It is becoming increasingly important to keep your business diversified, depending on just one category for many does not allow their business to grow. So with people moving out of the “comfort zone”, a whole new area of concern arises. How do you know the rules and what applies in this new areas/categories?
Amazon provides a great resource that will assist you in trying out new categories and doing so with the knowledge you need to do this safely.
Put in your Search Term and find some great helpful information.
Here is a good example: Plush Animals
5.8.5 Plush Items
Any product that is a stuffed toy, animal, puppet, and so on, where the fabric/material can be damaged by tearing, dirt, dust, liquid, etc. during the fulfillment process must follow these packing guidelines. Plush products must be packaged so that the item cannot be damaged or cause unsafe conditions by having the material exposed during the fulfillment process.
Items must be placed in a sealed poly bag or shrink-wrapped. Poly bag or shrink wrap should not protrude more than 3″ past the dimensions of the product.
|Example of good packaging where item is enclosed in sealed box and the open faced is sealed.||Example of bad packaging where item is in an open-faced box that is not sealed.|
Poly bags used to protect the product must meet the following requirements:
- All poly bags with an opening of 5″ or larger must have a “suffocation warning.” For example: “Plastic bags can be dangerous. To avoid danger of suffocation; keep this bag away from babies and children.”
- The film that the bag is made of must be at least 0.09 mil. in nominal thickness.
- Poly bag must be transparent.
- If you need a supplier referral, Amazon uses Unisource poly bags (http://www.unisourcelink.com).
Examples of good packaging where items are enclosed in bags with clear suffocation warnings.
FBA Product Restrictions and Packaging Requirements
(Hazmat, Expiration Dates, Restricted Products, Categories requiring Approval, Improper Packaging)
Hazmat is becoming an important subject, as Amazon FBA has really started to crack down on this area (and maybe a wee-bit over-zealous), and all sorts of things like Hair Products, Hair Dyes, Liquids, Items w/chemical such as Alcohol, even sealed wipes and First Aid Kits. Many items require getting a Material Data Sheet (http://msds.org), other items will get reviewd and ok’d, others will be rejected.
The problem is that is you get caught with items at the FBA Warehouse, and it is deemed HazMat, Amazon will not return your product and hire a crew to dispose of the items and potentially charge you for the disposal process. So, do your research, and Merchant Fulfill, if you have any concerns. Even seeing that Amazon is selling the item, is NOT an indication that there will not be a problem.
So what is the morale of this story?
DO YOU OWN DUE DILIGENCE and Research
Don’t let it stop you from branching out, because we all know that is what survival is all about, just learn to Research, Research and research…….