With services such as eBay, Craigslist and OfferUp, it's never been easier to turn your clutter into cash, but there's another platform vying for a piece of that sell-your-stuff action. A scrappy little start-up called Amazon. Of course, they are really a massive electronic commerce company and they want you to get rid of your goods with them. Jimmy Rhodes is talking with Cafe Crush Club's Lisa Knudson to get three tips on getting started.
1. Choose an Account Type
They offer two selling plans: Professional, and Individual. Individual accounts are charged a per-sale closing fee of 99 cents. Pro accounts are charged a monthly subscription of $39.99. So the basic math says choose an individual plan if you're selling less than 40 items a month.
2. Choose a Fulfillment Type
Amazon fulfillment centers are complex operations in vast spaces and you can take advantage of them by choosing Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA. Pack up what you want to sell and send it to Amazon They divide it up wherever they want it geographically and they send it to the customer. You pay for that postage out of your individual seller account. You print the label and you just slap it on an envelope or a box. It's already paid and you don't have to stand in line. If you send it UPS you just go drop it off.
3. The Easiest Way to Get Started
You know when you search for something and right below the result they list how many are available used? That can be your used stuff and because it's also available new, you don't even have to create or maintain the listing. If you have a book that's also available brand new, it's still in print and you list it as used. You just piggyback that listing onto the brand new listing page and it's already done for you. It's the simplest way to dip your toe in. Amazon's dedicating resources to make it easy on the newbies.
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