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    Selling On Amazon
    When signing up for an account there are two options. If you're just starting out, get the Individual Plan, you can upgrade the account whenever you want.

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    $0.99 fee for each item sold. If you sell 40+ items/month, you will need the Professional plan.  Flat fee of $39.99/month and more powerful and flexible tools to manage inventory, reports, feeds and access to web services.

    Amazon is an amazing platform that offers great opportunities for starting a business and making money. However when starting out, take it slow.
    There is much to learn and get used to. Before investing all your savings on a product you hope will quickly turn a profit take the time to familiarize yourself with the system.
    Perhaps start out with a smaller investment just to get your feet wet. Go through the basic guidelines offered by Amazon here.

    Below are tips, clarifications and insights from members of this forum. Feel free to pitch in or ask you questions.

    Some factors to consider before investing in a product to sell:

    1) Price: How much did the item cost you? Have you taken into account shipping costs (both to you and to the customer)? Will you have to pay taxes? Amazon keeps a percentage of every sale (including shipping fees). It’s 15% for most product categories besides a few like electronics that are 8%. You can see the full schedule of fees here. There are several online tools to help you price your products including an FBA Revenue Calculator here and an Amazon built iOS app. A quick way to figure out how much you’d need to charge just to break even after amazon fees is to take the total product cost and then multiply it by 1.1766 (for 15% fees) or 1.087 (for 8% fees).

    2) Velocity:  How fast will the item sell? It's nice to find a product for $10 that you can flip for $100.  But if you’ll only sell 1 a year, it won’t be a very good investment. The best way to determine the velocity of an item is to check the sales rank. Sales rank indicates the popularity of a product compared to other products in its category. The lower the ranking the more popular it is. The iOS app has sales rank baked in too. To get a proper feel for the turnaround time of an item, you'll need to dip your toes in slowly. Note: An item may have a great sales rank due to a recent sale, make sure to check price history on camelcamelcamel.com or keepa.com to get a better picture of the real price and rank of an item.

    3) Return Rate: Even after you sold a few laptops and tablets profitably, you'll have to take into account that a buyer may want to return the item. Certain items have higher rates of return, so make sure to take that into account when deciding whether it's profitable/worth your effort to sell the item.


    Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA):
    The seller sends the items to Amazon warehouse. Amazon takes care of fulfilling the order, and customer service related to the order.

    Pro's Of FBA
    Con's Of FBA
    • Easier to get in the Buy Box
    • You're able to offer Prime shipping
    • For anything above $300, Amazon only charges the standard referral fee. This actually makes FBA cheaper when you take the discounted shipping to Amazon into account.
    • If you have a large or heavy item, shipping the item to the customer can be expensive especially if it is going to a residential address. If you send that item to amazon FBA charges will be much lower than your shipping would have cost. (Including shipping it to FBA)

    • Returns (See this post for a more detailed explanation)
      • Returns are accepted without any restocking fee.
      • Items that are Damaged/missing parts are taken back.
      • Since Amazons is super lax on returns, your return rate will be significantly higher.
      • Refunds may harm your cash flow. When a buyer selects "Return" on his order history, often Amazon will immediately issue him a refund, and debit your account.
    • If the item is not a fast selling item, it will sit in their warehouse. Amazon charges a fee for every 30 Days an item remains their warehouse, it is usually a tiny fee, but it adds up.


    Q: How can I move inventory from one ASIN to another ASIN without having them returned on FBA listings?
    A:
    Before I Teach you guys the method you must keep 2 things in mind:
    1) This Method isn't guaranteed! As we all know how seller support is operating, Since this processes involves them its only about %95 accurate but its still a YMMV!
    2) This is kind of grey whether its in violation of Amazon's policy so i do not take responsibility if you get hit!
    Its a 4 step process make sure to follow them properly! Follow this link

    Q: If I have 3 items to send into FBA and they are splitting me to 3 different locations. Can I ship all 3 items to one location?
    A:
    Yes, you can choose "Inventory Placement Service" in FBA settings to send all your inventory to one nearby warehouse. Amazon charges an additional fee ($.30, CMIIW) per item.
    Note: That even once your inventory reaches Amazon, if Amazon is moving it to a different warehouse, the item will be "back-ordered"

    Q: I'm having a hard time finding a box for a large product, can I just ship with the box the way it came from the store?
    A:
    There might not be a clear cut answer for every scenario. But, some have sold many large printers through FBA, by just putting the shipping label directly on the box and not having an issue.

    Q: What is considered case pack when sending in items to Amazon FBA?
    A:
    Case pack is when all the items in the box are from the same ASIN.

    Q: I'm doing FBA shipping for the first time. and it says "prep required". What does that mean?
    A:
    Prep Required means there is some preparation for the products that will need to be done before it could be added the the Amazon inventory. Typically, it is either labeling the items, taping the boxes shut, or poly bagging. If you do not prepare the items yourself, Amazon can/will do it for a charge.
    Q: What is the buy box? How do I win the buy box?
    A:
    The Buy Box is the box on a product detail page where customers can begin the purchasing process by adding items to their shopping carts.
    To give customers the best possible shopping experience, Sellers must meet performance-based requirements to be eligible to compete for Buy Box placement. All Buy Box eligible offers are then further evaluated to determine the Buy Box winning offer. One "New" and one "Used" condition offer, as applicable, will receive Buy Box placement.

    Q: What is an A-Z claim?
    A:
    When you buy from third-party sellers on Amazon.com, the condition of the item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the A-to-z Guarantee.
    Therefore, a buyer may open a claim if the above is not met to his expectations.

    Q: I have an item that is handmade how do I go about selling it on?
    A:
    Create your own listing and buy a UPC code.

    Q: Any advice on packaging and shipping?
    Check the Shipping Master Thread

    Q: Why are some items on Amazon missing the Amazon sales rank number?
    A:
    Go to add a product > sell yours  it should be in the top right corner. If it's not there usually it means no one bought yet.

    Q: How do you compare Ebay/paypal fees to Amazon fees?
    A:
    Depends on the category. For a lot of categories,Please Update Categories it may be cheaper, as with Amazon there is just one fee, but for eBay sales there also is a Paypal fee.

    Does the Amazon sales rank mean a lot when researching a product to sell?
    A:
    Yes





    Q: How do I get customers to leave feedback (I tried emails)? I sold multiple items
    recently and no feedback yet
    Please Update

    Q: I Got an email from a buyer where's my stuff? I have a Fedex/UPS delivery confirmation signature. How should I go about this?
    A:
    Firstly, tell the buyer that UPS/Fedex shows that it was signed for, and they should check if the item was delivered to a neighbor, from desk of building ect... Next open an investigation from your end with UPS/Fedex to have them do research and contact their driver of what may have happened to this item. It all depends on how co-operative the buyer is, on exactly how to precede. If they are trying to scam you, then there is not much as a seller you could do. They may open an A-Z claim (you would have to weigh your options if it is worth having a claim) Amazon may or may not grant it in your favor. I have never had this with Amazon. Such a claim is not typical.
    What is more common is if there was no signature, and tracking shows it was delivered, and the buyer is claiming they have not received it.
    For myself - Fedex has reimbursed me multiple times with such instances

    Scams
    Q: I posted an expensive item on Amazon. Somebody sent me a message, asking to clarify the condition of the item is (it was clearly stated in the description), along with a request to reply to his own email, and he'll pay through PayPal. Is there anything this buyer can so to screw me over, after I send him the item? Anything else I should know?

    A: SCAM SCAM SCAM. There is NO reason you should EVER do this. There is a reason why Amazon has this policy. This is how the scams works.
    The guy sends a FAKE email from an email account such as paypal1@realpaypal.com. In reality no money was sent to your account and its bogus. The scammers are hoping that you will think that you got the money and will send the item.
    You should report it to paypal each time. beware! always check your paypal account if the money came.
    Another reason not do this-you will get kicked off amazon for good,sometimes competitors set this up.[/list]



    Commonly used resources

    A List of lots of links to resources commonly used in Amazon selling
    http://www.asgtg.com/amazon-services/


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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2865 on: July 21, 2016, 11:28:28 PM »
    where is this chazon ish?
    Emunah U'Bitachon, I think perek ד. May be in ג

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2866 on: July 21, 2016, 11:36:38 PM »
    i think the chazon ish only sais its a din in regards to a beis din that has the pasuk of hashem nitzav biadas kel, and therefore shochad doesnt make sense practically because god is paskening through the dayanim, but out of bes din i think he agrees that shochad definitely blinds.

    The debate started because someone mentioned that it's assur to give shochad.
    The fact is that it doesn't apply here.

    When I give my waiter a nice tip at the restaurant, that blinds the waiter, is it assur too?

    So why is it relevant if giveaways blind the reviewer.
    It's not assur and not against Amazon's rules.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2867 on: July 22, 2016, 12:15:31 AM »
    The debate started because someone mentioned that it's assur to give shochad.
    The fact is that it doesn't apply here.

    When I give my waiter a nice tip at the restaurant, that blinds the waiter, is it assur too?

    So why is it relevant if giveaways blind the reviewer.
    It's not assur and not against Amazon's rules.
    i never said its assur. i was just saying that practically shochad blinds out of bes din as well

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2868 on: July 22, 2016, 12:25:02 AM »
    i never said its assur. i was just saying that practically shochad blinds out of bes din as well
    +1. Nobody mentioned it's Assur. Just that it blinds the receiver, so the reviews aren't honest.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2869 on: July 22, 2016, 01:09:53 AM »
    i never said its assur. i was just saying that practically shochad blinds out of bes din as well

    Shochad cannot "practically" blind if it's muttar, but I get your point that you think it's dishonest.
    I disagree that it's dishonest, because as long as it's done with a disclaimer, there's no dishonesty and it's a legally accepted practice.

    +1. Nobody mentioned it's Assur. Just that it blinds the receiver, so the reviews aren't honest.

    -1
    The conversation literally started because of this line...

    How can it be honest and be a fair judgement.

     "Bribery blinds the eyes....." Exodus 23:8

    If you think the rules don't apply to you you are fooling yourself.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2870 on: July 22, 2016, 01:21:10 AM »

    -1
    The conversation literally started because of this line...
    You misunderstood what I wrote. Read what I wrote, then what he wrote, and then explain how I'm wrong. Sddd was commenting on the fact that people think they leave honest reviews after receiving a free product. Since it's shochad, he asserted that it's not an honest review. Never did he mention whether such an action is permissible or not.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2871 on: July 22, 2016, 01:57:33 AM »
    You misunderstood what I wrote. Read what I wrote, then what he wrote, and then explain how I'm wrong. Sddd was commenting on the fact that people think they leave honest reviews after receiving a free product. Since it's shochad, he asserted that it's not an honest review. Never did he mention whether such an action is permissible or not.

    "Rules" is the key word.

    Honesty has nothing to do with rules.
    Something is either honest or dishonest.
    The posuk quoted is all about rules, the rules that one is supposedly breaking by posting a giveaway review.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2872 on: July 22, 2016, 02:01:43 AM »


    "Rules" is the key word.

    Honesty has nothing to do with rules.
    Something is either honest or dishonest.
    The posuk quoted is all about rules, the rules that one is supposedly breaking by posting a giveaway review.

    He was referring to the apparent rule that the Bible gives that bribery blinds the eyes of the wise. Which means a judgement will be dishonest. That's a rule. Not sure how you are explaining what he meant by this;

    How can it be honest and be a fair judgement.

    Seems clear to me that he was remarking on the accuracy of the judgement, not on its permissibility.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2873 on: July 22, 2016, 02:09:24 AM »

    He was referring to the apparent rule that the Bible gives that bribery blinds the eyes of the wise. Which means a judgement will be dishonest. That's a rule. Not sure how you are explaining what he meant by this;

    Seems clear to me that he was remarking on the accuracy of the judgement, not on its permissibility.

    He literally quotes a posuk that literally says its assur and he literally says that someone isn't following the rules.
    That's a rule that doesn't apply to giveaways it applies to judges.
    So yes he made a mistake no need to defend it or foolishly claim he implied otherwise when he was quite literal.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2874 on: July 22, 2016, 02:16:58 AM »
    He literally quotes a posuk that literally says its assur and he literally says that someone isn't following the rules.
    That's a rule that doesn't apply to giveaways it applies to judges.
    So yes he made a mistake no need to defend it or foolishly claim he implied otherwise when he was quite literal.
    I am not defending his mistake. That was the past discussion whether it only applies to judges. I pointed that out to him. But that's a side discussion whether the pasuk backs what he said. But it's  clear the point he trying to make, that it can't be honest. Not that it's Assur. And that was the discussion. And I agreed to joe1234 when he defended himself saying that he never said it's Assur. Because he didn't, and neither did anyone else at that point. So when you disagreed with that statement of mine, I defended myself. That's all. No need to add adjectives here. Just follow the conversation.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2875 on: July 22, 2016, 09:23:28 AM »
    I am not defending his mistake. That was the past discussion whether it only applies to judges. I pointed that out to him. But that's a side discussion whether the pasuk backs what he said. But it's  clear the point he trying to make, that it can't be honest. Not that it's Assur. And that was the discussion. And I agreed to joe1234 when he defended himself saying that he never said it's Assur. Because he didn't, and neither did anyone else at that point. So when you disagreed with that statement of mine, I defended myself. That's all. No need to add adjectives here. Just follow the conversation.

    Whatever you keep going in circles.
    You said no one mentioned it's assur but you agree now someone (sddd) made a mistake on that and they changed it. I wasn't claiming that others made the same mistake, rather that's how the convo started.

    My original point was, if it's not shochad (as agreed) so then what's the issue as there are no other issurim? If you wanna create some new issur to blind somebody well we already know what that posuk was referring to, and simply calling it dishonest or lying is also not true.

    So yes giveaways are 1000% muttar and using psukim about blinding or saying its dishonest is just wrong.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2876 on: July 22, 2016, 10:31:21 AM »
    Whatever you keep going in circles.
    You said no one mentioned it's assur but you agree now someone (sddd) made a mistake on that and they changed it. I wasn't claiming that others made the same mistake, rather that's how the convo started.

    My original point was, if it's not shochad (as agreed) so then what's the issue as there are no other issurim? If you wanna create some new issur to blind somebody well we already know what that posuk was referring to, and simply calling it dishonest or lying is also not true.

    So yes giveaways are 1000% muttar and using psukim about blinding or saying its dishonest is just wrong.
    Totally missed all boats. Do you read english or are you translating to Russian and then responding?! I'm out. Good luck.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2877 on: July 22, 2016, 07:31:35 PM »
    Totally missed all boats. Do you read english or are you translating to Russian and then responding?! I'm out. Good luck.

    Tip for next time: a little reading comprehension goes a long way.

    I addressed all your points.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2878 on: July 23, 2016, 09:52:21 PM »



    I addressed all your points.

    I disagree with you on that, I can explain myself if you wish to hear. But I won't argue just to argue, only to to clarify the truth. Maybe some else reading this can pop in with their 2 cents.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #2879 on: July 24, 2016, 08:45:56 AM »
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