Early evidence new textbooks restrictions are minimal as
Is this in fact the most overblown drama in
In this article:
Amazon‘s delists few books after implementing new restrictions.
- Early evidence
Amazontextbook restrictions apply to New and Like New books only.
- How to tell if books in your
Amazoninventory have been affected.
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Amazonsends “textbook apocalypse” email in June, requesting receipts for “certain popular textbooks”
- Due to the ambiguity of
Amazon‘s email, theories proliferate as to what restrictions may be coming.
- I theorized (among other things) the restrictions may be limited to some New and Like New textbooks.
- This week,
Amazonrejects many (most?) receipts, in new email. Amazonsellers report few if any of their textbooks are taken down.
- Virtually all delisted books are New or Like New (from early reports)
Is the feared
That’s the earliest indication after
Thank you for your application to sell certain popular products in the Textbook category. We decided that you may not sell in this category.
We made this decision because we were unable to verify the information you provided, and/or because of specific information related to your seller account.
At every step of the way (over my two previous articles), I’ve said the same things:
Amazonis not banning textbooks. Amazonis not banning sellers from selling textbooks. Amazonnever said they were banning sellers from selling textbooks.
Those predisposed to panic will do it no matter what, but any chatter that “
A week ago, I started getting emails from sellers
I got many emails stating some variation of this, after a seller received the latest email from
Funny thing about that email: It doesn’t say
Read it again:
“…you may not sell in this [ the ‘popular textbooks’] category.”
Yes that’s basically a meaningless statement, since “popular textbooks” is not only not an
So my next question is always:
“So you say you’re banned from textbooks. How many of your textbook listings did
This is where it gets better
We don’t even have to speculate as to what
This is where
Solution: Go to the page where
So this is what I asked every
“Look at your stranded inventory page. How many books did
Translation: “Go to your ‘Stranded Inventory’ page and tell me what you see.”
Here is a roundup of the evidence I collected:
- Without exception, the answer was very few (if any) books.
- Everyone reported it represented a small handful of books (very low single digit percentage, or fraction of one percent of their total inventory – or none at all).
- It was seemingly random: I heard examples of 1970s physics textbooks and children’s books being among the restricted “popular textbooks.”
- Nearly all delisted books were in Like New or New condition.
By my rough translation, this (so far) indicates:
Amazonisn’t restricting many textbooks (or other books) at all. Amazon‘s restrictions appear to be totally random, and not just affecting textbooks (I consider this good news) Amazonis restricting books largely (or entirely) based on book condition.
It all comes back to New and Like New condition
My survey size was pretty small (I have not personally faced any restrictions), but almost everyone I heard from reported the books
But wait, I said “almost everyone.” So if some people are reporting Acceptable to Very Good books being restricted, wouldn’t that mean
I’m definitely not saying any sellers I talked to are lying (and I didn’t have time to probe them more before getting this article up), but it’s important to note that books end up on the
So its not a big leap to wonder if some reports of Good or Very Good books getting restricted is actually inventory stranded for other reasons.
(Please share in the comments below if you have stranded books in Acceptable to VG condition that you’ve confirmed are related to
What you can do about any delisted inventory right now
- Create removal order.
- Relist as Very Good.
- Move on with your life.
The next question is: Is it possible
It is certainly possible that the limited number of delisted (“stranded”) books is just the first wave of removals. It wouldn’t make a lot of strategic sense for
I wrote this article fast based on limited evidence. Like the last article, would love to get closer to the truth in the comments.
Jump in the comments and let the
- Did you provide
Amazontextbook receipts and get approved?
- If yes, what kind of receipts did you provide?
- If you were not approved, what percentage of your
Amazoninventory was delisted (check the “stranded inventory” page)?
- What trends do you see among the delisted titles (condition, or otherwise)?
Let’s hope this article is the final word, and that the feared “
If there’s any more news to report, you’ll find it here.
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