How to Sell on Amazon FBA for Beginners
Amazon FBA sure has its benefits. Any business owner – be it big or small – can rely on Amazon’s delivery services to make the whole process of selling products much easier.
However, things get much simpler once you’ve actually learned how to properly sell on Amazon FBA, which works quite differently from simply selling on Amazon. In short, you can’t just send a pallet to Amazon and expect things to be done.
Therefore, in today’s article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know when it comes to selling on Amazon FBA for beginners!
Creating an Account
Obviously, before you actually start selling on Amazon, you’ll want to make an account. It will be the powerhouse of your entire business. When you’ll make an account, you’ll be asked to select between two selling plans: Professional and Individual.
The professional plan is recommended for people that want to sell more than 40 items a month, while the Individual one for people that want to sell fewer than 40 a month. Naturally, the Professional one comes with a monthly subscription fee.
The account creation process includes the usual steps – personal information, identity verification, credit card, and bank details.
In order to add your first listing, you’ll have to go to the Inventory tab and select Add a Product, after which you’ll have to search that product by barcode or name. After doing so, you must add some information about the product – condition, price, and shipping responsibility.
When it comes to shipping responsibility, you’ll want to check the box that says that Amazon will ship and provide customer service for the items that you want to sell and if they sell.
If you check this box, you’ll be redirected to the Fulfilment by Amazon page, where you’ll have to approve with its terms and conditions.
Now, the option to use FBA will be available to you – but, remember that it is not mandatory and that items must be converted to FBA before selling them.
Switch an Item to FBA
To sell an item via FBA, you have to go to your Inventory, then Manage Inventory, click Actions, and then select Change to Fulfilled by Amazon. After doing so, your item/items will be temporarily taken down, until they are received and processed by a fulfilment centre.
Before the items are being sent for processing, you’ll have to make the following choices:
- Labels – you can choose between the FBA label service (it comes with a fee of around 20 cents per item, case in which Amazon will handle labelling), and Stickerless, commingled inventory.
- Convert Items – you will have to choose between Convert Only and Convert & Send Inventory. If you want to add more products before sending to inventory, then select Convert Only. If the item you are dealing with now is the only one you want to send, then select the second option.
Now, you should have your items on the Amazon-Fulfilled Inventory page, which you can access by going to your Inventory and then clicking Manage FBA Inventory.
Creating a Shipping Plan
After clicking on Convert & Send Inventory, you will have to create a shipping plan. In order to do so, you must provide Ship from Address and Packing Type, and then you’ll have to choose between Individual Products or Case Packed Products.
Case Packed Products refers to sending a single box filled with the same type of item, meant to be sold to multiple clients.
Shipment to Amazon
In order to ship your items to Amazon, you’ll have to do the following:
- Specify the number of units you are sending
- Choose who will prepare the item for shipping – Amazon or you
- Choose who will label the items
- Weigh your items
- Purchase shipping from Amazon
- Print your shipping labels
Then, all you have to do is drop off your box/items at your local shipping service.
The Bottom Line
So, this is everything you have to do if you want to sell on Amazon FBA. Of course, there are a couple of other things that you may want to check out – for example, the requirements for Amazon LTL delivery eligibility, in case you are in need of such services.
However, what we mentioned above are the basics of selling on Amazon FBA. Naturally, when your business grows and you may be required to sell more items, then you may have to rely on a palletline network or such, in order to make the entire process much easier.July 3, 2019 3:33 pm