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What are Amazon restricted categories?

John LarsonJohn Larson asked 6 months ago
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Dani Avitz Staff answered 6 months ago

If you need a product, it’s likely on Amazon. You can find almost anything on Amazon, but the marketplace’s terms of service restrict certain goods from being listed on its site. These restrictions exist in order to guarantee quality for specific product categories and to satisfy regulatory requirements.

Listings that fall under categories like software, laser pointers, or hoverboards as their category require prior approval before being listed. Other categories are allowed, but only if you have a Professional seller account rather than an Individual one.

Certain products are restricted because of regional regulations and are not allowed on Amazon at all. For example, automobile tires, are restricted by Amazon. Other restricted products include:

Because selling potentially restricted products is risky, it’s worth looking up the details on them before jumping into selling. You don’t want to spend resources checking on the legality of an item only to realize it won’t sell well anyway. You can use an Amazon product research tool like Algopix to search for potentially restricted products to see if they are selling on Amazon.