Amazon FBA for beginners guide: List, Label, Ship!
Hi! This guide is for beginners who feel that their is an opportunity and potential on Amazon, but still have no idea what to do: What products do I sell, How to ship items to customers, What to do about labeling, boxes, etc.
In this guide we will go step-by-step through the process of successfully selling on Amazon from start to finish.
First you need to create an Amazon FBA seller account. You might want to create a pro account if you are planning on listing more than 40 products.
Once the account is created and setup you are ready to start listing products. To list your first product go to Inventory -> Add Product when you are logged in to your sellers account. Scan or input a UPC, or a product name:
You might consider buying a scanner, which will save you from hassle of typing in 10 digits, but this can surely be done oldskool by hand when you are starting out. System will then recognize a product.
If you see more than one item listed make sure yours is the exact model, and UPC is matching. Then click ‘’Sell yours’’. On the next page you will see all the info on the product: sales rank, list price, brand, etc.
Since in our case product is recognized by Amazon, we do not need to fill the form below a product picture. We are tagging our product on someone else’s listing. All we need to worry about on this page is ‘’Your price’’ and ‘’Condition’’. Always put condition first and put in fill in ‘’Condition note’’ if necessary. Make your potential customer know exactly what he’s buying and in what condition it is. Otherwise do not be surprised if you receive bad reviews.
Filling ‘’Price’’ section keep in mind that pricing it cheap will make it sell faster but you are losing that extra margin. It might take it a little bit longer if you price it higher, but it will sell eventually and you will gain a bigger profit.
Once you specified price, it’s time to decide on the shipping method. The purpose of this guide is explaining FBA, so we will choose a secondshipment method (I want Amazon to ship and provide customer service for my items if the sell).
Click ‘’Save and finish’’. Repeat this process for all items you want to list and once done proceed to creating our first shipping plan on Amazon.
To create a shipping plan go to Inventory -> Manage inventory.
Go through each of the items you are going to ship and put a check mark on each one.
Once all product you want to ship are selected, click on actions and choose send/replenish inventory, click confirm.
Next screen will allow you to create new shipping plan for the items selected. Choose create a new shipping plan, make sure your address is specified correctly and choose individual items, in case you are shipping different products. If you are trying to send several items of one type of product, then you should check ‘’Case packaged products’’.
Click on Continue to shipping plan. On the next screen you will specify how many of each product selected you have. This tells Amazon how many labels they will have to print off.
Click Continue. On the next page you will be specified on what special types of bagging you will need to ship selected items. Then next page will ask you: who is labeling your products, you or Amazon. In the beginning you might want to consider labeling your products yourself, to save money.
If you are printing labels yourself, then click on ‘’Print labels for this page’’.
Once labels are printed you will need to stick them over the original barcodes, because when these come in to Amazon, they are going to scan those and know that you are a seller. For those products that don’t have a barcode you can stick a label anywhere you want. Make sure that stickers are stuck pretty good, as when items ship to Amazon and sticker is peeled off, Amazon will charge you 20 cents to slap a new one on there.
Once we have prep’ed the products we are ready to ship them to Amazon. On the next screen after printing labels you will see an address (or addresses in case of larger shipments) of Amazon warehouse where you are shipping to. Now put all products into one box (maybe several if you can’t fit them into the right box) and click ‘’Approve shipment’’. If items are going to different locations click on ‘’Work on shipment’’.
Now grab an appropriate box and put your products inside. Your goal is to ship items undamaged to Amazon, so make sure you take care of fragile products. Tape the box up.
On the final shipments page you wanna make sure you click on Small parcel delivery and Amazon-partnered carrier. Since UPS is partnered with Amazon you get a really nice discount on shipment.
Scroll down, specify number of boxes and fill in weight, dimensions and click confirm.
Shipment charges will be calculated based on the weight and dimension you provide. The cool part is that that amount will be automatically deducted from your amazon seller account, which means that you don’t have to go to UPS and pay for it. Now put a checkmark near agree and click on ‘’Accept charges’’.
Now just like we did with product labels, we will need to label our box.
Print the labels and stick them on the box or boxes if you have several. Make sure that labels are on either side of the box and you do not want them crossing. You want to make the process as smooth as possible for those who receive boxes at Amazon warehouse, this will make your items appear listed sooner.
Now we have completed an FBA shipment, ready to be dropped off at UPS and shipped out to Amazon warehouse. Now you can sit back and watch your products sell. Remember that all this is useless unless you are constantly sourcing for products to sell. Hope this helps!