How to Get Approval to Sell on Amazon’s Restricted Categories

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Buy low, sell high.  It’s not rocket science folks.  The art of business has been the same for thousands of years.

How will you take advantage of this unique opportunity to grow a real profitable online business?

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you’re probably aware of the drop-ship model discussed on a regular basis. 

To sum it up, we’re selling on Amazon and drop-shipping from eBay.  Sounds silly, right?

Well, the money in my bank account isn’t silly.  It’s real and tangible.  And it’s being generated throughout the day, every day.

You can do the same.  All you need is patience, and the ability to focus on the task at hand.

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed, in detail how to find profitable items to list on Amazon from eBay.

Today, I’m going to share how you can expand your business to the next level.

Getting approved for a restricted category is easier than you think.  Let’s discuss…

As you can see below, I have applied and been approved to sell in several of Amazon’s categories.


Click the following to link to begin applying for different categories…  Amazon Categories.

There are different requirements for each category.

For the following example, we will be applying for the “automotive parts & accessories” category.


  • Fill out the form similar to the image above.  
  • For the company website; insert a direct link to your seller’s eBay store. 
  • Submit the application and wait for a response.

The requirements for each category vary.

To get approved for the “Grocery & Gourmet Foods” category, I had to submit 3 receipts from costco, proving purchase of grocery items.

Strangely enough, I submitted the same receipts to get approval for the “Beauty and Personal Care” categories.

  • Each of the receipts have to be over $100 in value.  
  • You need to submit 3 to get approved.  You can always return whatever you purchase for a full refund.  Costco is real easy when handling returns.

In several cases I’ve been able to find canned foods at a special price.  Then sold the food using Amazon’s FBA service.  And still made a small profit.

Your experience for getting approved for each category will be different.  It might even be different from what I’ve described above.

There are many benefits that come with getting approval to sell in various categories.

  • You can explore a vast amount of niches and narrow down which niche suits you best.
  • Selling in different categories makes you more of a professional seller in the eyes of Amazon.

The only way to ensure you get approval for whatever category you desire, is to be persistent.

Like in anything else you pursue in life, it might not come right away.

I got denied more than 20 times in many categories, before I was approved.

In many cases I was denied for submitting the same receipts.  The next day I submitted them again.

The idea is that Amazon employees are like anybody else.  Some are very strict and some are more lenient.

If you really want to receive approval for any category, keep submitting requests until you get approved.

Don’t be discouraged if you get denied.

There are no penalties for getting denied, and you only need to receive approval once.

Many experts believe that it won’t be this easy to receive approval from Amazon in the future.  I’ve read many forum posts that suggest Amazon will make it much more difficult to get approval for other categories.

We might as well take advantage of this opportunity while it’s still available.

Don’t forget that growing your business will be a lifelong commitment.

If you’re not ready to fully commit to your eCommerce business, in the same way you would commit to your first-born child, then you might want to reevaluate what you really want to pursue..

Maybe you are ready to commit to yourself.  Maybe you’ve even made some sales using the techniques we discuss in this blog.

ebay-3Maybe you’ve even been kind enough to click on my ebay ad before making each of your business-related purchases. And for that I thank you.

But if you’ve made a promise to yourself to succeed in business, then it’s time to take things to the next level.

Drop-shipping from eBay is just a stepping stone to a much larger pond.

create a profidable online storeTo take things to the next level in my personal business, I have purchased an incredible online course.  It’s called “Create a profitable online store.”  Taught by Steve Chou.

I’m not quite ready to unveil what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.  But I can tell you, it’s going to be awesome.

If you’re not quite ready to invest $800 for Steve Chou’s Course, I understand.

That’s why I encourage you to continue to grow your drop-shipping business, which doesn’t cost you anything but your effort upfront.

If you’re just getting started or thinking of getting started in this vast eCommerce business, there’s no better way to tippy-toe through the shallow side, then to download my new eBook.

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Until next time, thank you for being you.

5 thoughts on “How to Get Approval to Sell on Amazon’s Restricted Categories

  1. Thanks a lot for the post, Jay! I have few questions. Is it required that we have automotive parts for sale on our ebay store before we submit our application for approval in Automotive category on Amazon?

    How different is requirements in Industrial category than Automotive. I see that they have mentioned “You must have your own company website” for Industrial category. How did you face it? Will ebay store link be enough for this too?

  2. Vishnu, Yes, if you’re applying for automotive parts, make sure your ebay seller sells automotive parts.

    Other than that, I really don’t remember. I tried applying for the same categories again to go through the process, but I wasn’t able to proceed. You’re just going to have to figure it out by trial and error.

    I do however, remember being very proud of myself for thinking to submit the ebay seller’s store link. I also remember being denied a bunch of times before I got approved.

    Every Time I was denied, they gave me a reason. And I was able to adjust accordingly before submitting another application.

    Let me know how it works out.

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