Amazon fees and what they mean for your profitability

Amazon’s announcement of a 5% surcharge on FBA fulfillment fees is the latest price rise to hit FBA sellers. While in itself it probably isn’t a crisis for your business, together with a load of other price rises – including the rising cost of shipping goods from China and other offshore supply bases – it could be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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How to make sure you win the Amazon buy box

Some Amazon sellers have difficulty understanding the buy box. On many product pages, it looks similar to a buy button on eBay or on an e-commerce website. But it isn’t.

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More money, less work – making your FBA business more efficient

Many people start FBA businesses part-time, hoping they’ll make enough money to give up the day job. And they make the money, and they give up the day job, and they grow the FBA business… and three or four years down the line, they wake up one morning and realize that in fact, they’ve just got themselves another job.

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Seasonal Products on Amazon

If you sell seasonal products, you run a big risk of product obsolescence. All kinds of Christmas stuff – Santa hats and beards, for instance – is useless by the time we get to December 26th. That’s why we never recommend selling products that are purely seasonal.

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Beating the Black Hats on Amazon

There are plenty of people who can’t be bothered to work out their own business model or product – they just want to cream the profit out of someone else’s. Unfortunately, they flourish on Amazon, as some honest sellers have found to their cost.

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How to keep your shipping costs under control

Shipping costs have been rocketing, and supply chains have been disrupted, as growing demand and increased global trade hits pandemic-created problems of quarantine and workforce absences, as well as, in some places, lack of investment in ports and other infrastructure.

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Treat suppliers right to get the best results

To get the right results out of your suppliers you need to understand a little bit about how foreign culture can differ a little from American ways of doing things.

For instance, Americans like to cut to the chase. Some other cultures, on the other hand, will often prefer to spend a little time getting to know their counterparty before doing business.

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