Amazon banned private sellers from posting ads with Flipper Zero

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Amazon has prohibited private sellers from listing the Flipper Zero device, a Tamagotchi multitool for pentesters, on its site due to security concerns. The company identified the device as a tool for skimming bank cards, and hacking and theft devices are prohibited for sale on the site. Sellers must remove or hide all listings for the Flipper Zero within 48 hours, or risk having their account blocked. The Flipper Zero team never directly sold their devices on Amazon, and in June 2022 launched their gadget for sale in their online store. The device has faced other restrictions in Brazil and Germany.

Amazon banned private sellers from posting ads with Flipper Zero

Amazon has banned private sellers from listing Flipper Zero ads on its site for security reasons. The American company identified the Tamagotchi multitool for pentesters as a device for skimming bank cards. According to Amazon’s rules, hacking and theft devices are prohibited for sale on the site.


Amazon has told sellers that they must remove or hide all listings for sale of Flipper Zero within 48 hours. Otherwise, they risk having their account blocked. Currently, links to the sale of the gadget on the site have been removed or are unavailable for ordering (1, 2).

In the past, several sellers on Amazon were reselling the Flipper Zero. On other platforms, for example, Ebay, the sale of the gadget is not blocked.

The Flipper Zero team explained to Habra that they have never directly sold their devices on Amazon, and that there were several listings on the site from resellers selling gadgets in small quantities.

In June 2022, the developers of Flipper Zero launched their mega-gadget for sale in the online store shop.flipperzero.one. In some regions, for example, in the CIS, the manufacturer does not sell the gadget directly, but has completely transferred this function to distributors. “In three days in the USA, more flippers are sold than in 2 years in all the CIS countries combined: Armenia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan,” said Pavlo Zhovner, the founder of the project.

At the beginning of April, the stock of the official Flipper Zero store in the USA replenished a new batch of gadgets.


In July 2020, a day after its launch on Kickstarter, the Flipper Zero project

collected

over $1 million on August 29 on Kickstarter

ended

collecting applications for the electronic multitool. The gadget raised $4,882,784. The project has 37,987 backers on the crowdfunding platform.

In January 2022, the Flipper Zero team started shipping gadgets to bakers around the world. Some lucky people in the Russian Federation also received the device by 2022.

In early March 2023, Brazilian customs detained a batch of Flipper Zero to prevent the gadget from being used for criminal purposes. The devices were seized at the department’s warehouses, their transfer to recipients was blocked.


December 15, 2022 Flipper Zero team

reported

that German customs destroyed a batch of parcels in the Russian Federation due to sanctions

Flipper Zero

by $200,000 due to sanctions.

On March 30, 2023, the Flipper Zero team reported that the long-suffering and previously destroyed batch of Flipper Zero parcels by German customs due to sanctions reached the Russian Federation to the recipients through alternative delivery schemes.

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