I’m happy to report that I’m approved to sell Beauty products on Amazon. With that said, getting approved in the Beauty category wasn’t the same easy process that I had with Health & Personal Care. This time it took me three tries to get approved. I blame myself for my first denial, but I do not agree with the reason for the second denial. In this post, I will go into detail about why I was denied twice and finish off with a recommendation of what NOT to buy for one of your products.
In general, the process for getting approved in Beauty is very similar to that of getting approved in Health & Personal Care. If you haven’t read my “Getting Approved in Health & Personal Care” post, I recommend reading that first because it gives a better overview of the entire process. As with Health, you’ll need to view the category requirements, submit a short message to Amazon about the products that you wish to sell and then submit the documentation that Amazon asks for. I’m not going to repeat all of that in this post, but rather focus on why I was denied.
2/13/16 Update: Since writing this post, Amazon has changed the approval requirements. Keep in mind that what I did over a year ago is now outdated information. 🙁
I blame myself on this one because I didn’t follow my advice that I gave in my Health & Personal Care post. In that post, I recommended applying for the category before purchasing your products so that you know exactly what Amazon wants. Well, I incorrectly assumed that Amazon would want the same type of documentation for Beauty as they did for Health & Personal Care.
With Health & Personal Care, Amazon accepted my two Drugstore.com packing slips and one DollarDays invoice. I assumed the same would work with Beauty so I went ahead and purchased Beauty category products from those two stores. I did this before I formally applied for Beauty which means I bought the products before I received the message from Amazon stating what they want in terms of additional documentation. Here is what they asked for:
- Please provide 3 legible invoices or retail receipts for the products you intend to sell in this category. Please mark out or otherwise obscure all pricing information.
As you can see, no packing slips! Packing slips were allowed when I applied for Health & Personal Care:
- Three legible, scanned or clearly photographed billing statements, vendor invoices or packing slips for the products you intend to sell in the category.
Since I already purchased products from Drugstore.com, I figured that it would’t hurt to submit my packing slips anyway. I even went a step further and also submitted my “order receipts” that Drugstore.com emailed to me. But unfortunately, Amazon denied me because they said that they do not accept shipping confirmations. However, they did approve my DollarDays invoice. Here is what they wrote:
- The invoice titled Poisson 1.pdf (27 KB) has been accepted. Two more invoices are required since we do not accept shipping confirmations.
The accepted invoice (Poisson1.pdf file) is for my DollarDays invoice. I’ll be referring back to this invoice later in this post.
This time I decided to purchase Beauty products from Target because I read on the Amazon FBA Facebook group pages that others were approved by submitting Target receipts. Plus, it would be quicker to purchase my products locally. I went to Target and bought ten of one product and ten of another product and paid for each set of ten separately.
Amazon accepted both Target receipts but they still denied me because they said that one of the products that I purchased was a Health & Personal Care product and not a Beauty product. Here is what they wrote:
- Some of the products you intend to sell do not belong in the Beauty category but may be eligible to be sold in a different category. Your application to sell in the Beauty category is not approved……Unfortunately, xxxx does not belong in the Beauty category, but belongs in the Health & Personal Care category……In order to gain approval for Beauty, we require two additional invoices with products that belong in the Beauty category.
Ok, this is when I became frustrated. Not only was I out the money from purchasing products from Drugstore.com and Target, but also because the product in question is listed in Beauty. Actually, this type of product is listed in both Health & Personal Care and Beauty. Not only that, but it’s the same product but just in a different formula that I purchased from DollarDays – remember the approved Poisson1.pdf file?
I decided not to argue with Amazon and to just buy more products and try again. At this point, you would think that I should already have two invoices/receipts approved – my DollarDays invoice (Poisson1.PDF) and one of my Target products. But if you notice in their note, they say that I need two more invoices, not just one. It appears that now my only approved receipt is my other Target purchase. I certainly don’t want to purchase two more sets of products as it’s getting expensive.
Frustrated, I went to Target again and bought another product. This time, I confirmed that it is listed only in Beauty and not in both Beauty and Heath & Personal Care. This time when I sent in my receipt, I included this short note:
Attached are the three invoices/receipts that I would like to use to get approved for the Beauty Category:
Poisson 1: This invoice was previously accepted on 10/11/14 by Amazon Rep XXXX. This is for quantity 10 of ASIN XXXXXXXXXX, found under Beauty -> Skin Care – > Body -> Moisturizers -> Oils
Poisson 4: This invoice was submitted previously and I believe it was approved by XXXX. This is for quantity 10 of ASIN XXXXXXXXXX.
Poisson 7: This receipt is for 10 items of ASIN XXXXXXXXXX– name of product
Thank you again for your consideration of accepting me into the Beauty Category.
I was very anxious waiting for Amazon’s response on whether I would be approved or not. At this point, I had purchased 60 products to get approved in Beauty and I certainly didn’t want to go out and buy more. My office is looking like a drugstore and each purchase is more money out of my pocket. Luckily, they approved me this time!
The Product Not to Buy:
Below is a picture of the product that I was denied on because Amazon said it’s a Health & Personal Care product. Most shaving gels are listed under Health & Personal Care, but the specific UPC number for this one is listed under the Beauty Category.
I don’t recommend buying this product as one of your approval products not only because you may get denied, but also because you can’t send it in. I found this out after listing it in Seller Central and got a message saying that I can’t send it in because it’s a hazardous material.
I hope that your experience in getting approved goes better than mine. It was frustrating, but I’m happy that I kept going and didn’t give up. I finally got approved and as a bonus, I won’t need to buy shaving gel for the husband for a very long time.
Featured Image: © singkamc – Fotolia.com
Edge Shaving Gel: Diana Poisson