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Best items to sell on amazon

Updated on June 29, 2013
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There are a couple of different product 'types' you can sell on Amazon. The first are brand things like Nike, Adidas, Reebok trainers and clothes, GHD hair straighteners , Calvin Klein perfumes and so on, basically a well known product with a brand name, that many people recognize.

The next items would be the unique and non-branded type of items, those things without a well-known name on them, that are half the price of similar branded items.

This is where everyone should start, when trying to sell on Amazon for the first time, unless you have really good contacts and getting cheap branded stock.

You see, non-branded items that are similar or better quality to branded products will have a much better selling rate on Amazon. The problem with selling well known brands on Amazon is you will always end up competing with Amazon itself, as they sell there own products, of course there's other sellers who are probably bigger and better financed than you are, that will get in your way for sure, as these sellers get there stock very cheap, because they either know where to go, or they are just better financed than everyone else.

This is not a problem if you can get the items at super-cheap prices for example surplus prices, but if you're buying from similar suppliers, then you have got no chance of competing against these big dogs.

The way round this is to buy yourself unique and non-branded type of items, you will get the items cheap if they don't come with a brand, but very much sell-able on Amazon, you should try to match the non-branded items to the ones that are branded, ( example: Colgates toothbrush, you would look for a non-branded tooth brush that would look like it.

These are the kinds of items I recommend to a beginner, if they plan to start selling on Amazon, stick with the non-branded and you will do much better, as these items have a good selling rate, you will also be able to pick these items up at discounted rates, at wholesale websites, or local wholesalers. This will allow you to compete with others if needed.

Selling products on Amazon

Fulfilment by Amazon

Here's a couple of things you should know about selling on amazon...

1) You must be and have a Pro Seller account to sell on amazon, which will cost you a monthly charge of about £28 a month. But, the last time i checked it was free for the first month. So you can test it out for no charge, this could be very help-full for you.

2) You will have to buy a UPC code for your items, otherwise this will not work. (I will post a few videos from you-tube at the bottom of page to cover UPC code ). But for now I think I've answered the question posed in today's subject line. If you cant wait search Google it will explain it to you....... I honestly do prefer to buy non-branded and unique-type items over the branded stock that's out there, when you sell on you control the product. You get the good reviews (assuming it's decent). You can sell those customers other products along a similar theme later on in your business.

Just think about it, if you buy cheap non-branded items similar to ones that are branded, that serve the same purpose, your profit margins are going to be much higher. This way there's no direct competition.

You could of course use 'Fulfillment by Amazon' to do all the shipping for you, if you haven't heard of this before let me explain to you real quickly what it is, basically you buy you items from your supplier, sign up for 'Fulfilment by Amazon', if you already a seller then you still have to sign up, you send your items to Amazon, who then sell, package and post the item for you, for a small fee at the end of each sale.

And the coolest thing about this is that all your items qualify for free delivery, also you wont have to do much, just sit back and watch the sales come in. I have and will always recommend this 'non-branded' approach over the alternative that everyone else seems to be in favour of going after the 'brands'that are brutally price-competitive.

Thanks for reading.... any question please comment below.


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      Andrew 4 years ago

      Best stock control and order manegement

      We have tried a few and found the best for UK sellers to be Linnworks as they are very competitive and support selling of all the platforms, a FREE trial version is available at the below link:-

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      Fernando Lacerda 4 years ago from London, Uk

      Hey thanks for the comment. To tell the truth many people worry to much about the copyright laws, but if you have a hairbrush that is popular by many users, there will always be a cheaper and near enough the same looking and design, available for you to purchase, it might be available in shops or in a wholesale a large amount of products.

      If you are thinking of making your own designs then that when you need to be more cautious about what your product looks like. For example it will cost you some money to pattern your design.

      If you wanted to brand a product that is non-branded then there are other procedures you must undertake, all non-branded products belong to businesses you must find the maker of the product you would like to brand as yours and make some kind of deal with them. Most manufactures are willing to sell you there non-branded products for a reasonable price.

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      Steve 4 years ago

      I have been thinking along these lines, I am looking at a particular hairbrush, it is a big seller and I can get an unbranded version cheap but it looks exactly the same and is the same shape. Its there a problem with copywrite if I brand something like this as my own?

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      Fernando Lacerda 5 years ago from London, Uk

      Hey there how you today thank for the question, there are many non-branded products out there. Have a look round you house see what item and products you use on a daily basis this might help you to start off, for example cosmetic items do well, toiletries, small tools, kitchen equipment, camping and so on. If you buy products to sell in small amounts then i suggest using ebay to sell them on, but if you buy products in bulk this will work much better. As you will be getting the products for much cheaper you will be able to make more profits. Selling online is always a challenge and there is always allot of research and testing you have to do, making sure you have a nice budget to spend on products, just so you can test things out. Firstly i would suggest you find a good supplier you can purchase from, google search suppliers round your area or on the net im sure you will find some.

      Thank you for your question wishing you all the best.

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      Alex 5 years ago

      Ok, dumb question. But, what are some of the examples of "non-branded" products you'd suggest? I've got to think that there are certain types of items where non-branded sells quite well. Then, I imagine there are those where non-branded just doesn't work. Also, is there a typical product price range this applies to - especially considering shipping costs and the amazon cut? Is this a good strategy for items that are less than $10 (or equivalent currency)? Less than $30? Or, should it ideally be in a certain price range...or a certain re-seller margin range?

      Hope the question makes sense. Thanks! Alex

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      Fernando Lacerda 6 years ago from London, Uk

      Thank you Juliette Morgan, i glad you found it interesting enough, you have chosen a good product to sell on Amazon, you should also try selling some dog toys and also dog food on Amazon, wish you all the best, thanks

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Interesting article. I have bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

      Thank you, I found that very interesting, as I am currently importing some dog collars and considering selling them at Amazon (UK) as well as on my own sites.