I’ve been reading a lot of forum posts on sellers being suspended for items that are suspected as “inauthentic”. They need proper documentation to provide to Amazon but all they have are store receipts because they were retail-purchased items. Often the seller is frustrated and asks if retail arbitrage is even still accepted/legal on Amazon. A common response I’ve seen to this problem is: “Retail Arbitrage is still ok on Amazon unless you’re asked for documentation for that item (like a wholesaler invoice, authorization letter, etc.). If all you have are store receipts that won’t cut it.”
My question is, why is it not universally accepted that retail arbitrage on Amazon is dead? If someone is going store to store in hopes to find items to sell through FBA, they’re essentially a ticking time bomb until Amazon asks them for proper documentation. If Amazon is almost undoubtedly going to ask for follow up documentation, how could anyone make a few bucks on the side through Amazon RA, let alone make make a living off of it?
I appreciate your insights!