Is Amazon FBA the Best Way to Sell Online?

Amazon FBA is a great way to sell products online. It allows you to use Amazon’s warehouses and shipping services to fulfill customer orders. In this article, we’ll show you how to get started with Amazon FBA.

But first, realize that we’re Amazon FBA experts, and we even say that Amazon FBA is confusing for companies that are not trained in the Amazon FBA way. That’s why we strongly suggest partnering with groups like Precision Fulfillment and Kitting (us), which can be a great local partner to help you through the Amazon FBA.

How to Start with Amazon FBA

First, you must sign up for an Amazon Seller account at Amazon’s “Seller Central” service. Once you have an account, you can list your products for sale on Amazon.

Listing products means you’ll need your product information, and the most important information is your product SKU. A SKU lets you track your product separately from all the other products online. Amazon needs this to ensure your customers don’t get the wrong product.

To list products, we suggest going through Amazon’s help documentation directly (accessible from within Seller Central).

How to Sign Up for Amazon FBA

When you list a product for sale on Amazon, you’ll need to choose whether to use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). If you choose FBA, Amazon will handle the shipping and customer service for your products.

If you don’t want to use FBA, you can still sell your products on Amazon, but you’ll need to handle the shipping and customer service yourself.

Once you’ve decided to use FBA, you must create product listings.

Amazon FBA
Amazon FBA can be a great way to sell online.

To do this, go to your Seller Central dashboard and click “Inventory” > “Add a Product.”

Search for your product or enter the UPC, ASIN, or ISBN. From your product page, you’ll need to fill out some information about that product, such as the price, quantity, and product condition.

Are your listings complete? Then, it’s time to send your products to Amazon. To do this, go to your Seller Central dashboard and click “Fulfillment” > “Send/Replenish Inventory.”

You’ll enter your shipping information here and choose whether to use Amazon’s shipping labels or your own. Amazon will charge for each label if you use Amazon’s shipping labels.

Once you send your products to Amazon, they are stored in their warehouses strategically across the country based on product demand and buyer availability. When a customer orders one of your products, Amazon will pick, pack, and ship it to the customer.

Amazon Fees Can be High

Keep in mind the many fees that Amazon charges. For instance, there’s a fee every time Amazon sells your product. That’s a “fulfillment” fee.

Amazon will also handle customer service for your products. If a customer has an issue with an ordered product, they can contact Amazon, and Amazon will help them.

Track your sales and inventory levels in your Seller Central dashboard. Seller Central also lets you see how much you’ve earned or owe in fees.

Decide if you want to pay your fees monthly or weekly. Depending on how you manage your money, both have advantages.

If you have any questions about Amazon FBA, you can contact Amazon Seller Support.

Amazon has Gotchas

Using Amazon FBA isn’t without issues. For instance, getting products shipped to Amazon is challenging. You’ll need to:

  • Organize your freight according to Amazon’s requirements (Get it wrong, and they can send your freight back to you);
  • Identify every product with a unique SKU and an Amazon identification number (ASIN);
  • Adhere to Amazon’s many rules for shipping box sizes and weights.

If you miss any of these steps, Amazon will return your shipment at your cost, which can quickly become expensive.

Also, if your product doesn’t sell, you can expect increasingly higher warehousing costs from Amazon.

We’re Your Amazon FBA Experts and Amazon Alternative

Amazon FBA is a great way to sell products online. It allows you to use Amazon’s warehouses and shipping services to fulfill customer orders.

But, Amazon FBA is complex and filled with hidden costs.

PFK knows how to adhere to Amazon FBA rules and get your product to Amazon right the first time. We fully understand SKUs and ASINs and how to help you track your shipments and success.

PFK can also support your company as a cheaper alternative to Amazon.

For more information, contact us at Precision Fulfillment and Kitting, and let us help you through the Amazon FBA shipping process.

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