When you think about buying something online, naturally your thoughts go to Amazon. Amazon is the world’s most widely used eCommerce site with over 1.5 billion dollars in sales on Prime Day in 2018 alone. They have over 300 million active customers in over 180 countries. Amazon is the retail destination that is the selling platform for sellers of all kinds. From Fortune 500 companies to individuals, everyone thinks of Amazon first.

If you are an entrepreneur that has developed a product or service and want to reach the broadest amount of people, you use Amazon as your delivery vehicle. But HOW do you start selling on Amazon?

Amazon has two selling plans

Amazon’s merchant account uses two selling plans; Individual and Professional. The difference is basically how you pay for your sales. Before you begin your registration, decide which plan will work the best for you. The individual plan will cost you $0.99 per sale, while with the professional plan you pay $39.99 no matter how many items you sell. If you are new to the Amazon Merchant program, I would recommend starting with the individual plan. You can always later upgrade to the professional plan. The same applies to downgrading in plans, if you do start out in the professional plan and afterwards decide to move to the individual plan you can do so from your account. Log on to your account, the first page will be your seller account information page. On the far left side of the screen look for “Your Services”. Click on the manage link to edit your settings for the type on account you have. One word of caution, do NOT close your account….mark the status of your listings inactive. If you close your account you will lose any inventory you may have sent to the fulfillment centers.

Which plan is right for me?

The individual plan may be right for you if;

The professional plan may be right if you;

What you need to get started

How much does it cost?

Some of the fees associated to an Amazon Merchant account are;

If you are just starting to sell on Amazon, I would recommend you choose Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). They will charge you for their services, but the cost if nominal and will save you a lot of work, allowing you to focus on your business.

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