How To Check Product Restriction And Hazmat Status When Doing OA For FBA

How many times have you sourced product via OA ( online arbitrage) for Amazon FBA and when you sent them in, you found out you were restricted or that they were hazmat?

If your answer is anything other than “never”, then you know the sting of eating the cost on those products.

In this post I am going to show how to do this manually and show you my simple work around to make it even easier.

The Hard Way

Most people are going to tell you to try to list it and see if you are allowed to sell it.

This in essence is the right answer, but it is a pain in the butt to do this if you have a lot of 1’s or 2’s of a products.

Since I do mostly RA ( retail arbitrage) I am using the Amazon seller app and it simply tells you (***most of the time) if a product is restricted or hazmat.

This works great if you have the product in hand like you do with RA but when you are doing OA, you don’t have a product to scan.

The process is simple.

You go to seller central and try to list the product.

Then this should pop up.

Now you would enter the UPC or asin ( or do a title search)

In this case, if I try to list Nike socks, it show that it is restricted for me

So pretty simple but time consuming. The AZ seller app would have just put a big red RESTRICTED across the screen.

So now I will tell what I know about determining if a product is Hazmat:

I don’t know! Truthful.

Either I see it with the AZ Seller app warning or when I try to ship it in and Amazon says I can’t.

Here is a Reddit about it

Yeah that sort of sucks.

The East Way

So here is the easy way. I actually built a Chrome extension for seeing if a product was restricted and after people started using it, they were like “Hey you can find out if a product is Hazmat with this”.

Simple dumb luck that I made it but if it works, let’s go with it.

So with this extension you highlight UPC codes and it turns them into barcodes. Then you can scan the bar code with the Amazon seller app which tells you if it is restricted and if it is hazmat.

The Chrome extension I am using is call UPC Detective and you can get it here:

When you highlight a UPC, the barcode pops up and you can scan it with your AZ seller app

This works great if there is a UPC code on the page. Sometimes there isn’t a UPC code and you need to grab the ASIN and take it to a ASIN to UPC converter website

Then you would highlight the UPC code it spits out and then scan the barcode with the AZ seller app

In this case here is the scan from the AZ seller app and notice the hazmat warning on the right side

So there you have it. That is the easy way to check restricted and hazmat product on Amazon FBA when you are doing online arbitrage.



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