eBay to Amazon
Transition from Selling on eBay to Selling on Amazon
By Skip McGrath
I have been selling on eBay since 1999. In
2006 I added Amazon, but it never really worked for me. I had sales, but except
for books –not that many.
I noticed that the same products I sold on eBay would sit on Amazon for weeks
Then in 2010, I upgraded to Amazon’s Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) program. FBA
is a program whereby you send your goods into Amazon, and they take care of all
the collections, customer service and fulfillment.
It was like someone turned on a switch. Since I started selling on FBA, my
Amazon business now far exceeds my eBay business. Although I am selling
essentially the same products, I sell between eight and ten items on Amazon,
for each one that sells on eBay.
Why Should You Sell on Amazon?
Amazon is the largest and fastest growing shopping site on the internet.
Amazon doesn’t release their exact figures, but conversations I have had with
Amazon employees lead me to believe there are just over 600,000 sellers on
Amazon US. (I have no idea how many are on the various overseas sites but I
suspect it is substantial).
Most of the 600,000 sellers are casual sellers (selling one or two items a
month). I estimate there are 50,000 full-time sellers (about the same as on
eBay). You may be thinking, “How can I compete with 50,000 sellers? Wouldn’t
that make the site too crowded?”
It’s funny, but the number of sellers doesn’t seem to matter. I know large
professional sellers who have been selling on Amazon for over ten years. They
tell me their business increases each year, even as the numbers of sellers grow.
I have had the same experience.
Should I leave eBay?
No – Please don’t do that. We still sell on eBay and on some products eBay
can be more profitable. But, it doesn’t take much effort to add the Amazon sales
channel. More importantly, as I will show you, having your products on Amazon
can actually increase your eBay sales and profits.
Amazon over eBay - Five Big Advantages
#1 More traffic and more sales ~ Amazon now gets more traffic than
eBay. Unlike eBay at 4 or 5%, Amazon sales are growing over 40% per year.
#2 If you use FBA, Amazon does most of the work ~ When you sell an item
on eBay you have to collect payment, post feedback, pack and ship the item and
handle returns yourself.
When you sell on Amazon, they do the work for you. Amazon collects the money
(and takes the credit card risk), they professionally pack and ship the goods,
ship them to the customer, and they handle returns for you.
#3 Use Amazon as your eBay drop shipper ~ When you keep your products in
an Amazon warehouse, they will actually ship products you sell on eBay to your
eBay customers. But here is some big news: Amazon ships for less money than it
would cost you to ship the same thing yourself. This actually makes you more
competitive on eBay.
#4 You make more money ~ I can’t guarantee this will be true for
everyone, but every seller I have known who sells on both eBay and Amazon,
makes more money on Amazon. The simple reason for this is Amazon dramatically
outsells eBay for the same goods.
#5 Seller Support ~ I love Seller Support on Amazon. It is much more
accessible than on eBay. It's very quick and easy to email Amazon –and if you
need immediate support, you can get an Amazon rep on the phone in usually less
than one minute. Best of all, they will spend as much time on the phone as you
Skip – I have heard that selling fees are higher on Amazon. Is that true?
Yes, they are – although it doesn’t seem to matter. You will make more money on
Amazon because you will sell more! A lot of folks don’t believe that but I can
attest that it’s true.
One of the little-known secrets to making money online is to turn your inventory
over as often and as fast as possible. That is what happens when you sell on
Amazon. Your profit margin on each sale may be a little smaller, but your
products sell so much faster that you make more total dollars per week or month.
Skip – I am an Old Dog – Can I really do this?
If you noticed at the top of this page, I said I started in 1999. I was 55 at
the time. It is now 2017, so do the math. If I had to pack and ship twenty to
thirty items a day –I would not still be doing this. But with FBA, when a box of
wholesale products arrive, we open it up –put our labels on it (so Amazon knows
who to pay when it sells), put everything back in the box, seal it up and UPS
takes it off of our front porch.
What could be easier?
OK – It’s not that simple –there is still a lot to learn. However, that is where
I come in. Rather than make a bunch of unbelievable claims – I just teach you
what I do. We have been doing this quite profitably for 20 years. If you just do
it our way, you can’t go wrong.
Skip – I am a Stay-at-Home Mom – Can I really do this?
The short answer is YES! If this were like eBay, where, if you have a good day,
you have to wrap about 20 packages and take them to the post office —that could
be difficult for a stay-at-home mom. But with Amazon you can send all your items
into Amazon and let them do the work. You only have to ship one box at a time,
and UPS will pick that up from your front porch.
I have been training people since 1999 And, over the years, I have taught plenty
of stay-at-home moms to do this. In fact, single or married, this may be the
perfect online business for moms raising kids at home.
So enough of the sales pitch, how much is it and what do I get?
The complete course is just $57 and includes our
No-Questions-Asked-Money-Back guarantee. I have broken the course into two parts – the Basics and The Good Stuff
- Understanding selling on Amazon
- What types of selling accounts are there
and which one should I select?
- How do you get started selling?
- Amazon's A to Z Guarantee
- Accessing Amazon support services by phone or email
- What to sell as well as how and where to
- Product photography (The easy way)
- How to list existing products
- How to list unique products
- Packing and shipping
Then we will get into the good stuff –advanced techniques; these are the
things that will really make you money:
- Stepping up from regular seller to Pro
- How Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) works
- How to win the Buy Box
- How to find and create unique items to sell
- Product bundling strategies to increase profits
- Pricing to win
- Automating Your Business
- Making the move to FBA
- Creating FBA shipments
- Removing inventory from Amazon’s warehouse
- Using Amazon to fulfill eBay and website orders
- Winning inventory strategies
- Holiday selling strategies
Sales tax issues
- Third party sourcing services
- Automate Your Business for even more profits
- Product Research on Amazon
It looks like a lot, but it’s actually pretty simple and easy to master. By
the time you get through all of this, you will be an expert Amazon seller. Yes,
it will take some experience. And yes, you will inevitably make some mistakes
along the way. But, follow the advice in this book and Amazon policies –and,
your mistakes will be minor and you will stay out of trouble with Amazon.
No waiting. The course is delivered electronically as a PDF File that you
download as soon as you purchase the course. Our PDF files are set to allow you
to print everything out.
You can print it out on your computer printer or, you can email the file to a
copy/print shop such as Office Depot, and they will print the book out and even
bind it for you.
And remember: I am transferring all the risk to me. You get my
No-Questions-Asked Money Back Guarantee, free updates for life –and free bonuses
to sweeten the offer:
#1 - My Top-99 Wholesale Sources
This is my list of niche wholesale
sources who will all work with small Amazon and eBay sellers.
#2 - The Amazon Seller's Worksheet
A spreadsheet that will allow you track your costs, sales and profits
#3 - A $20 Discount Coupon on purchase of The Complete eBay Marketing
System. – If you also sell on eBay then you need The Complete eBay Marketing System. The book has a section about organizing and setting up your business that is important whether you sell on eBay or Amazon or both. And it includes all the wholesale information in the
Wholesale Buying System and lifetime membership in my exclusive wholesale sourcing member's site.
#4 - A $40 Discount Coupon on purchase of The Complete
Amazon Marketing System – The complete
Amazon course is a 2-volume printed training manual of over 350 pages.
It's broken into four sections - Online Business Basics, Amazon Selling
Basics, Advanced Selling Strategies and Product Sourcing.
#5 - How to Create a Shipment – Fulfillment by Amazon -
Use the shipment creation workflow tools to select the products you want to
send, the quantity of each product, your shipping method, and whether or not
you want to prep and label your inventory yourself or have Amazon do it. The
workflow also gives advice on how to prep your products and provides
#6 - Gaining Acceptance to Gated Categories on Amazon
can get permission to sell in these categories, but you need to jump through
a few hoops. Read the report to learn how to successfully navigate this
#7 - Winning The Amazon Buy Box with Product Bundling
- Winning the buy box is critical to your success on Amazon. One
factor that goes into winning the buy box is the unique nature of your
product. This is where bundling comes in. It's a way to create a
unique product so you'll win the buy box every time.
#8 - Fulfillment by Amazon U.S. Fee Changes Starting February 22, 2017 -
In addition to updating storage and fulfillment fees, FBA is also changing
fees for media products and more.
#9 - Video Series on Selling with
Amazon's FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) Program - This series of seven videos shows you step-by-step
how to sell on Amazon with Amazon's FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) program.
Video titles include Repricing Your Items, Understanding Fees and
Credits and more.
#10 - Creating Variation Listings -
In several categories (not all) Amazon allows you to create variation
listings for things like size, color, style, model and so on. This bonus
item shows you how to set up variation listings
#11 - Perfecting Titles and Keywords on Amazon
On Amazon the Title is the single most important place to get the proper
information that buyers search for to make sure your listings are found. The
keyword field is also important but the title is king.
- Restricted Brands on Amazon
Here's a list of restricted brands on Amazon. If you try and list any of these brands the system will usually block you from doing so. But if you do manage to list one of them and Amazon finds out they will kill your listing and issue a policy warning.
- Packaging and Shipping Inventory to Amazon
quick reference guide takes you through the process step by step. Delivering
imports to Amazon, packaging sharp units, packaging fragile units . . . this
guide has all that and more.
- Special Report - eBay/Amazon Product Niche ~ Selling Grocery and
Gourmet Foods on Amazon and eBay
The Gourmet Food category on Amazon is huge and growing. They also sell on eBay, just not as well. This is an excellent niche for a small seller with limited start-up funds.
- Special Report - How to Find Valuable Books Quickly with A Book Scouting Device
Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. How would you like to walk into a garage sale or a thrift shop where dozens of books are laid out and instantly know which are the most valuable books? If you have a smart phone (iPhone or Android) you can get instant book values.
- FBA Quick Start Guide
The Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Quick Start
Guide gives you the basic steps for using FBA. This handy, 17-page document
tells you how to set up your FBA account, contains a checklist of
materials and requirements for shipping inventory to Amazon and more.
This is a great booklet that you'll turn to again and again.
- Step-by-Step Guide to Creating your First
This illustrated guide will walk you through the process of creating your
very first FBA shipment
- Opening an Amazon U.S. Account and Selling from Overseas Countries
Are you a seller who lives outside the United States and wants to sell on
Amazon US from your own country? If so, this special report is for you.
- How to Private Label Products to Sell on eBay and Amazon
Private labeling is done by finding a generic or manufactured product
and branding it with your company name. I've done it and I'll show
- Using Amazon Fulfillment Service Centers to Grow Your Business
I use these services to
grow my business so I wanted to expand on this topic in a special report.
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Disclaimer: New FTC regulations require that when I talk about money made
selling products with this system that I have to state what the “average” person
made doing this. Well, as you can imagine I have no way of knowing that, so to
comply with the law I have to state here that the average person made less than
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