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.