First, let me say I have had no problems yet, but as a seller I am intimidated by the general threat of account cancellation if I happen to try to sell the wrong products. I’m talking about manufacturers who don’t want anyone selling their products other than their distributors. Personally I think that is Restraint of Trade, but that is a topic for another time. I’m not talking about knock-offs - that is a legitimate problem - but genuine items that for some reason manufacturers think they can keep from being sold. Everyone knows about branded clothing and Dr. Dre, but what about humdrum Kitchenware or Toys? What about knives, blenders, Espresso machines, bowls? They all have brand names too.
As I try to expand my inventory I find that I have great fear of an account suspension by Amazon for inadvertently listing the wrong product. There is no list I can consult of manufacturers who object, nor is there any guidance on how to tell if a product is “protected”. For sellers it is basically Russian roulette where we spin the cylinder and pull the trigger whenever we add a new product. Neither do I want to invest in new inventory when it may not be sellable on Amazon, and there is no way to know!
Does anyone have any advice on how to tell which manufacturers do this? Does Amazon have a list? Is the current punishment really proportional to the violation when there are no guidelines or lists?