action in response to enforcement actions. You will be responsible for minimizing the number of sellers on the Amazon platform who actively and consistently attempt to list restricted products.

Note the phrase “minimizing the number of sellers” – this means that they’re moving away from ASIN restrictions only, and are moving to a more overarching account suspension approach.

Amazon expects every seller to review their inventory 100% and once they get a warning, never list a product with that issue again, with maybe a few gimmes if it’s rare. If you don’t have the expertise to review your products, their ingredients, or their claims, you need professional help to manage this issue.

Amazon is making changes again, be prepared and be knowledgeable!

About the Author
I got my first job at Amazon because of my German language skills from my Master’s in History. Take that, people who said I’d never get a good job with my liberal arts degree! I soon learned that I’m not good at taking orders and started my MBA coursework at Seattle University.

I worked at Amazon for 8 years, as a liaison for law enforcement in Fraud/Transaction Risk, a quality and compliance manager in Product Compliance for Amazon Brands and imports globally, and lastly, managing hardware for Website Availability. I love the flexibility that working for clients on Amazon rather than for Amazon affords me.

In my not significant free time, I do fiber crafts such as spinning, crocheting, and embroidery, and I have been in a community band since 2009, playing French Horn, Trombone, or Euphonium depending on the band’s needs that season.

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