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Amazon is trying to combat sellers who find products in the trash, clean and shrink-wrap them, and sell them to oblivious shoppers (AMZN)

Amazon is trying to combat sellers who find products in the trash, clean and shrink-wrap them, and sell them to oblivious shoppers (AMZN)
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Amazon sellers have been offering items sourced from the trash, according to the new report from The Wall Street Journal.




The Journal found sellers who admitted to dumpster diving, and also ran a successful experiment where it set up its own Amazon store offering items its reporters found in the trash.




In response, Amazon has updated its policy to forbid selling items that came from the garbage.




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It turns out you really can buy just about anything on Amazon — even garbage.
That's according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar, Shane Shifflett, and Denise Blostein, who not only found sellers offering items sourced from the trash, but were able to set up their own Amazon store with products they found in dumpsters.
Amazon sellers the Journal spoke with described finding discarded items, cleaning them and sometimes shrink-wrapping them to look new, and putting them up for sale on Amazon's website. One seller told the Journal he sold products like humidifiers and keyboards that were salvaged from dumpsters for over a year through Amazon Prime.
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