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Selling on Amazon? How do you find out what sells and what doesn't?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by ShadeDream, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Is it possible to find out what sells and what doesn't on Amazon? Like on eBay you can take a look at the "Completed Listings"?
     
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    I typically only sell stuff with 3-5 stars, and at minimum 10 user reviews. I'm not sure if Amazon actually has stats like ebay.
     
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  3. saveferris

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    It's all about Sales Rank. For books, anything with a sales rank of 500K or under will probably sell at least one copy in a month or two... any book with a sales rank under 100K will sell a copy a week (or more).

    For other items, the Sales Rank depends on the category since some categories are larger than others. Generally, try to stay under 50K as those are going to be pretty hot items. For example, there is an item in the Home & Garden category that usually ranks around 5K to 15K, and I sell about ten or so a week.

    Sounds easy, eh? No... unless you're a Featured merchant you're going to struggle. You have to sell for a while and have excellent sales metrics to get that status -- few returns, high positive feedback percentage, stuff like that. If you're not Featured, you're going to have to have a really competitive price.

    My advice is to start out with media items like books, CDs, and DVDs. There is no Featured status for those categories so it's a level playing field. You'll be competing with other vendors basically on price and feedback (but mostly price).

    One more thing... there is NO room for black hat tactics on Amazon. If you're an honest merchant, you should do fine. But if you try to get tricky, Amazon will swat you down and keep your money.
     
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  4. workingwhileworking

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    ....are you selling on amazon are are you doing the affiliate thing?
     
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    I was actually looking into selling maybe two to three items (electronics) per month so nothing large scale, but I think I'll stick to eBay. :)