WSJ reports that Amazon is now limiting items sold by third parties so that only household essentials and medical supplies can be added to the Amazon warehouses. Existing items from third parties which are in Amazon warehouses will continue to be sold, but for sellers shipping new items to the Amazon warehouses, only select items will be allowed. The measure is effect until April 5th, to ensure they have enough storage and processing abilities for household essentials needed during this time of pandemic.
We are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.
I imagine there are quite a few readers who are Amazon sellers and will be affected by this. While the measure makes sense, it’s taking the economic halt of the country to a new level by affecting online businesses as well. If you have the infrastructure to do so, you can switch to selling with Fulfilled By Merchant instead.