Shipping delays, new warehouse rules crimp holiday season payday for some Amazon merchants
An Amazon fulfillment center in Windsor, Conn. Amazon instituted warehouse inventory limits this summer. - Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant/Hartford Courant/TNS

Marty Mickelson had hoped this holiday shopping season would catapult his new family-friendly card game, Hasty Baker, to major commercial success. Sales — nearly all of which took place on Amazon's Marketplace platform for third-party merchants — climbed as the pandemic sent families indoors. By autumn, the Vashon Island software engineer believed his game had gained traction among parents looking for an indoor activity for cooped-up children. But the holidays, he said, are when makers of card and board games score as much as three-quarters of their annual sales. "This is the most important ti...