Finally, our first ever Prime Day surpassed all our expectations — more new members tried Prime that day than any other day in our history. Worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day the year before, and sellers whose products are Prime-eligible through FBA saw record-breaking sales — with growth nearing 300%.
Amazon suspended my account for 2 fraudulent disputes from buyers that were claiming they never received the item when tracking showed it did. Provided all evidence, but Amazon denied it and sided with the buyer. I get dinged in ratings, lose out my money, the item and my account.
So let’s open this one up here, now in addition to doing this automatically, the product tracker can actually go a step further than the sales estimates and can actually get you real sales data. We do this by tracking the inventory levels, which are here in blue. So the difference in industry, is how many sales have happened for that particular day. So those are the big advantages of using the product tracker. You get real sales data and it does the process automatically for you.
Let’s say you were interested in the baby hooded towel niche, and let’s say I want to track the number of sales that this first product has got. I come over to the listing, I can copy the URL, come back to the web app and now I can paste this URL into the product tracker and click add.
When my wife and I first started selling on Amazon several years ago, we sold over 60 units in a matter of 8 days with just 3 products listed online with no reviews. Amazon is seriously that powerful.
You actually missed the biggest one. If you have a successful product Amazon WILL back door you directly to the manufacturer, cutting you out. I always warn my customers, don’t ship directly from your ODM to Amazon, sit in between because with that simple packing slip, Amazon can destroy your business with your own market research.
I’m currently embroiled in a fight with Amazon over their delisting of an item of mine because it contains apricot oil, which they claim is dangerous. Doesn’t seem to matter to them that there are 6,000 other products listed that contain apricot oil. It’s been 2 months and they’re still “working on it” :/
I looked into so many opportunities. I searched how to make money online and as you can imagine, ran into a lot of junk. A lot of stuff that was either over my head, ethically challenged, or just plain outdated.
Once you start ranking for a lot of different key words and you start building up your reviews, you’re going to start getting a lot more natural sales. And by that I mean, you won’t be spending any money to get those sales, people will just find your listing by typing it in on Amazon.
Ugh, Amazon. I know the pain of having your marketing images taken and used in the Amazon Marketplace. Unfortunately it’s all too common, when I took my best selling products and did a search I found 53 listings using my images. There are numerous stores with thousands of counterfeit products so I’m not even sure how to find all my work in that marketplace. Amazon’s infringement reporting process is a pain and it took several rounds before they removed the listings. And guess what happened? The thieves listed them again in a new store. It’s an endless battle, I wish Amazon would do something.
Many new sellers make the mistake of focusing on the small stuff. They are so eager to succeed on Amazon that they put all their effort into fine-tuning a single or handful of listings even though it makes almost no difference to the customer.
While E-Cigarettes are an interesting product, it’s a pretty new market and it’s just starting to get the attention of regulators. A market like this may become more difficult to enter and restrictive in the coming years.
A web developer is someone who knows how to build a website from the bottom up. In order to do this, you need to learn to code, which will take time and hard work. But if you’re willing to put in the effort, it can pay quite well.
James Marcus then goes on to give a fascinating insight into a breakout group discussion of how Amazon could better use measures to improve its performance. Marcus was in the Bezos group, brainstorming customer-centric metrics. Marcus (2004) summarises the dialogue, led by Bezos:
Shipping restrictions, zoning laws, and trademark considerations. These can all make or break your business. With this list, you can avoid the ecommerce landmines that derail your business before it gets off the ground.
I have been selling in Amazon for 4 years. What this author told are absolutely true based on my own experience. According to many aspects I have seen and experienced, I definitely agree with Steve that Amazon is going to become another EBay in future.
The ambiguous legacy of the Microsoft case — and the relative weakness of American antitrust law — was highlighted last month when the European Union imposed a record fine on Google for using its virtual monopoly in Internet search to favor its own comparative shopping sites. The Federal Trade Commission had looked at the same issue several years before and closed its investigation without taking serious action. One reason: It was not clear that, even if Google is favoring its own site (which it denies), such practices are illegal.
Amazon also believe that their most effective marketing communications are a consequence of their focus on continuously improving the customer experience. This then creates word-of-mouth promotion which is effective in acquiring new customers and may also encourage repeat customer visits.
After you have your Amazon listings in place and inventory in-hand, it’s time to watch those orders roll in. And when they do, you’ll need to get products to your buyers. Next, we’ll see how you can handle that task.
Another key thing to remember about starting an ecommerce site is to choose the right software, and then design the website to look unique to your brand. My company, VenturaWebDesign.com, specializes in building ecommerce stores.
If you manage a number of products, reorder products, or need to balance inventory between Amazon and your website or store, you really need a better solution than manual adjustments. Like adding listings, you also have several options for managing inventory.
The Pharmapacks guys love the Master Brain. They protect it the way a star pit master guards the recipe for his barbecue’s rub. Or the way Pablo Escobar guarded the source of his ultrapure cocaine. Speaking of which: “You ever seen the movie Blow?” Tramunti asked me one day. He showed me the YouTube clip of the scene in which Johnny Depp, who plays the kingpin drug smuggler in the film, has his product tested by a black-market chemist–who goes gaga over its off-the-charts purity.
A common theme in Amazon’s development is the drive to use a measured approach to all aspects of the business, beyond the finance. Marcus (2004) describes an occasion at a corporate ‘boot-camp’ in January 1997 when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘saw the light’. ‘At Amazon, we will have a Culture of Metrics’, he said while addressing his senior staff. He went on to explain how web-based business gave Amazon an ‘amazing window into human behaviour’. Marcus says: ‘Gone were the fuzzy approximations of focus groups, the anecdotal fudging and smoke blowing from the marketing department.
In addition to direct sales, Amazon provides a platform for other retailers to sell products to buyers. Products sold through Amazon’s partner retailers are often less common items or those with a higher purchase price, allowing Amazon to avoid holding slow-moving inventory that could dilute profit. While Amazon does not assess a fee for its retailer partners to list items for sale, the company does retain a portion of the sales price as commission.