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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.

    Individual Selling PlanProfessional Selling Plan
    $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). Itís 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 youíd 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 youíll only sell 1 a year, it wonít 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 #3975 on: March 27, 2019, 11:13:32 AM »
      Because an honest review is what i'm looking for on a product not necessarily the 5 star reviews. I would buy a product because there's 1000 4star reviews vs a product with only 5 star reviews and only has 200-300 reviews.
     I find one who leaves a review will take those 5 minutes from his time and sit there writing a review only because he enjoyed the product or had a bad experience and would want others to know to avoid the product if possible or to know what the downside is which might not be a problem for others in buying this product.
     

    i would have to disagree with you on this as i have done it many times (in the past), people buy products based on reviews, now if they know the product for example brand name items they usually dont care about the reviews because they trust the name, now when it comes to private label majority of people will only buy if it has solid reviews (i have data to back this up) even if its much less then a competitor that has far more but less stars, also most people that shop on amazon have no clue what FBA is and have no clue what its all about they see good reviews they buy...
    and most of these groups that give you items in exchange of a review require you to A. review most products they purchase B. to write a nice detailed review so its not just"great product" etc...
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3976 on: March 27, 2019, 11:18:53 AM »
    You aren't scared that Amazon may get on to it and close accounts?
    Maybe I'm too cautious but I really try to adhere all T&C
    i know a few people that are using them for a while already and no issues, but dont take my word for it its use at your own risk.
    i also used to play around with my shipments for hours basically doing what the program does, and i only use it for special shipments (oversize,hazmat,flammable, etc)

    i know people that were shutdown by following all T&C as well...
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3977 on: March 27, 2019, 11:28:57 AM »
    i would have to disagree with you on this as i have done it many times (in the past), people buy products based on reviews, now if they know the product for example brand name items they usually dont care about the reviews because they trust the name, now when it comes to private label majority of people will only buy if it has solid reviews (i have data to back this up) even if its much less then a competitor that has far more but less stars, also most people that shop on amazon have no clue what FBA is and have no clue what its all about they see good reviews they buy...
    and most of these groups that give you items in exchange of a review require you to A. review most products they purchase B. to write a nice detailed review so its not just"great product" etc...
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3978 on: March 27, 2019, 11:29:19 AM »
    i know a few people that are using them for a while already and no issues, but dont take my word for it its use at your own risk.
    i also used to play around with my shipments for hours basically doing what the program does, and i only use it for special shipments (oversize,hazmat,flammable, etc)

    i know people that were shutdown by following all T&C as well...
    I hear you.
    I'm also only using it for oversized.
    You have a point that people were shutdown for doing nothing wrong, but still why should I feed them with a spoon?
    As I said I already started using it but I'm really still on the fence

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3979 on: March 27, 2019, 05:46:43 PM »
    anyone would like to get my product free in exchange for a 5 review?
    if yes please PM me

    what you sell ?
    I always can't give a review on amazon.com, they reason that I never understood, but on the site amazon.jp, and amazon.uk and de, I often provide reviews and everything goes well and a lot get appreciation from the seller.
    my amazon account has been hacked 2x, 3x locked amazon, and it survived until now I still use it, a lot friends who want to buy at high prices.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3980 on: March 27, 2019, 08:24:37 PM »
    Can anyone direct me to info on selling on Walmart? Already selling on Amazon..
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3981 on: March 28, 2019, 08:15:52 AM »
    anyone would like to get my product free in exchange for a 5 review?
    if yes please PM me

    Just love seeing listings filled with fake reviews from Mordy, Chana, and Moshe, big kiddush Hashem.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3982 on: March 28, 2019, 08:22:26 AM »
    Just love seeing listings filled with fake reviews from Mordy, Chana, and Moshe, big kiddush Hashem.
    They are not fake

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3983 on: March 28, 2019, 08:24:46 AM »
    They are not fake
    and it doesnt have to be mordy or chana or moshe. could be gingyguy  yuneeq or churnbabychurn
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3984 on: March 28, 2019, 08:29:50 AM »
    They are not fake

    Call it whatever you want, they are not real reviews. Never mind against TOS and illegal.
    (At the very least itís an incentivized review which is against Amazon TOS, and illegal without a proper disclosure.)

    and it doesnt have to be mordy or chana or moshe. could be gingyguy  yuneeq or churnbabychurn

    Usually see more than 3 names. So yes can be any of those, but usually visibly Jewish.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3985 on: March 28, 2019, 09:03:53 AM »
    Just love seeing listings filled with fake reviews from Mordy, Chana, and Moshe, big kiddush Hashem.
    Thank you for replying to my post, this made new people see my post and now I'm getting more people buying!
    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3986 on: March 28, 2019, 09:28:42 AM »
    Thank you for replying to my post, this made new people see my post and now I'm getting more people buying!
    Thanks a lot

    Yw.

    I want you and others to see the light that fake reviews are not required to be successful.
    Good innovative product + good images + PPC + early review program will do the trick.

    I can understand the need if a competitor put a fake 1 star review on your listing from the start, but a typical launch does not need fake reviews. I also find that you cannot fake it forever, if you're not doing the other things I mentioned, the product will usually not be successful long term.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3987 on: March 28, 2019, 09:36:23 AM »
    Yw.

    I want you and others to see the light that fake reviews are not required to be successful.
    Good innovative product + good images + PPC + early review program will do the trick.

    I can understand the need if a competitor put a fake 1 star review on your listing from the start, but a typical launch does not need fake reviews. I also find that you cannot fake it forever, if you're not doing the other things I mentioned, the product will usually not be successful long term.
    but it can help get things started
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3988 on: March 28, 2019, 09:46:13 AM »
    but it can help get things started

    My point is that it's not necessary to get started, and potentially an easy way to get finished (when/if Amazon detects that they're fake).
    If it's not necessary, why not just be honest?

    Amazon businesses are hard enough, using dishonest tactics puts them on very shaky foundation for the future.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #3989 on: March 28, 2019, 10:29:11 AM »
    Yw.

    I want you and others to see the light that fake reviews are not required to be successful.
    Good innovative product + good images + PPC + early review program will do the trick.

    I can understand the need if a competitor put a fake 1 star review on your listing from the start, but a typical launch does not need fake reviews. I also find that you cannot fake it forever, if you're not doing the other things I mentioned, the product will usually not be successful long term.
    BTW for your information I did all of the things you listed above and yes I got 5 5star reviews from early review program, I spent a lot of money for pictures, the product itself is amazing and I spent hours over hours creating the title/bullets/description/keywords/etc. And b"h I'm doing well just because of that. (I am actually on top of the page by the most valuable keyword even tho I have only between 5 and 10 reviews and my competitions have way more)
    But it's time for a boost!