Why Should You Consider Selling Your Products on Amazon?

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Selling Your Products on Amazon
Are you a blogger who is looking to monetize by selling your products on Amazon?

 

If not, should you consider this form of monetization?

 

Today’s guest author Karen says yes.

 

Here’s why.

8 Tips for Selling Your Products on Amazon

by Karen Smith
The Internet was a very different place back in 1994 at the time of the inception of Amazon.

 

It was meant to be a niche website to sell books online and it quickly bagged the title of being the biggest bookstore on the planet. Little did anyone know that it was cut out to be the front-runner of e-commerce market!

 

Not many people know that the first book that the website sold was actually shipped from the founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos’s home garage. The online giant did not quit his love for books by moving on to other products but designed Kindle, a series of e-reader devices, the first version of which was introduced in 2007. One can read millions of books online using one of these devices that Amazon exclusively markets.

 

Did you know its original name chosen by Bezos was cadabra.com? Other names that were considered were ‘aard’ and ‘relentless.’ He named it cadabra.com as a short version of ‘abracadabra,’ but the name was changed to amazon.com quickly.

 

You can guess the number of sales that the websites make from an incident back in the year 2013 when the website experienced 49 minutes of downtime which reportedly cost a loss of $4.8 million to the online shopping portal. Well to break it down for you, more than 3.5 million products are sold daily and the website had a net sale of about $136 billion in the year 2015.

 

If you are a manufacturer or authorized reseller, you must consider selling your products on Amazon.com besides selling them on our own website because you can leverage the huge customer base of 304 million users.

 

If you chose to opt-in, you must check out their guidelines so that you are aware of the best practices and to learn about practices that are prohibited. For instance, there is a list of products that are prohibited to be sold on Amazon.com and there can be legal repercussions if you do not follow them.

 

It is very important to keep the stock levels of your products updated so that you are able to fulfill if you get orders. If you cancel multiple orders, there is a chance for you to get banned.

 

Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance if you are selling with Amazon because, besides customer loyalty, it helps in making your store look reliable and authentic to new customers.

 

It is recommended that you display a high level of professionalism towards assuring seamless communication with your customers by getting in touch with them after their product is delivered.

 

The feedback you receive can go a lot way besides the obvious as you have the opportunity to learn what the customer wants from a product better than before. A seller who considers making amendments to his product based on customer feedback may be able to sell more in the future.

 

Do you want to know other reasons why you should be selling your products on Amazon? Check out this infographic from Dpack that entails benefits and tips on selling your products on Amazon.

 

Readers, please share so people know how easily selling your products on Amazon can be. If people are considering selling their products on Amazon, they should know this information.

I look forward to your views: Do you sell your products on Amazon? What are your experiences? If not, would you consider trying this form of monetization?

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  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Karen,

    I have 124 eBooks on Amazon for sale. I also have some 30 audio books and at least 10 paperbacks for sale on Amazon too. I totally ran with it in 2014 after self-publishing my first eBook on the platform. No better way to connect with folks through a global platform while boosting your blogging profits too; This is a beyond no brainer for any blogger.

    I am also an Associate, selling my stuff and other products to help people and to earn a profit. Again, another no brainer.

    As for his garage, I have a funny story to share. When I was a security officer long before I was a blogger, I chatted with truckers all day as I checked container numbers before the boxes left the terminal. Mind-numbing work so I often struck up conversations with the truck drivers. One trucker told me about a trucking buddy of his. This buddy had a nephew who was building a mail order business out of his garage, literally selling stuff from the garage, fulfilling orders, the whole 9 yards.

    His nephew asked for a small loan to help get his business off of the ground. He knew his trucker uncle had some money saved up from all the hours he worked. The uncle said the kid’s idea was wacky. Just a silly mail order business, run from his garage. It’d be a waste of money, giving him a loan for a few grand. Throwing money away, basically.

    The nephew’s name was Jeff. Jeff Bezos.

    If the trucker uncle invested just a couple grand in the stupid mail order business literally on the ground floor in the early 90’s, that trucker uncle would have been one of the first guys in, and would have been worth well into the tens of millions of dollars, if not hundreds of millions of dollars.

    A few thousand dollars, let’s say 5K, would have netted the guy likely 100 million dollars or more.

    Never overlook genius, guys. Even if the guy lost 5K almost all of us have lost hundreds if not thousands of dollars through some ventures, or through something we no longer enjoy.

    Inspired story.

    Sell those Amazon eBooks, audio books and paperbacks, guys!

    Ryan

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      I’m not surprised this post resonated with you. I would predict it would resonate with you more than anyone I know.
      My one ebook that I have on Amazon still generates passive income for me. I can only imagine what 124 do for you.
      Am I motivated to do more? Not at this time. I’m happy freelancing and writing for my blogging community.
      Thanks for writing. Happy new year to you.
      Janice

    • Karen Smith

      Hi Ryan,
      Wish you a Happy New year. Jeff’s trucker uncle might have underestimated the potential in his nephew’s endeavour just like the majority of people. It takes a lot of courage to invest in something you do not know anything about. Odds favour the bold and relentless risk takers sometimes. Very inspiring story.
      Thank you,
      Karen

  2. Yasir khan saqlaini

    Hii Karen,

    Indeed this article change my mentality about amazon. I need to duscus more thing.
    Can i cotact with you?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Yasir,
      I’m glad the article inspired you! I did write Karen to tell her you and another reader have a question. I am sorry she hasn’t responded.
      Janice

    • Karen Smith

      Hello Yasir,

      Sorry for my late reply 🙂 I am glad to that my post had a positive effect on your mindset about Amazon. You can ask your question in comments here, alternatively, you may send in your queries to smith.karen548@ gmail.com. I would be glad to address your queries.

      Thank you,
      Karen

  3. Divya Sehgal

    Hey,,
    I am trying to creating amazon niche site but confused to choose niche. kindly suggest any best niche with which i can start blogging.
    i am subscribing this blog kindly reply.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Diva,
      Thanks so much for expressing interest in signing up for my blog. I’m excited about our connection. I wrote the author and told her you had a question but she hasn’t responded.
      I do have some good news for you: Two days later, another guest author published a post on my blog explaining how you know what product you should sell on Amazon:
      Here is the link
      https://www.mostlyblogging.com/ecommerce-business/
      Look under the section called “Pick a Product to Sell.”
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

    • Karen Smith

      Hi Divya, Wish you a happy new year. I suggest you sell something which you have an expertise or in-depth knowledge about. More often than not, we hear about people who jump into businesses without learning enough about it. I might suggest you to sell an item but your interest, geographic location, your country’s market, its laws, and a plethora of other things would need to be considered before you go ahead. Find your passion, dream big and work hard to realize it. Hope this helps you.
      Thank you,
      Karen

  4. zeb

    Hi Janice, reading your blog after a long time and it really feels so good. I sell most of my used e-books through amazon. I honestly admit that amazon is the best place to sell your products at best price online. These tips will surely help an individual who is in search of a right place to sell his items.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Zeb,
      What kind words! Thank you! It’s good to have you back!
      I published an ebook and agree Amazon is a good place to sell it. I’m happy there. I agree the guest author did a great job with the post. Thanks for writing to tell us you found the tips valuable.
      Janice

    • Karen Smith

      Hi Zeb, thank you for appreciating the tips that I have shared. I personally find Amazon to be very helpful in making sales. I have even during off-season items on Amazon.
      Thank you,
      Karen

  5. JoeHx

    I sell t-shirts via Amazon’s Merch by Amazon program. This year I made almost $1,000 (which I talk about in the attached CommentLuv blog post). Pretty incredible if I say so myself.

    Next year I want to write an ebook, although I haven’t thought of a topic yet…

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Joe,
      How interesting! You sell Amazon merchandise? Cool! Congratulations on your success!
      Regarding the ebook. The topic sort of found me. I had written many blog posts in Year 1 of blogging. People suggested to me I put them together into a book. I found an amazing publisher who guided me and the rest is history. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

    • Karen Smith

      Hi Joe, great to learn about the 1K you made by selling t-shirts on Amazon. Your experience would be an inspiration to many others who might be pondering on the idea and hesitating to take action.
      Thank you,
      Karen

  6. Scott Simmerman

    Did you READ their seller agreement? One more Big Company forcing its customers into binding arbitration for any and all matters, something that Elizabeth Warren and any number of other people see as abuse of rights.

    But Section 4 seems to allow them to irrevocably and perpetually reproduce, distribute any and all of your materials or use your materials without your consent. I read that over and over and it sure seems like they could, if they choose, do what they want. They say, “that nothing in this Agreement will prevent or impair our right to use Your Materials without your consent to the extent that such use is allowable without a license from you or your Affiliates under applicable Law.”

    I gotta bang this by my lawyers, since i would be selling my copyrighted intellectual property (board games) with what seems like little or no protection of my IP.

    Here is Section 4. License

    “You grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use, reproduce, perform, display, distribute, adapt, modify, re-format, create derivative works of, and otherwise commercially or non-commercially exploit in any manner, any and all of Your Materials, and to sublicense the foregoing rights to our Affiliates and operators of Amazon Associated Properties; provided, however, that we will not alter any of Your Trademarks from the form provided by you (except to re-size trademarks to the extent necessary for presentation, so long as the relative proportions of such trademarks remain the same) and will comply with your removal requests as to specific uses of Your Trademarks (provided you are unable to do so using standard functionality made available to you via the applicable Amazon Site or Service); provided further, however, that nothing in this Agreement will prevent or impair our right to use Your Materials without your consent to the extent that such use is allowable without a license from you or your Affiliates under applicable Law (e.g., fair use under United States copyright law, referential use under trademark law, or valid license from a third party).

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Scott,
      I have an ebook on Amazon which I wrote and published.
      I do hear you. Amazon COULD do what they want with our property. Not cool.
      However, I have a question. I feel like Amazon is the only game in town. Ebay is for used items and items people auction.
      I am sorry Amazon has caused you stress. I never dreamed this topic was a controversial issue. Thanks for letting me know the flip side.
      Janice

    • Karen Smith

      Hi Scott, thanks for bringing it up to everyone’s attention. This is exactly why it is recommended to read the terms and conditions before you hit the “I agree” checkbox. Did you know that fair use of your material is often done to push your products by advertising them? Whilst the Amazon conditions might not suit some businesses, it helps a plethora of others in improving their sales.

      Thank you,
      Karen

      • Scott Simmerman

        Thanks, Karen. And I understand what you say. It is simply that these big companies can pretty much do what they want to when you click these things. I have an AT&T contract on my phone and asked the store to print out the document, since you really could not read it on the little screen they used for that purpose at the counter. It caused Big Consternation – I think it was actually 64 pages… TO GET A PHONE AND CONTRACT.

        And the global Binding Arbitration in nearly everything these days takes away ALL consumer rights to class action suits and a hearing in court. If you read much about the actual process, these arbitrators are paid and they want to keep the business of these big businesses so they are NOT unbiased.

        Time Magazine just did an article on the real impacts of this on nursing home care — http://time.com/5027063/87-year-old-nun-said-she-was-raped-in-her-nursing-home/ — it is a horrible read to see how this plays out on families, not that Amazon is doing this. But dealing with Amazon seems to suggest that you give up IP and (all?) legal rights to your own products. They could simply take everything sold and manufacture it themselves, it would seem. I am NO legal expert but their rights certainly override your rights.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeri,
      Thanks for coming by this week and commenting on my guest author’s article. I’m glad you enjoyed. Happy new year to you!
      Janice

  7. Darleen Prangue

    Hello there Janice and Karen,

    This is one of my first comment here at mostlyblogging. I read 3 articles in a row and I don’t think I will stop. However, this is the one that made me comment till now.4 words to describe it, EPIC.

    The infographic really made up my mind to jump on Amazon. Some great stats provided there.

    Greetings,

    Darleen.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Darleen,
      You mentioned you are relatively new to my blog. Welcome! I appreciated you calling my guest author’s post “epic.” You also wrote you sell on Amazon. What product, may I ask? I sell my ebook. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

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