IP claims and Restrictions make Retail and Online Arbitrage harder today than ever!

Amazon sellers using OA lists need to be especially careful.

If you have been selling on Amazon for any length of time, you no doubt have observed the rise in Intellectual Property violations being filed against sellers by brands, under the guise of “Protecting their rights”. While counterfeit products, trademark infringements, and copyright violations are certainly a reason for concern, many brands have taken the protection of their Intellectual Property to a level that has caused many to reconsider their desire to resell on Amazon altogether.

Here are four easy ways you can protect yourself, and in my unbiased opinion, you should be doing all of them.

#1 – Join https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmazonSellerPerformance

This Facebook group has up-to-date information on Brands that file claims, Amazon Seller Performance, and how you, as a seller, can respond, and more importantly, how you can keep your account safe. This is the best group on Facebook for real information, not speculation.

#2 – If Arbitrage is your business model,  join the Essential Daily Deals OA subscription service.

In operation since 2015 (when arbitrage was easy), Essential Daily Deals uses the most advanced and up-to-date tools to see what products are and are not restricted for new sellers, as well as which brands are known to file IP claims against resellers. Each business day, the spreadsheet of deals is emailed to the subscribers as well as posted into the private Facebook group. Deals are sorted by non-restricted and potentially restricted, and brands that are known to file IP claims are not included on the list of deals. Where else can you get that kind of information and account protection? Obviously we can’t control what Amazon restricts and what brands do in the future, but if we know about it now, we make sure to do our best to protect your account. Get more information at https://EssentialDailyDeals.com and use code “10percent” to save 10 % off your first payment.

#3 – Add Wholesale Bundles to your product mix!!

Wholesale accounts are one way sellers can stay on the good side of brands. But most brands have a limited number of products that can be resold on Amazon for a profit, and it only takes one anxious reseller to drop prices, causing the profitability of your best selling item to disappear. One way to mitigate the risk is to create bundles of products from multiple brands, making it tough for other sellers to duplicate. This can have the effect of allowing you to dominate a listing with great brand names as the keywords in the title.

Our friends at Mommy Income have created a step-by-step system to teach you everything you need to know about wholesale bundling. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be a mommy to join. In fact, about half of their clientele are men. Amy Feierman and Kristin Ostrander are the Mommies, and they teach you how to make the income. I met both Kristin and Amy in 2015 when I hosted an Amazon reseller conference in Baltimore, and I can honestly say – these ladies are EXPERTS in their niche! Check out their Wholesale & Bundle System today.

#4 – Get AZInsight and know which brands are filing IP claims

If you are already an AZInsight user, you undoubtedly have seen the new “flag” that appears whenever the item you are looking at on Amazon is made by a brand that is known to file IP claims. If you haven’t seen it – click here to check out AZInsight, and start your 10 day free trial.

If, after your free trial, you decide to become a subscriber, refer back to this email and use code “10-OFFINSIGHT” at checkout to save $10 on your first payment.

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Have you received an IP Claim or Cease & Desist letter from a brand on Amazon? Would you share it with us so we can add it to our database of confirmed brands? So many Fake claims and letters are floating around, and it makes it tough to know whether to pay attention to the claim or to just disregard it. Sometimes the brands themselves go about filing in the wrong way, and sometimes the claim is just made up by the competition trying to get the other sellers off the listing. You can help us assemble a better list of brands by submitting legitimate documentation to [email protected]. Thank you for your assistance.

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About the Author

Greg Purdy is the founder and co-owner of Seller Essentials, the resource website for all things Ecommerce, which includes Essential Daily Deals, the Online Arbitrage list used by professionals around the world. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.

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