Despite some reported gripes about the current selling environment on eBay, it still remains as a vibrant, active and (for most sellers) profitable business for small and large sellers alike.
But there are some eBay sellers who want to “spread their wings” and try the waters on Amazon.
This guide is not meant to sway you towards or against Amazon. It is simply this: an outline of hints, rules and bits of advice for selling your wares on Amazon. Follow them, and you could have a potentially profitable and rewarding time on Amazon; ignore them, and risk being permanently banned from the site (and no…this is not an exaggeration).
1. Read the Agreement: How many times have you signed up for some service which asks you to “please indicate that you have read such-and-such agreement by checking the ‘I agree to your terms’ checkbox” or some other similar wording?
Now, how many of you have checked that checkbox without reading the associated text. Do this and your selling career on Amazon will be short-lived indeed.
There is a myriad of requirements all sellers must adhere to in order to sell their goods on Amazon. Read this agreement, then read it again. Wait a few days, then go over it one more time.
If you, in any way, violate the policies stated in the agreement, you can be sent a warning, have your account temporarily suspended, or be permanently blocked from selling on their site.
2. A permanent block really is permanent: Many people have been banned from selling on Amazon. Those that have reckon they can get back on with another account name and a different credit card/banking information. I’m sure that some have succeeded in this, but the vast majority get shut down within days. How? Well, that’s a closely guarded secret, but the Amazon discussion boards are filled with threads from people who have been shut down, tried to get another seller account, and have been blocked (again) days after their account was open. Please…don’t think you can fool Amazon.
3. In a buyer dispute with a seller, Amazon will almost always side with the buyer. Yes, you can win cases where a buyer posts a dispute (I have, so I personally know it’s possible) but most times, Amazon will take “the buyer is always right” approach. As a seller, you may not like it, but it’s one big reason why Amazon is so trusted by buyers: they feel safer buying there. If you can’t afford to outright lose an item you shipped (and the money you made off the sale), don’t sell in on Amazon.
4. Some categories are restricted: Some categories require pre-approval to sell in them (e.g., Jewelry). If you don’t have pre-approval and list your jewelry in, say, home goods, you will need to re-read item #2 above, since you are setting yourself up for a permanent suspension.
5. You do not “have the right” to sell on Amazon. Many angry/upset/delusional feel that it’s their God-given right to sell on Amazon or anywhere they want. Selling on Amazon is a privilege…one that can be pulled from you by Amazon at any time.
Have I scared you yet?
If so, then perhaps Amazon is not right for you. Or maybe you just need a bit more time to think about it.
If not, then read Part II. Trust me, it’s not all doom-and-gloom.