You have set aside the money to start your Amazon business, gone out and purchased your items to sell, and now you’re ready to send it out.
But it all looks overwhelming, you don’t know how to tell amazon exactly what you have, you’re not sure how many boxes your going to need, how to weigh the boxes, how to get the stickers off your merchandise.
You feel completely overwhelmed and it’s even worse because now you have all this stuff you’ll never use unless it gets out of your house. So how do you ship it to amazon?
How To Get Boxes
Have you ever moved before? Most likely you have and you needed boxes for that, the same boxes will work for sending your merchandise to Amazon.
I personally get the ones from work we are about to throw away, we go through at least one box a day that’s decent size so I have about 50 boxes at any given time. That being said I have also bought some from a Office Depot down the road for around $1 on clearance.
Whatever you use, just make sure that it’s big enough to fit a large portion of what you bought, the shipment will not be everything going to one location but odds are you will have at least one box that has the majority of everything (at least in my experience).
Adding Inventory To Your Profile
Let’s take a look at the pictures from last week again,
at the bottom of the screen there is a “list” button click on that and it will bring you to the next step.
This screen is where you pick the condition of the product as well as the price that it will go live with once it arrives. Really only two things to keep in mind here are to choose “new” in the condition, and to click the “I want Amazon to ship and provide customer service for my items if they sell” (see bellow).
Once you have done this with all your items, sign in to your Amazon Seller account on a computer or laptop and click on the inventory tab. Select all of the items you are shipping and click the action key and pick “Send/Replenish Inventory”. Once there click the continue button and follow the directions.
Once you have submitted your items you will then get a list of the “shipment contents”, you can either print them out or just do it from the computer screen whichever you prefer.
Load each box according to what the shipment tells you is going to each location and then weigh your boxes. I use a bathroom scale and it works fine.
Once that is done, ship each box using the UPS discount. The first time I sent things out I choose to do my own and ended up spending way to much money on shipping by going to the local USPS and sending it that way. Plus using UPS takes it right out of your sales so you don’t ever actually see that money go away.
Where To Take Box
Once you have packed up the boxes, you then take them to anywhere that will accept them. If there is a UPS store near you that would be ideal, I usually drop them off at the Staples down the street from my 9 to 5 on my lunch break and the items arrive to the location within a week or so (sometimes sooner)
We have talked about how it’s possible to make money doing this, how to choose your merchandise to sell, and how to ship the items to Amazon. Next we will talk about what to do once the items have got to Amazon, what you can do and what you shouldn’t do.
What tricks have you found to help with shipping your items to Amazon? What is your biggest fear of selling on Amazon?
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