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Selling on Amazon

Discussion in 'Internet Marketing and Promotion' started by Entrepreneur, Sep 3, 2016.

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  1. Entrepreneur

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    What's the most important things to know? Is it still profitable or already saturated?
     
  2. azgold

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    Both. Depends on what you're selling and how well you do it. :)

    Lots of people are still making money with Amazon. Look for their top sellers to promote, or very specific drill-down niches that have some low competition search volume.
     
  3. Entrepreneur

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    Thanks
     
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  4. azgold

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    @Entrepreneur , it would be great to hear back how you make out with this. :)
     
  5. olgab

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    yes, keep us updated on this one. I was thinking about selling stuff on amazon, but percentage amazon takes from transaction made it unreasonable for me.
     
  6. azgold

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    You're right, their commission is pitiful. You need to get a ton of volume to make any real money, although the more you sell, the higher the percentage gets, which is good. Also, they can be a passive income generator, once you have them set up on a review site, or whatever.
     
  7. Seller Dynamics

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    Good question:

    First... Amazon is growing faster than ecommerce generally. B2C online retail is growing at about 15% a year in the USA and Europe - the current belief is that Amazon is beating that. About 40% of what they sell is actually sold by third parties, so its a huge opportunity.

    I agree that the commissions they charge can look high, but you have to compare that with running a PPC campaign. You only get charged on Amazon if you sell something - so the risk isn't there. PPC doesn't guarantee that you will sell something, so it can be costly.

    If you have stuff to sell you might as well give Amazon a try - it won't hurt to try.

    What's the most important thing to know? Just make sure you fulfill on time or they will suspend you which isn't good.

    Amazon's catalogue system means you probably will not have to create any special descriptions, so you can be up and running fast. And there are 11 Amazons - so you could be selling globally as well.
     
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  8. Entrepreneur

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    Thanks for all the replies. I wanted to update you guys on how it's been going.
    Let's just say thing have gone a lot better than I expected. Almost out of inventory with $7,000+ in revenue, restocking another 500 units. I've been getting 7-8 sales a day consistently. I'm estimating $3000+ profit a month starting from when the new inventory arrives. Had to make a few adjustments on the product. But yeah... I'm very happy about how things turned up. Hoping to make a full time living off of Amazon by selling other products soon.
     
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    Brilliant, well done. Good to see it paying off. I don't know where you are based but have a look at neighboring Amazon marketplaces as well - they could add a few dollars for you. If you are in the USA, then Canada and Mexico might work for you. And if you are in Europe then I'm sure you'll be looking at the big markets - UK, Germany & France - as well as the others.
     
  10. azgold

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    @Entrepreneur - well done, congrats!

    Don't forget to do your due-diligence if go global. Make sure you know if you can sell your item(s) in those countries (is it allowed), taxes, legal liability, etc.

    You can make a lot of money if you go international but you better research, plan and prepare to make sure you don't run into problems that you could have prevented. Once you take care of those things, though - go for it!
     
  11. APFG

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    That's wonderful news, that things are going so well for you. I have a book on Amazon and I would like to increase it's monthly sales. Do you have any advice on how to do that? and position myself to the readers that need it the most? It's a very specialized book.
     
  12. Josephine Stuart

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    Ana - I think selling a book is going to be a little different from selling a product, though I could be wrong here. With a book, you need to really sell the entertainment value (or, if it's nonfiction, the learning experience) in order to get someone to buy it. I believe the royalties are also different, and you don't have to worry about inventory, as Amazon either prints the books for you or formats it into a Kindle document.
     
  13. antokay

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    Hi APFG, you can promote you eBook through social media to get more sales.My prefer social media ia Facebook and pinterest.Try them.
     
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  14. Josephine Stuart

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    A great point - you may even be able to use Goodreads. It's a "social media"/book review platform that people use specifically to find new books to read. I think people mostly use it for fiction, but you could probably use it for more educational texts as well.
     
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