Amazon created something called Fulfillment By Amazon that works much like eBay, but in my opinion, it is MUCH better.
For a time, 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 to sell online, you should seriously consider Amazon’s fulfillment program called Fulfillment by Amazon. Fulfillment by Amazon stands for “Fulfillment By Amazon”, which makes it a fulfillment company. A fulfillment company offers warehousing and shipping services for its customers’ products. FBA is unique because Amazon is also the market for those items, so they have an active interest in seeing how they sell. What makes FBA even more extraordinary is that your items are also eligible for Amazon shipping promotions, including Free Super Saver Shipping and Amazon Prime.
It is important to understand how FBA works and how other companies use FBA.
Amazon buyers use Prime to get free shipping. They easily spend more on things like spices, coffee, tea, socks, toilet paper, towels, detergent, etc. They spend a lot more because they absolutely TRUST Amazon. This is good for sellers because it means that you will earn more and sell more.
Amazon is a master of internet commerce and has set the bar very high for its customers, suppliers and owners. Customer service is critical to them and we are taking advantage of this by using Fulfillment by Amazon. You, as the seller of the product, no longer have to deal with customer service after the sale. You just keep sending more products to Amazon and they take care of the rest.
This article will only cover setting up your Amazon account for Fulfillment by Amazon. In upcoming articles, we’ll dive into shipping your products to Amazon, storing and shipping your products on Amazon, and managing your FBA inventory.
1. Open an Amazon account
If you’ve never bought or sold on Amazon and don’t have an account, simply go to the Amazon website and click the Sell on Amazon link at the bottom of any page.
2. Set up your Amazon account
Once you have an Amazon selling account, contact Amazon’s customer service department to set up your account for Fulfillment by Amazon. Having a real FBA representative on your account will help you with any issues in the future. The representative will walk you through your first shipment.
So if you go that far, you’ve done your initial due diligence and have a FBA account.
I’ll be back soon with more suggestions for you to move on with Amazon FBA!