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A Guide For Product Restrictions To Sell On Amazon


Are you planning to sell products on Amazon? Do you know what products you are eligible to sell on Amazon?

Amazon restricted certain products and categories for the well-being and safety of the consumers.

For certain products, brands, categories, and sub-categories, Amazon requires sellers to obtain approval before listing products for sale. 

Sounds confusing? Don't worry. I will help you out.

To maintain a safe and trustworthy shopping experience, certain products cannot be listed or sold on Amazon. Let's first have a look at those restricted products.



As an Amazon seller, you're not allowed to sell these products on Amazon. These products are completely restricted on Amazon.

  • Alcohol

  • Animals & Animal-Related Products

  • Art - Fine Art

  • Art - Home Decor

  • Automotive and Powersports

  • Composite Wood Products

  • Cosmetics & Skin/Hair Care

  • CPAP Cleaning and Disinfecting Devices

  • Currency, Coins, Cash Equivalents, and Gift Cards

  • Dietary Supplements

  • Drugs & drug paraphernalia

  • Electronics

  • Explosives, Weapons, and Related Items

  • Export Controls

  • Food & Beverage

  • Gambling & Lottery

  • Hazardous and Dangerous Items

  • Human Parts & Burial Artifacts

  • Jewelry & Precious Gems

  • Laser products

  • Lighting

  • Lock Picking & Theft Devices

  • Medical devices and accessories

  • Offensive and Controversial Materials

  • Other Restricted Products (mentioned below)

  • Pesticides and Pesticide Devices

  • Plant and Seed Products

  • Postage meters and stamps

  • Recalled Products

  • Recycling electronics

  • Refrigerants: Ozone-Depleting Substances and Substitutes

  • Subscriptions and Periodicals

  • Surveillance Equipment

  • Tobacco & Tobacco-Related Products

  • Warranties, Service Plans, Contracts, and Guarantees

  • Upholstered Furniture, Bedding, & Other Quilted Products



Examples of Permitted Listings  

  • Confederate flag merchandise

  • Coupons

  • Domain names

  • Drop-side cribs

  • Ethanol products that are advertised as not being denatured, advertised as not having a bittering agent, or advertised as consumable

  • Event tickets, such as concert tickets and sporting events tickets

  • Real or replica government, law enforcement, security, or military or paramilitary badges, identification documents, COVID-19 vaccination record cards, birth certificates, passports, licenses, patches, collars, or tags

  • Listings that redirect any customers from the site into any other sales channel with the exception of advertisements that are part of the Amazon Product Ads

  • Magic Wine Decanter

  • “Mystery boxes,” “Surprise boxes,” or similarly named products containing items that are not clearly described on the product detail page

  • Products intended to be used to produce an illegal product or undertake an illegal activity

  • Products made available by digital download, including "codes" that can be used to access content on other websites or services

  • Products that contain asbestos, especially corrugated paper, rollaboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, and flooring felt

  • Products that contain Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), such as some electrical equipment, plasticizers in paint, carbonless copy paper, and other industrial products

  • Products that include any likeness of the seals of the President, Vice President, Senate, House of Representatives, or Congress

  • Products that infringe upon an individual's privacy, such as the sale of marketing lists and personal information

  • Products that are recreational boats without a proper Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC) and do not have a valid Hull Identification Number (HIN)

  • Products with the serial number removed or altered

  • Real property or real estate

  • Solutions manuals are intended to be used by teachers, proctors, or official examiners (textbooks and solutions manuals for students are permitted)

  • Teacher's editions of textbooks in any format, such as:

  • Hardcopy or softcover books

  • eBook, CD-R, DVD or other electronic versions of teacher's editions

  • UPC Barcode Labels and EAN Codes, including EAN Code generators

  • Used or refurbished gas connectors

  • Video game bundles (e.g., bundles of products sold together, such as the "Sony PlayStation Portable Bundle with 5 Games") without pre-approval by Amazon

  • Your Baby Can Read products

  • Products made from cotton sourced in Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan

  • "Washington Redskins" merchandise


So, now let's take a look at the categories and products that require approval from Amazon.



Below are the categories that require approval which means if your application got accepted by Amazon, you are eligible to sell that category/product.

The approval process may include document requests, performance checks, and other qualifications.

In case, you got rejected on Amazon, don't worry, we have a solution. To know that, you need to keep reading.

  • Postage stamps

  • Collectible Coins

  • Personal Safety and Household products

  • Fine Art

  • Holiday Selling Requirements in Toys & Games

  • Jewelry

  • Amazon Subscription Boxes

  • Made in Italy

  • Music & DVD

  • Automotive & Power sports products

  • Services

  • Sports Collectibles

  • Streaming Media Players

  • Video, DVD, & Blu-ray

  • Watches



To get approval for the restricted categories on Amazon, you need to submit the required documents, and also they evaluate you with the performance metrics.

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