Prepping Items for Fulfillment by Amazon
It’s a common concern to make sure you package your items for safe transport both from your office/home to the Amazon warehouse and then warehouse to your end customer. But where do you begin?
Because you will have a wide array of items available for sale (remember, key is to diversify) – I’d recommend printing this PDF below out for easy reference near your packaging station. (Okay, I’m kidding saying we all have packing stations. A girl can dream!)
Prep Matrix (By Amazon) Back to reality, here is the PDF with a summary of basic prep guidelines. You can right click, and choose Save As to save and print off at your leisure.
But what about those items that don’t have guidelines? Like comic books, DVDs, and CDs? Two words. Drop test.
The rules of Amazon say you should be able to hold it 3 feet above ground and it should not break.I’ve actually cracked a few CD cases during my own mishandling and can only imagine what could happen in a warehouse. While we have personally packaged DVDs without bubblewrap, we’ve changed CDs to have these mailers protecting them. (These aren’t prime, but if you can wait – I’d go with them as they run about .20 each, and still free shipping.) If you are in a time crunch, head to your Dollar Store and buy only what you need. If you buy them at the office stores, you’ll pay at least .40 each, and that’s just silly. I haven’t done this with DVDs because I don’t feel they are too fragile. Nor do I with any other books, or VHS tapes. I have packaged comic books in stiff board sleeves to protect their quality but I’m sure that goes without saying.
Other odds and ends have included sharp kitchen scissors which were sent in a bubble mailer again. Large kitchen utensils, with bubble wrap
ends. I’m not 100% sure on those though as they could fall under the “item exposed” issue and need to be fully wrapped. We’ll see! If that’s the case, we can use Amazon’s unplanned services and test that out! (Upside to everything folks!)
Don’t Forget about Selling Perishables
Yes, if diversity is goal – we need to travel the grocery aisle to find some new products. But with new and unknown come more rules and guidelines. Here is the PDF you’ll need.
You’ll need to ensure you’re not selling items on the “can’t sell during summer” months, and also confirming expiration dates are 90 days out. Don’t forget the extra label with super large font! While it seems like a pain now, the grocery market is an untapped one for this reason – dive right in and you’ll profit from it.
Well, I hope I covered enough to get you through a few shipments! If you have specific packaging woes, do share and we’ll create a tutorial or find relevant Amazon info.