Amazon will no longer allow "collectibles" in a number of categories, it told sellers in an email on Monday. Items in affected categories currently listed in "collectible" condition will have to be reclassified as "new" or "used."
The categories in which Amazon is banning collectible condition products are the following: Video Games, Kitchen, Outdoors, Patio, Lawn & Garden, Tools & Home Improvement, and Appliances.
Sellers will be prohibited from listing such items beginning June 30, 2021, at which time Amazon will remove listings that don't comply with the new policy.
What about sellers with collectible inventory stored in Amazon fulfillment centers? "If you have remaining inventory of the affected products in Amazon fulfillment centers, you may continue selling your remaining inventory until June 30, 2021. After this date, you will need to create a removal order."
And, it added, "If no action is taken, the affected listings will not be available for sale in the Amazon store."
The only rationale for the new policy included in the announcement was that it was part of Amazon's "ongoing efforts to provide the best possible customer experience."
All but one of the categories are typically associated with new products - basically home and outdoors categories. But Amazon is excluding collectibles in the Video Games category, which is a head-scratcher.
Video games have soared in popularity - and the average retro video game increased 33% from the start of the pandemic lockdowns in March 2020 until March 2021, according to PriceCharting.com
One seller writing in a thread about the new policy said they believed in-demand retro games or even newer games that are no longer being produced will trigger a "High Price" alert when sellers are unable to describe them as being in collectible condition.
Another seller was concerned about the prospect of going through thousands of listings and manually changing the condition from collectible to used. And one seller expected to get a lot more questions from buyers as a result of the restrictions in describing condition.