Here's what you can sell on Amazon and what you can not

by Swati Bucha on 23/03/2017
What you can sell on Amazon and what not to sell online
Amazon is a customer obsessed company and strictly follows governmental laws and regulations while selling a product online. As a seller, it is necessary for you to know what you can sell online and what products are restricted and cannot be sold. In this article, we’ll help you with the indicative list of prohibited products which will help you decide what to sell on Amazon and what not.

This material is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice in any manner whatsoever. We encourage you to consult with your legal counsel if you have questions about the laws and regulations concerning your products.

Consequences for Violations

Adding products that violate Amazon's policies or applicable laws and regulations may result in actions, such as:

Cancellation of such products
More restrictions on you adding products
Suspending your privilege of adding products
Removal of your privilege to add products
Termination of your agreement and such other arrangement with Amazon; or
Informing the relevant governmental, legal and regulatory authorities for necessary action


Amazon encourages sellers to report about the product that violates Amazon’s policies or applicable laws by writing to Please include all relevant information so that we can conduct an investigation.

Examples of Prohibited Product Listings

The examples provided in this article are not all-inclusive and are provided solely as an informational guide. In addition, any links provided are for informational purposes only and Amazon does not warrant the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information provided in these links.

Restricted Products

- Alcohol
- Kindle Accessories
- Animals & Animal Products: Illegal wildlife products, Parts or products, including fur and feathers, from federally endangered or threatened species
- Art: Unauthorized copies or reproductions of artwork that violate any copyright or trademark
- Automotive
- Clothing: Used clothing and shoes
- Cosmetics & Skin/Hair Care
- Currency, Coins & Cash Equivalents: Counterfeit coins and paper money, such as: Bank notes, Bonds, Money orders, Stocks and securities
- Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
- Certain Electronics
- Food & Beverage: Prohibited animal products, products containing ingredients for which a premarket safety notification is required but has not been filed, products that are adulterated, fake or misbranded, products that present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness, products that have passed their expiration or "use by" dates
- Gambling & Lottery: lottery tickets, coin-operated slot machines, slot machines that can be converted to use coins or currency
- Hazardous & Dangerous Items
- Hoverboards: In order to sell hoverboards on you must first apply and submit the following to
-Human Parts & Burial Artifacts: Examples of Prohibited Product Listings human body parts, such as: Blood, Bone, Eggs, Organs, Sperm, Human remains, Human waste and body fluids, Historical grave markers or tombstones, Native burial items, Artifacts removed from the land or a battlefield site
- Certain Jewellery & Precious Gems
- Medical Devices & Accessories: Products claiming that the same is intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans unless the claim is cleared or approved by regulatory authorities
- Offensive Products
- Other
- Postage Meters & Stamps
- Recalled Products: These products are prohibited because Amazon wants to ensure that the products added on the Website are safe, listings in relation to such products recalled by the manufacturer or by any government or legal authorities is prohibited.
- Sexual Wellness
- Stolen Property & Lock Picking Devices
- Surveillance Equipment: Devices that are primarily useful for the purpose of the secretive surreptitious interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications (i.e., eavesdropping or wiretapping).
- Tobacco & Tobacco-Related Products: Tobacco, or any product that contains tobacco. Electronic cigarettes and related products.
- Weapons
- Certain Books, Pamphlets, Booklets, Periodicals, Films

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