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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 #4260 on: December 01, 2019, 10:40:00 PM »
    There's a dedicated Amazon sellers group that could help guide you to the quickest and easiest solution.
    go to ASGTG.com and join the telegram chat (Ed Rosenberg)
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4261 on: December 02, 2019, 12:25:40 AM »
    I dont know if it'll help you, but they have special label printing machines to make things easier. You can get one machine for shipping labels and one for bar codes.

    its prob not a option for you im guessing but is it not easier to just order a zebra printer and print them urself?

    I figured out a way to make this work. Can you please guide me a drop more tell me what type of printers Iím looking for? Thank you very much

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4262 on: December 02, 2019, 12:27:52 AM »
    I figured out a way to make this work. Can you please guide me a drop more tell me what type of printers Iím looking for? Thank you very much
    Zebra zp 450 is prob one of of the better options, its a thermal printer
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4263 on: December 02, 2019, 12:39:16 AM »
    Zebra zp 450 is prob one of of the better options, its a thermal printer

    Thanks Iíll check it out. Iím gonna look on amazon is there somewhere else better priced?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4264 on: December 02, 2019, 12:39:36 AM »
    Iíve never really done advertising on amazon. Whatís the best way for me to learn or should I just be hiring somebody to do it for me?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4265 on: December 02, 2019, 12:43:11 AM »
    Zebra zp 450 is prob one of of the better options, its a thermal printer

    Iíd probably go for something more expensive even. I was just looking at a GK but it doesnít even look like it has wireless printing. Thatís something Iím going to need.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4266 on: December 03, 2019, 03:01:40 PM »
    Anybody know anything about -

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    Or have any recommendations for a marketing/advertising company for amazon?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4267 on: December 08, 2019, 11:02:34 PM »
    Iíve never really done advertising on amazon. Whatís the best way for me to learn or should I just be hiring somebody to do it for me?
    Check out the Ed Rosenberg Telegram chat group. They have one dedicated to PPC on Amazon.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4268 on: December 09, 2019, 02:34:01 AM »
    Check out the Ed Rosenberg Telegram chat group. They have one dedicated to PPC on Amazon.
    https://t.me/joinchat/CSvdDE037unznYHf-B0PfA

    Tried asking on the newbie chat & didnít get any answer. I guess Iíll try that. Thanks

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4269 on: December 10, 2019, 10:21:02 PM »
    There's a dedicated Amazon sellers group that could help guide you to the quickest and easiest solution.
    go to ASGTG.com and join the telegram chat (Ed Rosenberg)
    oh thanks a lot
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4270 on: December 15, 2019, 08:26:59 PM »
    my item is in stranded inventory for trademark misuse
    i there anything to do to fix it without removing or sending back the items?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4271 on: December 17, 2019, 09:23:18 AM »
    NT Listing suppressed because of image issue. Image has been on the listing since I opened the listing. Listing is a food item. When I called in they said I need to have an image of the product not the package - that is why it is being suppressedÖ obviously that make no sense, no other listing in my category has a main image of the piece of food instead of the packageÖ theyíre not being helpful at all. Anybody have any ideas?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4272 on: December 17, 2019, 05:43:12 PM »
    NT Listing suppressed because of image issue. Image has been on the listing since I opened the listing. Listing is a food item. When I called in they said I need to have an image of the product not the package - that is why it is being suppressedÖ obviously that make no sense, no other listing in my category has a main image of the piece of food instead of the packageÖ theyíre not being helpful at all. Anybody have any ideas?
    i have it all the time usually what i do is try uploading the image a few times and it should work
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4273 on: December 17, 2019, 08:35:55 PM »
    my item is in stranded inventory for trademark misuse
    i there anything to do to fix it without removing or sending back the items?
    Depends what the violation is. You might be able edit the listing and relist
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4274 on: December 18, 2019, 03:06:40 AM »
    i have it all the time usually what i do is try uploading the image a few times and it should work

    Depends what the violation is. You might be able edit the listing and relist

    I tried putting the same image back a few times it didnít work. I ended up putting the back of the package as main image instead & that worked. They claimed the issue was the image was not a pic of the product rather the packaging  ::)