Every inbound shipment in the past month is either not showing delivered or delivered but not checked in. We are quickly running out of FBA inventory and all replenishment stock is sitting somewhere not available for purchase. All of this and just accepted a loan from Amazon with the first payment due in 6 days. How nice it is to accept a loan offer from Amazon to use for building our Amazon store yet will need to make payments with interest from my bank account because our balance at Amazon remains in negative due to monthly subscription, storage fees, and inbound transportation fees. This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this in 12 years selling on Amazon or anywhere in the 25 years I’ve been in business.
We are considering just sending a payment in full to pay off the Amazon Loan and just let everything sit until Amazon gets caught up. At this point eBay sales are far exceeding Amazon sales because we self-fulfill our orders.
The humorous part is that there was a recent poll asking if I thought Amazon could support my business. Inventory stuck either with the carrier waiting for a firm delivery appointment or in the yard of some Amazon Fulfillment center waiting for check-in doesn’t pay for my suppliers, employees, Amazon Lending or least of all ME. Hey at least we have other channels to sell on so its not the end of the world. I feel for the businesses that are not as fortunate to wait it out.