Do I Need Approval To Sell On Amazon?

So, you have a great product and you want to sell it on Amazon? Well, we hate to break it to you, but it’s not that simple. There are a number of products and categories that are in the ‘restricted’ section in Amazon. This means they require Amazon approvals before selling/ advertising – and these approvals take up significant time. You may be required to pay additional fees, undergo performance checks, and provide other qualifications.

We created this chart to help you better understand where you fit, and the conditions and approvals required around your category:

Product category Types of products Conditions allowed Approval required
Amazon Device Accessories Amazon Device Accessories New, Refurbished, Used Yes. See Requirements.
Automotive Parts & Accessories Parts, Tires, Tools & Equipment, Accessories

New, Refurbished, Used, Collectible

Tires may only be sold in new condition.

No. See Category
Baby Products Nursery, Feeding, Gear New only No
Beauty Fragrance, Skincare, Makeup, Hair Care, Bath and Shower. (See also: Restricted Products) New only No
Books Books, Calendars, Card Decks, Sheet Music, Issues of Magazines and Journals, and other publications New, Used, Collectible No
Camera & Photo Cameras, Camcorders, Telescopes New, Refurbished, Used No
Cell Phones Unlocked Cell Phones New, Refurbished, Used No. See Category Guidelines.
Consumer Electronics TVs, CD Players, Car Audio, GPS New, Refurbished, Used No
Electronics Accessories Accessories for Audio & Video, Camera & Photo, Car Electronics, Cell Phone, Computer, and Office Electronics Accessories. (See a list of examples.) New, Refurbished, Used No
Grocery & Gourmet Food Beverages, Breakfast, Canned Goods, Snacks, Meat, Seafood, Chocolate, Desserts, Gift Baskets New only No
Health & Personal Care First Aid, Nutrition, Baby & Child Care, Personal Care Appliances, Medical Equipment, Household Supplies, Sexual Wellness (See also: Restricted Products) New only No
Home and Garden Kitchen & Dining, Home Appliances, Vacuums & Storage, Furniture & Décor, Bedding & Bath, Sewing, Craft & Hobby, Patio, Lawn & Garden New, Refurbished, Used, Collectible No
Industrial & Scientific Janitorial & Sanitation Supplies, Lab & Scientific Products, Occupational Health & Safety Products, Power & Hand Tools New, Refurbished, Used No. Selling Guidelines
Music CDs, Cassettes, Vinyl, and other sound recordings New, Used, Collectible No
Musical Instruments Guitars, Keyboards, Band & Orchestra, Recording Equipment, Instrument Accessories New, Refurbished, Used No
Office Products Office Supplies, Electronic Office Devices New, Refurbished, Used No
Personal Computers Desktops, Laptops, Drives, Storage New, Refurbished, Used No
Pet Supplies Pet Apparel, Pet Bedding & Furniture, Pet Carriers & Travel Accessories, Pet Toys New, Used, Refurbished No
Software Business, Media Education, Utility, Security and Children’s Software New, Used No, but may be required for specific products. Learn more.
Sports & Outdoors Sports Equipment, Athletic Shoes, Bicycles, Fan Gear, Camping Equipment, Hiking Boots New, Refurbished, Used, Collectible No, but may be required for specific products
Sports Collectibles Trading Cards, Game-Used and Autographed Items Collectible – Like New Yes. See Requirements.
Tools & Building Supplies Power Tools, Hardware, Hand Tools, Lamps and Light Fixtures, Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures New, Refurbished, Used No
Toys & Games Infant and Preschool Toys, Learning and Exploration Toys, Ride-ons, Action Figures, Dolls, Board Games, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies New, Collectible No
Video & DVD Movies and TV shows, VHS tapes, DVD discs, Blu-ray discs New, Used, Collectible No
Video Games Game Consoles, Console Games, PC Games and Accessories New, Used, Collectible No, but may be required for specific products. Learn more.
Watches All Watches Product Types New only Yes. See Requirements.

Since Amazon requires you to obtain approval before listing in certain product categories, it is important for you as a seller, to know where you stand. We hope this chart helps you understand if your category requires approval. If you are still unsure, or don’t know how to proceed with gathering the right documentation, we can help! Get in touch with us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

**category information taken directly from Amazon.

Kiran Sandhu

Kiran Sandhu is an avid digital marketer who received her BBA degree from the Schulich School of Business, where she specialized in marketing and operations management. She is responsible for educating clients on trends, strategy, and advertising products. As resident of Toronto, Kiran has spent the past 3 years in digital marketing with clients across Auto, Retail, and SMB verticals.