I was trying to add an existing catalog item to my inventory, however the knucklehead who listed it first has put it under the wrong category (In this case, It’s Beauty). I am not able to sell in Beauty at the moment with this account, so I wanted to know if there’s a way to bypass that.
Would you enter a different UPC (could be a difference in only one digit, for example)? Or how would you guys approach this, knowing Amazon takes some time ungating these days?
He probably added it to beauty to deter people from listing it as well. haha, smart. As far as I know, you have to wait to be approved to list the same item. If you change the UPC it changes the product and you’ll have to start from square 1. Amazon doesn’t see images and names, it sees UPCs and ASINs. So changing those would make it a new product in the eyes of the Amazon brain.
Depending on the item. It may actually belong where it is. However without review of the ASIN in question it is impossible to tell you 100%. In case you havent ever seen the Tree Guide? You will need to provide the node that you want it moved to. If you believe it to be miscatagorized, click the category you beleive it should be in, then download the guide. locate the spot then provide the numeric classification to the support agent. https://sellercentral.amazon.com/hz/inventory/classify
I ran into this same issue with a non edible porcelain cake topper that was erroneosly categorized in grocery. Since I am not yet ungated in grocery, I could not list my small quantity of the same item. Looking at some of the seller’s other inventory, this method seemed to be a recurring MO. Put the item in a gated category to thwart competition. Classy. Or maybe the seller was just lazy. No telling, really.
The toppers were not a huge FBA moneymaker, so off to the flea market they went.
But this info is good to know. Thanks to OP and those who commented.
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