Unlike other channels like Google, Social Media or Display advertising, Amazon is a platform where consumers intend to buy a product that they are looking for. As a result, the conversion rate on Amazon is on average 3 times higher than on any other platforms.
Amazon has opened it’s marketplace to international sellers and we will see in this article how to get started selling your product on Amazon and what you need to know.
Amazon can be quite diligent regarding any document you submit. Therefore, to avoid any frustration, before you start creating your Amazon seller account, make sure that you have the following information.
N.B: Only a legal representative of the company can create the account.
Are you ready to create your account? Go to Amazon Seller Central and follow the next steps:
First of all, you will be asked to enter your personal information.
Note that you need to be a legal representative of the company.
You can also add other contact people even though this is not mandatory.
You will be asked to input your company’s address as well as your mobile phone number for verification.
Amazon Global Selling allows sellers to sell on the following marketplaces:
If you are not sure which Marketplace to start with, just select where you operate, you will be able to change this selection later.
After choosing the marketplace where you want to sell your product, you need to input your credit card to pay for Amazon fees. Usually, if you create an account and for any reason you could not sell your product, your credit card will not be charged.
To be able to communicate your brand better you can create a store. Amazon protects sellers with brands and trademark. Therefore, if you have one, you should add it to enforce your right and avoid other sellers using your brand.
Finally, after submitting your information it can take up to 2 business days before your account is approved.
Amazon offer different services for sellers in order to scale their E-commerce business. Here is the breakdown of the cost that you should expect.
You can decide between two selling plans:
Because the individual plan is very limited, we advise you to choose the professional plan. In addition, usually, Amazon doesn’t charge the selling plan fees if you did not make any sales. Therefore, it is more beneficial to start directly with the Professional Plan.
Amazon lets you sell your products on its platform but it comes at a cost. Like every affiliate marketing plan, Amazon charges a referral fee around 15% of your sales depending on your product category.
|Referral fee percentage
|Referral fee minimum
|Luggage & Travel Accessories
|Clothing & Accessories (excluding Shoes, Handbags, & Sunglasses)
If you sell for instance a mobile phone for $500, Amazon will charge you 8% * $500= $40 per sales.
If you sell a luggage for $300, Amazon will charge you 15% * $300 = $45 per sales…
Note that this is higher than the referral fee minimum.
Check here if you want to know the referral fee for each category.
Building an e-commerce business can be quite demanding. It requires warehouse, logistics and great operations. Thankfully, Amazon allows you to use its logistic network and benefit from its infrastructure. This is called FBA: Fulfillment By Amazon. This service from Amazon comes with an additional fulfillment fee but allows you to focus on your business and on your products. In addition, it reduces the initial investment that you would need for warehousing and manpower to expand your business.
If you want to find out what would be the cost of selling on Amazon for a given product, you can check Amazon Revenue Calculator
Finally, selling internationally can be quite a headache with regard to taxes. To facilitate this, Amazon offers one-year free VAT Service to help you get started with your e-commerce business
Amazon marketplaces are currently open for sellers in the following countries:
This means that by selling on Amazon, you can reach 2.65 billion customers.
If you are still unsure about selling your product on Amazon or if you are struggling to implement your online strategy, we offer a free consultation. Feel free to contact us to learn more about it.
Also, check out our last post to boost sales for your ecommerce shop: Ultimate Guide to advertise online
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