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Do you use fulfillment by Amazon?

retirednanny's Avatar

I currently don’t know ANYONE who uses fulfillment by Amazon….. I am disabled and cannot do receiving/shipping etc. myself like so many of you guys do- Soooo if you do use Amazon for fulfillment- tell me about it!

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I do, its very expensive but if you figure hiring someone it balances out on low volume..the problem is the same as ebay..now that a lot of factories from china list on ebay and amazon profit margins are almost gone for online tier sales….unless your product is one of a kind… we had to add atleast 6% to our selling price to cover the amazon fees (pretty much same as ebay) for our larger products we sell on tv we use Molton distributing for they require something like 100,000 units min. a year to go out from them.. you really need to weight the pros and cons when looking at fullfilment…if you ship A LOT its cheaper to hire someone for 9 bucks and hour and stock it yourself, especially if you get volume shipping from USPS…but if its less than say 25k pieces a year I would say do fullfillment and factor that into your pricing…but once again direct competition from china has made this even harder :(

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Norma dont forget there is a LOT OF TAX breaks and incentives to hire people who are disabled but can still do packaging…also VETs… so in the end with the tax breaks and incentives you can do the right thing and save money… if you are permantly disabled you may want to contact the SBA and see what state grants there are available to you for scaling your business…dont forget about SCORE too, every major city has a chapter

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I’m not sure how that works. But, as an online seller I have dropped Ebay because of their outrageous fees. I now sell and buy on Webstore.com. They have absolutely NO seller fees, which is also good for the buyers because they will not have to hike up their prices to make up for the fees. They have options for selling as an individual or as a store. I’m not sure about fulfillments, but you can check that out.

I’ve bought and sold on Webstore.com for a number of years since I dropped Ebay and I’ve never had any problems.

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retirednanny's Avatar

I knew I’d get great answers here! Brian I hadn’t thought of that….I am permanently disabled and will follow your advise.
Frank- gonna contact Greg Haxton for his input. Thank you all so much!
Thank you Kathleen! My product is a storage/organization product, so Amazon might get me a lot more exposure to consumers as they keyword for “storage or organization”
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Norma,

I do all my own fulfillment. It doesn’t cost anymore to sell on Ebay than it does on Amazon. Same amount of work. Paperwork is minimal. Price control is in your hands. Very few if any benefit letting anyone do the fulfillment unless you want to devote the time to something else more profitable or enjoyable. Lump all the packaging into one day and print labels during the week. Whats your product, it might align with mine and maybe there is something I’d be willing to do to get you started. I’m a top rated seller, most wished for product, top gift item, and best seller. Actually, my product placement grew so fast that Amazon froze my asset account two years ago for about a month. That is also why they continually request to do the fulfillment. But I’d work twice as hard for the same return. Doesn’t make any sense to me to turn over the fulfillment.

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retirednanny's Avatar

Thank you Scott for your input! Since I posted, I’ve decided to sell my product (patent pending organizational/storage) wholesale only, and try to license it to a manufacturer of bedding. Licensing is my ultimate goal. What is your product? Did you invent it as well? Are you a licensing agent by the way?

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nope, just an inventor. but then again I’m doing a little more by developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling my own inventions. I took my product to the National Hardware show in Vegas/2009. Had some really large retailers interested, but no “licensee” to take everything off my hands and get it to those retailers. There were interested parties, just a really difficult era to move anything. Anyhow, I continue to do it myself, but there are several people and businesses that are getting on board. Determination goes a long way when proving yourself to others… long term determination. oops, forgot, holeyrail and google is your friend. Not an insider.

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No, I used the fulfillment by Shipwire before and changed soon, but never used Amazon. So i can't tell you some order fulfillment experience about Amazon and Shipwire.
From my personal experience, my products from China and customer in the US. My business partner told my why not use a fulfillment company in China, because they can provide free China warehouse to store products, help you find the real manufacturers, save your time and money.
If your business based in China, I suggest you using Chinadivision.com to act as fulfillment center.

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