Amazon FBA Prep Guidelines – Expiration Dates

This is my second post discussing Amazon FBA prep guidelines. Over the next few weeks I will continue to discuss the ins and outs of inventory prep including Amazon's guidelines, tools you can use to work more efficiently, and how to make sure your items get received quickly and correctly. Today I'll be discussing expiration dates. Understanding expiration dates can be the difference between having inventory immediately “destroyed” up warehouse arrival or being available for sale.

Expiration Dates

An expiration date, as defined by, is “the date past which a product, such as food or medicine, must be sold or removed from availability because it is no longer expected to be fresh or effective.” Manufacturers add expiration (or best by, sell by, etc)dates to ensure the buyer uses the product within a determined freshness timeframe. This freshness timeframe is also referred to as the products shelf life.

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Amazon FBA vs. eBay |The Rules

This is the second installment in my series about the differences between the eBay and Amazon selling platforms. For each of the next eight weeks I will continue to discuss these areas and try to dispel some of the myths that surround selling on

I asked veteran Amazon sellers via Facebook what differences they found between selling on eBay and Amazon FBA. There were ten areas identified as noticeably different between the two platforms:


Today I'll discuss what NOT following the rules can do to one's ability to sell on Amazon.

Both eBay and Amazon, like most e-commerce selling platforms, have guidelines for sellers to follow in order to sell their goods on the platform. In the end it's all about the buyer experience; both platforms look at customer service, listing standards, and product offerings, among others,  to determine a seller's fit for the platform.

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