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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). Its 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 youd 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 youll only sell 1 a year, it wont 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 #4560 on: May 22, 2023, 08:05:42 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?
    if it is for legit business reason. You would need separate addresses. Not sure how far they expect you to go ( in terms of cc billing address) but it needs to be a totally separate business.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4561 on: May 23, 2023, 06:15:11 AM »
    if it is for legit business reason. You would need separate addresses. Not sure how far they expect you to go ( in terms of cc billing address) but it needs to be a totally separate business.

    Will the same address with apt 1 be enough?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4562 on: May 23, 2023, 04:55:32 PM »
    Will the same address with apt 1 be enough?
    not sure. But its easy to get an address. If you dont have one you can get a mail to address for like 15 a month you only need it at sign up.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4563 on: May 23, 2023, 11:38:40 PM »
    Will the same address with apt 1 be enough?

    You dont need a different address.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4564 on: June 15, 2023, 04:52:36 PM »
    Not sure if this correct thread or it shud go in for sale thread.
    Have 10 prices Dyson vacuum (6 Omni glide and 4 outsize) looking for someone approved to sell brand on Amazon  to sell for me and take commission. Located Lakewood

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    « Reply #4565 on: June 15, 2023, 08:20:47 PM »
    Not sure if this correct thread or it shud go in for sale thread.
    Have 10 prices Dyson vacuum (6 Omni glide and 4 outsize) looking for someone approved to sell brand on Amazon  to sell for me and take commission. Located Lakewood
    I need the same thing for LG phones.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4566 on: June 21, 2023, 08:02:25 PM »
    I need the same thing for LG phones.

    Hey what LG phone?

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    « Reply #4567 on: July 12, 2023, 06:06:33 PM »
    Does chase give 3x points for Amazon ads ?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4568 on: July 19, 2023, 03:13:35 PM »
    I am a reseller and recently got licensed with one company that I am in middle of selling one of their products. My question is like this. There are lots of other sellers selling the same product as me. Now that I got licensed, can I make a claim to Amazon that the other sellers are infringing (even though I'm not the brand owner)? I am probably the only reseller that is licensed, so will Amazon go ahead and ask all the other sellers for a license and if they dont have they will kick them off? I dont really feel right doing it, not sure if this is what all sellers do and this is just the business or is it a really mean thing to do if Amazon actually goes ahead with what Im saying and kicks off the other sellers from selling this product.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4569 on: July 19, 2023, 04:00:52 PM »
    I am a reseller and recently got licensed with one company that I am in middle of selling one of their products. My question is like this. There are lots of other sellers selling the same product as me. Now that I got licensed, can I make a claim to Amazon that the other sellers are infringing (even though I'm not the brand owner)? I am probably the only reseller that is licensed, so will Amazon go ahead and ask all the other sellers for a license and if they dont have they will kick them off? I dont really feel right doing it, not sure if this is what all sellers do and this is just the business or is it a really mean thing to do if Amazon actually goes ahead with what Im saying and kicks off the other sellers from selling this product.

    FWIU, that's a battle you have to fight with the other sellers and Amazon will not block them from selling. Even if you were the brand owner you can't stop people from selling your brand. Amazon will step in if you make the claim that the items are not authentic, but if they are authentic and it's just a matter of them not having a license to distribute, that's not something Amazon will care about.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4570 on: July 19, 2023, 04:29:39 PM »
    FWIU, that's a battle you have to fight with the other sellers and Amazon will not block them from selling. Even if you were the brand owner you can't stop people from selling your brand. Amazon will step in if you make the claim that the items are not authentic, but if they are authentic and it's just a matter of them not having a license to distribute, that's not something Amazon will care about.

    Are you sure a brand owner can't gate their brand?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4571 on: July 19, 2023, 04:30:50 PM »
    Are you sure a brand owner can't gate their brand?

    There are some brands that are gated, but they are the exception, not the rule

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4572 on: July 24, 2023, 06:07:17 PM »
    Anyone have a good product photographer?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4573 on: September 05, 2023, 02:04:06 PM »
    Anyone have a good product photographer?
    Location? I have someone I use in monsey hes pretty good
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    « Reply #4574 on: September 05, 2023, 02:45:08 PM »
    Location? I have someone I use in monsey hes pretty good
    Location doesnt matter. I can ship the product

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4575 on: September 05, 2023, 02:54:25 PM »


    Have many to recommend
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4576 on: September 05, 2023, 03:27:16 PM »
    An ASIN was created with a slightly incorrect brand name. (E.G. Prog instead Program) Now we have registered the brand with brand registered, and want to take control of the ASIN under our brand, but Amazon will not allow this because the brand name doesn't match. They also refuse to change the brand name on the ASIN. What is the best pathway to get them to change the brand name?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4577 on: September 05, 2023, 03:41:02 PM »
    An ASIN was created with a slightly incorrect brand name. (E.G. Prog instead Program) Now we have registered the brand with brand registered, and want to take control of the ASIN under our brand, but Amazon will not allow this because the brand name doesn't match. They also refuse to change the brand name on the ASIN. What is the best pathway to get them to change the brand name?
    had this issue as well. But never got a resolution yet. Some guys on fiverr say they can do it but I did not feel comfortable enough to use them.

    I did not try to open cases but the best place to open the cases is in brand registry not seller support.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4578 on: September 05, 2023, 05:36:59 PM »
    Only way to do this is via Vendor central

    An ASIN was created with a slightly incorrect brand name. (E.G. Prog instead Program) Now we have registered the brand with brand registered, and want to take control of the ASIN under our brand, but Amazon will not allow this because the brand name doesn't match. They also refuse to change the brand name on the ASIN. What is the best pathway to get them to change the brand name?

    had this issue as well. But never got a resolution yet. Some guys on fiverr say they can do it but I did not feel comfortable enough to use them.

    I did not try to open cases but the best place to open the cases is in brand registry not seller support.
    I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4579 on: September 05, 2023, 08:55:02 PM »
    Only way to do this is via Vendor central

    😡

    That sucks