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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). 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 #4290 on: January 15, 2020, 09:00:54 PM »
    Thanks for that..
     I guess it's a good thing that they don't allow me to use the same account.

    It's not so simple, if you were starting from scratch keeping them separate is the smart move.

    However, you are not starting from scratch, and there are some things you should keep in mind.

    1) it's a big no-no to have more than one seller account you could have one or both shut down. Logically you should be fine because one was suspended for inactivity, but logic doesn't always apply to amazon

    2) it's become very difficult to open new seller accounts and you should make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you begin. At a minimum you should have a recent utility bill with your name and your business address on it; CC and bank account thats never been used on any amazon account before; and if you are operating under a LLC or corp you should have your Articles of Organization/incorporation ready and your EIN letter from the IRS.


    If I had to guess I would say re activating your old account would be as simple as opening a case with seller support but anything with amazon is YMMV and you might be locked out.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4291 on: January 28, 2020, 04:26:26 PM »
    I created a FBA fulfilment shipment and wrote that it contains 115 units, in the end it only had 114 units, anything I should do? Or just let them see the mistake?
    The box is in it's way to Amazon already, so can't update the number of units in the box anymore.
    I'm going crazy, wanna come along?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4292 on: January 28, 2020, 04:37:42 PM »
    I created a FBA fulfilment shipment and wrote that it contains 115 units, in the end it only had 114 units, anything I should do? Or just let them see the mistake?
    The box is in it's way to Amazon already, so can't update the number of units in the box anymore.
    No worries, you'll have a chance to reconcile after they receive it.

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4293 on: January 28, 2020, 05:18:38 PM »
    I created a FBA fulfilment shipment and wrote that it contains 115 units, in the end it only had 114 units, anything I should do? Or just let them see the mistake?
    The box is in it's way to Amazon already, so can't update the number of units in the box anymore.
    it happens to all of us 95% of the time they dont realize and if they do u catch it you can acknowledge it
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4294 on: January 30, 2020, 11:34:42 PM »
    If the RQS percentage for the whole account is low. Can someone boost it by selling any random thing or do they keep cheshbon of each category also?

    And if the percentage is slightly below 98% do they shut you down automatically when they review the accounts or does it depend on the mood of the guy?
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4295 on: February 10, 2020, 02:25:06 AM »
    Does Amazon or the seller choose to offer free shipping to Israel for a particular product? Does it cost the seller any extra?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4296 on: February 10, 2020, 09:57:18 AM »
    Does Amazon or the seller choose to offer free shipping to Israel for a particular product? Does it cost the seller any extra?
    Depends on the quantity and product but they Choose just got my product shipped to some Jew in Maleh Adumim
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4297 on: February 11, 2020, 12:26:39 AM »
    Theres a jewish guy
    Amazing product review who sends out a list for items to review
    Keep calm and move on

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4298 on: February 11, 2020, 12:44:24 AM »
    How do I check how hot a item sells on Amazon?
    Keep calm and move on

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4299 on: February 11, 2020, 01:08:53 AM »
    Please excuse my ignorance as I've never sold on Amazon.

    A) Is it possible to sell on Amazon just a few odds and ends, the way people used to sell their tchotchkes on eBay?
    Or to be a seller one needs to sell large quantities of said item?

    B) Can one use FBA for that? I.e. is there any minimum for FBA?

    TIA!

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4300 on: February 11, 2020, 07:07:51 AM »
    Please excuse my ignorance as I've never sold on Amazon.

    A) Is it possible to sell on Amazon just a few odds and ends, the way people used to sell their tchotchkes on eBay?
    Or to be a seller one needs to sell large quantities of said item?

    B) Can one use FBA for that? I.e. is there any minimum for FBA?

    TIA!
    Amazon is not meant for selling your shmontzkes, you cannot sell whatever you want especially if you are new seller, FBA could only be used if having a professional account meaning $40 a month, ensure that doesn't pay the headache just for selling a few shmontzkes
    I'm going crazy, wanna come along?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4301 on: February 11, 2020, 09:22:27 AM »
    Amazon is not meant for selling your shmontzkes, you cannot sell whatever you want especially if you are new seller, FBA could only be used if having a professional account meaning $40 a month, ensure that doesn't pay the headache just for selling a few shmontzkes

    Thanks for your response. I didn't ask for commentary on what Amazon is meant for. I'm asking a factual question. And I'm actually interested in selling a few items that are BNIB valued at several hundred dollars.

    Re. FBA, what do you mean per "month"? There's no "membership fee" to be a seller (if I choose that option).
    I.e. if I sell a few items today, no need for me to sell till the next time I decide in however many months or years from now...  or not?

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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4302 on: February 11, 2020, 09:39:07 AM »
    How do I check how hot a item sells on Amazon?
    Amzscout  is like 65% accurate
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4303 on: February 11, 2020, 10:52:07 AM »
    Please excuse my ignorance as I've never sold on Amazon.

    A) Is it possible to sell on Amazon just a few odds and ends, the way people used to sell their tchotchkes on eBay?
    Short answer no

    Or to be a seller one needs to sell large quantities of said item?
    you dont have to sell anything, as long as you pay the FBA monthly fee your technically considered a seller

    B) Can one use FBA for that? I.e. is there any minimum for FBA?

    TIA!
    AFAIAA there is no minimum.
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    Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
    « Reply #4304 on: February 11, 2020, 10:56:12 AM »
    Thanks for your response. I didn't ask for commentary on what Amazon is meant for. I'm asking a factual question. And I'm actually interested in selling a few items that are BNIB valued at several hundred dollars.

    Re. FBA, what do you mean per "month"? There's no "membership fee" to be a seller (if I choose that option).
    I.e. if I sell a few items today, no need for me to sell till the next time I decide in however many months or years from now...  or not?
    You are correct. There is no monthly fee for selling. You can choose the individual fee and you will get charged an extra dollar per item that sells.

    With that being said, King Lake was correct in the fact that it's very hard to get approved to sell a lot of items on Amazon. You would need proper invoices from manufacturers or distributors. However if you already have an account and it let's you list the items, then by all means, go for it.

    It does sound like you'd be more suited for eBay though...