Recent Amazon FBA Sales: Speakers, A Game, A Juicer, and Darth Tater

January 17th, 2014

In today’s post I will be showing you a selection of 4 FBA sales that I made in the past couple of weeks on items that I no longer have in stock.  I will show you a screenshot of the payment details so that you can see the exact amount of fees on a transaction that utilizes fulfillment by amazon.  These 4 items also represent a fairly significant price range so you can see how the lower priced items have a higher percentage of fees taken out.   I will also provide a link to the amazon detail page if you want to get a better look at the item, or if you would like to see the current price levels.

First up is an AT&T Speaker.  Let’s take a look at the details (click to enlarge, you can do this on images throughout the post):  SpeakerHere is a link to the current listings for this item: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008S4MQQQ.  I purchased several of these from a local retailer from their clearance section for $40 a piece.  A few things to note about this item, the FBA per unit fulfillment fee was $4.00 because the item is considered oversize.  On standard size items, this fee is only $1.  Another item to note if you look at the product detail page on amazon is that there is not a sales rank for this item.  When I bought this item, I also checked the prices this item had been selling for in the ebay completed listings, and it was selling for a good price on ebay.  So, I went ahead with the purchase, hoping that it would sell through FBA, and if it did not I would sell them on ebay.  It turns out I was able to sell the ones I bought on amazon, so all worked out well.  Keep in mind throughout this post, that I also had to pay to ship these items into amazon and those costs are not shown in the screenshots.  When shipping into amazon when using FBA you get amazon’s partnered UPS rates, so it is generally a very low price per item, but it is still a cost that needs to be factored in.

The second item for today is a copy of Wits and Wagers that I sold, here are the details: Wits and wagers

I purchased copies of this game on clearance for $9.08 a piece from a local retailer.  Here is a link to the amazon product details page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000809NNC. You can see on this item that the per order fulfillment fee is back down to $1 as it is a standard size item.  You can also see how the fees are a little bit higher percentage of the sales value compared to the higher dollar items.

Next up, is a juicer that sold at the very end of December: JuicerHere is a link to the current amazon listings for this item: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D37Q3US.  I purchased this item at a local thrift store for $27.99.  This was a used item, and I verified that it worked prior to sending it in to fulfillment by amazon.  You can see from the fees that this item was also considered oversize.  Another item to note is that this sold very close to the beginning of the New Year.  A juicer is an item that could be a part of many people’s resolution to eat healthier, lose weight, etc, and people are buying items that will help them accomplish their resolutions.  I have noticed that several health related items have sold recently after sitting for a few months, and I believe that this is because of the New Years resolutions that people are making.  So keep resolutions in mind when you are out looking for items to resell.

The last item for today is a Playskool Darth Tater.  This is a Star Wars Darth Vader version of Mr. Potato Head, take a look: Darth TaterHere is a link to the current amazon detail page: http://www.amazon.com/Playskool-Potato-Head-Star-Wars/dp/B0074FN740.  I purchased this item for the full retail price of $9.99 at a local retailer in December.  At the time I bought these the lowest FBA price was $29.99 and amazon was out of stock.  When my items were received at the warehouse amazon was back in stock with a price of $9.99, and if I matched their price I would lose money.  I decided to try to wait for amazon to sell out, and price my items below the other FBA competition in hopes of selling mine the next time amazon ran out of stock. This plan ended up working out and I was able to see about 40% margins on this item.  However, this is a good example of the risks of buying an item at full retail price to sell on amazon.  When you are looking at the information at any given time, amazon may be out of stock, but could restock the items before you are able to get yours to the warehouse.  As a result of this I try to have a wide mix of products for sale on amazon as opposed to purchasing a bunch of any one individual product to mitigate the risk of amazon or another seller selling at a price that would not be profitable for me.

Hopefully from these 4 items you can get an idea of the large variety of products that are able to be sold through amazon fba for a profit, as well as get a little insight into my reasoning for purchasing products.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future blog posts you would like to see, please leave a comment below.  Or send me an email at grant.ryanj@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!

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11 responses to “Recent Amazon FBA Sales: Speakers, A Game, A Juicer, and Darth Tater”

  1. Quinn Tay says:

    Hi Ryan,

    A layman question. You said, “So, I went ahead with the purchase, hoping that it would sell through FBA, and if it did not I would sell them on ebay.”

    So for the items you sent to AZ warehouse through FBA, you can still get it back after some time?

    Thank you.

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Hello Quinn,

      Good question, I should have explained that in the post. When you send in items to FBA you also have the option to do what is called multi-channel fulfillment. This means that you can enter in a shipping address and have it sent to anyone who may purchase the product from somewhere other than amazon. There are fees for this, but this is the route I would have gone if I needed to sell them on ebay. You also have the option to have the item shipped back to you for a small fee. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      -Ryan

      • Quinn Tay says:

        Thanks, Ryan.

      • William says:

        Whoa, you can sell things on ebay through FBA? That’s very handy. I’ve got a few things that just aren’t selling on amazon that are going fast on ebay. I might look into this.

        • Ryan Grant says:

          Yes, it can be a great option. You just have to go into manage fba inventory, and then create a fulfillment order. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know.

          -Ryan

  2. Dimitri says:

    Hey there!
    I am seriously considering getting into FBA, but I’m wondering what my inventory goal should be to sell things consistently throughout the week.

    For example, on eBay I have 50 items listed and I will generally sell about 3 – 5 items per week. (I noticed that as a general rule of thumb for every 10 items I have listed, one will sell per week.)

    How does this work on Amazon? If I have 50 items listed as a MFN individual seller (and hopefully a FBA Proseller soon), what is a rough guess of what I can expect to sell per week. I know that it varies depending on item popularity, competition and seasonality, but I would just like an anecdotal guesstimate from you. Thanks!

    -Dimitri

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Hey Dimitri!

      I would recommend giving FBA a shot as soon as possible, and just so you know you don’t need a pro merchant account to sell via FBA. It is extremely hard to say as it will depend a great deal on sales rank, category, your price point, etc. However, since you are asking for a guesstimate, I will give you one, I would say that if you have 50 products listed you would sell around 5 a week.

      Just for further clarification, I have had items sold merchant fulfilled that I have sold more than 20 of in a single day, and I have also had items that have been listed for over a year without selling. Hope that helps, and my main tip would be to give it a shot and see what happens!

      Best Regards,
      Ryan

  3. MLH says:

    Very interesting. I’ll need to revisit my own personal guidelines for a potential item’s sales rank & reviews – I wouldn’t have gone near the speakers or juicer but you had success with both. Enjoy the insight this provides.

    You haven’t heard of or found anything that tells you how many units of an item have sold in a certain period, have you? Sales ranks are nice guidelines, but I’d love to know what that means in terms of units sold.

    • Ryan Grant says:

      Hey MLH,

      That is an excellent question. Unfortunately I have not found anything that says how many units sold a certain sales rank correlates to. If anyone reading this comment knows how to do this, I would love to hear it.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan

  4. Paul says:

    Are you selling the items you pickup on clearance as new on FBA? I’ve seen people talking about the first sale doctrine. In retail law, after the first retail purchase the item becomes used.

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