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Amazon Tells Sellers to Ditch their Mylar Stash Bags

Amazon Tells Sellers to Ditch their Mylar Stash Bags

Amazon’s instructions to sellers about Mylar bags raised some eyebrows on its announcement board. “Due to regulatory requirements, all Mylar bags that are not clear or single-colored must be removed from the Amazon store by August 5, 2022.”

Why Mylar? Amazon linked to its “Drugs & drug paraphernalia” help page that includes a compliance checklist for products associated with drugs and controlled substances. There, it stated, “Products must not be primarily used for making, preparing, or using a controlled substance” – included in the list: “Mylar bags, which are not clear or single colored.”

It still wasn’t clear what prompted Amazon to focus on Mylar bags – and specifically those that are multi-colored – but a little research revealed a demand for smell-proof bags for storing “herbs” – in some cases specifically mentioning the need to escape detection by dogs – with Mylar recommended as a solution on several boards.

The Feds do crack down on imports of certain containers used to “store and conceal” illegal drugs. One interesting case involved a seizure of Stashlogix lockable pouches by US Customs that the company said were designed to keep marijuana and pharmaceutical medication away from kids, according to Inc. Magazine.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) delved into its reasoning in a ruling on the Stashlogix storage cases that it said were “advertised and sold alongside numerous other storage cases which are used to store and conceal marijuana.” The clincher for CBP: “the combination of the storage case along with the odor absorbing OdorPax and the UV proof glass-lined jars – set this product apart from general multi-use storage containers.”

A search of Amazon on Tuesday revealed products for sale that included storage bags featuring the terms “stash” and “smell proof” in their titles – but Tuesday’s announcement only referenced a prohibition of Mylar bags.

Amazon advised sellers, “If you use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and have any remaining inventory of Mylar bags that are not clear or single-colored in Amazon fulfillment centers on or after August 5, 2022, these ASINs will be removed from the Amazon store. You must initiate a removal request within 30 days of receiving this notice to have your inventory sent to a location of your choice.” See the full announcement on Amazon Seller Central.

And if you’re curious about Mylar, it’s a trade name of Dupont, according to IMPAK Corporation, which sells packaging solutions. You can learn more about Mylar on its website, including the fact that its properties make it popular for storing various types of items, especially food products.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

2 thoughts on “Amazon Tells Sellers to Ditch their Mylar Stash Bags”

  1. Wait, I’m confused. So these bags have presumably been allowed for sale on Amazon since the early days of the site, but now that marijuana is legal in more parts of the U.S. than back then, they’re banning them because one of many possible uses for the bags involves marijuana… which again, is now MORE legal than it was when the bags could be freely sold. No part of this makes sense.

  2. I can see them not having a problem with clear bags, but what’s the difference between a single-colored bag and a multi-colored bag? Wouldn’t the single-colored bag be opaque? Or do they mean a single color tint that you can see through? Then why not a multi-colored tint you can see through? What if it’s a single-colored bag has words (like Have a Nice Day) imprinted in a different color; is that considered multi-colored? I agree with lessthanthreerecords that this doesn’t make much sense.

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