The vacation mode on Amazon is a tool the platform offers sellers that want or have to take some time away from their business. The setting allows brands to inactivate listings for a shorter or longer period of time, so you won’t risk getting negative feedback due to unresponsiveness while you’re away.
Before you start:
Ensure you’re eligible. This setting is available to brands that sell via Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM). If you have FBA listings, these will stay active on Amazon.
It’s also important to ensure that all pending orders are fulfilled before you decide to go ahead with this mode.
How it works:
If you are unable to fulfil orders for any reason, not just whilst on holiday, you can change your Listings Status to Inactive. This will remove all of your listings from the product’s detail page as well as search results.
You can choose between changing the status of your listings for all marketplaces or for specific marketplaces only if you are a seller on multiple Amazon marketplaces.
Please remember that Amazon can take up to 36 hours to remove your listing from the website so take this timeframe into account. You can easily reactive your listing whenever you’re ready from your Seller Central account and it will be live again within the hour.
Step by step instructions:
From within your seller central account, you can follow these steps:
> Listing Status – “Going on Holidays”
> Choose between listings & marketplaces (more info here.)
> Click Inactive
A full detailed list of Amazon’s step-by-step instructions & guidelines is here. Amazon is the e-commerce giant that never sleeps, but don’t let that put you off taking that much-needed break!