Amazon - any point for non-US?

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    Baileybearposted 8 years ago

    I live in Australia, and am a bit confused about Amazon. Can anyone sign up for Amazon?  Is it worthwhile for those outside the US?

    I read it is in US$ and they require a social security number (what do overseas people give?).

    How does Amazon work?  Can I select what category of books to advertise?  Or a particular book? 

    My hubs are not sales orientated hubs - more personal issue hubs - well-being etc.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image80
      Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm in Canada and I have an affiliate account with Amazon. I don't know if certain countries are exempt. I don't remember having to give any financial's been so long since I signed up.

      With the Amazon capsules you can choose specific items or search by keyword.

    2. mcbean profile image73
      mcbeanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I's cool for Australians to earn via Amazon in the US.
      You sign up like everyone else and get paid by cheque. Although the minimum payment level is $100 US I tend to wait until I have at least $500 before I cash it in as it costs around $7 - $10 to deposit a US Dollar cheque in Oz.
      You don't have to complete US tax forms as you are not based in the US and (I assume) you have no US employees.
      It is your responsibility to report all income in Australia.

  2. kirstenblog profile image74
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    I am in the UK and will have my checks posted here. The currency exchange will be a pain but oh well. I am an american tho and has a ss number. I know other brits do get their affiliates and wont have an ss number, maybe one of them can come along and help?

    As for if it is worth navigating the forms to get it all set up, it depends. If you can write stuff that gets people wanting to buy they h*ll yeah! its worth doing! Pain in the butt tho it may be to get sorted.

  3. CMHypno profile image93
    CMHypnoposted 8 years ago

    I never had to provide a social security number as a Brit - but will have to declare my earnings in my tax return here. There are lots of Australian hubbers using Amazon, so you shouldn't have a problem.

  4. WryLilt profile image88
    WryLiltposted 8 years ago

    I'm in Australia and sold 80 items on Amazon last month. I'm over the $100 but plan to wait till I have a citibank account before getting my money  (I believe Amazon will deposit into those.)

    We declare our own tax so don't need to supply numbers. My accountant told me till I earn over $5000/year it's classed as a hobby. smile

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      Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      is that the same if I have a job also - ie do I have to declare any income (being optimistic here!) on top of my job income, or because it is "hobby" income, it's separate?  If, I did, I guess I could deduct internet fees etc which would cancel it out anyway

      1. WryLilt profile image88
        WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I work part time and pay tax on that. However it's probably best to keep a record anyway and check with your accountant for online money, although I believe it's separate.

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          Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I've signed up and managed to figure out how to put some Amazon capsules in my hubs.  I've been promoting books anyway, so may as well get chance to get paid for it.  See there was an option for Amazon gift card for over $10 earnt - I picked that.  Wouldn't have hassles of bank fees etc?

          1. WryLilt profile image88
            WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, you can go with gift card but remember - a lot of items won't ship outside the US (anything with a warranty basically) and you'll pay high shipping fees on anything you can buy.

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              Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              they will ship books? Otherwise I can change it back.  I'm not sure if I'll make any money, but can't hurt to try.  I'm actually feeling confident that I will be able to meet the adsense threshold in the not too distant future.

              1. WryLilt profile image88
                WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, you can buy books off them if you wish. I have in the past.

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      Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that's pretty impressive.  I looked thru several of your hubs and didn't see any amazon capsules.  Do you put at least one with 3 products on most hubs?  Or sometimes just 1 product?

      1. WryLilt profile image88
        WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        This is now more of a fun account for me. However I have 43 product hubs on this account, such as the pettiskirt hub published the other day.

        Any hubs I write 'for money' on my other accounts always have Amazon however.

  5. LondonGirl profile image82
    LondonGirlposted 8 years ago

    I'm British, and I've made a fair few quid out of Amazon. Mine aren't product hubs, either.

    I didn't have to put in my social security number - which is just as well, because I don't have one!

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      Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that's what I was wondering - so just leave that blank?  I read lots of awesome books that inspire hubs, and why not try to get paid for advertising them?

      1. LondonGirl profile image82
        LondonGirlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'm sorry, I can't remember exactly, it was a couple of years ago now. But I must have done.

      2. Ign Andy profile image56
        Ign Andyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Just leave it blank, it no benefit for Amazon since they don't have to report earning non US citizen.

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    Toby Hansenposted 8 years ago

    I  do not do Hubs on a specific product.
    You can always do what I do and just put related Amazon products on Hubs, such as books about the medical condition I have on Hubs that I write about coping with that condition.


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