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    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). 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 #4540 on: September 13, 2022, 05:46:48 PM »
    What are the possible conditions for FNSKU labels?

    I only remember seeing New, Used, and Renewed (is it Refurbished?)

    Are the other types listed here or something else ever possible?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4541 on: December 22, 2022, 11:07:09 PM »
    Were can i see on an ASIN level what was sent/received at FBA.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4542 on: December 26, 2022, 07:55:19 PM »
    Were can i see on an ASIN level what was sent/received at FBA.
    Tried Inventory Ledger?  The other reports like Received Inventory only work with SKU and FNSKU
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4543 on: December 26, 2022, 07:57:15 PM »
    Tried Inventory Ledger?  The other reports like Received Inventory only work with SKU and FNSKU
    You can use the all listings report to bring in the asin...

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4544 on: December 26, 2022, 08:01:41 PM »
    You can use the all listings report to bring in the asin...
    You can also see the Inbound info in Manage inventory by clicking on the sku, but I'm assuming he knows that already
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4545 on: December 26, 2022, 10:06:54 PM »
    Tried Inventory Ledger?  The other reports like Received Inventory only work with SKU and FNSKU
    You can use the all listings report to bring in the asin...
    This worked, thank you

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4546 on: January 14, 2023, 10:12:37 PM »
    ***FBA Reimbursement Guide for Lost inventory in Warehouse (not lost while inbound)*****

    This may be basic for most people, but I've told this to a few ppl lately and they have recovered over 1k$ from amazon.

    **How to see what FBA inventory amazon has lost****

    1) Download your Inventory Adjustment Report

    2) Filter Reason by "M", and filter column k by "1"

     

    What you are now looking at is the FBA inventory that amazon lost.

    Go to help, type in lost inventory,

    enter the fnsku and amazon will auto-generate a case to look into. No need to write any stories, invoices, proof, or anything.

    Up to 18 months of lost items will be reimbursed. IME lower value items are instantly reimbursed!

    Literally free money for those of us that are too lazy or confused about the process of recovering $$ for amazons mistakes. There are harder things to recover but this one is super easy

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4547 on: February 23, 2023, 11:40:21 AM »
    Be Aware!

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4548 on: February 28, 2023, 02:36:44 PM »
    Recommendation for someone that is good with product listing optimization ?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4549 on: February 28, 2023, 03:31:40 PM »
    B"H

    As an Amazon store manager, I am responsible for managing the overall operations of an Amazon store. My job involves overseeing inventory management, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of products, and maintaining positive relationships with vendors and suppliers. I am constantly analyzing sales data to identify trends and make informed decisions on how to improve sales performance.

    In addition, I am also responsible for managing a team of staff members, providing training, and ensuring that they are delivering excellent customer service to shoppers. I monitor their performance closely and provide feedback and coaching as needed to ensure that they are meeting their targets.

    One of my primary goals as an Amazon store manager is to optimize product listings to ensure they are attractive and competitive in the marketplace. This includes optimizing product descriptions, images, and pricing to maximize sales and profitability.

    Overall, my role as an Amazon store manager is challenging and demanding, but also rewarding. I take pride in delivering a seamless shopping experience for customers while driving revenue growth for the business.

    If anyone here needs assistance managing and growing their Amazon Store, please feel free to PM me.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4550 on: March 06, 2023, 12:31:06 AM »
    Any idea how to find the inventory Amazon lost using the new Inventory Ledger Report?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4551 on: March 22, 2023, 01:38:31 PM »
    Did anybody have any recent success with the SKU remap to a different asin trick?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4552 on: March 22, 2023, 02:14:13 PM »
    Recommendation for someone that is good with product listing optimization ?
    I'm very surprised nobody has used someone experienced that can be recommended ? Am i posting in the right thread ?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4553 on: May 07, 2023, 11:55:14 AM »
    I have a book I'd like to publish in physical form. KDP would seem to be the cheapest option. I primarily need a few copies for myself, though I'm going to try to market it to others who'd find it useful.

    I've never sold on Amazon before, what do I need to be careful about, both in terms of buyers, and in terms of things Amazon doesn't like?

    For starters, is there an issue for me to buy my own book?

    Should I create a separate account for this, maybe under my wife's name?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4554 on: May 07, 2023, 07:31:05 PM »
    I have a book I'd like to publish in physical form. KDP would seem to be the cheapest option. I primarily need a few copies for myself, though I'm going to try to market it to others who'd find it useful.

    I've never sold on Amazon before, what do I need to be careful about, both in terms of buyers, and in terms of things Amazon doesn't like?

    For starters, is there an issue for me to buy my own book?

    Should I create a separate account for this, maybe under my wife's name?

    you are not allowed to buy a item that your own account is selling. In addition it is not a good idea to use your wifes account to buy a item you are selling as amazon looks at that as sales rank manipulation. I am not sure why you want to buy your own item but it's best to do so through a friend that  has a account unrelated to you and ship it to their home and not yours

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4555 on: May 07, 2023, 08:29:06 PM »


    I have a book I'd like to publish in physical form. KDP would seem to be the cheapest option. I primarily need a few copies for myself, though I'm going to try to market it to others who'd find it useful.

    I've never sold on Amazon before, what do I need to be careful about, both in terms of buyers, and in terms of things Amazon doesn't like?

    For starters, is there an issue for me to buy my own book?

    Should I create a separate account for this, maybe under my wife's name?

    I believe what Lakewood34 said is only in regards to regular products.
    From what I've heard from people that published through Amazon, they specifically have an option for your books, if you want it printed and shipped to you, without charging you the profit margin that you set.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4556 on: May 11, 2023, 01:14:24 PM »
    Does Amazon require Transparency labels to be printed on thermal transfer labels and does it have to be 300dpi?

    If yes where can I find it in official documentation?
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4557 on: May 11, 2023, 04:20:44 PM »
    I need to reverify my account, it's registered as a corp.
    what do I enter by business type?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4558 on: May 11, 2023, 06:26:09 PM »
    Does Amazon require Transparency labels to be printed on thermal transfer labels and does it have to be 300dpi?

    If yes where can I find it in official documentation?
    check there standard requirement for labels. Not sure if transparency is any different.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4559 on: May 22, 2023, 07:40:57 PM »
    What do I need to have a second account?

    Will not be logging in on same wifi. Can I use same address? Billing address for cc? Need to use diff cc?