How to Sell for Nothing on Amazon (Four Easy Steps)
All it takes are four easy actions to start selling on Amazon:
- Find a free item you can sell. If you’re anything like me, your home probably has a lot of items gathering dust. Why not list it for sale on Amazon?
- Open an Amazon account without cost. It costs you nothing to register as an Amazon individual seller. Give Amazon a few pieces of information, and you’re good to go.
- Free product listing on Amazon. More than 300 million products are available in Amazon.com’s product database. So there’s a significant likelihood that whatever you want to sell is already on the market. If so, all you need to do is add your name to the list of vendors who are already selling the item.
- When the item sells, ship it. The only thing left to do after the Amazon transaction is to send the item to the customer.
Selling on Amazon is it Expensive?
Even though selling on Amazon can be expensive, there are ways to do it for free (or, fewer dimes than you might expect).
In fact, Jungle Scout found that merchants who started with less money eventually achieved success in a survey of over 4,000 Amazon sellers.
- 17 percent of sellers on Amazon started out with $500 or less.
- 32% of sellers on Amazon started out with just $1,000.
Small-time Amazon sellers have a lot to say about what they’ve done as a result of their success. They have so far succeeded in:
- Huge retirement funds, paid off the mortgage, cash-only automobile purchases, and first-class travel.
- “Until my youngest started kindergarten, I was able to stay at home with my children.”
- “I’ll stop working full-time in 2018.” my income thrice.
Therefore, when beginning out, there are two main expenses you must take into account: fees and the price of your goods.
How much does Amazon charge?
You should be particularly concerned with the following two fees:
- Amazon receives revenue from referral fees (usually around 15 percent of the sales price).
- If you are not a professional seller, you must pay an individual per-item fee of $0.99 for each item you sell.
After you complete the sale, both of these costs are deducted. Consequently, you won’t need to provide the money upfront.
How to Locate a Free Item to Market on Amazon
We advise looking for used items around your home to sell if you’re just starting off and are worried about keeping costs low.
You can find some fantastic things around your house, including used books, kitchenware, toys, and occasionally even technology. These products are simple to offer on Amazon, and if they are well-liked enough, they might sell practically immediately after being listed.
You might even create your own goods as an alternative. Consider Amazon Handmade and/or Merch by Amazon if you’re talented in design and crafting.
With handmade, the costs of your product are the supplies you employ to make your goods. Other than your time, there are no up-front expenses with Merch.
How can you Determine Whether or not your Product will Sell on Amazon?
Make sure your product will actually sell before adding it to Amazon’s catalog. Fortunately, Amazon provides a mechanism for you to essentially “tell the future.” As follows:
- Look up the item’s Best Sellers Rank (BSR)
Almost every item in Amazon’s product database receives a unique ranking called the Best Sellers Rank (BSR). Each category a product is listed in has a BSR.
And a product sells better the lower its BSR. In contrast to a product with a BSR of 300,000, which might only sell a few units during the same time period, a product with a BSR of #1 will probably sell thousands of units each month.
Be sure to check the product’s BSR while you are sourcing and listing your products. It is located in the Description section of the product listing page. It can be a good idea for you to add your product to the listing and try to sell it if the price is low (or good).
- Project your sales
Use Amazon Sales Estimator to enter the item’s BSR to determine the typical monthly sales volume for the item
- contains the following resources to aid in the development of your Amazon business:
- Quickly locate profitable things to sell on Amazon with the aid of product research tools
- To assist you in finding effective keywords, use Keyword Scout.
- a supplier database to assist you in locating producers for your items
- Alerts that let you know when your listings have changed, a customer has left a review, or another seller has set a lower price than you
3 Predict the rate at which your product will sell
Simply divide the average number of monthly sales by 30 once you are aware of your product’s BSR and average monthly sales.
The outcome is how frequently the product sells on Amazon each day.
The likelihood that your product will sell on the first day it is listed is high if it sells 10 units per day (300 per month).
How do I sign up for a free Amazon account?
To create an account, adhere to the instructions in our blog post “How to Create an Amazon Seller Account in 2022.” Choose the individual seller account if offered the option between the professional seller account and the seller account.
There will be a $39.99 subscription cost if you select the professional selling account. However, there is no subscription since I am an independent merchant.
How to list a product for free (in three easy steps) on Amazon?
As was already mentioned, practically any thing you may imagine can be found on Amazon.
Therefore, all you have to do to list a product on Amazon is locate the listing for an existing product, unless you are selling a brand-new item that has never been seen before, such as a handcrafted item or a product you produced.
And the quickest method to do this is to simply visit Amazon as you normally would to shop.
- Visit Amazon’s product page
Enter the item you want to sell into the search bar. You have two options: either describe the item or enter its UPC (or ISBN if it is a book). To discover the precise product you want to list, you might have to scroll through the search choices.
- Select “Sell on Amazon” from the menu
When you have located your product, click the gray “Sell on Amazon” button that is located on the right side of the screen directly beneath the product’s Buy Box.
- Enter the details of your product
Following your click, Amazon will ask you for the following details about your product:
- Condition: New is the only option if the item is brand new. If not, follow Amazon’s condition standards to assess the caliber of the used item you are selling.
- Price: You should probably give the lowest price possible unless your goods is in better condition than the others on the list. Amazon typically suggests a price that would make your price the lowest.
- Quantity: How many of the product’s units are available for purchase?
- How will you ship the purchased item to the consumer, according to your fulfillment method? We outline two approaches to doing this below.
Click “Save and Finish” after that. Within two hours, your goods often appears on the product listing page.
How can I ship/fulfill an item after it sells on Amazon?
I see you’ve sold something. What’s next? Time to send.
Even if Amazon doesn’t really “send for free,” there are still a lot of things you can do to cut costs.
Here are some pointers:
- Employ the packaging supplies you already have
You undoubtedly have a ton of boxes lying around, maybe even Amazon boxes, if you’re anything like me. Reuse those boxes and any additional packing materials they included, such as shredded paper, air cushions, or packing peanuts. Just make sure the boxes are in good condition and don’t have any outdated labels on them.
- Market compact, light products
Your delivery expenses will be reduced the smaller the item you sell. This is particularly valid for goods like books and media items. A book that weighs less than 1 pound can be shipped for just over $3.00 with the help of USPS Media Mail.
- Utilize the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program on Amazon.
Were you aware that Amazon would store your goods on your behalf and dispatch them after they sold? As part of their Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service, Amazon carries out this action.
Furthermore, it typically costs less for Amazon to do this than it would for you if you handled it yourself.
Additionally, Amazon deducts the cost of delivery as if it were a fee from your account. You can avoid having to pay out of pocket to ship the goods you sell in this way.
Simply ship your goods to Amazon, and Amazon will take care of the rest.