I have been hearing a lot about Handmade at Amazon for a while and thought I’d give it a try. I had a few initial impressions I wanted to share.
As time goes on I might find out some of my impressions were wrong but that’s all part of the process 🙂
My process might be a little different from yours because I used to sell all my old books and DVDs and CDs on Amazon, so I already had a seller account and some reviews.
The StartUp Process
Amazon requires some documentation to prove that you’re a real person with a bank account. You can expect they will report your income to the IRS so it’s all legal and above-board.
It took a day or two to get it all together, but it wasn’t too bad.
Be still my heart, I’m in love.
Each item lets you add custom fields where a buyer can select from a list or enter text. You can change the price based on the options selected, which is no surprise. You can decide whether a field is required and what its maximum/minimum lengths are.
Dear Etsy, you need to get this!
Their calculated shipping definition is weird. It has a base price for each package plus an amount for each pound. It doesn’t account for how far the item is going, which can really affect the cost. I wasn’t happy about that.
Whooo!!! The fees are high.
They are still deferring the $40 monthly fee, but the $40 item I listed said it would have a $7.87 fee. That same item has a total $2.76 fee (listing fee, transaction fee, and commission combined). BIG difference.
Amazon also requires that they have the lowest advertised price, so if you raise your prices to account for the added fee you will need to do it on all platforms.
I was just kind of playing around so I wasn’t expecting much in the way of results. Then my phone buzzed with a notification I didn’t recognize…. it was my first sale. Yay!
Amazon has an internal email system that lets you send a proof or ask the customer questions without seeing their actual email. Unlike Etsy, you can reply directly to the email (no more of that “email lost because people replied to a “do-not-reply” address” thing).
I’ve been on Amazon for a total of 3 days now, so I don’t have a lot to report.With the exception of the fees I kind of like it so far though.
Of course, I still have no idea how their search system works or much of anything else. I just did the “jump in and see what happens” approach!