It can be a shock when a brand sees Warehouse Deals on one of their listings.
How did they get that inventory? Is this really a part of Amazon?
About Amazon Warehouse Deals
- Amazon Warehouse Deals is a legitimate account of the Amazon brand that offers highly discounted prices from items in good condition that Amazon has in its warehouses.
- The items being sold in this account are generally going to be items that were lost or damaged at Amazon’s warehouses and then found later.
- Amazon offers a 30-day return policy for all items sold through warehouse deals purchased as Prime offers.
How Did Warehouse Deals Get My Inventory?
We often will get emails from clients asking how Amazon got this inventory as they have no record of selling it directly to Amazon. The offers on this specific account come from the following areas:
- Inventory that was damaged in Amazon’s warehouses and then a reimbursement was made to the seller
- Inventory that was lost in Amazon’s warehouses and then a reimbursement was made to the seller, then was later found.
This means even if there is a warehouse deal for your products, they likely will have a small pool of inventory.
Amazon Warehouse Deals are not able to compete for the Buy Box. So buyers have to click into the “Available from these sellers.” link in order to be able to see that Amazon has a warehouse deal available. So having an Amazon Warehouse Deal shouldn’t have a significant impact on your sales.
How Can I Stop Amazon Warehouse Deals From Selling Our Products?
Dealing with Amazon warehouse deals is a part of selling on Amazon. While only a very small percentage of items that are sent to the Amazon FBA warehouses end up in warehouse deals there is not a lot you can do to stop inventory from occasionally ending up being offered.
It used to be that one of the main ways brands could avoid this option was to make sure that the repacking service was turned off. Opting out of this program just took a few clicks and greatly reduced the number of items that ended up in the Warehouse Deals program.
Amazon has removed your ability to opt-out of their repacking services. You are still able to out our of Amazon’s refurbishment program as of the writing of this article.
There is no way to guarantee that your product will never have an offer with warehouse deals. Warehouse deals are, in general, not returns.
As of today, the only way to remove these warehouse deals for brands is to purchase the inventory directly from Amazon.