if the supplier is selling to you and they know you are selling against them in Amazon my gut feeling is that won’t last long. And if you sourced from elsewhere and they don’t like it they can have your listing removed. I’d try a different item.
I’m not selling against them. I am competing with them with my own product that I pay them to manufacture for me. I could easily source it from somewhere else. Most manufacturers (in my category anyway) are not selling on Amazon as their primary business. They just happen to list their products on Amazon and elsewhere under their own branding
My point is this. if you sell a generic product that is not under a patent and you create your own brand. No-one (including the factory who makes it) can legally have you shut down or delisted on the basis that they hold intellectual property rights over it. If you register your brand with Azon and even better trademark it you become the legal manufacturer of that product whether you own the factory that actually manufactures it or not. If someone gets taken down it is because they are in breach of someone elses IP whether that is a patent, trademark or copyright. Its up to us all as sellers to do our due diligence and make sure that we don’t breach someone else when we sell. But a factory, simply on the basis that they make a product, cannot claim IP over it.
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