If you are like me and hundreds of others, Seller Central being down certainly threw a wrench in your plans on Tuesday. Some were distraught because they were going sourcing, others needed to ship items, and the balance just wanted to see how sales were going. While I can’t solve all of your problems, here are a few workarounds and tips we learned.
Sourcing Must Go On!
If you use Profit Bandit, or any others, you will depend on Amazon’s API to gather information and push it to your phone app. While Seller Central is down I can guarantee the one site that is NOT down is Amazon.com. If you haven’t already, download Amazon’s free app to get you by during tough times. It will not give you the fun info you always seek, like exact number of sellers and profit potential but it does give you bare bones info. I look at lowest sale price, median price, how many listings and the rank of the item. I guesstimate the ballpark profit and take a chance. There are three possible outcomes: make a great buy, make a lousy buy and return it, or leave it on the shelf for someone else to make money. If you live in Utah, I’d kindly ask you to pick option 3 so I can pick it up instead. (Kidding!)
Shipping Routine in Place?
Maybe Tuesdays are your normal shipping day? Not sure why, because Tuesday Morning gets new shipments on Tuesday
(but anyway…)– perhaps you have items that must go? Well rumor has it that you can scan the item and choose “sell yours” to list it. I assume you can batch upload later? It will list as MF, and require you to go back in to adjust to FBA but it is a workaround. I’m not convinced this is worth it, considering you won’t be able to print packing slips, postage; and you will need to touch the product again later. Why bother? Go source a new thrift shop, stay home and check out Ebay for a little online sourcing. Don’t ship, that’s just silly.
Other Problems Like Being Addicted to Checking Sales
Bad news for the rest of us- if you are just like me and wanted to check if you’d be hitting projections, you are just out of luck. Don’t dwell! Go source!
If you can’t tell, sourcing was my answer for it all. Otherwise catch up on house errands, but hitting the refresh button and asking over and over in Facebook whether Seller Central is still down is just wasting your time.