One of the things I noted in my greeting post, was that I felt a tiny bit out of touch with everything that has been happening on eBay. I haven’t been looking as closely at every detail as I used to. That said, if I really have an area of ignorance, it’s when it comes to selling on Amazon.
Obviously, I buy using Amazon. I’ve spoken to plenty of folk about selling there and I’ve read plenty of stuff too (mostly from America) so I have a general knowledge. Here are my current impressions:
– That it’s a pretty slow process to get started, verified, registered and set up there. And they can be rather picky with who they take on: copious forms go into a black hole and take an age to be processed.
– Amazon is more authoritarian than eBay in determining more details such as item image and description, postage costs etc. Which gives sellers less chance to differentiate themselves. The feedback reputation system is less developed and less important too.
– Price really is a very important differentiator, not least because of how Amazon display search results.
– For certain lines and sectors, Amazon is a very welcome, easy and successful outlet. If not necessarily the most profitable, it’s certainly easier than eBay to administer.
I’d love to know more and hope that Amazon traders will share their experiences to help me, and others, get a fuller picture of trading on Amazon. What do I need to know?