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FBA inventory reimbursement policy

If an item you send to us as part of the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service is lost or damaged at a facility or by a carrier operated by Amazon or on behalf of Amazon, we will replace that item with a new item of the same FNSKU or we will reimburse you for it.

Eligibility

For an item to be eligible under this policy, all of the following must be true:

  • The item is registered in FBA at the time it is lost or damaged.
  • The item complies with FBA product requirements and restrictions and with FBA inventory requirements.
  • You have sent us the exact items and quantities stated in your shipping plan.
  • The item is not pending disposal or was not disposed of at your request or because we have exercised a right to do so.
  • The item is not defective and was not damaged by a customer.
  • Your selling account is in normal status when you file a claim for a lost or damaged item.

Claims

If your item is eligible under this policy and Amazon has not already reimbursed you, you can file a reimbursement claim. The process to a file a claim varies by where in the fulfillment process your item is lost or damaged:

Important: You must follow the applicable process described on the pages linked above and provide all requested information when you file a claim. Amazon may decline your claim if you do not.

Reimbursements

If we determine that your reimbursement claim is valid, we will replace the lost or damaged item with a new item of the same FNSKU or we will reimburse you for it.

If a reimbursement was made in error, or if a reimbursed item is later found and returned to your inventory, Amazon reserves the right to reverse the reimbursement credit that was applied to your account.

We may dispose of any item for which we reimburse you under this policy, including by selling it. As a result, such items — including lost items that are found after reimbursement — may be listed for sale on Amazon Warehouse or other channels.

Important: Our policies prohibit any activity that would interfere with our capacity to help other sellers. Examples of such activities include submitting insufficiently researched or premature requests, or submitting a large number of requests in a short time. Sellers who repeatedly engage in these activities may receive delayed support on their cases or be subject to monitoring, investigation, and account action.

How we calculate reimbursement value

Important: The maximum reimbursement amount for a single unit of any FBA eligible item is $5,000. For items valued at more than $5,000, we recommend that you consider buying third-party insurance.

Because item prices tend to fluctuate over time and may vary widely from seller to seller, we compare several price indicators to determine an estimated sale price for the item when calculating the reimbursement amount. The price indicators we compare are:

  • Your current list price for the item on Amazon
  • The average price at which you have sold the item on Amazon over the past 90 days
  • The average current list price for same item by other sellers on Amazon
  • The average price at which other sellers have sold the same item over the past 365 days

If we don't have enough information to calculate the estimated sale price of a unit using the price indicators described above, we will assign an estimated sale price based on the price of a comparable product. We may ask you for additional information or documentation to help us determine that value.

If we elect to reimburse you for a shipment to Amazon claim or a fulfillment center operations claim, we will reimburse you for the estimated proceeds of a sale of that item.

Note: "Estimated proceeds" means the estimated sale price of the item for which you are being reimbursed minus referral fees and fulfillment fees.

If we elect to reimburse you for a removal claim, we will reimburse you for the estimated proceeds of the sale of that item, unless the item was in an unsellable condition when removed from the Amazon fulfillment network. For unsellable removal items, Amazon will reimburse you at a valuation consistent with the estimated proceeds of the discounted sale of the unit. We may ask you for additional information or documentation to help us determine that discounted value.

If we elect to reimburse you for a customer return claim, the value of the reimbursement is based on the refund or replacement given to the customer on your FBA order. If Amazon refunded or replaced an item on your FBA order, we calculate the reimbursement value as the refund amount or the price of the replacement item on the original order minus applicable fees.

If you don't agree with the Amazon valuation of a unit, you can file a claim using the Contact Us page in Seller Central within 90 days after we issued the reimbursement.

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