- Brandon Checketts
- On April 9, 2014
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Amazon is the world’s largest online marketplace and there are thousands of business that make all or a large portion of their income selling on Amazon. There are, of course other places to sell merchandise online including eBay and your own website but if you are just getting started Amazon can be a great place to begin. If your still trying to decide where to sell you can read our guide on where to sell online.
To sell on Amazon you only need a few things. A bank account with a debit or credit card, and some stuff to sell. That’s really about it. The bank account is easy but finding inventory is what most people find difficult. Finding inventory to sell on Amazon or anywhere online is not as hard as it seems. But before you jump into sourcing merchandise it probably makes sense to get a feel for the marketplace and just sell a few items.
Most people have a few items around the house that will sell well on Amazon. Remember it’s not about making a lot of cash, you’re just trying to get a feel for it. If you are new to selling you probably don’t want to sell anything super expensive until you get the hang of it. Chances are you have something lying around the house like books or dvds, but pretty much anything with a barcode will work as long as it’s on Amazon.
After you have found a couple of items to sell you are ready to create your selling account. Before you create your account you need to choose between a regular or professional account. A regular account is free but you will pay $1 every time you sell an item in addition to the other Amazon fees. The pro account is $40 a month but you won’t have to pay the $1 per item fee. If you are serious about selling it won’t be hard to get at least 40 sales a month so the fee should pay for itself pretty fast. Plus with the pro account you can create new listings and use the MWS API which will give you access to a ton of great software tools. To get started go to Amazon.com and choose which type of selling account you want.
In this guide will be using an Amazon Pro Account but most of the same concepts apply to the non-pro. Amazon gives you a 30 day free pro trial with no commitment so you may want to try it out. You can always upgrade or downgrade whenever you need. Once you choose which account you want you just need to give Amazon some basic info. If you already have an Amazon account for shopping you can use that as your selling account too or you can create an account just for selling. Just fill out the forms and you should be ready to go. One thing you should be aware of is that Amazon typically does not allow multiple selling accounts without their permission. So don’t try to set up more than one selling account.
The rest of this post is full of screen shots from Seller Central. Before each screen shot are some instructions. Follow the instructions and use the screenshots to help guide you through creating your first listing.
First login to sellercentral.amazon.com and click on inventory. Then click the add product button to start listing products.
For this guide we are listing Campbell Biology 9th Edition ISBN 0321558235. To find your item you just need to enter the title, ISBN or UPC in the search box. If you don’t find a match you may want to choose another item. You can create new listings for items that are not yet in Amazon but we will cover that in a later guide.
Once you find your item click sell yours.
Next just fill out the boxes with the red arrows. This is where you set the condition, price and quantity. The last arrow lets you choose whether you want Amazon to ship the item or not. If you choose yes then you can ship your inventory to Amazon and they will ship it when it sells. This service is called Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). Learn more about FBA here.
Lastly click Save and finish
If you choose to ship the item yourself then you’re done and you will get a screen like this.
The remainder of this post walks you through sending an item to FBA. This process allows you to create shipments of items to send to Amazon.
First you will choose to create a new plan or choose an existing one. Then click continue.
Next enter the quantity you want to send and press continue.
Then you will be taken to the prep screen. This is for building FBA shipments. Typically you will have many items in an FBA shipment. For this example we will walk through the shipment with one item. Just press continue for the next screen.
Next You print item labels for the items in your shipment. Simply enter the number you wish to print and then press print labels. You will then be given a PDF of labels to print. Print those off and label each item. Then press continue.
Here is an example of an FBA label sheet with one label.
After You have printed and labeled the items you are ready to box up your inventory to send to FBA. Just click approve shipment to continue.
Next click work on shipment
Unless you are shipping pallets you will select Small Parcel Delivery and Amazon Partnered carried. You could use your own carrier but Amazon has the best shipping rates possible.
Next just print out the number of packing slips you need. Then enter the box weight and dimensions. If you have more than one box just click add another box.
After that it’s time to get the shipping charges.
The last two buttons won’t show up solid until you accept the charges. Once accept the charges you can print the UPS box labels and then complete the shipment. After the box labels print, just place the packing slip label in the box, tape up the box and tape on the shipping label.
There you have it. Now you can start listing items on Amazon. You can either ship them your self or use Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). It helps to go through the process manually but when you are ready to automate the process and start saving time you can use tools like Ignite to make it a lot easier and faster.
Now that you know how to list you can start learning more about the Amazon marketplace. Check out our other post and be ready to go in no time.