How To Sell On Amazon – Updated Guide
Amazon shopping is becoming more popular with buyers. It is no surprise that Amazon has outperformed eBay in terms of traffic and it is still growing like mad.
The best part is that Amazon’s growth benefits everyone, including third-party sellers. Registering as an Amazon seller independent is a great way to start a business online.
How to Sell on Amazon
1. Create an Amazon Seller Central account
First, you will need a seller account. Registering is easy.
- Start with the Individual plan if you intend to sell less than 40 products on Amazon. There is no monthly fee.
- Subscribe to an Amazon professional account if your product range is greater. It will cost $39.99/month.
2. Buy GTIN and UPC codes
To create a product page on Amazon, you will also need a Global Trade Number (GTIN). Nearly all North American manufacturers offer it in the form of a UPC for electronics or an ISBN for books.
Amazon will generate an FNSKU (Amazon’s proprietary code that will be printed on your packaging) based on your UPC code.
To sell on Amazon, you don’t have to print a barcode sticker. You just need the number.
Although you may be tempted to buy UPCs from eBay, this can lead to a slippery slope. It is possible to end up paying for codes you have never validated as unique or legitimate.
According to Amazon, there is a safer method to get a product code. UPC codes can be obtained from the GS1 US website. All major retailers around the world accept their barcodes, both online and offline.
3. Plan what to sell on amazon
The third step is to list your products on Amazon. You can only map your product to an existing product if the product is already available on this huge marketplace.
Pro Tip: Check out SellerApp’s what to sell on the Amazon blog.
Amazon allows you to list products only once in its catalog. You can remove your copy of an existing product or deactivate your account by creating a duplicate.
In case your Amazon account gets suspended (God forbid!) Payability, our trusted partner, has put together some helpful tips to help you understand and appeal your Amazon suspension.
You will need to create a brand new product listing if you are selling a unique product through Amazon.
I know, I know. It’s not easy to pick up a unique product. We have compiled a few tips to help you choose the right product for your Amazon listing. To get started, you can also use Amazon’s selling software.
Amazon lets you manage your listings both manually and in bulk.
- You can only edit the product information, price, and shipping terms online if you are an individual seller.
- The Professional Sellers account has the volume listing tools. You can connect your online shop to Amazon to export your products directly to Amazon.
Recommended Guide: How to Boost Visibility of Amazon Products.
4. Choose the right Amazon Fulfillment Option
You must also decide how you want your orders fulfilled. You have the option of ordering through Amazon (Amazon FBA program) or your resources (“Seller Fulfilled Prime”)
- Seller Fulfilled Prime. You keep the items in your warehouse in the first instance. You ship the items to customers directly when an order arrives. You can mail an order using any method and carrier, provided that the buyer receives their packages within the promised timeframe.
- Amazon FBA is not available to newly registered merchants. Amazon does not allow them to offer expedited shipping services such as two-day delivery immediately. This right is yours if you have a track record of reliable shipping at slower speeds.
Fulfillment by Amazon is a great option if you need to expedite delivery to sell your product at an early stage.