Amazon Sends Top Out-of-Stock Products Reports to its Sellers

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Amazon | Tags: , , |

As a featured merchant on Amazon, I own the Buy Box for almost everything I sell on the platform and often times I earn the Buy Box by default because I have items listed for which I have no competition.  When I run out of inventory of those unique items, I receive an email from Amazon titled “Amazon Inventory Notification” which states:

Dear merchant,

We regularly review the products our customers look for on our website. During
the past month, there has been interest in the product(s) listed below, but
there was no available inventory from any sellers as of 07/xx/2009.

As you have listed these products for sale on our website in the past, we wanted
to let you know about this buyer interest, in case you want to offer them again

and the email includes a list of the items that I sold out of on Amazon and that people are clicking on the description to view the item.  I have been regularly receiving these emails for months.

However, a few weeks ago I began receiving other emails as well and these emails are titled “ Top Out-Of-Stock Products Report“.  These emails are not addressed to Dear Merchant but rather the emails include my business name in the greeting.

We regularly review the products our customers look for on our website. The
products listed below are some of the top products in the Toys category that
customers were interested in during the last month, but are currently unable to
purchase because there was no available inventory on our website as of
07-xx-2009.  Although inventory levels can change quickly from the many sellers
on our website, we wanted to let you know about this customer interest.

The email included a list of 50 items.  Each email I have received includes a different list of 50 items.  When it comes to sourcing product to sell online, part of the work involved is just determining what products are in demand.  Amazon is currently doing that for me and delivering that information right to my email inbox.  It’s just up to me now to research the products, decide which items I want to carry, and contact the manufacturer to obtain the product.

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Are you still getting this report from Amazon?

I think it has been a few weeks since I have received one of these emails.

If your looking for anything that is out-of-stock at Amazon, you have to check this out, Instead of manually checking all the time to see if your item is in stock at Amazon, just go to enter the produtct ID from Amazon for the item you are interested in and E-ZGrabber does the rest. Don’t pay the prices the third party sellers are asking for at Amazon, E-ZGrabber lets you know the moment the item becomes available in Amazon’s stock. It checks Amazon every few seconds and instantly alerts you when they are back in Amazon’s stock. You can then immediately purchase your item at the regular retail price from Amazon.

[…] Status | In July 2009, I reported that Amazon was sending emails to sellers alerting sellers when previously sold items were out of stock so that merchants could put desirable items back in stock.  Just a few months later Amazon began […]

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