Avoid Selling These Amazon Restricted Brands

Avoid Selling These Amazon Restricted Brands

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Several name brands do not like resellers thus it is good practice to avoid selling particular restricted brands. Why? Because those brands may file an Intellectual Property Violation (IP) against your selling account if they see you selling their brand. And too many IP complaints could put your account in jeopardy of being deactivated.

What is an Intellectual Property Violation?

An Intellectual Property Violation is when a brand detects that their products are being sold by someone other than an official retailer. This includes selling items that have been sourced with the intent to resell them, as well as counterfeiting or otherwise violating trademarks and copyrights.

Amazon Restricted Brands That Send IP Violations

While I mainly sell via Amazon FBA, the following such violations apply to most other online marketplaces including Ebay (VeRO reports) and Walmart Marketplace (Prohibited Products Policy).

In simple terms, this means that you’re not allowed to sell the brand’s products, even though Amazon has no official restrictions on brands. If you receive an IP violation, there will be a warning under ‘Performance’ > ‘Account Health’ > ‘Product Policy Compliance’ > ‘Received Intellectual Property’. You’ll also get an email from Amazon with subject line: “Notice: Policy Warning” coming from notice@amazon.com. See example below:

Amazon IP email example

The best way to avoid receiving these dreadful emails to not sell the brands that are known to file IP complaints. One can that wish Amazon would restrict users from even having the choice to add these brands, but alas they do not. Therefore, I have been compiling a list of brands on Amazon that have personally filed an IP complaint against me or other reputable resellers and/or sent out a legal cease and desist letter to me or them.

List of 300+ Restricted Reseller Brands 

Please be aware that if you consult other lists of restricted brands, their lists may be longer but they may contain “gated” brands which is totally different than “restricted” as technically one can become “ungated” to sell those gated brands with no repercussion.

In some cases (as noted in parentheses), the brand may let you sell their product as “Used-Like New” so be sure to list the item’s condition correctly when adding it your inventory to avoid any IP claims.

  1. 1Com
  2. 3Ns
  3. Abysse America
  4. ACT
  5. Air
  6. Akai
  7. Algenist
  8. Allegra
  9. AllerLife
  10. Alpha
  11. Altec Lansing
  12. Amovo
  13. Amway
  14. Andoer
  15. Angels Fancy Dress
  16. Angelsounds
  17. Ann Willaims
  18. Apple
  19. Aquapix
  20. Aquarius
  21. Armor All (must provide documentation)
  22. Arthritis Hot
  23. Artistry
  24. Aspercreme
  25. Atmosphere
  26. Audio Technica
  27. Audiotech
  28. Aunt Jackie’s
  29. Australian Gold
  30. AZO
  31. Bactimicina
  32. Baby Born
  33. Baby Bullet
  34. Baby Dumpling
  35. Babyganics (can sell as Used-Like New)
  36. Babyliss
  37. Babyplus
  38. Back to the Roots
  39. Baggallini
  40. Bakugan
  41. Base Camp Outfitters
  42. Bassbuds
  43. Bausch + Lomb
  44. Beaba
  45. Beachbody
  46. Bear
  47. Bearpaw (can sell as Used-Like New)
  48. Beauty Pet
  49. Berwick
  50. Besdata
  51. Bestomz
  52. Bethesda
  53. BH Cosmetics
  54. BIC (can sell as Used-Like New)
  55. Biolite
  56. Bissell
  57. Blitzball
  58. Blue Microphones
  59. Bodum
  60. Bose
  61. Boston
  62. Bpro
  63. Bracoo
  64. Bratz
  65. Braun
  66. Bravo Sierra
  67. Britannia
  68. Britax
  69. Broncosan
  70. Buck
  71. Bulbhead
  72. Butterick
  73. C’est Moi
  74. Caldrea (can sell as Used-Like New)
  75. California Tan
  76. Canary
  77. Canon
  78. Capital Brands
  79. Capzasin-HP
  80. Carol’s Daughter
  81. Case-Mate (must provide documentation)
  82. Chemex
  83. Chinkyboo
  84. Chloe
  85. Christian Dior
  86. City Scene
  87. Coleman
  88. Comfylife
  89. Comic Concept
  90. Comic Images
  91. Comic Maker
  92. Contour Living
  93. CocoKind
  94. Cortizone-10
  95. Cra-Z-Art
  96. Craft-tastic
  97. Crocs
  98. Crosley
  99. Culturelle
  100. Curls
  101. Davidoff
  102. DBPower
  103. De La Cruz
  104. Deejo
  105. Dermelect
  106. Deuter
  107. Discovery
  108. Discovery #Mindblown
  109. Discovery Kids
  110. Discovery Toys
  111. DLC Laboratories
  112. Dog & Bone
  113. Dr. Ginger’s
  114. Dulcolax
  115. Duracell (can sell as Used-Like New)
  116. Earth’s Care
  117. EasyPix
  118. EB5
  119. Eero
  120. Effersan (must follow MAP pricing if selling)
  121. Energizer (must provide documentation)
  122. Epic Drops (brands include Piggy, Bendy, FGTeeV, Ice Scream)
  123. ESpring
  124. Estroven
  125. Etereauty
  126. Eureka
  127. Faber-Castell
  128. FAO Schwarz
  129. Favorite Findings
  130. Fifty/Fifty
  131. Finlo
  132. First com
  133. Firstline
  134. Fissler GmbH
  135. Fitbit
  136. Fitlife
  137. FoxyBae
  138. Fremantle
  139. Frye
  140. Fujifilm
  141. Garunk
  142. GE
  143. Gel-A-Peel
  144. Genexa
  145. Georgie
  146. Glade (can sell as Used-Like New)
  147. Glitzhome
  148. Globulo Rojo
  149. GN Netcom
  150. Go Donut
  151. Go Extreme
  152. Gold Bond
  153. GoPro
  154. Grace & Stella
  155. Griffin
  156. Guess
  157. Gund
  158. Hammer + Axe
  159. Hape
  160. Harry’s
  161. Hauptstadtkoffer
  162. Havex
  163. Helen Of Troy
  164. Helle
  165. Heos
  166. Home-it
  167. Honest Baby
  168. Honestly Cute
  169. House of Marley (must provide documentation)
  170. Huion
  171. Hurley
  172. i2o
  173. Icy Hot
  174. Ikea
  175. Implus Footcare
  176. Inkrite
  177. Inkwrite
  178. Inova
  179. Ion
  180. iRobot
  181. It Haircare
  182. Italkonline
  183. Ito Professional
  184. Jabra
  185. Jansport
  186. Jasco
  187. Jennifer Lopez
  188. Jet Creations
  189. Jil Sander
  190. Kate Spade
  191. Kidsbo
  192. Kilner
  193. Kinetic Sand
  194. Kitchenaid
  195. Kitsound
  196. Klean Kanteen
  197. Klipsch
  198. Koolatron
  199. Kylie Cosmetics
  200. La Roche Posay
  201. Lalaloopsy
  202. LaMode
  203. Lavanila
  204. Lavie
  205. Leatherman Tool
  206. Leg Avenue
  207. Leicke
  208. LELO
  209. Levi’s
  210. Linxor
  211. Livivo
  212. LOL Suprise
  213. Luga
  214. Luseta
  215. Lush
  216. Macoon
  217. Madre Perla de Ultratez
  218. Magic Bullet
  219. Marantz
  220. Mars Petcare (includes Greenies, Temptations, and Sheba)
  221. Medela
  222. Mederma
  223. Memory Soft
  224. Method (can sell as Used-Like New)
  225. Might Dog
  226. MiroPure
  227. Mommy’s Bliss
  228. Monsieur Bebe
  229. Moulin Roty
  230. Mrs. Myers (can sell as Used-Like New)
  231. Nasacort
  232. Native Union
  233. Nature’s Way
  234. Neat Company
  235. Neato Robotics
  236. Neewer
  237. Nikon
  238. Ninja Blenders
  239. Noco
  240. North Star Games (must provide documentation)
  241. NutriBullet
  242. Ocusan
  243. OFF! (can sell as Used-Like New)
  244. Opinet
  245. Orbeez
  246. Osmo
  247. Otter Box
  248. Paddington Bear
  249. Patagonia
  250. Paw Patrol
  251. Pet Armor
  252. Philips
  253. Picci
  254. Piggy Paint
  255. Pioneer
  256. Presonus
  257. Ovega-3
  258. Que Bella
  259. Quita Piojos
  260. Raid (can sell as Used-Like New)
  261. Rainbow Light
  262. Rainbow Loom
  263. Razer
  264. Razor
  265. Red Castle
  266. Refinery and Co.
  267. Renew Life
  268. RoC Skincare
  269. Rock & Republic (must provide documentation)
  270. Rock the Locks
  271. RockTape
  272. Rodan + Fields
  273. Rolaids
  274. Samsonite
  275. Sanofi
  276. Scosche
  277. Selsun blue
  278. SGX NYC
  279. Sharper Image
  280. Shrine
  281. Snow Oral Care
  282. Sol Republic
  283. SOPHi
  284. Sound United
  285. Spin Master
  286. Sportscreme
  287. Square
  288. Step 2
  289. Super Macho
  290. Sunwise
  291. Swimways
  292. Switchmate
  293. Systane
  294. Table Mate
  295. Tangible Play
  296. The Black Series
  297. The Mane Choice
  298. Thirsty Milo
  299. Tommy Bahama
  300. TOMS
  301. Tonka
  302. Tummy Tucker
  303. Tweezerman
  304. Ugg
  305. Unisom
  306. UP4
  307. Vans
  308. Vaporex
  309. Victoria’s Secret
  310. Vital Proteins
  311. Wet Brush
  312. Wrangler
  313. Yes To
  314. Yeti
  315. Xyzal
  316. Zagg (can sell as Used-Like New)
  317. Zantac
  318. Zap
  319. Zippo
  320. Zoom

Avoid Selling These Amazon Restricted Brands

Are there any Amazon Restricted Brands that we’re missing? If you have received an IP violation or cease and desist from a brand not currently on our list, please contact us to add. We may ask for proof that it happened. It’s unfortunate but because not every Amazon seller is fair, we’ve had to put this policy in place. Please also note that other lists may also include brands that they personally sell a lot on their own account in order attempt to keep other sellers from becoming their competition.  

IP Violation Response Email Template

If you do receive an IP infringement notice or warning for infringement and you believe the rights owner or Amazon made an error, you may appeal or dispute the claim, but first I usually 1) delete the item in question, and then 2) respond to the original email (shown above) emailing the contact email address given with this response. You will obviously need to update the information in brackets.

Hello [NAME],

Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.

All of our inventory for this product was purchased brand new from [STORE], an authorized distributor. We double-checked to make sure the product that we bought matched the description, title, and image on the existing Amazon listing exactly. We then sent the product to a Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) warehouse. Since this item was purchased from an authorized source, and this inventory can be traced back directly to the manufacturer, this is not an intellectual property rights violation.

We have been selling on Amazon for [LENGTH OF TIME], and we would never want to risk our business by sending in a product that was not authentic, brand new, conforming to all of Amazon’s policies and procedures.

We would appreciate it if you would retract your complaints against us (seller SELLER NAME). In the meantime, we have taken down our Amazon listings per your request. Please let me know if you need any further information to resolve this issue.

Thank you,
NAME

Some companies (but not a lot) will respond favorably and retract the claim. Most will get you no response, so then you have the option to appeal or dispute the claim.
 

Conclusion

To protect your business, always make sure to properly research the brands you are interested in selling. This can help you avoid potentially costly Intellectual Property Violations and keep your online business running smoothly.