Can I Restrict Resellers from Selling on Amazon?

One of the most often asked questions by original product manufacturers is whether or not they can maintain exclusive distribution rights through specific channels such as Amazon. With the ability to sell on Amazon so easy, many manufacturers find that their online competition with their own re-sellers has become increasingly competitive, often diminishing profit and pricing margin as well as difficulty to maintain their active listings.

An intellectual property attorney recently wrote an article addressing this issue. The article written by Howard M. Ullman and entitled, “Price Erosion and Restricting Online Distribution Rights” can be found at and goes on to discuss elements such as Exclusive Distribution, Online Distribution (Territories), Minimum Advertised Pricing “MAP” and even resale price agreements and termination.

Howard M. Ullman is an attorney with over 20 years experience in helping companies avoid or mitigate antitrust and competition law issues and risks, either in connection with intellectual property or otherwise. When there are antitrust and competition issues in dispute, he also routinely litigates them.

If you’d like to learn more about restricting unauthorized resellers on Amazon take our Amazon Seller Issues online course that will provide insight, clarity and understanding of better ways to protect and enforce your distribution line.


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