For a while, eBay was the only place to sell things online. eBay is great, but it requires a lot of work on your part: sourcing, listing, shipping, customer support etc.
If you plan sell to online, then you should strongly consider Amazon's fulfillment program called FBA. FBA stands for "Fulfillment By Amazon" which makes it a fulfillment company. A fulfillment company provides storage and shipping services for their clients' products. FBA is unique because Amazon is also the marketplace for those items so they have an active interest in seeing the items sell. What makes FBA even more extraordinary is that its items are also eligible for Amazon's shipping promotions including Free Super Saver Shipping and Amazon Prime.
It is important to understand how FBA works and how other businesses are using FBA.
Amazon buyers use Prime so they get free shipping. They easily spend more for things like spices, coffee, tea, socks, toilet paper, towels, detergent, etc. They spend much more because they absolutely TRUST Amazon. This is good for sellers because it means that you will make more and sell more.
Amazon is a master of internet commerce and has set the bar very high for their customers, vendors and owners. Customer service is critical for them and we are tapping into this using Fulfillment by Amazon. You as the product seller no longer have to deal with the customer service after the sale. You simply keep sending more products to Amazon and they take care of the rest.
This article will only cover only setting up your Amazon account for FBA. We will go more into sending your products to Amazon, storing and shipping your products at Amazon, and managing your FBA inventory in upcoming articles.
1. Open an Amazon Account
If you have never purchased nor sold on Amazon and do not have an account, simply go to the Amazon website and click on the Selling on Amazon link at the bottom of any page.
2. Set Up Your Amazon Account
Once you have an Amazon selling account, contact the Amazon customer service department to set up your account for FBA. Having an actual FBA rep on your account will help you with any issues in the future. The rep will actually walk you through your first shipment.
So if you get this far, you have done your initial due diligence and you have an FBA account.
I'll be back soon with more hints to get you moving forward with Amazon FBA!