Sellers spotted a message on Amazon that indicated sellers who are new to Fulfillment by Amazon would not be able to send inventory to FBA fulfillment centers if they hadn't completed their first shipment prior to October 10th.
"If you have not completed your first shipment to Amazon before October 10, 2016, we invite you to start shipping to Amazon after December 19, 2016. This is to ensure that we can continue to provide excellent service to existing FBA sellers."
Sellers were unsure if the reports were correct, since the message disappeared from where it had been posted. Adding to the confusion were reports that some but not all new-to-FBA sellers were still able to send in inventory.
We received official word from Amazon spokesperson Erik Fairleigh on Tuesday who answered our query with the following statement:
"We are restricting shipments from new-to-FBA Sellers to ensure we have the capacity necessary to quickly receive and store inventory and ship products to customers. If new FBA Sellers have not completed their first shipment to Amazon before October 10, 2016, we encourage them to start shipping to Amazon after December 19, 2016. If the situation changes before December 19th we will notify them by email. We encourage Sellers to continue selling on Amazon and fulfilling orders directly to customers."
Sellers have been buzzing about what this means - some think it's a great move, others are concerned about how it might affect them.
For sellers who have struggled in the past with inventory stuck in transit
because FBA warehouses were not able to accept them from shipping carriers or because FBA was unable to process them
in a timely fashion, this may not be the worst news.
But it does indicate sellers shouldn't take anything at Amazon for granted these days.