I am always intrigued by the idea of selling my old stuff on eBay or Craigslist to make a few extra bucks. However, I rarely put in the time or effort to make it happen. My occasional listing on Craigslist did nothing, so I put the idea on the back-burner. However, a new option to sell your stuff has piqued my interest.
Selling on Amazon.com
As far as I always knew, you could sell your stuff on the Amazon Marketplace similarly to how you sell on eBay. You list your stuff and if someone buys it, you send it over. This takes a lot of effort. You have to list each item, wait for the sale, and ship the item out yourself.
Things have changed.
Fulfillment by Amazon
If you just want to get rid of the stuff today and worry about the money later, Amazon has a service that allows you to ship your junk over in a big box all at once. When it sells, Amazon ships it out to the final customer for you.
This is a great service if you have valuable stuff to sell. If it will sell for $5 or more, this could be a great deal for the lazy seller. If the items are going to sell for less, you are probably better off with other options. When you add the item to your shipping list, Amazon will give you the value so you can decide whether or not to send it in.
Amazon also handles all customer service issues that come up after the sale, rather than you. Items sold through the service are also eligible for free Super Saver Shipping and free Amazon Prime shipping. This makes your total sale price lower so your items are more desirable than competitors selling on Amazon.
How to Sell Your Stuff
Next, get your boxes (Amazon does not provide these) and your stuff that you want to sell. Pick your first box (you list items by the box, so it is important to stay organized) and figure out what will fit inside. Go to Amazon Seller Central and choose “add a listing” from the inventory menu.
Follow the prompts to add your item, list its condition and selling price, choose to sell it using the Amazon fulfillment service, and where you are sending the box from. You can keep adding as many items as you can fit in the box. Make sure to add the items to the existing shipment rather than create a new one.
Sending Your Stuff to Amazon
After you are done adding items to your box, choose the option to “work on shipment.” Follow the prompts and make sure your inventory list matches what is in the box. Choose SPD for your shipping option and send from the Amazon partner carrier.
Print your packing slip, stick it in the box, and seal it. On the next page, enter the box size dimensions and weight. You will be charged for shipping, so try to be accurate so you are charged correctly and the carrier accepts your shipment.
Print your label and attach it to the box. From there, schedule a pickup from the carrier or just take the box to a shipping store. Amazon will take care of the rest for you.
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