Tuesday March 31, 2020

Amazon Puts More Restrictions on Sellers of Masks and Sanitizers

Amazon ups restrictions on sellers of hand sanitisers, masks to control the market price

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Amazon has started putting more restrictions on sellers of these goods on its third-party marketplace platform. Pixabay

In a bid to curb opportunist marketing of high-priced face masks and hand sanitizers in view of growing demand due to coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has started putting more restrictions on sellers of these goods on its third-party marketplace platform. This is a health and science news.

In a note to some sellers of products like face masks and hand sanitizers, Amazon on Wednesday said that it was not “accepting applications to sell these products at this time”.

“You are receiving this message because you are currently selling, or have previously sold, products such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes/sprays, isopropyl alcohol or related products,” reads the message, according to a report in The Verge which reviewed the note.

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In a note to some sellers of products like face masks and hand sanitizers, Amazon on Wednesday said that it was not “accepting applications to sell these products at this time”. Pixabay

“We have implemented more stringent requirements to sell these products in our store and as a result, your offers have been removed. We are not accepting applications to sell these products at this time,” the message added.

Sellers with remaining inventory will be eligible for reimbursement of the return or disposal fees subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, according to the report.

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However, the criteria to allow the sales of these products are not clear.

EBay has banned all listings for N95 and N100 face masks, hand sanitisers and alcohol wipes, according to a report in TechCrunch. (IANS)

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Cancer Patients Work Together to Make Surgical Masks in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Cancer Patients Make Face Masks to Fight COVID-19

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A group of cancer patients in Kyrgyzstan is working to meet the demand for protective surgical masks while earning funds to help pay for their treatments. Pixabay

A group of cancer patients in Kyrgyzstan is working to meet the demand for protective surgical masks while earning funds to help pay for their treatments.

The group is organized by an association known as “Together for Life,” established in July 2019. Originally, the group made handbags and purses as a kind of therapy, as well as financial aid for women overcoming cancer.

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But once the demand for masks increased, the president of the group, Aigul Kydyrmysheva, told The Associated Press that they received permission from the Ministry of Health to switch to making the protective gear.

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Members of a public association, which comprises people suffering from various types of cancer, produce medical masks, which are widely used as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak, in a sewing workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. VOA

Kydyrmysheva said they market their products through social media and that while bigger factories can produce masks faster, many customers have turned to them, understanding that their profits go to a good cause.

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The group works nearly round-the-clock, making as many as 1,000 masks a day, which earns them about $2,500 a month. In turn, they have been able to allocate about $770 a month to offset cancer treatment drugs. (VOA)