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One Amazon warehouse reportedly throws out 130,000 products a week, including some that are brand new. An expert blames its giant third-party retail business.

One Amazon warehouse reportedly throws out 130,000 products a week, including some that are brand new. An expert blames its giant third-party retail business.

A worker packs a customer order at the Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois.
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A recent report said one Amazon warehouse in the UK marks 130,000 items for "destroy" every week.




A former worker from that warehouse said half those items were still in their shrink-wrap.




A retail analyst told Insider why it's more profitable for Amazon to junk them than sell them.




See more stories on Insider's business page.


A recent report on a UK Amazon warehouse throwing away thousands of products every week has exposed the company's disposal practices to intense scrutiny.ITV News reported that one warehouse in Dunfermline, Scotland, marks 130,000 items per week for "destroy." The article echoed a 2019 French report, which said Amazon threw away 3 million items over nine months in France.One former Amazon employee told ITV that roughly half of the products marked for "destroy" are brand new and still in shrink-wrap. The rest are mostly returns and in good condition.So why does Amazon throw away new products it could still sell?
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