Amazon started out selling books in its early days on the Internet, but the company quickly expanded its product line as well as its bank account. Amazon branched into CDs and movies within three years of launching the company in 1994 and hasn't looked back since. After trying --- and failing --- to crack the online auction scene, Amazon opened its doors to third-party sellers, allowing them to offer products on the website governed by certain rules and restrictions. Amazon maintains a restricted item list designed to protect buyers --- and the company's reputation.
Launch your browser and navigate to Amazon's "Restricted Products" page: from Amazon's home page, click the "Help" link at the top of the page on the right-hand side (next to "Your Account"). From the "Topics" menu on the left, select "Selling at Amazon.com," "Policies and Agreements" and "Category and Product Restrictions." Click the "Restricted Products" link in the "Restricted Products" or "Related Topics" section in the center column.
Scroll through the list of "Related Topics" to find the category your item belongs in, such as "Electronics Equipment" or "Sporting Goods." Click on the link.
Read the restrictions for the type of item you're offering. You cannot sell the item if it falls under any of the product restrictions.
Return to the main "Restricted Products" page. Click on any other links that may apply to your product, such as the "Hazardous & Dangerous Items," "Sex and Sensuality," "Stolen Property" and "Offensive Items" listing. The item is restricted if it fails to meet all the requirements listed on those pages.
- Attempting to sell a restricted item can result in suspended privileges and canceled listings, Amazon warns.
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