Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sell on Amazon

Several months ago I was on Amazon.com and followed the link to allow me to sell on amazon.

Following the link took me to a choice of two pages sell less than forty items per month for free or if I wanted or expectedd to sell more than forty items there was a fee just under $40.

I opted for the less than forty item option.

I was able to go through the large amazon catalogue and find items such as textbooks that I had on my book shelves.

There are certain restrictions to selling on amazon.com so be aware of what is allowed, items such as clothing are restricted but you can sell books, gourmet foods, toys and children's items. I have sold books in my own business.

Choice of how tto sell comes in two forms:

1. You can advertise the item and when someone buys it from you amazon send you an e-mail  informing you of the sale which you must then fulfil, dispatching the product within a specified time. Amazon also estimate postage fees and charge the purchaser an additional amount for your mailing costs. This method is a little similar to using eBay.

2. You have the choice off sending your items to an amazon warehouse. This means that you have to mail a package of items to the specified warehouse giving you an upfront cost. Amazon hold the item on a until sold basis, when a customer buys your item it is deispatchedd directly from the amazon warehouse to the customer as any other amazon order. The benefits for you is that you don't have to store dozens of items and that when your item is advertised it gets prominent listing in the amazon other sellers option page and can be included in free amazon Prime mailing offers.

I have used both systems and am finding option 2 a real benefit with better sales and turnover.

Amazon pay you quickly at the end of the week in which the item is soldd and also pay the cash directly into your bank account.

The only problem with using the amazon jholding the product method is that you have to wait several days for the item to be delivered to amazon's warehouse. That items are held securely and are elligible for amazon Prime increases interest. Customers trust amazon more than the inddividual seller so use the service to your advantage in order to increase your turnover.

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