How To Get Labels Off Your Products

How To Get Labels Off Your Products

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If you are doing Retail Arbitrage as part of your Amazon FBA business, then you know that you must get those labels off without damaging the product. Sometimes there are multiple stickers on a product especially if the item you are buying is on clearance. Getting stickers off something that is plastic is much easier than getting stickers off paper packaging. You have to be very careful not to damage the packaging. Find out the ways you can use to get labels off.

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What are Scotty Peelers? Scotty Peelers remove labels off paper or other soft surfaces. Scotty Peelers are either plastic or metal objects. You must be careful with the metal ones because they can damage the packaging and they are very sharp. I recommend plastic Scott Peelers over the metal ones.

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Goo Gone is a degreaser that removes stickers or tape residue. After you remove the stickers, there still may be residue left on the package. Goo Gone comes in a variety of forms. It comes as a liquid, a spray bottle and wipes.

Get Labels Off – Hair Dryer

Some people use a hair dryer to remove stickers. If you are using a hair dryer, make sure that it is not too hot because you could melt the packaging. There still may be some residue left so you still may have to use Goo Gone as well.

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Some people use a heat gun instead of a hair dryer to remove stickers. I would caution that make sure it is not too hot so you don’t melt the packaging.

Get Labels Off – Alcohol

Some people use alcohol to remove the residue instead of Goo Gone. Just make sure that you do not leave an odor on the packaging.

As you can see there are a lot of ways to remove stickers from Retail Arbitrage packages. I tend to use Scotty Peelers and Goo Gone. Also, your “go-to” method may not work on all packaging. To learn about more supplies you need for your Amazon FBA Business, checkout my list of FBA Supplies.

Polybags And My Amazon FBA Business

PolybagsWhat Are Polybags?

According to Wikipedia, polybags are “a plastic bag or type of container made of thin, flexible, plastic film, nonwoven fabric, or plastic textile. Plastic bags are used for containing and transporting goods such as foods, produce, powders, ice, magazines, chemicals, and waste. It is a common form of packaging.” A polybag is a plastic bag that is used for certain items that we ship to Amazon.

Why Do I Need Polybags?

You need polybags in your Amazon FBA business because certain items are exposed and need to be covered. If you have a toy that is not completely covered, it needs a polybag. If you have a piece of clothing or anything else that is exposed, you need to ship to Amazon in a polybag. I even use them for grocery items that I ship to Amazon.

What Sizes Of Polybags Do I Need?

There are many sizes of polybags. The most common sizes I use are 6”x9”, 8”x10”, 9”x12” and 11”x14”. I do have some bigger sizes such as 14”x20”, 18”x24”, 22”x24” and 18”x30”. These sizes last much longer for me. You should start with the most common sizes. If your product is too big for these polybags, you can use a clear trash bag. Make sure you put the suffocation labels on the bag.

What Kind Of Polybags Do I Need?

According to Amazon, polybags must be at least 1.5 mil. Polybags with openings greater than 5″ must have a visible suffocation warning. All barcodes must be scannable without opening or unwrapping the packaged item. You can get polybags with the suffocation already on them or you must buy separate suffocation labels. I buy the self-sealing kind because it cuts out an extra step. With the self-sealing bags, you pull off the strip exposing the sticky part of the bag and close it. If you don’t use a self-sealing bag, you either must close the bag with a piece of tape or use a heat impulse sealer. I find that using self-sealing polybags with the suffocation label already printed on them is the best option.

Where Do I Buy Polybags?

There are several places online that you can buy polybags. If you are just starting out, I recommend that you buy them from Amazon. You can get 400 bags of the four most popular sizes very inexpensively. As you progress in your business, I suggest you buy bigger quantities from either Uline or Bubblefast. You can get a discount from Bubblefast by using the coupon code FBA.

Now that you know everything you need to know about polybags, you are now ready to get your first shipment ready for Amazon. If you want to learn about what other supplies are required for your Amazon FBA business, check out my Amazon FBA Supplies page.

Why You Need To Use A Box Resizer In Your Amazon FBA Business

Why You Need To Use A Box Resizer In Your Amazon FBA Business

Box ResizerYou may be thinking that the title of this blog post is a mistake. Why would anyone think that a box resizer is an important tool for your Amazon FBA business? Or you may be thinking what in the world is a box resizer? A box resizer is a tool that allows you to resize a box. If you have a box that is bigger than the contents you are shipping to Amazon, you can use a box resizer to make the box smaller.

Now you are probably thinking why do I care if my box is smaller? There are basically two reasons why you would want to make your box smaller: to reduce the amount of packing material you must include in your box and to reduce the shipping costs.

Box Resizer Advantage #1 – Reduction of Packing Material

When you pack a box for Amazon, you should include packing material to prevent your contents from moving around in the box. This will reduce damage to your products in shipping. Amazon has specific types of material that can be used. You can use craft paper, blank newspaper, air pillows, bubble wrap and plastic bags. Printed newspaper and peanuts are not allowed. You can also use plastic bags by putting plastic bags inside of plastic bag and tying the outer bag in a knot.

In some cases, you can get packing material for free or you may have to purchase it. If you have to purchase it, then you want to use as little as possible while still protecting your products. Also, the more packing material you use, the heavier your box will be which can equate to more shipping costs.

Box Resizer Advantage #2 – Dimensional Weight

Even more important than reducing packing material is the amount your shipping costs are affected by the size and weight of your box. Per UPS, “dimensional weight reflects package density, which is the amount of the space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight.”  To calculate dimensional weight, you multiply the length, height and width of a box and divide by 166. You round to the next whole number if you have a fraction. The greater of the dimensional weight and the actual weight is what you are charged for shipping the package.

The following is stated on the Small Parcel Delivery To Amazon Help Page:

If you are using Amazon’s partnered carrier (UPS), you must enter the dimensional data for your small-parcel delivery boxes. These dimensions are used to calculate dimensional weight, which may be used to determine fees if the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight.

When you are entering the weight of your boxes as part of your shipping plan, you must also enter the box dimensions. If you have a large box that has contents that are light, more than likely, the dimensional weight will be greater than the actual weight of the box. For example, if you have a 18x18x16 inch box, the dimensional weight is 32 pounds. This is the size of a medium Home Depot box. If the contents in the box are less than 32 pounds, you are still going to be charged for 32 pounds for shipping.  Therefore, you want to reduce the size of the box using the box resizer if possible.

Dimensional Weight Calculators

There is a free Chrome Extension called Dimension Calculator that will calculate the dimensional weight of a box once you input the dimensions. There is also a website that you can visit to calculate dimensional weight as well.

As you can see, a box resizer is much more important to your Amazon FBA business than you thought. If you would like more information about other essential supplies for your Amazon business, check out my Amazon Supplies Resource Page.

Can I Sell Toys On Amazon During Q4?

Can I Sell Toys On Amazon During Q4?

Can I Sell Toys on AmazonAmazon has made quite a few changes lately and some of them may affect your ability to sell toys during the holiday season. So the question is, can I sell toys on Amazon during the 4th quarter? In previous years, Amazon has restricted who can sell toys merchant fulfilled. This means you had to meet certain criteria to ship toys to your customers directly. There were no restrictions for FBA.

However, there are new restrictions for FBA which may impact your ability to sell toys if you are a new seller or if you do not meet the criteria.

 

Criteria To Merchant Fulfill Toys On Amazon During Q4

Below are the criteria for merchant fulfilling toys during Q4:

Effective on November 17, 2016, only sellers who meet the criteria listed below will be eligible to sell in the Toys & Games category from November 17, 2016 through January 5, 2017.

  • Your first sale on Amazon.com must occur prior to September 19, 2016. The sale does not need to be specific to the Toys & Games store.
  • You must process and ship at least 25 orders from September 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016. The orders do not need to be specific to the Toys & Games store.
  • Your pre-fulfillment cancel rate for the period from 1st October through October 17, 2016 must be no greater than 1.75%.
  • Your late shipment rate for the period from October 1 through October 31, 2016 must be no greater than 4%.
  • Your order defect rate must be no greater than 1% short term as of November 1, 2016.

New Seller – Can I Sell Toys On Amazon During Q4?

If you are a new seller who did not complete a FBA shipment prior to October 11, 2016, you will not be able to sell toys until after December 19, 2016. Amazon has restricted the FBA program during Q4 only to sellers who have completed a FBA shipment prior to October 11, 2016. You will be able to use the FBA program to sell toys after December 19, 2016. You will not be able to use the Merchant Fulfill program for toys until after January 5, 2017.  Unfortunately, you would not be able to meet the Merchant Fulfilled requirements stated above. There are many other categories that you can sell in during Q4.

Seller Who Has Not Shipped FBA – Can I Sell Toys On Amazon During Q4?

If you are an Amazon Seller and you have never shipped via FBA, then you will not be able to use the FBA program until after December 19, 2016. However, if you have shipped via Merchant Fulfilled and you meet the criteria listed above for merchant fulfilling toys, then you can sell toys during Q4.

Seller Who Has Shipped FBA – Can I Sell Toys On Amazon During Q4?

If you are a seller who has used the Amazon FBA program in the past, then you will be able to sell toys using the Amazon FBA program. In order to Merchant Fulfill toys, you must meet the criteria listed above for merchant fulfilling toys.

As you can see, the criteria for selling toys on Amazon this holiday season is a little more complicated than in year’s past. Please review the scenarios above to determine your eligibility to sell toys. Regardless of your ability to sell toys, Q4 is a great opportunity to increase your income. Check out my Amazon Q4 Resources.

New Sellers Banned From Amazon FBA for 4th Quarter

New Sellers Banned From Amazon FBA for 4th Quarter

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Yesterday, Amazon made a change to their Terms of Service (TOS) that sent a shockwave through the Amazon selling community. As of October 10, 2016, new sellers can not send products to the Amazon Fulfillment warehouses until after December 19, 2016. New sellers are banned from Amazon FBA during the 4th Quarter. This pretty much shuts them out from using FBA during the 4th Quarter. New sellers will have to use Merchant Fulfilled (MF) which means they must ship their products to their customers. A new seller for this TOS change is someone who is just signing up for their Amazon Seller Central account. If you already have an account but have not sent a shipment to Amazon using FBA, you will also be affected by this new policy.

Before I continue, I want to clear up some misconceptions. The Professional Account that costs $39 a month has nothing to do with your ability to use Amazon FBA. If you have an individual account and you are not a new seller, you can use the Amazon FBA program. The Professional Account gives you the ability to apply to sell in the gated categories on Amazon such as Groceries, Health and Personal Care, and Beauty.

I know it may seem like the sky is falling if you are new seller, but I would not give up on selling on Amazon. This is still a great opportunity to add another stream of income. We always have to adapt as an entrepreneur. I will outline what your next course of action needs to be depending on your status.

Have An Amazon Account And Never Used FBA

Even if you have an Amazon account but you never used the FBA program, you will be banned from Amazon FBA until after December 19. 2016. You will have to use the Merchant Fulfilled Program which means you will have to ship your products to your customers.

Brand New Amazon Seller

Because you are a brand new Amazon seller, you will be banned from Amazon FBA until after December 19, 2016. You will have to use the Merchant Fulfilled Program which means you will have to ship your products to your customers.

Have An Amazon Account And Used FBA Prior To October 10, 2016

Good News! The new changes to the TOS do not affect you. Continue to ship via FBA.

Why Amazon Would Restrict FBA During 4th Quarter

Last year during 4th Quarter (Q4), some of the warehouses were completely full. I ran into a situation where I had a shipment delivered to a warehouse in Florida right before Christmas that was rejected because the warehouse was full. UPS had to take the shipment back to their warehouse and it was redelivered to Amazon in January.

Several sellers have received the following message:

We are restricting shipments from new-to-FBA sellers to ensure we have the capacity necessary to receive and store inventory and to ship products to customers quickly. If you have not completed your first shipment to Amazon before October 10, 2016, we encourage you to start shipping to Amazon after December 19, 2016. We encourage you to continue selling on Amazon and fulfilling orders directly to customers. We apologize for any inconvenience. If the situation changes before December 19, 2016, we will notify you by e-mail. We apologize for any linconvenience.

Amazon has also increased the monthly storage fees for November and December. Amazon does not want to be our long term storage facility. They want us to send “quick turn” merchandise that will sell quickly.

Should I Cancel My Professional Selling Account?

There are a few things to consider before you decide to cancel your Professional Selling account. If you have been ungated in restricted categories and you switch to an Individual account, you will not be able to sell products in those restricted categories. Also, when you decide to upgrade back to a Professional Selling account, you will have to reapply.

If you downgrade to an Individual Account, you will be charged 99 cents for each item you sell. If you plan to sell more than 40 items a month then an Individual Account will cost you more money than a Professional Account.

Next Steps If You Are Banned From Amazon FBA

If you are banned from Amazon FBA because of the changes in the TOS you may be feeling like it may not be worth it to sell on Amazon at this time. I totally disagree. The best thing to do is to get started right away. Use Merchant Fulfilled until you can switch to FBA on December 20, 2016. We don’t know what other types of changes are coming down the pike.

A lot of FBA sellers use Merchant Fulfilled during 4th Quarter. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to ship the item to the warehouse and get it checked in before the holiday. Also, if an item is really hot, you want to get it sold before there is a lot of competition and the price tanks.

My advice is to get your account set up as soon as possible. If you need help getting started, I have a few slots left for one-on-one coaching. If you are interested, please send me an email, adupree@adriennedupree.com.

 

Q4 Amazon FBA – Is It Too Late To Get Started?

Q4 Amazon FBAQ4 Amazon FBA – Is It Too Late To Get Started?

4th Quarter officially started on October 1st. If you are selling physical products on Amazon using their Fulfillment By Amazon or FBA program, then this is a busy time for you. A lot of sellers make 50% of their profit during November and December. To the average person, this doesn’t seem possible but it really is. It seems too good to be true. If you have not started selling on Amazon then you are probably thinking, Q4 Amazon FBA, is it too late to get started now? I can tell you based on my personal experience that the answer is no. I started Amazon FBA in the middle of November 2014 on a part-time basis. That was halfway through 4th Quarter.

Did I flounder? The answer is yes, I was brand new and had never sold physical products before. Did I make mistakes? Absolutely, I made mistakes. My account was even suspended for 1 day in the middle of December. Would I do it all over again? You bet. I was super successful and that success gave me the confidence to continue selling on Amazon. I became a full-time seller in October 2015.

There have been a lot of changes in the past few weeks including lots of restrictions. There are still thousands of products that you can sell. One of the great categories to sell in for 4th quarter is toys. That is the one category that I concentrated on in my first two Q4s. If you would like to learn more about toys, then check out the Holiday Toy Guide.

Whether you would like to earn extra money for the holidays or pay off bills or you want this to become another stream of income, Q4 is one of the best times to start. Early successes also give you encouragement to continue. This is a not a “get quick rich” scheme. There is a lot of work and you need to learn how to find profitable products.

I have a new complimentary e-course called How To Get Started With Amazon FBA During Q4.  This course will cover the following:

  • What is Amazon FBA
  • How Do I Get Started
  • What Do I Need To Get Started
  • What Can I Sell
  • What Should I Sell
  • Where Do I Find Products To Sell
  • How Do I Pick Products To Sell
  • How Do I Know If My Products Are Profitable
  • 10 Step Process TO Buy & Send Inventory To Amazon
  • Mistakes To Avoid
  • How To Identify Top Toys For Q4

To get started now, go to How To Get Started With FBA, fill in your first name and primary email address to get started now. This course will also include complimentary teleseminars to reinforce the course. During the teleseminars you will get a chance to ask questions if you attend them live. They will be recorded and will be available on the blog.

What Is A BOLO?

What is a BOLO?

BOLOBOLO means “Be On The Lookout For”. If you watch a lot of police shows, then you are probably familiar with this term.  This term has also been incorporated into the online selling world as well. In the ecommerce world, a BOLO is an item you want to keep a lookout for because you can get for a really good price and sell it for a great profit.

Generally, BOLOs are associated with Retail Arbitrage items but can also be associated with Online Arbitrage and Amazon-to-Amazon flips. Many times these are shared in groups and Facebook groups. There are many Facebook groups that are dedicated to sharing BOLOs. You may wonder why someone would share such a great deal with others. Maybe there are limited quantities in your local stores. There may be a limit to the number you can buy online.

There is a word of caution. Just because someone declares something a BOLO, doesn’t mean it is something you should buy. You need to determine if it meets your buying criteria. Some people are fine with a small Return On Investment or ROI if the item will sell quickly. Some people are okay with a slower selling item if they will get a higher ROI. It is imperative that you analyze the deal and make sure it meets your buying criteria.

The other thing about BOLOs is you have to act fast. A lot of times, BOLOs are associated with clearance items so there is a limited supply that will go quickly. Also, once a lot of people find out about it, the market becomes saturated. Some people are willing to tank the price so that they can sell their items. When I find a BOLO, I jump on it right away. In one case, I found a BOLO in a store. It was not clearance but a brand new item that was selling great. The store only had 20 and I bought all of them. I shipped them to Amazon right away. I sold 17 right away and then the sales stopped. When I researched it, I discovered that Amazon came onto the listing and was selling the product for 25% of what it was selling for previously. If I had waited to send in the item, I would have missed the BOLO completely. Even though this product was sold at a chain, I could only find it in one store in my area.

I have researched some paid BOLO groups but they were expensive or had some pretty restrictive rules. There is a BOLO group that just launched called BOLO Power. BOLO Power was launched by Chris Green who is one of the most respected individuals in the ecommerce world. BOLO Power requires its members to contribute one BOLO per week. In turn, you will get the list of all the BOLOs that were submitted by all of the members. Each deal includes all the information required to evaluate the deal. If you do you not submit a BOLO, then you only get the list generated from the admins which includes Chris Green. This group is very affordable and just launched. Sign up now, contribute a BOLO and you will get your first list on Sunday.

 

Why Is My Amazon FBA Inventory Reserved?

Amazon FBA Inventory ReservedWhy Is My Amazon FBA Inventory Reserved?

If you are an Amazon FBA seller then I am sure you have experienced your inventory being in reserve. In the Amazon FBA Facebook Groups, this is a frequent question. Why is my Amazon FBA inventory reserved and what does that mean?

There are several reasons why your inventory may be in reserve. Click this link to find out the explanation from Seller Central. You have to have a Seller Central account to see the page. There are three reasons why your inventory is reserved:

  • Customer Order
  • Fulfillment Center Transfer
  • Fulfillment Center Processing

Reserved Inventory Reason #1

If there is a customer order that has not been shipped yet, then you will have inventory reserved for that order. This inventory will also show up as a pending order.

Reserved Inventory Reason #2

If your inventory is being transferred from one fulfillment center to another fulfillment center, then the reserve reason is Fulfillment Center Transfer. When I create my shipments, at least some of inventory goes to a Distribution Center. A Distribution Center ships your inventory to other Fulfillment Centers. During this process your inventory shows up as reserved. There are pros and cons to your inventory being shipped to a Distribution Center. The pro is that your inventory is not split among a lot of fulfillment centers which can increase shipping costs. The con is that once your inventory is checked into the Distribution Center, your listings show up as backordered while it is being shipped to other warehouses.

Reserved Inventory Reason #3

The last reason is because your inventory needs additional processing. The additional processing could be for verification of the dimensions and weight of the product or other pending investigations. Amazon stated on their Help Page that inventory that is being processed for transfer can show up under both Fulfillment Center Transfer and Fulfillment Center Processing for a short time.

Reserved Inventory Report

There is a report that you can run to find out what inventory is in reserve and why. Go to Reports and then Fulfillment. Under Inventory select Reserved Inventory. This report can’t be viewed online so you must select “Request Download”. Once the report has been generated, you can select the Download button. The report will be downloaded as a csv file. You can open this file in Microsoft Excel.

If you are new to Amazon FBA, there is a lot of information that you must learn. Here are 3 free videos that you can watch to get you started.

Amazon FBA – A Solution If You Are Struggling In Your Online Business

Amazon FBADo you feel like you are struggling in your online business? You are making some money but not enough to pay all of your bills, live comfortably or replace your income. In order to be successful in online marketing, you have to be consistent and have multiple ways for people to buy from you. You need multiple products or affiliate offers. If you have a full-time job, this can be challenging depending on the type of job you have. For me, there are times when I have time to work on my business in the evenings and weekends. Then there are times where I am working 10-12 hours during the week and also working on the weekends. Unfortunately, the latter is more of my norm right now.

You find yourself in a “Catch-22” position You are developing your online business to replace your income so you can leave your job. Your job is taking up all of your time so you cannot work on your business. This is very frustrating and can cause you to become very discouraged, overwhelmed and want to give up. You have to keep your eyes on the prize and remember “your why”. Why did you want to have an online marketing business in the first place?

One thing that I started in mid-November was Fulfillment By Amazon (Amazon FBA). I started in the middle of 4th quarter which is the most profitable time to sell on Amazon. I started with Retail Arbitrage where I would go to stores and find products that I would sell for a profit. I focused on toys and did very well. Now that the holiday has ended, I have diversified into other categories.

I have made some mistakes along the way, but I did not give up. I have started buying more things online. Buying online required a little different criteria than picking up inventory in a store. You have to ensure that you have enough profit just in case the price drops or rank increases before you can ship to Amazon.

I would strongly encourage you to add this stream of income to your online business especially if your business is currently part-time. For me, this has been a way to jump start my online income. Amazon is something that is familiar to the masses. Millions of people buy merchandise from Amazon. Amazon is the biggest e-commerce site so your target market is massive.

One of the courses that I recommend to learn all about Amazon FBA is Proven Amazon Course by Jim Cockrum. This course covers all aspects of Amazon FBA including retail arbitrage, wholesaling, sourcing online, private label as well as sourcing from China.  I strongly encourage you to take advantage of Proven Amazon Course while it is on sale and before the price increases.

Selling Private Label Physical Products on Amazon

private label physical productsMost online marketers are familiar with making money with Amazon by publishing Kindle books through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), publishing physical books through Create Space and becoming an Amazon affiliate through the Amazon Associates program. These are all great programs but you probably won’t be able to quit your job with these programs.

A lot of people are also starting to use the Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA program. In this case, you find products either online or at stores that you can sell for a profit. You ship them to Amazon and they are sold just like any another product on Amazon. Amazon collects the money and ships the items to the customer. Amazon handles the customer service as well. This business model is more lucrative than the ones mentioned previously.

There is another of aspect of FBA which is not as popular but is gaining popularity and visibility. You sell your own private label physical products on Amazon. You actually contact manufacturers and produce a product with your own brand. This will allow you to create a truly sustainable business that can support your family. Adding your own private label gives your product more value.

You may not have been aware that you can compete with the “big boys”. You can create your own brand with your own label. There are many benefits to developing your own brand. I will just name a few. It is cheaper to buy unbranded products than ones that are part of an existing brand. You don’t have to invest in a manufacturing plant, machines or personnel.

The good thing about manufacturing your own private label products is you can order in small quantities. I am in the final stages of manufacturing my first private label product and I was able to order only 160 units. This gives me a chance to test this product and make any tweaks.

If you would like to learn more about manufacturing and selling your own private label physical products on Amazon then you should check out Proven Private Label. This step-by-step course teaches you how to sell private label physical products on Amazon, eBay and Google.

Get Proven Private Label so you can learn how to profit from this lucrative business model.