For an introduction to the FBA Liquidations programme, watch this Seller University video.
FBA Liquidations is a programme designed to help you recover value from excess and customer-returned inventory, avoid storage fees and prevent inventory disposal.
Programme fees apply. For more information, refer to FBA Liquidations fees.
Instead of paying to dispose or remove excess and customer-returned FBA inventory, you can use FBA Liquidations to have the inventory liquidated through a trusted provider. By liquidating inventory, you recover a portion of your inventory cost while avoiding the cost of monthly and long-term storage fees. When your inventory may potentially be purchased by a wholesale liquidator, Amazon will first determine the value of your inventory, evaluating several factors including:
Amazon will attempt to arrange a buyer for the eligible items that you submit for liquidation within 30 days of your submission. If a liquidation transaction is successful, Amazon will coordinate the transfer of the amount that the buyer pays for these items (the gross recovery value), minus fees, to your seller account. This is your net recovery value.
The net recovery value will appear in your account within approximately 60 days after the shipment is marked as Completed in the Removal Order Details page.
By participating in this programme, you agree to the Terms and Conditions.
To find out how FBA Liquidations works, watch this Seller University video.
Eligibility for liquidation is subject to legal, safety and regulatory guidelines. Products not eligible for liquidation include:
To learn more about creating a liquidation order, watch this Seller University video.
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There are three different transaction types related to FBA Liquidations:
The maximum recovered value is 5% to 20%* of the average selling price of your ASIN. There is no guarantee of the amount that you will recover through FBA Liquidations.
*This result may vary based on contracted rates with third-party wholesale liquidators that buy the inventory. Amazon cannot guarantee a set recovery rate.
After you submit a liquidation order, your inventory remains available to fulfil customer orders while liquidation is pending. If your inventory is used to fulfil a customer order while liquidation is pending, you will receive the proceeds of sale rather than a liquidation payment. When the inventory is liquidated and no longer available to fulfil orders, it will show up as Complete in your Removal Order Detail report.
You will receive an error message in the ‘create removal order’ workflow if you’ve selected inventory that is not eligible for liquidation.
No. When you submit a liquidation order, Amazon will attempt to arrange a liquidator for this inventory. If arranged, the item(s) will be purchased for a recovery value, which you can review in the Removal Order Detail report by clicking View recovery summary. Once Amazon receives payment from a liquidator, the net recovery value will be available on your Payments page.
Payments are listed by shipment order ID, not removal order ID, in the Payments dashboard in Seller Central.
If your inventory was shipped to multiple liquidators, multiple shipment order IDs will display within a single removal order. Use the shipment order ID to track your payment, even for removal order IDs with one associated shipment order ID.
To view all shipment order IDs for one removal order, open a removal order from the Removal Order Details report, click "View recovery summary," and view the "Shipment Order ID" column. If you have inventory in "Pending" status in the Removal Order Details report, some of your inventory has not yet been liquidated. Once the inventory is shipped to a liquidator, your inventory will have an associated shipment order ID.
Amazon may have different contracted liquidation rates by warehouse. If you submit a liquidation order for multiple units of a single ASIN and the units are located among multiple warehouses, Amazon will attempt to process the units that provide you with the greatest recovery value first.
Our system carries out several eligibility checks upon submitting liquidation orders.
The most common reasons behind cancellations are:
Make sure you do not create liquidation orders for items that are already part of another removal order.
Your Seller Central Tax Report determines which period to report your sales based on the date of cash receipt and the date of shipment. Liquidation sales will be reported in the period based on the shipment date of your items, but the sales will not appear in the report until the liquidator has transmitted payment to Amazon. To track your liquidation sales in real time, regardless of when the liquidator transmits payment, review your Removal Order Detail report.
Yes. To participate in the programme, you will be required to enrol in the VAT Calculation Service. This free service provides you with billing and VAT calculation reporting functionalities. Learn more about VAT Calculation Service. Amazon does not give tax, legal or other professional advice. You should consult your tax advisor to help you understand your VAT obligations.
Amazon offers a great range of services for both excess and customer-returned FBA inventory. For more information, go to Value-recovery services.
Amazon onboards trusted and established players in the liquidations industry into the liquidation programme. Their size allows them the opportunity to engage with multiple geographical markets, matching optimum market demand to a range of stock and asset profiles, giving you the best recovery rates. Review the programme’s terms and conditions for more information.