[:en]So for the longest time, I’ve been wanting to be able to manufacture, list, and sell my own product on Amazon.com. Have you not heard of these guys?
They kind of own the online shopping thing on the internet.
After almost 200 million monthly visitors looking for something to buy, these dudes really figured out how to make something work. They make money from the sellers and from the buyers. It’s all good. But as you may have guessed, being a new seller on there can be quite intimidating. I’m going to share with you my adventure so far in adding my own product to the sea of products on Amazon.
Coming up with a product
A couple of years ago, I had an idea. I wanted to make a notebook that I couldn’t find anywhere to use in school. I searched and searched until I finally made it myself and eventually sold it to a couple of my classmates.
“Yeah, sure I can make you a notebook.”
I charged them $5.
Then I put them online, and sold 10 in my first week.
Then I made my first $100 and I started expanding to other online platforms like Etsy. I had heard about selling on Facebook, Shopify, Wix, and many other platforms but most of my income was coming from my own website. I feared joining Amazon to face all of those reviews and high standards that Amazon holds sellers to.
But my product wasn’t ready. It could be made better. I feel like I really got a chance to understand what my customers looked for and gave them even more. Now my design is looking awesome!
Understanding the process
I don’t consider myself overly cautious, but I really wanted to understand how the heck I would keep up with Amazon customers and how I was going to produce enough notebooks to keep my inventory afloat. It was an issue I had with my first venture with this product. I had too many orders and I kept having to list “out of stock” on a bunch of items. It was terrible.
Amazon has a different process. You list your product, you say when you can ship it from the order date, and you get rated on it.
Based on how you do with your sales and everything, you get to offer better services and you get more privileges as an Amazon seller. I guess that makes sense.
Check out Amazon’s commission chart:
$2.10 as a referral fee, and a per item fee. That per item fee gets waived if you become a pro seller and pay the $39.99 per month, which I have to do if I end up selling more than 40 items per month, otherwise I’m giving away more money than I have to.
I still have a lot to learn from selling on Amazon, but I found this great article by StartupBros that should help out some. I’ll be ready to publish a guide on here on how to list your own item on Amazon very soon.
Thanks for reading!