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Are listings in inventory removed due to length of time without activity?

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I just went and looked at an item I had listed on April 11, and modified on November 6th. The item appeared in my inventory, but when I looked at used books for sale, it didn’t appear.

I made a change to the listing and saved it, and after about 10 minutes it appears.

As far as I know there is no problem with the listing, proved by that it shows again.

Does Amazon delete items from the list of selections available to buy if an item has been there unchanged for a long period of time? If yes, what is the time interval prior to removal?

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I’m not sure if this is related, but I just had a similar situation today and discovered something I didn’t know about how Amazon.com displays Marketplace Seller listings. Basically, I offer one textbook in a variety of different conditions- I have some Used-Acceptable, some Used-Very Good and some Used-Like New. Let’s say they are priced $74.95, $84.95, and $99.95 respectively.

I noticed that the first page of listing for this item (sorted by default for Price + Shipping, with no “Condition” filters applied on left sidebar), the $74.95 Used appeared, then nine more listings of various conditions sorted in ascending price, with the last listing on the page as Used-Acceptable at $113.95. If you look at the next 8 pages, the listings continue to ascend in order of price (reaching upwards of $300+).

You would expect my $84.95 Used-Very Good and $99.95 Used-Like New to appear on page one, slotted by price. But they weren’t appearing anywhere I could see.

I called Amazon Seller Support and they pointed out to me that my listings were appearing on PAGE NINE, out of order (price-wise) and they were put there because “they weren’t selling well”. The only way a customer could view these, besides having the amazing patience to page through 9 pages of listings, would be to use the condition filter checkboxes on the left sidebar.

Now, I won’t go into my feelings about this tactic, suffice to say I had no idea that Amazon implemented a policy where they could relegate your listings to the netherregions of it’s website, regardless of how you priced it. I’d love to hear from someone who might be more familiar with this policy. Anyway, this might be why your listings are not appearing to you.

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No, Amazon used to do this for all sellers years ago and it was a hassle to relist products as they aged. They no longer do this and it is great. Every once and a while I sell a listing I have had opened for years. Last week I sold an item I had listed in 2001.

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