I’m having a nightmare with conflicting advice on UPC and FNSKU sticker usage.
Most, including myself, believe that, after you use the UPC to create your listing, you need FNSKU stickers (only requiring UPC if selling from somewhere else – not Amazon).
However advice from someone I trust is this:
‘You only need 1 barcode. Either UPC or FNSKU. We do not need FNSKU stickers as we are using UPC.
You can only use FNSKU if you are ‘hijacking” another sellers listing or if you are brand registered.’
Can someone please explain?
Seller Central Help: Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA): FBA Policies and Requirements: Inventory Requirements: FBA product barcode requirements
FBA product barcode requirements
FBA uses barcodes to identify and track inventory throughout the fulfillment process. Each item you send to an Amazon fulfillment center requires a barcode.
There are two kinds of barcodes that you can use to identify your products:
Manufacturer barcodes (eligible barcodes include GCID, UPC, EAN, JAN, or ISBN)
Amazon barcodes (ASIN, FNSKU, or MSKU)
Important: Items in your inventory that are identified and tracked using manufacturer barcodes are commingled with items of the same products from other sellers who also use manufacturer barcodes for those items.
If you choose to use manufacturer barcodes, when customers purchase a product from you, Amazon can send the item that is closest to them, even if you didn’t send it to the fulfillment center. When that happens, you get the credit for the sale, and we transfer an item from your inventory to the seller whose inventory was used to fulfill the order. In addition, if you use the manufacturer barcode, you don’t have to apply an Amazon barcode to each item yourself. For more information, see Use the manufacturer barcode to track inventory.
That means you are using commingled stock which means they will send out any product that has the UPC. Therefore meaning it may not be your stock they are sending so hopefully the stock is of the quality you are expecting, I personally never use that option
You need a UPC to list your item with but you must have an FNSKU label on your item if sold via Amazon and the FNSKU label is different per Amazon market. Therefore if you just have a UPC label on your product then this needs to be covered with an FNSKU code IF sold via Amazon.
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