Amazon FBA - Shipping products

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Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to start an FBA business very soon, however I do have a question.

Would you recommend either getting the supplier to add the UPC or Amazon labels, and shipping directly to Amazons fulfilment centre, or should I get the supplier to ship to an inspection centre first?



Thanks for your help

Josh
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by jjbutton View Post

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking to start an FBA business very soon, however I do have a question.

    Would you recommend either getting the supplier to add the UPC or Amazon labels, and shipping directly to Amazons fulfilment centre, or should I get the supplier to ship to an inspection centre first?



    Thanks for your help

    Josh
    I might suggest it depends on the quantity. Depending on the item I like to "hold" stock. The minute stock is on the hands of Amazon it costs you money IE storage etc. So if you have say 100 of something I would only send say 10 to start. This also gives you the option of selling product from "home" on other platforms. Generally speaking more platforms means more sales overall. At the very least I would be selling the same product on Amazon, eBay and Facebook marketplace - that's just what I would do.

    As the amount of inventory increases to say 1000 I would without question hold inventory and supply Amazon as needed.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

      This also gives you the option of selling product from "home" on other platforms.
      Once again, people, selling on Amazon and Fulfillment By Amazon are two entirely different things. You don't have to market products at all on Amazon to use them as a fulfillment center. That's all FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) is - a fulfillment center owned by Amazon.

      In other words, you always "have the option of selling from 'home'" using FBA.They are just a warehouse picking products and shipping them for you, regardless of where the order comes from.

      On a side note, shipping them anywhere first (your home or an inspection center) is going to increase your shipping costs since you now will have one more place that your goods have to be shipped to and then from. I'd sincerely evaluate whether those costs are worth it.
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

        Once again, people, selling on Amazon and Fulfillment By Amazon are two entirely different things. You don't have to market products at all on Amazon to use them as a fulfillment center. That's all FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) is - a fulfillment center owned by Amazon.

        In other words, you always "have the option of selling from 'home'" using FBA.They are just a warehouse picking products and shipping them for you, regardless of where the order comes from.

        On a side note, shipping them anywhere first (your home or an inspection center) is going to increase your shipping costs since you now will have one more place that your goods have to be shipped to and then from. I'd sincerely evaluate whether those costs are worth it.
        I agree but the outstanding variable is the quantity... If its 10 of something sure send it to Amazon.. if its 100 of something and the key variable here is "Im looking to start" that indicates there is no actual data of movement of said product and he smart move might be to have the 100 delivered to the house and then send in 10 to see how it works. If from there the item sells well enough then you know. If the item bombs your not paying storage and then the return postage to send the item back to you.

        Part experience, part perspective and "starting" will have neither
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