by Todd

December 3, 2015

how to sell on amazon for beginners

If you’re wondering how to sell on Amazon for beginners, you’ve come to the right place.

Today we’ll walk you through the process of listing items for sell on Amazon, as well as some tips on how to increase sales.

In a previous article titled, “How to Sell Items on Amazon: Let Skip Show You How” I talked about how easy it is to sell on Amazon, and how you can crush your competition by following a proven Power Seller’s blueprint.

In today’s article, we’ll expand on the subject and you’ll see that it’s incredibly easy to set up a seller’s account and start making sales using Amazon!

Why Sell on Amazon?

Most people don’t know they can create seller accounts on Amazon.

Everybody assumes that if you want to sell something online, eBay is the website that you need to use.

However, that’s not the case.

It has always been possible for anyone to sell on Amazon, almost as easy as it is to sell on eBay, both websites allow anyone to create a seller’s account.

We won’t compare the two websites in this article, but we do know one thing for sure; tapping into an additional marketplace can’t hurt your business!

And Amazon Gets More Traffic than eBay.




So, when it comes down to it, the main reason to sell on Amazon is more possible sales. It’s a numbers game, right. Which means you should make more cash, if you’ve got a hot product that’s selling fast. And we’ll walk you though how to do that.

Millions of people are browsing Amazon’s listings at any given moment, and that means your listings will have a lot of exposure.

If you know how to get top rankings as an Amazon Seller (discussed below), you can crush it on amazon.

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In other words, if you want to sell more products, then you should consider selling on Amazon.

How to Sell on Amazon for Beginners?

Without further delay, lets jump in.

Here’s the thing: 

Most people make a rush of creating an account. And end up running into some problems, which could have easily been avoided, if they took their time with the account creation process.

What do you need to know?

First off, in order to create a seller account you will need a credit card.

Amazon does not use PayPal (like eBay), all the payments are made with credit cards or debit cards.

This is important. If you don’t have the proper bank requirements, there will be no way to extra earnings.

Secondly, there are two types of seller accounts:

    1. Professional.
    2. Individual.

The Professional account costs $39.99/month but it grants you access to many bonus features.

On the hand, there is no monthly fee for Individual accounts.

But you will need to pay various other fees (such as $0.99/sale).

I recommend a Individual account for beginners. But for those of you who are serious, consider a professional account.

Third, Amazon has a very cool service called Fulfillment by Amazon.

And it allows sellers to ship their product inventory to Amazon’s warehouses, where the individual shipments will be handled by Amazon.

Bird’s Eye View of an Amazon Fulfillment Center

This is an excellent service.

There are some additional fees and a small learning curve, but once you understand the basics, this service can really kick-start your business.

With Fulfillment by Amazon, you won’t need to worry about heading down to a post office to mail the products, which is super convenient.

You can simply send a large shipment to Amazon’s warehouses, and let them take care of the details.

They’ll even be able to provide customer support for your business!

Special Tip for Beginners:

You can track all of your sales in Amazon’s FBA program, and once you’re item has been delivered, make sure you send your customers a feedback request letter and thank them for their purchase. This will really boost your seller rating which will result in…

Drum Roll Please… More Sales!

Fulfillment by Amazon is a big advantage when it comes to selling on Amazon, especially for beginners.

Here’s an idea: 

One of the fastest ways to make a profit with e-commerce is to sell wholesale products, small and light items.

To find products that might do well, consider using Amazon research tools like Helium10 or Jungle Scout. 

Buy in bulk, and sell at a mark up for a profit.

The suppliers can be found on Alibaba, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in the world.

Find a supplier, purchase a batch of products, send it to Amazon’s warehouse, and wait for the sales to roll in.

You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home.

This can all be managed from your desk!

Obviously, there are a lot more details that you need to consider when it comes to selling wholesale products from China with Amazon.

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However, if you take it a step at a time and solve each problem, not only will you accumulate a lot of valuable experience, but you’ll also be rewarded with a lucrative e-commerce business.

And who can say no to that?

Your Secret Weapon:

As a beginner who is learning to sell on Amazon, all this might seem rather confusing and daunting!

Like an enormous task that you can’t possibly complete on your own.

I know how it feels to read about an interesting and lucrative business idea, only to push it to the back of your mind, and never think about it again.

That was a mistake that I made many times in the past.

And if only I took action sooner, my life might have gone in a completely different direction.

One thing I learned is that you have to at least give it a shot.

So, as someone who has been there, I have something to tell you.

And these two words have the potential to change your life…

Take Action!!! 

Commit to an idea and then start working on it, there’s no need to rush it.


If you don’t have an idea of a product to sell on Amazon, that’s perfect.

Most eCommerce business owners spend 80% of their time researching new products anyways.

You can develop your ideas as you learn more about your niche market.

Problems will rear their ugly heads, as they tend to do, but you’ll solve them and move on.

The goal is to create momentum.

Always make progress, even if it’s only a little.

But you don’t have to do it alone.

Taking action on your own is excellent and admirable.

But there are people who have already walked that path, and they can guide you on your journey.

They’ll make it possible for you to avoid mistakes they made.

Ultimately, this will help you achieve profits much more quickly.

What you’ll need is a guide to show you that it is possible to create a thriving e-commerce business with Amazon, even if you’re a total beginner.

One such product I recommend is Amazing Selling Machine. It teaches you a ton, and many members have moved on the make six-figures a month.

Or you can choose to go at it alone…

Either way, the choice is yours.


So now you know how to sell on amazon for beginners, these tips will make your journey much – much – easier!

Just remember, make sure that you are up-to-date on the latest product shipment rules, in order to avoid complications.

There are many rules and regulations that you’ll need to know about.

If you go through a proper training program like Amazing Selling Machine, you’ll be fine.

Also remember that the more a product weighs the more it will cost to ship, so focus on finding small and light products at first.

And don’t overdo it with your inventory!

I suggest investing in small shipments (100 to 200 pieces), tracking sales, and then order more products, depending on which ones from your previous batch have sold out.

There’s always a chance that someone will not buy the product you’re trying to sell.

It’s nothing personal; it’s just how the online world works.

Therefore, it’s best to determine the best chances that a product has by conducting a thorough product research!

Thanks for taking the time to read our article – How to Sell on Amazon for Beginners!

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Take care and best of luck to you,

Got questions about selling on Amazon, especially for beginners? Let me know in the comment section below.

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  1. You are absolutely correct, eBay is always the first thought to sell online and even after that, craigslist is the next idea I would have. Thank you for this awesome info! Now i just have to come up with items to sell, and get to it!

    1. Hi Fayaz,

      Amazing just launched a new update to their training and they help people with their product selection.

      I believe they have a bonus where one of their Power Sellers will select the product for you, but I think it’s for a limited time.

      Here’s our Amazing Review – My friend used this program, took him 3 months while working his day job. He’s made over 17K/month by his 4th and 5th month.

      He just moved his family to Hawaii and quit his day job.

      Pretty cool!

  2. Really nice post for selling on Amazon for beginners. When i started i didn’t know these things so I think newbies will find this information pretty helpful.


  3. Great post for beginners selling on Amazon. I’ve got an FBA account and have been importing some small items.

    I think I’ll give your recommendation on Skip. I was looking at his site and there’s loads of great free tips. I went ahead with his Amazon Selling Guide and so we’ll see how it goes.

    Thanks for your help,

    1. Awesome Adam, thanks for the feedback and I’d encourage you to take your time and work diligently.

      Find the right product and test it out.

      Best of luck,

  4. Really solid post for newbies to selling on Amazon. I thought all your point were right on in my experience.

    I also have used some of Skip’s products and have been happy with the education gleaned.


  5. Hi Todd

    A great blog post and so useful for people thinking about shifting inventory on Amazon. What I loved was your general advice on moving forward successfully. “To achieve success we must take massive action”!! That’s so right, especially if your goal is a massive goal, such as starting a new online business. I have been so guilty of underestimating the amount of action it takes.


    1. Hi Deb,

      I think any job at first seems like tons of tiny jobs that are overwhelming when first looking at something like a new job. That’s why I like Skip’s books because they don’t cost that much to really get some great insight on how to do something like become a successful Amazon seller.

      With most really good careers, you have a learning curve that can take months to years to grasp (depending on the job).

      But it will come together. Don’t be worried if you’re a beginner at selling online. If you like little risk and great income potential, I like affiliate marketing.

      If this appeals more to you, check out my favorite training program to get started.



  6. I think this is pretty interesting. I didn’t know that I could sell things on Amazon like you can on eBay. I might just try that, as I have a couple of old collectibles lying around that I bet would fetch a decent enough sum. Do you think that it would be legitimate to try to sell a product on Amazon that is completely new? As though I’d be starting my own business, first using Amazon to profit?

    1. Yes Ethan,

      That what this post is all about and I highly recommend you get a book from Skip McGrath, who’s made a career being a Power Seller on both Amazon and eBay.

      You can legitimately sell non-brand name products legally on Amazon. Actually, you can create your own brand. Read here about branding correctly from day 1.

      Many knock offs get into the Amazon market place that are Chinese made (read this post to learn more).

      But you can go on sites like and find real manufacturers of products and start a legit Amazon based business through Skip’s methods.

      People have done all sorts of products from LED lights to grills, toys, cell phone cases, etc..

      Thanks for the feedback,


  7. Can it really be that easy to sell on Amazon? That’s great I am going to bookmark your page so I can reference it again.I used to sell on ebay and had a tool to find out what products were selling the best. Is there a similar one for Amazon? As I remember it also tracked your own sales and campaigns.

    1. Hey Dennis,

      The tool that I used to research products and look at market trends was Terapeak. You can check out our review to get more info. I don’t think they track your individual sales, but Amazon/eBay platforms can do this. I used a simple spreadsheet on a daily basis.

      If you’ve got a great idea for a product or brand idea, you should definitely explore it. I sometimes made over 30 sales a day making a spread of 20 – 25 dollars per sale.

      Hope this helps,


  8. So if I want to sell in Amazon, I just need to create an account, send my products to Amazon and somehow put the products to their website, Am I right?

    What would be good products to sell for example in Amazon? Have you sold something and do you think it would be a good and a profitable business?

    1. Hi Roope,

      I sold on Amazon for only about 6 months but averaged $1,500 per week. I tried to sell light weight and hot items. I’ve got a few good posts on this topic if you’d like to learn more..

      How to Sell On Amazon – A review of the most economical blueprint to import and use Amazon’s FBA program.

      5 Tips To Sell Online – Some great ideas that also address this issue.

      But yeah, you’ve got the basics down. The issue with this business is finding the right products. You can have some products that you think would be hot (say women’s hand bags), but brand name is huge in this and so this would be a challenge to break into this type of market.

      Maybe you’ve got a good sense of style for something like this, I found it to be a challenge even with my wife’s help. Kids toys can be good, cell phone cases, things like this.

      I used Terapeak (click link to read our review) to find the data of what other power sellers were selling from Amazon & eBay and this gave me excellent insight into what to investigate and ultimately import.

      I went away from this business model because I prefer affiliate marketing to sell stuff online. That being said, you can make a lot of money faster with eCommerce than affiliate marketing.

      But affiliate marketing can end up making you passive income. I’ve got a friend who created his own brand and website and doesn’t sell on Amazon/eBay and make over 30K/mo.

      At the same time, there are Amazon/eBay sellers that can do just as well. Find what model you think would work for you and explore it.

      Here’s some great advice for those that want to make money online, take a look.



  9. Hey there Todd,

    I’ve always been interested in learning how Amazon works because I hope to one day become an Amazon Affiliate and seller as well.

    I actually got pretty thrilled about the fulfillment by Amazon part, I believe it’s what sets Amazon different than any other eCommerce businesses because having them to take care of your deliveries is pretty awesome. You got me psyched just by reading your article, awesome post as always.

    1. Cool Riaz, thanks for the feedback. You can be an affiliate or a 3rd party seller. I personally think Amazon’s FBA program is freaking amazing. However, I think it’s a challenge to find products that have good enough profit margins, but they’re out there.

      If you do affiliate marketing with content marketing, you would be blessed to find a couple cool products that fit your niche where you could drop ship and do really well with.

      Thanks again and make your dreams a reality, you can do it.

  10. Hi Todd,

    Excellent article thanks for sharing it. I am progressing my site and my business towards selling online and I have read a lot of good things about Skip and his Amazon Selling course.

    The great thing about Amazon and it’s FBA program is that it allows for cross channel selling from Amazon, Ebay and your site.

    And you can still ship the product for youself – meaning it’s not really a competition between Amazon and Ebay as you can leverage the power of both.

    Am I on the right track in saying that it is by far better to start off selling on Amazon than Ebay?

    1. Hi Derek,

      That’s my take on it. I really like eBay, but just look at the numbers. Amazon’s traffic is always in the top 10 in the world, where eBay is in the top 20 or so.

      Amazon also does some really cool things in terms of their customer service. They’ll call you from anywhere in the world to help you with one of your orders or ask them how to do whatever aspect you need with your FBA business.

      The traffic alone makes Amazon an interesting little beast.

      Now that I don’t sell on Amazon, nor get a sliver of traffic that they do, I still am proud of my 500 – 1,000 daily visitors that I’ve targeted through content marketing.

      And as an affiliate marketer and/or eCommerce seller, I think those skills are super valuable, I don’t rely on anyone for traffic but myself, and this has created a level of independence that is somewhat priceless.

      If you want to do it too, check out my Free eBook on How to Target Traffic for Increased Sales Conversions.

      Go with your ideas and diversify, but learn how to use keywords and rank content organically. I think you’ll do really well with this mindset and business plan.



  11. What great insight! I had no idea amazon was a better option for selling online. You are absolutely correct, Ebay is always the first thought and even after that, craigslist is the next idea i would have. Thank you for this awesome info! now i just have to come up with items to sell, and get to it!

  12. I agree I’ve been selling on Amazon for almost 5 years and it is easier than most people realize. And way better than Ebay. Though Ebay has its place for items that are used etc.

    But the bottom line as you explained is that Amazon has way more traffic and also more trust with the Amazon platform.

    I’m in the process of testing some things out on Alibaba and will comeback here when I’m ready.

    The downside is WAITING on the product to come. But I’ll be back to this page once my products arrives and make sure I haven’t missed any important points.

    1. Hi Tiffany, I think you’d benefit from Skip’s Guide to Sell on Amazon/eBay. It’s been helpful to so many and I think you might get some great ideas to assist you in your eCommerce business.

      Having the inside tips on how to import and drop-ship with Amazon are important to learn from the start. There’s inherent risk in importation and so I’d encourage you to check it out before investing 1,000’s of dollars.



  13. I didn’t know that you can send your inventories to Amazon and they’ll take care of it. Well, I haven’t sold anything on Amazon. I’m thinking if creating my e-book is a good idea? It basically cost nothing except for the time spent in writing and some graphic designs.
    What do you think?

    1. Hi Kenny,

      If you decide to sell on Amazon, use these tips and visit our review of Skip McGrath to learn eCommerce before you launch you Amazon FBA business.

      eBook’s are great ideas, either you can give them away in exchange for an opt-in to get their emails for your email marketing campaigns (or a sales lead).

      Or you can sell it for direct online sales. As long as it benefits your niche, it’s a good thing. Here’s mine on how to create Targeted Traffic for Your Website or Online Products.



  14. Hi Todd! I just reviewed your post “How to Sell On Amazon For Beginners….” Your information was very well-laid out, and took me step-by-step through the process.

    I feel like you are having a conversation with me, so it was very engaging, and made the process seem quite simple and straightforward.

    From someone doing research on the topic, you definitely help by including the image comparing eBay to Amazon. Varying the font size, bold, and italics helps me visually as a reader, so I can see the emphasis of certain phrases. The images also match the content well and look polished.

    Very informative post!

    1. Thanks Michele, what unique feedback. I’m glad you like the post and the styling of my site/posts, much appreciated.

      Learning to on Amazon can be a lot of fun, you just have to pick a good product and list it correctly. For further information on this topic, check out this recent post we just published.



  15. Great article on how to sell on amazon for beginners Todd! I have never actually used Amazon to sell any physical goods and my experiences with eBay were good.

    I am thinking of going the route of becoming an Amazon Affiliate and skip the hassle of buying inventory. I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for almost 3 months now and soon I will have a website built that will focus exclusively on selling Amazon products as an affiliate. Thanks for sharing this information 🙂

    1. Hi Rick,

      Thanks for the feedback on the post. I too came to this decision once I realized how simplistic and profitable niche based affiliate websites can become.

      The nice thing is that there isn’t really anyone that you have to rely on in affiliate marketing except yourself.

      With importing products into Amazon can be much more profitable at first, you always have much more risk.

      That and you have to rely on you suppliers, shippers, Amazon doing their job if their drop shipping for you and then you need to follow up for customer feedback. Hopefully nothings wrong with the order otherwise you’ve got to deal with that hassle.

      That beings said, you can always develop a brand product and outsource some of these tasks, but it’s just another approach to making money online.

      Go with your idea, there’s a great story of a young guy who went into Wealthy Affiliate, took their courses and build his Amazon affiliate site and by month 10 he’d made over 3k/mo and on month 11, over $4,300 for the month.

      It helped him pay for his college debt and start a profitable site in less than a year. Read Colton’s story here for some inspiration.

      Best of luck,


  16. I wish I had something to sell after reading your article. You are so right on about the Ebay thing too. I think people think in order to sell on Amazon you have to be a large company and not an individual. I know I did so thank you so much for clearing that up. I am hoping to learn how to become an amazon affiliate the right way.

    1. Yeah, I think a lot of people think that only big companies sell on Amazon. I did too. Then once you learn that you can sell as a 3rd party seller or as an affiliate.

      I now prefer the affiliate marketing approach due to the consistent income and extreme low risk. However, any time I get my hands on a hot product, I can easily through it up on eBay or Amazon and turn a quick profit.

      Thanks for your feedback,


  17. Hi Todd, as I am interested in Internet Marketing I appreciate any new Information that I can get on this topic. The Amazon Fulfillment Centers seem to be a good solution for people who want to get into selling stuff on Amazon. I would prefer to not have the fuss with inventory and so on, thats why I have read your Wealthy Affiliate Review. Seems like a good program on how to learn online marketing 😉

    1. Hey Fabi,

      That’s exactly why I got into internet marketing, no inventory, no risk, no customer service, no customs, etc..

      You should know that if you have a hot product in Amazon or eBay, you can make hundreds of dollars immediately. And if you develop a brand name product that takes off, you can kill it.

      But if you have a niche idea or want to create an online service, Wealthy Affiliate can teach basics to advanced marketing on most an internet marketing strategies.

      I no longer sell products online, and 99% of my online income comes from affiliate marketing, so you know it works well. It just depends on the individual.



  18. Great idea never really thought about selling on Amazon before. I found your post very informative and quite thorough. Thanks for sharing this information. I’d be interested to learn more about product research though. What are the best products for marketing online and how can you tell if they are getting any sales? Hoping this helps, keep up the good work!!!

    1. Hi Estevan

      You can go on Amazon or even Aliexpress to check out what items are hot in their hot products section. If you really want to analyze product popularity, sales, and hard core data, I used It offers specific product details to help you figure out the demand of specific products based on real sales.



  19. Amazon is probably the biggest mall in the world. They have been taking over eBay witch is a dying ship. I had problems in the past with eBay but never had any issues with Amazon. They have tons of reviews witch is helpful. Also a very trusted affiliate program platform

    1. Thanks John for your feedback. Learning how to sell on Amazon or eBay has seen better days for 3rd party sellers due to counterfeit infiltration into the Amazon/eBay world.

      But learning how to sell on Amazon as an affiliate is a great move if you’ve got the right products. This way you can affiliate directly with the brand name companies and be assured a smooth transaction.

      You know your customers will get the product they want and need along with the solid delivery and customer satisfaction that Amazon customers have come to expect.

      Although the commissions are the best mostly ranging from 4% to 8%, but the sales conversion is considerably higher.



  20. This is not only a great comprehensive site – It is also a terrific tool for beginners. I really enjoyed your take on selling on Amazon, although I think I prefer selling via affiliate marketing.

    I have been in affiliate marketing for a few months – and fell into many of the online scams (only saving grace is that you can get your money back for a window of time.), but it takes up valuable time that you could actually be selling.

    I am also a big fan of Wealthy Affiliate – It has been a large part of my success. So please keep writing and helping the beginners be successful.

    1. Thanks Charlene, don’t forget Wealthy Affiliate is also a great source for more advanced marketers. Head over to the Live Video Class section at WA and start browsing through the 100’s of webinars.

      They’re loaded with lots of great topics like ranking in YouTube, setting up local websites. But yeah, a big focus in on building niche sites that produce consistent income.

      We also try to explore other online income sources and selling on Amazon can be pretty cool too. I’m more into affiliate marketing too because of the low risk high reward that niche affiliate sites can bring.



  21. Your article is very helpful, especially to people like me who are absolute beginners in online trading.
    I understand from your page that to sell products using Amazon we need to buy them from somewhere else, is that correct? Can’t we just create a e-store using items from Amazon?
    And after we purchase the products and ship them to an Amazon warehouse, how can we advertise them and show these items to potential customers?
    I’m sorry if those questions seem stupid to you, I just need to be able to see the whole picture.
    Thank you.

    1. No Ellie, there’s no stupid questions here. They’re actually quite good. So you can sell on Amazon as an affiliate or a 3rd party seller.

      I’m an affiliate with Amazon and will use them if they have a product that fits my niche, this is much easier than selling physical products. You can also sell eBooks on Amazon as well.

      3rd party sellers make the biggest profit margins but carry the highest risk of buying products, shipping them to the states, branding them and then dealing with the shipping and customer service.

      That’s a major business and for that I recommend people read Skip’s guides to selling on Amazon and eBay.

      You can just create a e-store with Amazon and sell affiliate products or imported products. The reason to use Amazon is because of their large volume of target, you as a 3rd party seller have to create a good seller reputation to be ranked well with your particular products.

      With a eCommerce store that’s not one of Amazon’s the issue becomes traffic. You either pay for that traffic or do like I do and rank content for free.

      To learn how to do this, check out my free eBook to create tons of targeted traffic for your website.



  22. I am very impressed with your insight in helping beginners sell on Amazon. This is something that I think intimidates many others. You shared so much valuable information for a beginner. I just kept reading and clicking. I love your honest way of conveying information and your content is jam packed full of goodness! Well thought out and a lot of work makes this one of the best posts I’ve researched on selling at Amazon yet. Thank you for sharing this extra information.

  23. Hi Todd,

    This was a very clear, easy to understand article on how to get started selling on Amazon. I liked your selective use of pictures, that brought the points home to me…

    I have an Amazon account and can say they system works well. As you say it is a good way to kick-start the business you have…

    eBay is one option but if you limit your self to just that you are selling yourself short…One other eCommerce site that may work is AliExpress. There you sell products from those Chinese sellers and get a commission…

    At the end of the day, selling your own products will likely make you a higher profit percentage than selling others’ products, but to start you could do this to build your business up prior to selling your own products…

    Another option might be drop-shipping…I have tried this too and it does work as long as you have a reliable seller to work with…

    So many ways to make money with eCommerce, thanks for opening eyes of readers today to this opportunity!

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thanks for your feedback on our how to sell on Amazon for beginners as well as your personal feedback selling on Amazon.

      I know Aliexpress all to well, and for those that don’t and are thinking of selling Aliexpress’s counterfeit products on Amazon, I would seriously avoid this unless you don’t mind risking your Amazon account being permanently suspended.

      Here’s two posts that I wrote about my experience working with Aliexpress (How I was scammed 57 times in one day) and Amazon 3rd Party Sellers selling fake products on Amazon.

      Glad this post was easy to understand and simple to apply.



  24. Todd, I appreciate you helping me better understand how to start selling on amazon. I really did not know you could do this. Thanks for giving me just one more way in which I can increase my online income. I will be sure to share you site with others. Thanks. Adam

    1. You bet Adam, thanks for leaving your feedback. Mixing an eCommerce business and an affiliate business in one website is a great idea. It allows you to open up more steams of income to whatever online business you promote.

      Learn how to sell on Amazon for beginners isn’t that tough with the right guidance and resources. I learned a great deal just by checking out Skip McGrath’s (power Amazon seller) site. There is a ton of helpful free resources as well as some step by step guides that are very reasonably priced.



  25. Thanks for the guide! I’m just starting to figure out how to monetize my blog, and I think Amazon is a good choice for me. This article really cleared up how it all works, and I’m really interested in the process of selling wholesale products as well.

    I didn’t even know that existed! Thanks again, I’ll check back here for more tips on growing my business.

    1. You are quite welcome Kalzefir. Learning how to sell on Amazon can be a bit tricky for beginners, but with the right guidance, it’s a breeze.

      Amazon sees so much traffic that it makes it hard not to sell wholesale products as long as you have a hot item. I would recommend you check out our review on Amazon and eBay power seller Skip McGrath. He’s got all the basics covered on how to pick out wholesale items and some helpful hints on how to create a successful online Amazon business.

      Amazon is not the best affiliate thought, their commission are on the lower side compared to most affiliate programs, but their convenience and customer service make them an easy choice.



  26. Hi Todd

    I learnt a lot from your article on how to sell on Amazon for beginners.

    I know now what FBA means, and how it works. I find it interesting and exciting. They take the hassle out of you doing the shipping.

    I think anything new to get into, is both exciting and intimidating at first. The secret as you said is to take action.

    I am based in South Africa, do you think that Amazon will allow me to register with them as a vendor?

    Thanks for some great info.



    1. Hi Roopesh,

      Amazon’s FBA program is awesome, I used it when I was traveling in S. America. But I also have a residence in the states, so I’m not totally sure about it.

      I wouldn’t think it would be a problem unless there’s an issue with banking/sending you your sales checks. Essentially you’re just buying wholesale products, getting them into Amazon’s FBA program, and then selling them anywhere in the world.

      But before you begin, consult with Amazon to make sure, they always have a few goofy rules and are a bit of a pain sometimes to work with, but the FBA program is awesome.



  27. Hi Todd,
    Being able to start a business with virtually no outlay is one of the great advantages of the internet. I remember when I started my first bricks and mortar business how hard it was to find the cash, I thought I would never have enough to get started.

    With an online business, you don’t have those problems. As you say, you can start without an investment or with just a few dollars. In the current economic climate being able to earn money online with no investment could interest many people, so you’re doing a great job getting the word out.

    However, it’s definitely worth investing in some training, this could be the difference between success and failure. Once you have started the business you’ve just got to keep working. Put in the effort and success will come, it’s just a question of time.
    Thanks for a great post,

    1. Hey Peter,

      Thanks for coming by and checking out our latest blog post. I’m certainly try to get the word out to people. And you’re right, times are tough and finding top notch online educational programs are key to one’s success.

      The beauty about this day and age we live in is that you can get quality training online, but it’s sometimes hard to find with all the crap you have to wade through.

      Regardless of what job you’re going to do or what career you pick, if you want to make it online, you’re going to have to put in the work to learn how it’s done and then take action on what you learn.

      We live in a society where everyone wants to be rewarded for work right away, that’s the premises of working a job, not creating a business. Putting together that business to provide a sustaining force of income can happen, but you need to go into as if you were going back to college.

      Open minded, ready to learn, and ready to take action. Whether you want to learn how to sell on Amazon, or simply how to sell products online, go with this attitude and you’ll do great. The major difference in education systems that I promote (Wealthy Affiliate, Skip McGrath, ClickBank University, Jaaxy, to name a few) over traditional schools is convenience of learning online and cost.

      These programs aren’t even a percent of what a college education will cost, and the best thing is that you can start making sales while learning.

      For those reading this thread and looking to learn how to sell on Amazon and you’re a beginner, go with the training’s from a Power Seller like Skip. He’s got the same information as something like the Amazing Selling Machine, but without the 5K pricetag, more like $170 bucks. Silly what people think the can get away charging uninformed people.

      You want to learn to make an online business independent of Amazon, go with #1 Recommendation for less than a dollar a day.

      Cheers Peter, thanks for your advice and feedback as always.

  28. AWESOME post on how to sell on Amazon for beginners!
    You have outlined some very easy steps that beginners can easily follow to start selling on Amazon.
    Amazon really is HUGE in the marketplace today, and it is a really big opportunity that people can utilise to make a lot of money.
    I think that the Fulfillment by Amazon service is a massive benefit and saves a lot of time, money and effort!
    Another informative post Todd with some easy action steps that beginners can take advantage of 🙂

    1. Good to hear John, I started making money online by selling on Amazon and I was pretty impressed with Amazon’s FBA program. The shipping is normally cheaper than you can get from USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, etc.

      There’s a good amount of people who want to take advantage of the massive amounts of traffic that Amazon sees and so this really helps out those that are new to selling on Amazon.

      There’s inherent risk selling imported products online, mainly that your product may not sell, so this is where doing a bit of research and seeing what kind of hot products are out there. Things like cell phone cases, or USB’s are nice because of their size and cost. Many times these products can be picked up for a couple dollars per piece if you buy in 50 or 100 units.

      But for sure, the Fulfillment by Amazon system really helps take out a lot of the headache of shipping items. If you have a good product, provide good customer service, you too, can make a killing selling on Amazon, even if you’re a beginner.


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