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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Sat Mar 19 2016 15:53:06

Warning to Amazon Sellers - FBA Warehouses Too Full?

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon is refusing certain inventory from FBA sellers who are wondering if it's because its warehouses are too full. Sellers discussed the problem on this thread that was started on March 15th, and readers began reporting the problem to EcommerceBytes on March 17th.

When attempting to send product to Amazon FBA fulfillment centers, sellers are getting the following message for certain SKUs (aka ASINS):

"You are already at the maximum inventory allowed for this product, due to capacity or other restrictions. This product must be removed from this shipment."

Amazon declined to comment when we reached out for comment, but an Amazon moderator addressed the issue on this thread that was started on the boards in February:

"Thanks for reaching out to Seller Forums with your situation.

"After looking into the ASINs in question, I've been able to determine that the error message you are receiving pertains to what we call an ASIN Quantity Limit.

"ASIN Quantity Limits are set in place as a means of helping sellers avoid incurring storage fees for items that our Fulfillment Centers already have exceptionally high inventory levels of.

"Unfortunately, we do not have a means of overriding an ASIN Quantity Limit, but please do keep in mind that ASIN quantity limits may change over time based on the inventory turns and other performance metrics."

One reader told EcommerceBytes that FBA reps said the warehouses are overfull.

Online selling consultant Lisa Suttora blogged about the problem this morning. Sellers told her that Amazon Seller Support is saying it is restricting ASINs that don't have a high enough sales volume as part of a new program Amazon is testing.

What is upsetting to her is that Amazon gave no advance warning to sellers, and going forward, sellers will be hamstrung when making product sourcing decisions. "Without guidelines from Amazon on what will/will not be allowed into FBA, merchants are sourcing in the dark," she wrote. She could also see "no rhyme or reason in the way Amazon ASINs are being rejected."

Clearly Amazon has to be efficient in stocking its warehouses, but Suttora points out flaws in implementation. 

Some sellers may suspect that Amazon is making more room in its warehouses for products from overseas sellers.

We'll continue to follow the issue - let us know if you're seeing this problem or not (and what types of products you're selling).

UPDATE: See, "Amazon Rejects Products from FBA Sellers" from the March 21st issue of EcommerceBytes Newsflash.




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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 19 16:13:40 2016

Why anyone trusts doing business with amazon is beyond me. They constantly do things against you without notice or explanation.

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by: Santini This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 19 18:28:29 2016

"Some sellers may suspect that Amazon is making more room in its warehouses for products from overseas sellers."

Overseas...overseas....hmmm...I wonder...could it be....CHINA???

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This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Sat Mar 19 18:40:00 2016

yep.. :-) Dragonboat secret policies will require a lot of space as we all know those chinese factories are overloaded with factory unsold stock in china. It is probably on its way already via containers.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Mar 21 00:40:40 2016

I've never understood the why's of FBA and how those people make any money at all since in my niche, the FBA sellers are the penny sellers or are pricing their items way more than other sellers.

I suppose this mean that these affected sellers will have to do their own fulfillment now.  

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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 02:17:21 2016

Glad i never tried FBA but i can state that those listings get up front and the rest of us in the Handmade category get buried.

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by: FLIPPER This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 06:32:33 2016

This is just another indication of how poor retail sales are currently when adjusted for inflation (none of that around right? /s ) Take a look at major sporting goods retailers, many are reducing prices with sales, coupons, rebates, etc. 30-40% off. The U.S. stock markety is like a dinosaur that doesn't know it's dead yet. Just wait til late this summer or early fall Look out below!    

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 07:51:41 2016

It sounds as if the products are slow sellers and AMZ doesn't want to take on more inventory.

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by: topdog This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 08:16:57 2016

We also ran into this problem last week. We were out of several SKU's of a hot selling model, but were stopped from sending in more. (Despite having a $250 price tag, we had sold 7 in the previous 30 days.)
We called in to Amazon the first time this happened, they fixed something and we could then send in those SKUs. The second time this happened, they were totally unhelpful, and gave conflicting answers as to what is happening.
I do not trust ANYTHING that they tell us, almost all of their reps are outsourced and completely clueless. My best guess is that their new program has some bugs in it, but they're not willing to fess up and fix things.  

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by: Aussie770 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 10:18:11 2016

This is not a new issue. Do a google search for "amazon rejected asin" and you can see it pops up every few months.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Mar 21 12:01:45 2016

@Topdog - does this mean you will list and sell them and fulfill the orders yourself?

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Mar 21 12:44:01 2016

Amazon is too greedy to collect rent?  Wow.

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by: Bidonmine This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 20:57:34 2016

I smell another FBA fee coming...  

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by: dander This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 21 21:24:54 2016

gee Amazon also sells items and they know what is a hot seller and can get better deals. Maybe they decided that its better for them to sell items that they source, especially the high margin items and squeeze out everyone else out. After all their cloud knows all. Remember that 80% of what amazon themselves sell, they lose money on. Maybe they figured out that in some cases they make more money sourcing on their own vs the fees they collect from other sellers.  

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by: donald This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 22 01:02:25 2016










These companies have become so stupid and incompetent. They've done similar things to me.



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by: ZoneTwelve This user has validated their user name.
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Sat Sep 10 05:05:51 2016

As a long time seller I have watched Amazon grow and change and continue to under cut FBA merchants at every turn. In my opinion there is no loyalty to the FBA sellers who have been responsible for nearly 50% of the explosive growth and success that Amazon has experienced. Instead of loyalty they are undercutting the sellers, stealing their product ideas and stabbing us in the back. What kind of business does that to their partners? Don't let anyone ever tell you that it's your business. We will be moving our brand away from amazon this year.  



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