Having products listed on Amazon FBA is all good if they are selling… and you have your price in the “buy box” (which means you have the lowest price). This is not as easy as it should be… if you have competition.
I have some products that I’ve been researching that are already selling regularly on eBay for a higher price than on Amazon… so I’ve been looking for options.
Of course – I don’t want to “ship” anything – especially during the holiday’s. 😉
I haven’t sold on eBay in years… but I can remember the issues I had – which is why I love selling on Amazon FBA. I dislike creating my own listings, shipping to every customer and customer service.
Creating your own listings: Amazon makes this so easy… and most products are already in the Amazon catalog. I don’t need to take pictures, upload them to my computer, worry about violating TOS to list a product on Amazon.
Shipping to customers: This was a huge problem as my hubby was/is the “head of shipping department”. He can “deal” with sending 9 huge boxes of product to Amazon once… it was the shipping a bunch of single boxes every day that got “me in trouble”. He just was a pain about it all…
Customer Service: I don’t mind communication with buyers where I can provide great customer service. I do mind “silly questions” and “angry customers”. Just not my cup of tea.
I think I’ve found an option that will solve some of my problems (not all – but I can deal with most problems with a plan).
Multi-Channel Fulfillment is an option that is provided by Amazon. They will “ship” all the products I sell “Anywhere” from their warehouses. Professionally packed and shipped on-time is a fantastic option. I can sell products on eBay, Etsy or just about anywhere… and have them all ‘stored’ at Amazon (and shipped).
The beauty of this option – I don’t have to do much of “Anything” different than I’m doing right now!
I can go back into my FBA inventory (on Seller Central) – and change a product to a future “for sale” date which will take this product “OFF” of Amazon’s catalog as a “for sale”… and I could raise the price of this product to an astronomical price (so no “sane” customer would ever buy).
If I have a huge qty. of a product – I can have this product listed on Amazon and eBay (or where-ever). I just have to watch the inventory qty. and adjust my listings.
I will need to make sure I “know” all the fees for each product – Amazon, eBay and Paypal… before I list anything. These are time consuming – but necessary.
This all solves the shipping problems…
I will still need to be more active with customer service so I keep my feedback scores UP! This will mean I need a good FAQ page on eBay and that I have good (Great) product descriptions, pictures and TOS on all of my auction listings.
The one Big Huge issue I’ve been avoiding is creating the actual Auction Listings… Silly but True. I know that I will look back and see how silly this is after I’ve listed a few products.
I did (in the past) use the free tool – Turbo Lister. I was on the hunt for something that was “more all-inclusive” and willing to pay a small fee. I wanted something that had a lot more bells-whistles. I think that InkFrog might be the answer. http://www.inkfrog.com
I’ll keep you updated on my progress and results. 8)
“The money is made in the sourcing, not the shipping”… Always Be Sourcing!