Sometimes questions I get from my readers have been answered in previous blogs but they didn’t see them for one reason or another so this week I thought I’d list common questions and where to find the more detailed answers on my blog. For those of you who have been reading from the beginning, I realize it is a bit of a re-cap, but perhaps an issue that wasn’t important to you then is more important today:
Q. How Do I Reprice My Amazon Inventory?
I’ve written two blogs about repricing. One walks you through repricing on Amazon using Seller Central. The other is a step-by-step for Scan Power’s repricing tool that is included with its listing tool.
Repricing Part 1 – Mar 4, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/repricing-part-1/
Repricing Part 2 – Mar 12, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/repricing-part-ii/
Q. Where Can I Find Inventory?
The shorter question is where can’t you find inventory. I’ve written several blogs on this topic:
Is it hard to find inventory – Jan 9, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/inventory-insight-is-it-hard-to-find-inventory/
Where do I find inventory? Retail Edition – Oct 7, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/inventoryretailedition/
Where do I find inventory? Book Edition – http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/bookinventory/
Q. What About Sales Tax?
This is a tough topic because the rules are changing all the time. Amazon has stated it will comply with state laws where it has a nexus. A nexus is a fancy word for “physical presence” like a warehouse. Since they already track us for the federal government, you better believe they’ll report us to the state governments if required. What does that mean for you as an online seller? I choose to comply. Here are the blogs I’ve written about sales tax.
How much sales tax will I owe – Feb 9, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/how-much-sales-tax-will-i-owe/
Don’t let sales tax stress get in your way – Jul 24, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/salestaxbook/
Q. How Can I Fix Negative Seller Feedback?
Generally, polite persistence will win the day in many situations. The blog post goes into more depth with how you can turn those frowns upside down and get neutral or negative feedback removed.
Don’t let negative feedback get you in a frenzy – Jul 5, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/feedbackfrenzy/
Q. How Do I Approach Key Retail Stores Like ToysRUs, Big Lots, Tuesday Morning And Target?
I’ve written or had guest authors write specific blogs on these big box stores.
Target – Mar 20, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/on-target/
Tuesday Morning – Jul 16, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/tuesdaymorning/
Big Lots – Apr 20, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/biglots/
Toys R Us – Mar 27, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/toysrus/
Q. Have You Written About Sources Of Mouse-Driven Inventory?
In addition to shopping in stores, some people choose to let their mouse do the shopping online. This blog covers Woot! which is a fun site. Target, Wal-Mart and ToysRUs also have online sites and specials – especially on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
Who gives a Woot? – May 21, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/woot/
Q. How Should I Pack My Boxes?
An actual Amazon.com warehouse worker was kind enough to guest-write a blog on the mistakes and problems with FBA seller packing she sees in the warehouse.
Lessons from the warehouse floor – April 15, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/pack-right/
Q. I’m Getting A Bunch Of Reports From Amazon. What Do They All Mean?
Now that you are an FBA seller, you are getting reports and newsletters from them every day (sometimes every hour on the hour is what it seems like!). These blogs talk about some of the regular reports – which ones require your immediate attention, which ones can be read later. In addition, the second blog talks about Amazon’s Selling Coach report in detail.
What do all these emails mean? – Mar 16, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/amazon-emails/
What does THAT mean? – May 1, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/sellingcoachreport/
Q. Where Can I Find Answers To My Questions About Amazon’s FBA Program?
There is a ton of information on Amazon’s FBA program but it can be hard to find on Seller Central. This post and accompanying Step-by-Step guide shows you exactly how to find the information you need through Seller Central “Help.”
Where can I find…? – May 16, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/sellercentralhelp/
Q. I’ve Been Selling For A Year And Got A Notice About Long-Term Storage Fees – What Are They?
Amazon likes inventory to move fast and so if you have some old mistakes hanging around the warehouse, they’re going to charge you a fee after a year. This post covers the fees and how to avoid them.
Don’t get surprised by long-term storage fees! – Feb 15, 2013 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/storagefees/
Q. What Do These Messages On Scan Power Scout Mean?
Sometimes when you are scouting you’ll get a message like “not available on Amazon” or you’ll run into an item without a barcode. This blog post talks about how to address these issues. PS. The product was called “FBA Scout” when I first wrote about it.
What does it mean? – Feb 5, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/what-does-it-mean/
Q. I’m In An Inventory Slump. How Do I Get Out Of It?
It happens to all of us, we’re selling, selling, selling and all of a sudden things slow down. This post talks about what might be going on and how to snap out of an inventory slump.
Inventory Slump? Snap out of it! – Apr 5, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/inventory-slump/
Q. Can I Start My Business Without Incorporating?
The short answer to this is “yes.”
Can I start my business without incorporating? Jan 19, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/can-i-start-my-business-without-incorporating/
Q. Where Can I Find A Step-By-Step Of Seller Central’s Shipping Queue?
Getting that first box off to Amazon can be daunting. There’s a lot to learn the first time around. This blog post has a link to a detailed step-by-step of the Shipping Queue for new sellers.
Your first box to Amazon – Feb 12, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/yourfirstbox/
Q. How Do You Work A Book Sale?
I’ve written several posts about book sales. They are one of the cheapest ways to get high-margin inventory. Even in a sale with lots of other scanners, I find books for 25 cents to $2 that I can re-sell for $7-$15 (on average) with the occasional high-value find ($30-$100) that makes my day particularly cheerful.
Book’em Danno – Feb 17, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/bookem-danno/
How to work a book sale – Mar 2, 2013 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/booksale/
Q. Can You Tell Me More About Rank?
This topic gets a lot of different answers depending on who you ask. Since Amazon doesn’t share exactly how ranking works, it is guesswork and experience on the part of sellers. This guest blog from Peter Valley has a reasonable approach for beginners. Ultimately, you will learn and set your own parameters for rank and decide for yourself the answer to the question “Is this a good rank?”
Rank, risk reward – Mar 13, 2013 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/rank-risk-reward/
Q. What Pricing Strategies Do You Use?
Sometimes it seems like other FBA sellers are just plumb crazy. They’re selling books for under $4 or for $500, what’s up with that? This post talks about the pricing rules I use for myself.
Pricing: The good, the bad & the ugly – Feb 20, 2013 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/pricinggoodbadugly/
Q. Is There A Simple Way To Keep My Books For My Amazon Business?
In this post I look at a program specifically designed for online sellers (eBay, Amazon, Etsy, etc.) called Outright.
Keep it Simple! – Sept 2, 2012 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/outright-bookkeeping/
Q. Where Can I Find Money For Inventory?
Kabbage is a resource for experienced sellers (at least 6 months of sales) to get money to buy inventory. This blog post covers how it works and my experience with them.
Kabbage brings the green – Mar 22, 2013 http://onlinesalesstepbystep.com/kabbage/