Amazon shrinks longtime small bookseller

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Dear Ina,

I’m not sure if anyone else pointed this out to you, but in my Amazon sales file I had around 8,000 listings that I’ve sold since 2016 and now I’m out of stock.

Last weekend I started getting dozens of emails like the one below from Amazon. I can no longer sell these items (well over 100 to date) without approval. WHEN I TRY TO GET APPROVAL, I RECEIVE A MESSAGE THAT SAYS THEY ARE NOT TAKING AN APPLICATION.

This has been going on for quite some time with DVDs, CDs, and textbooks but the books they are finishing now are very common 20 year old books, I’ve never seen so many at once before, it’s usually 1 month or less.

I was getting so many that I have now deleted almost all of my closed ads.

This gives big sellers a huge advantage over small sellers and if this continues I probably won’t be able to list any titles in 6 months or a year at most.

Amazon bookseller since 2003

Editor’s Note: We include the following worded excerpt from the notification the seller received:

Important Information About Your Amazon.com Ads

Hello,

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible customer experience, we have implemented additional approval requirements for (redacted) products.

In effect (redacted), you will need approval to list affected products. If you don’t get approval by this date, your listings will be removed. This action has no impact on the health of your account.

How can I restore my ads?

To request approval, go to the Approval Required view on the Repair Your Products page in Seller Central, and select Request Approval, …

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