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The Amazon Files, hosted by Kristin Ostrander, Amazon business strategist and one of the founders of Mommy Income, hits the airwaves every Tuesday with the real truth about selling on Amazon. This show isn’t about sugar-coated reality. It’s real truth - the good, the bad and the ugly - shared with practical action steps and strategies to help both new and experienced sellers tackle the world’s largest retail sales platform.

Jan 28, 2019

Amazon is continually changing, and new rules are frequently introduced. As business owners, you know that the only thing that is consistent in business is change. Many of the changes happen because new technology is introduced, but changes also occur because of the changing habits, wants and desires of our customers. As an Amazon seller, you must comply with the new rules that have been introduced, and there are sure to be more rule changes throughout 2019.


Today, we discuss what’s new on Amazon in 2019. We explain many of the new rules that you need to be aware of such as how Amazon is using transparency codes to spot counterfeit items. We also share new information on how GTIN exemption, nexus standards, and California Prop 65 warnings will affect your business’s procedures and explain what you should do if you encounter Amazon’s Restricted Products Policy Violations.


“The only constant in business is change - whether you’re selling on the Amazon marketplace or you have a brick-and-mortar store. There are always things that are changing and evolving” - Amy Feierman


This week on the Amazon Files:


  • What you need to know about transparency codes (QR codes) on big brand products, which products should have one, and how Amazon uses them to flag counterfeit
  • How transparency codes will affect you if you source products through retail arbitrage.
  • How to prove an item is not counterfeit if Amazon flags a product you have sent in.
  • How to identify genuine wholesalers from non-genuine wholesalers and the questions you should ask them.
  • What you need to know about UPC codes and GTIN exemption.
  • How acquiring a GTIN exemption for wholesale bundles has become easier.
  • How to get GTIN Exemption for your business brand to sell non-generic bundles.
  • How nexus standards and a seller’s connection to a state for sales tax will be judged on a state-by-state basis.
  • Why you should talk to a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) about nexus.
  • Amazon sales tax settings and why it is crucial to get Amazon to collect sales tax for you.
  • How to add a California Prop 65 warning, to products that might expose Canadians to chemicals that cause cancer.
  • How to view and deal with Amazon’s Restricted Products Policy Violations.





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