5 Items I sold using Fulfillment by Amazon in December 2014

December 30th, 2014

Hope everyone had a great holiday selling season!  This is only my second blog post of the month as I was putting in many more hours than usual related to selling online due to the increased opportunity around Christmas.  I will be sharing my December results in early 2015, and you will be able to see if the increased time and effort correlated to increased sales/profits.

One of the more frequent questions that I get related to selling on amazon is “What do you sell?”  The usual answer is anything that makes a profit, but in today’s post I will be sharing 5 specific products that I sold during December and am now out of stock on.  I picked 5 products across several different categories that encompass a variety of price points to provide an idea of the types of products that I am usually selling.  I will also be including a screenshot from amazon to show the sales price and payout, and will include a link to the product if you would like to take a closer look at the current landscape and how the pricing has changed since the date I sold the items.

The first item I will be covering in today’s post is a Hello Kitty Soap Pump from the Home & Kitchen category, this was purchased at a retail store for $3.50, here is the sales screenshot (click to enlarge, same goes for all screenshots in this post): HK SoapAfter all of the amazon fees and the cost of the item, the profit on this item was $8.29.  Here is a link to the product on amazon if you want to get a better look:

The second item I will be showing today is a Day Timer 2015 calender page refill from the Office Products category on amazon.  This was purchased at an office supply store that was closing for $6.50, and sold for: Day Timer RefillAfter all of the shipping and fees this item ended up in a profit of $10.82.   Here’s a link to the product on amazon:

The third item for today is a stainless steel roasting pan from the Kitchen & Dining Category on amazon.  This item was purchased for $5.78 from an online store, and sold for: Roasting PanAfter all of the amazon fees and the buy cost of the item, this resulted in a profit of $4.99.  Here’s a link to the current amazon listing, and if you end up taking a look, it looks like I could have held out for a higher selling price:

Next, we’ll take a look at a Laser Peg item from the toy category on amazon.  This item was included in the purchase of pallet of liquidation toys during the summer of 2014, with an average buy cost of $1.50.  Here’s the amazon sales screenshot for this item: Laser Pegs BugAfter the amazon fees and the buy cost, the profit on this item was $8.67.  Here’s the amazon link:

The final product that we will take a look at for today is an HP Printer that was purchased at a retail store for $21.59 and is in the Electronics category on amazon, here’s the sales screenshot: HP PrinterThis item sold for $79.99 and was a profit of $40.78 after the amazon fees and the buy cost of the item.  Here’s a link to the product currently on amazon:

In total that is 5 different products from 5 different categories on amazon and sourced from a large variety of locations.  In this post I have shown 5 products on which I made solid profits and return on investments, but keep in mind that not all of the products that I sell end up being profitable.  I will do a post in early 2015 showing some items that I lost money on.

You also may want to look at the amazon product pages for each of the items (especially if you are not reading this post right after I published it) above and see the current pricing, look at the current sales rank, number of sellers, and potentially look at price/rank history on sites such as Keepa and camelcamelcamel, as over time all of these factors will be changing.

Hopefully this helps provide some concrete examples and you find this post useful.  If you have any questions or comments, please share them below!

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24 responses to “5 Items I sold using Fulfillment by Amazon in December 2014”

  1. James says:

    Once again; nice and informative post Ryan! Thanks for sharing those FBA details.. I am working on my own FBA blog too! Hoping to launch it in the next few weeks.

  2. Wayne says:

    Thanks Ryan! Good clear and meaningful information. Happy New Year!

  3. Daniel says:

    Ryan, I purchase liquidation goods as well for resale. I’ve just started selling items on Amazon but I’m cautious to list any of my liquidation sourced items as these are typically customer returns and often opened first. Have you used FBA with a condition other than “NEW”?

    • Dima says:

      I’ve sold a very limited number of items as used since it gets very tricky at being able to properly describe your item – a used/good item to you may seem like a used/terrible item to the buyer and amazon will typically side with the buyer, hurting your stats, hence the general rule of thumb not to mess with used things. If your liquidation stores are anything like what I have seen at mine, I wouldn’t risk listing anything better than used/acceptable, just from the way the boxes appear (even if fully functional).

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Yes I have, but mainly with books and media. For the most part, I try to sell things as new, and this make up well over 95% of my sales.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan

      • Daniel says:

        Thanks Ryan. Appreciate your blog and transparency. Just starting down this road. I make a lot more on liquidation merchandise but I’m finding the time involved is not sustainable. Each item has to be inspected/tested prior to selling. I try to move these items mainly through Facebook local groups which is surprisingly effective but time consuming. Thanks again! Looking forward to 2015 posts.

  4. skip roberts says:

    Great info Ryan. Always impressed how much “Real life” info that you provide. Could you possibly share some ballpark quantities of how many of the above items that you moved?

    Thank you.

  5. Dima says:

    Thanks for sharing, Ryan – always good to see some concrete examples. Something I kept wondering about on the items you sourced from stores (not online) is how much of each item were you able to actually acquire? Was that on the order of dozen of hello kitties or boxes full of them?

    After playing along since March, I’m starting to realize that I no longer have the patience or the time for sourcing low-quantity, low $ items at local retailers (even if they may 3x the acquisition cost).

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Hi Dima,

      No problem! On most of the in store items I am able to sell 5-10 per item. Sometimes it’s only 1 of an item, and other times it is 50+ but the vast majority fall in the 5-10 range.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan

  6. Stephen says:

    Ryan, that’s very helpful for newbies like me. What will be your strategy for Q1 ? Any plans to get into Private Labeling ? Happy New Year

  7. Nate says:

    Nice post Ryan. I know people like to see actual products that are working. It’s nice to see someone providing value like that. Keep it up.

  8. Bunnyfreak says:

    I am interested in whether you bought the Hello Kitty already knowing it would have that roi or if it was a educated guess.

  9. Rene says:

    I will buy inventory in warehouse. What is the minimun amount per product to start. Just your experience. Thanks for your contribution.

  10. Zane says:

    Ryan…Great Info.

    Do You Post Sales Number for the items in this post anywhere? After a Quick Glance..the Rank on the Hello Kitty Soap Pump seemed High.

    Like your Blog!!!

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Hi Zane,

      Thank you! If you click on the screenshots near each item it will show the selling price.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan

  11. Min says:

    Great info!!
    Just wanted to know when your find a good deal, how do you buy it in a bulk? From my experience it wasn’t easy to find more sales products

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Thanks Min!

      It really depends on how I buy in bulk. Sometimes I am able to buy in bulk from the same store, other times by going to separate stores in the same chain, and still others it’s a liquidation / close out that I have to buy in bulk if I want any. So, it’s really just depends on the opportunity, and there are many times when I would like to buy in bulk that I am unable to do so.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan

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