Do you have a business that sells consumer products? Do you have a few products that you want to sell but don’t know where to go? Do you generally enjoy selling on eBay but would like other options? Well, then Amazon might be a good option for you!
While most of us are familiar with Amazon as a great place to buy and download books and CDs, did you also know that you could have your own webstore on Amazon? Most of us have probably — at one time or another — sold our unwanted or used books, CDs, DVDs or electronics. However, most people are not as familiar how they can have their own webstore on Amazon.
Well-known makeup and clothing companies, such as Calvin Klein and Neutrogena, have been selling their inventory on Amazon for years. Now fast forward to today and the average person with just a small “mom and pop” business can do it. You may sell as a “professional seller” or an “individual seller”.
What is the difference between a professional and individual seller?
The basic difference between a professional seller and an individual seller is that a professional seller has more than 40 items to sell and may sell them in 30 different categories. An individual seller has less than 40 items and may only sell them in 20 different categories. A professional seller will pay $39.99 per month plus any other fees for unlimited sales, and an individual seller will pay $.99 per item plus any other fees.
Some categories will need Amazon’s approval, before you may continue with your listings. You are welcome to do your own shipping or use Amazon’s fulfillment centers and have them ship out your items.
Amazon does offer both levels of sellers the training, tutorials, webinars, and a blog to aid them in their success.
What are some of the most popular items people sell on Amazon?
A few of the most popular items are:
- outdoor clothing and swimwear
- jewelry of all kinds
- spices and food flavorings
What are a few of the advantages to selling on Amazon?
There are more than a few. There are many advantages to selling on Amazon:
- You can eliminate the high overhead costs such as rental space and utilities on a brick and mortar (B&M) store.
- You can ship your inventory to Amazon (Amazon Fulfillment) and have them do the packaging and mailing.
- You have access to one of the largest customer bases (Amazon) in the world 24/7 every day of the year.
- You can drive traffic to your own website and build your brand by listing on Amazon.
You can read some of the success stories here for yourself.
How can someone get started selling on Amazon?
Go to the seller’s page on Amazon and sign up as either a professional seller or an individual seller. Register and set up your account. You will be able to set up shipping options, notification preferences, and other account details during your registration.
Good luck and enjoy being a part of one of the largest and most visited websites on the Internet today.