Communication Guidelines for Amazon seller
As part of selling on the Amazon store, sellers communicate with buyers both directly and indirectly. Amazon
requires that sellers follow the guidelines below for any communication with buyers. The Communication
Guidelines policy is meant to protect buyers from fraud and abuse, and to protect you from unscrupulous actions
from your competitors. Raising the bar for all communications to buyers benefits all our selling partners, resulting
in a stronger Marketplace.
Order status messages
1. Problem with Order messages: Sellers must communicate with buyers if the product ordered is not available to be
shipped. First, adjust the full order amount using the Manage Orders feature in Seller Central or via an Order
Adjustment feed. Sellers must use NoInventory or CouldNotShip as the reason codes for the adjustment as
necessary. Second, use these directions and select the “Problem with Order” option to communicate with the
buyer about your inability to fulfill the order. The message must contain a confirmation that the order amount was
adjusted with the appropriate reason for the unavailability of the items. If you think you can fulfill the order but
the shipment will be delayed beyond the advertised availability, you must notify the buyer about the delay. If the
buyer decides to cancel the order, you should then start the refund process. Note: Do not contact the buyer and
request that they submit a cancellation request.
2. Return-related messages: Sellers must process refunds for the order amount (minus any charges) using either the
Manage Orders feature in Seller Central or via an Order Adjustment feed. You may communicate with the buyer
about their return only when you need additional information to complete the return or you are offering a partial
refund, following these directions and selecting the “Follow-up on return request” option.
You may only send Permitted Messages to customers who have contacted you about purchasing a product or who
have already purchased a product from you on the Amazon store. We define Permitted Messages as those
communications necessary to complete an order or to respond to a customer service inquiry.
Proactive Permitted Messages are those messages that you initiate that are not responses to a buyer’s question.
Proactive Permitted Messages can be sent via email, using Amazon’s templates via the Contact Buyer or Request a
Review page in Seller Central, third-party applications in the Application Store, or via Application Programmer
Interface (API). You may send proactive Permitted Messages for the following reasons: resolving an issue with
order fulfillment, requesting additional information required to complete the order, asking a return-related
question, sending an invoice, requesting product review and/or seller feedback, scheduling the delivery of a heavy
or bulky item, scheduling a Home Services appointment, verifying a custom design, or any other reason where the
contact is required for the buyer to receive their purchase. Proactive Permitted Messages must be sent within 30
days of order completion. All proactive Permitted Messages must include the 17-digit order ID and be in the
buyer’s Language of Preference. Sending proactive Permitted Messages to your buyer using Amazon’s templates,
third-party applications, or via API automates the inclusion of order ID, Language of Preference translations, and
critical message guidelines.
Permitted Messages do not include any of the following message types (in many cases we are already emailing
customers with this information on your behalf):
1. Order or shipping confirmations (See Indirect communication below)
2. Messages that say only “Thank you” or that you are here to help if buyers have any problems
3. Marketing or promotional messaging, including coupons
4. Language that either incentivizes or persuades the buyer to submit positive product reviews or seller
feedback, including by offering compensation, money, gift cards, free or discounted products, refunds, rebates
or reimbursements, or future benefits
5. Language that requests removal or an update of an existing product review
6. Language that requests a product review only if they have had a positive experience with the product
7. A repeat request (per order) for a product review or seller feedback
Permitted Messages may not include any of the following:
1. External links unless they are secure working links (https, not http) necessary for order completion or links to
2. Attachments except for product instructions, warranty information, or invoices
3. Logos, if they contain or display a link to your website
4. Link to opt-out of messaging
5. Sensitive content in images or text (e.g. bare skin, violence/gore, adult/offensive language)
6. Tracking pixels or images
7. Email addresses or telephone numbers
8. Images of purchased products as Amazon includes those on your behalf
9. Images that do not relate to your brand or company
Permitted Message styling may not contain any of the following:
1. Accessibility issues as specified in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the Web Accessibility
4. Message margins over 20% max width
5. Image or graphic sizes larger than 80% max width
6. Overrides of Amazon’s default line height, font family, or font color
7. Fonts in more than three sizes
8. Message bodies that are centered or that otherwise override default text alignment settings
9. More than two line-breaks (spacing between paragraphs) in a row
10. Unsecure images (http instead of https)
11. Spelling errors or grammar issues
If you have questions about our policies regarding communicating with buyers, contact Selling Partner Support.
Note: Amazon may modify message subject lines in order to protect the buyer experience in our store.
For more information, please review Amazon’s guidelines in Customer product reviews policies. See also Buyer-
Seller Messaging Service.
Amazon communicates order-related information to buyers through their “Your Account” updates. These updates
include information such as when an order has been shipped (with the tracking number) or when a refund has
been processed. These updates are based on shipping confirmations and refunds initiated using Manage Orders or
the following feeds:
1. Shipping Confirmation feed: This feed tells Amazon that you’ve shipped buyer orders and provides order tracking
information for the buyers. Timely communication of order status is an important part of a high-quality shopping
experience for Amazon buyers.
2. Order Adjustments feed: This feed tells Amazon that you’ve issued buyer refunds. Buyers want to know their
refund status when returning products. Therefore, it is critical that you process refunds promptly. You can also use
the Manage Returns feature to issue a refund.
Note: We require sellers to promptly confirm shipment of all orders, either by using the Manage Orders feature or
by uploading a Shipping Confirmation feed. After you confirm shipment, Amazon sends a confirmation email to the
Failure to comply with these Communication Guidelines may result in Amazon limiting proactive Permitted
Messages to Amazon’s templates or a suspension of selling privileges in Amazon stores. Amazon has the authority
to block any message at its discretion.