How to Create a Listing

Well, I’ve been under the weather for a week and I promised my FB readers I’d create a tutorial on how to create a listing for your products. Luckily my Amazon business doesn’t stop when I do, so that machine is still working even when I can’t seem to get out of bed.

I had grand plans of making a video tutorial, but I don’t know if I could make it 10 minutes without sneezing, so I decided a few images and I’ll show you the bare minimum you need to create a listing of your own.

Before you get started you will need

  • UPC from the product or your own (Ebay sells them)
  • Details about the product (again your own info, or a website that is reliable)
  • Image with white background (taken by yourself, or again, a website of the product) 

    Ready? Let’s do this!

    1. Under inventory go to add a product. Complete a search to ensure your product is not in the catalog already.



    Add a Product

  • 2. Once you’re sure its not in the catalog, you’ll need to create it yourself and find the appropriate category.
    Find Product Amazon

    3. The asterisks are the absolute minimum you must complete, but I do all of the ones I circled in the image. I can’t help myself, but you don’t have to do it!
    Fill out Details

    4. On to the next page, again, the circled items are what I fill out at the minimum. (90% of the time, I just fill out the 3 and move on.)

    5. The images one, you don’t want to get hung up on. Click browse, upload your image in the pop up and move on. Half the time, I can’t get this to work. Don’t stress. You can go into your inventory AFTER you’re done, and upload again. Like I said, don’t fret. You’ll really add it later if it doesn’t work. I haven’t figured out the magic behind this one.

    6. It’s all important here, so take your time and fill this out. If you have another website that’s prompting you with info, use their information. No need to reinvent the wheel here.


    7. Silly me, I’ve never actually investigated the “platinum” option. If someone else knows, please enlighten the rest of us. Again, keywords are important, use every last bit of space here. Get creative.

    8. Remember, the red is the bare minimum you have to fill out. I fill out more, based on what I know.

    9. Guess what? That’s it! Once you complete it, wait about 10 minutes and then search for your item in your inventory. Click on the link to see how it reads on the live site. If the image isn’t there, go into your inventory actions and add the image again. Like I said in step 5, don’t fret. You’ll be able to add it in this part.:)

    10. Rinse and Repeat my friends! Oh, and if you have any tips on how you make this listing process easier, please help!

Earning Cash Back Online

Have you started sourcing online yet? With the weather getting colder here, and us considering a big move in our future – I’m trying to focus harder on sourcing online only.

I’ve been using Ebates a lot to earn cash back on my purchases, and wonder how I hadn’t used it any sooner. I shop online for my house as much as I can, and with sourcing online that means I earn back even more (and faster). I’ve missed out on this site for a long time and it has most of the stores I shop at.

The concept of Ebates is really simple. Visit their website and sign up for an account. Find your website you’d like to shop on, and click their link. It’s that simple. Your cash back comes to your account in 2-3 days and you’ll rack it up faster than you can imagine. I haven’t been stopped from double-dipping and using my Visa card that offers 1.5% cash back too, so its a win-win.

So if you are sourcing online, are curious about how to do online arbitrage make sure that (affiliate link) is one site you sign up for before getting started.

Aged Inventory, Oh My!

I received an aged-inventory email earlier this week. A friendly reminder came to my email today. Here’s a copy. As you can see, I have a lovely 53 units that are too old and not moving that Amazon is going to charge me a fun sum of $25 for the space they are taking in their warehouse. So what do I do now?
Screen-Shot-2014-07-24-at-9.48.32-AM-268x300Since this is my first time receiving this letter, I’ve gotta make some movement before I get this fee- and hey, I probably should move that inventory already.

Here’s the steps I took. First, logging into my Seller Central account I went in and looked at the “Recommended Removal” report they mentioned in the email. (Find it under Reports in SC).

There are several columns, and they break it down to 365+ days the product was in there, along with who is coming up to their 1 year old birthday along with unsellable product.

Today, I’m only looking at the 1 year old products.

Opening up another tab, I am pulling up my Appeagle account as I’m still testing out their services. Now, keep up because I’m going to open a THIRD tab for “Manage Inventory”.

So this means I have three fun tabs open today:

1. Recommended Removal Report

2. Appeagle for repricing

3. Manage Inventory tab

Obviously you will skip tab 2 if you’re not subscribed. Right now, I’m still testing their service to decide if I will be recommending them or not – so use with caution.

Okay, now, I’m just going to go in order and look at the 1 year old products and set my minimum price to sell the product.I am going to use tab 3 to tell me the expected fees and look at my own seller SKU to see how much I paid for the product and see where my break even and losing money point it.  If I am too close to that “losing money” point – I’m likely to have the item returned or destroyed. You’ll need to assess this based on your own criteria. Some people can sell these products on eBay and use multichannel fulfillment, others will donate the product to their charity stores and likely write off the donation (having it returned to them at about 50 cents a piece), and others just say toss it (which is about 15 cents per product if I recall properly).

I’m going to just power through and calculate fees and see where my break even point is and assess what to do with all of the products. Some may just need a nudge with a lower bottom dollar and get the product out. Others may just be worthless and better off donated or destroyed. This is something that you’ll need to decide.

Of course, don’t be hasty. If you have some awesome products sitting in the warehouse, perhaps you’re willing to pay a fee. If its a $250 book, I’m going to either pay the fee, list elsewhere or have it returned.

So what are your plans for your aged inventory? Do you sell on eBay? I’d love to hear what you have planned for your aged products.

Grocery, Health And Beauty – Oh My!

Are you approved in Grocery, Health & Personal Care, and Beauty? Let’s find out!

For those of you who have been selling in this category, you are likely to have been grandfathered in. Hopefully this will relieve any worries you’ve been reading about Amazon closing down categories, and your own panic about what you will do now that it has happened. While we can only speculate as to why this happened, all we can do now is roll with the tide and see what this means as we continue FBA!

Simply follow steps below to check. For those of you not approved automatically, the application process is simple and usually approved/declined within 1 business day.

1. Click on Help (also known as Seller Help)

2. Type in “Category Restrictions”

3. Click on the first result

4. Click on Categories Requiring Approval

5. Click on the category

6. Do you meet those requirements? If so click on request approval.

8. Yay! You now either are approved or must apply by answering a simple question.

Rinse and Repeat for additional categories.

Creating Your First Shipment for FBA

Learning how to sell on Amazon can be a daunting task for anyone. I’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to create a shipment in Seller Central for FBA sellers. It discusses everything from adding a product, discussing MSKU, what buttons not to click, and shows screen shots for you to follow along with me as you create your own shipment.

This is the first of many tutorials I will be offering for Amazon beginners as I write my Learn to Source courses. You can purchase the book for your Kindle below (aff link) to learn how to send out your first shipment to Amazon.

Creating Your First Shipment for Amazon Sellers

As always, I welcome your feedback, and am happy to answer your questions or concerns.

It’s Time to Eat!

One thing you will hear all year-round is that there are some major benefits to buying and selling groceries online. I’m hear to remind you that selling groceries is a fantastic idea! With the holidays upon us, people are loosening their belts in preparation of big feasts, get togethers and ugly Christmas sweater parties. What does this mean for you as the FBA seller? Snacks galore!

Its these wonderful times in Q4 that sellers can buy with more confidence and sell with higher margins. So let’s go over a rundown of reminders about selling in grocery and how to go about finding product.

1. Selling in grocery means you’ll need to keep an eye out for expiration dates. These time-sensitive items require you to do your due diligence of making sure you note the expiration at purchase, and watch inventory sell out before 50 days of expiration (or else it will be marked for disposal).

2. Expiration dates means extra labels. Its part of the game to have to label already, now you get to label a bit more. :)I recommend a DYMO LabelWriter 450 because you can print out single labels instead of worrying about a 30-up page only being used partially.

You can read more about these concerns with expiration, time sensitivity and labels at the Seller Central page.

Now that we got the nitty-gritty out of the way, let’s talk tips on finding tasty products.

1. Visit your bulk stores like Sam’s Club and Costco. Take inventory of the holiday goodies they have, seasonal baskets and brands. Scan what you can, make a list of others you’ll need to research later.

2. Visit your discount stores nearby. You know, the ones that boast they get their products heavily discounted from big box merchants. Keep an eye out for premium brands. Think nostalgia when shopping. Those fun ribbon candies you used to love? Well, there’s a shopper on Amazon wanting the same thing.

3.Visit your local pharmacies. I like a good Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens. I know there are plenty more out there. These big chains have great sales and you need to capitalize! Join the reward clubs at these stores because their coupons and reward programs can bring your bottom line down.

4. Visit your grocery stores. These are great places to be sourcing product that are often overlooked. They have just the same sales, and great product as other stores do. Watch the circular ads and be on the lookout for anything seasonal! Peppermint flavored everything!

Other helpful tips

When looking for product, I still stay at a low rank. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel for any category. Keep your rank low, and your margins high. You’re going to need to watch the ads in papers during the holidays as everyone wants to sell out of holiday product before the holidays arrive! I look for multipack listings to increase my average sales price per order. If an item doesn’t have a multipack that works best for my product, I’ll consider making my own listing based on rank, and margins of the single item.

That’s it! A quick rundown of why you need to be checking out the grocery aisle at every store in town.

Going Global on FBA

If you haven’t done so already, the time has come to go and sign up for Global Shipping on FBA. The reason is pretty simple – sales. If it doesn’t cost you anything extra, takes no more than 15 minutes of your time depending on your tech savvy skills, why not take the plunge?

Since I’m already signed up for Global FBA, I can’t give you the step-by-step to sign up but I can help you through to find a few things.

Before you get there you will need to create a signature image in 350×70 size.

Creating Your Image Options

1. Take a picture of your signature, upload it to your computer and crop it to this size.
2. Draw it with your mouse in a paint, or photoshop program. If you don’t know where your program is, hop over to this site. You can actually set an image to the 350 x 70 size. Then using your mouse, draw the signature. When done, hover over the file option towards the right and choose save. Save it as usual, remember where you put it (desktop, downloads, or whatever folder).
Once you have your signature, go in and finish up the sign up process by uploading your image, and filling out any additional requirements. To get to the option, you’ll need to go to Manage Inventory. At the top, you’ll see Inventory Amazon Fulfills. On this screen, there will be a box to sign up for international shipping.
That is it! You’re all signed up for FBA International Shipping! Woo hoo!

FBALabels Review

Well, we’re closing out our 7th month on FBA. One of the few questions I still see day after day is the concern about how to print labels. So, I decided to write a review on

What’s FBALabels?

FBALabels is an inexpensive alternative to printing single labels as you list inside of Seller Central. It works across both Mac and PC, as it its based on Firefox and an add-on for the browser.

What do you need to use FBALabels?

  • PayPal account – to subscribe
  • Firefox browser
  • DYMO or Zebra label printer
  • Appropriate labels to your printer

What’s the consensus?

After 7 months of being members of several groups, I have constantly seen the question about how to print these labels. While I will always steer newbies to 30-up labels, as soon as you can invest any money into luxury supplies – a DYMO LabelWriter 450, labels and FBALabels subscription is my first suggestion. Having a Dymo will open your doors to printing single labels, no more wasting partial 30-up sheets! Replenish quickly! Print expiration, warning labels or “this is a set” labels with ease!

The site is as barebones as it gets. No frills, exciting images or silly sales antics. Subscribe or don’t subscribe. For those still testing the waters, its only $4/month. Trust me, you’ll buy the yearly subscription within days of use.
There are tutorials on the workflow and easy instructions to get you started. No upselling necessary. Just a great add-on built for those of us looking to save money instead of using $50/mo inventory services.

If you’re still in the newbie stage and have the extra cash to spend (think about $80, plus your $4 monthly subscription) make the investment in this service a thermal printer!

Specific Brands Prohibited on FBA

It took a few months of learning to figure out which items are restricted or prohibited to sell by third-party merchants. Lucky for you, this blog was made just so others could learn from our mistakes.

What exactly does “prohibited brand” or “restricted” mean?

Some manufacturers will not allow the sale of their products by unauthorized or third-party merchants.

Why are they restricted?

There is a grave concern with technology today that items can be easily counterfeit (example DVDs). Other times, the merchandise can be stolen. While of course this is not the only concern, other brands simply do not want the reigns to be loosened at all – so they maintain control of the product on Amazon.

What brands are there that are possibly restricted?

While things are constantly changing, this is not an all inclusive list by any means. It may also be that the list has items that are no longer restricted. Please use the list as a guide.

  • Beach Body
  • Burberry
  • Discovery Kids
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Gillette
  • HBO
  • MAC cosmetics
  • P90X
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Oral B
  • Warner Bros

If you know other brands not included, please comment below so I can add them!

Sales Tax and Fulfillment by Amazon Sellers

I’ve run a successful business on Etsy for a few years and have done taxes. But, FBA – oh FBA, for some reason it intimidated me when I heard the word “nexus”. For the first six months I avoided it, knowing that I can calculate it annually. So, on a whim, I decided to educate myself and figure it out.

Here are a few basics for you to consider:

Nitty-Gritty on Taxes

  • Wikipedia has a great bit of information on dates and states for sales tax online.
  • Amazon will fill out a 1099 for sellers grossing over certain thresh holds. According to the payments page, $20,000 gross sales volume and more than 200 transactions. Yep, we hit em.
  • Amazon has 15 warehouses, and that means 13 Nexus states for us. Since I don’t live in any of these states, I have to report taxes to 14 states. Awesome. Click here for an updated warehouse list.
  • We are signed up for as of yesterday, and I’ll be tackling 1 state at a time for taxes. is $9.95/month after your 30 day trial. I’ll likely keep the software, but I know you can do this manually through Amazon reports.

Beginning FBA Sellers Take Heed

LF Readers, I’m not a CPA and I don’t want to scare you in anyway. Truth is, taxes are one of those certainties in life -and I avoided it for six months. I did register for a sales tax certificate as soon as I got started, but this was because I wanted wholesale accounts. I know that some are on a shoe string budget and aren’t making much each month to be considered “income”, some are lucky if they get their costs covered. I’d say focus on getting your sales up, keep accurate records, and receipts. You’re paying sales tax now if you aren’t using a tax exempt certificate. While you may or may not owe more when you talk to your CPA at the end of the year, keeping good records can certainly help if you don’t start today. And remember, as soon as you’re ready, contact your state tax office and see how they can help you. Do like we did, register for your state first and then start knocking out each state. That’s what I’ll be doing over the next few months!

Disclaimer: I am not a CPA, I am not a professional. All information provided is an opinion, and cannot be used as legal advice. Please consult a CPA, tax adviser or professional in your area before making any decisions.