Monday, August 30, 2010

Amazon 90-Day Experiment Nets $80 Per Hour

(Originally written August 2010 - guide updated June 2013)

I have been a casual seller on Amazon for almost a year selling my own items including books, DVDs, CDs, and a few toys I found at clearance sales. My selling experience on Amazon was really only an informal venture to understand how Amazon works so that I could teach others the basics of Amazon selling.

As I worked with my coaching clients, they began sharing their Amazon success stories with me. I was inspired by their success and the money they were generating with the Amazon business. Out of curiosity, I decided to take the plunge and try selling on Amazon using their techniques and selling strategies. I gave myself three months (90 days) to fine-tune the process just to see what one person could do with an Amazon business only devoting a few hours a week.

This experiment is based on what one person can do with the proper equipment, information, and devoting about 5 hours a week to the business. My Amazon business model takes into account that some eBay sellers want to expand into other online selling arenas and leverage the power of Amazon without having to set up or maintain their own website. The profit from this business model can multiplied exponentially fairly easily by adding more time, more equipment, and more people (employees or compensated helpers) to the plan.

No business is an exact science. This business takes physical work, dedication, and consistency to build and maintain. That being said, this report contains the results of my experiment. I still sell books on Amazon today. Download your free copy here.


Anissa.Lynette said...

I just downloaded the pdf. I'm going to try and sneak and read it at work. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and information.


Billie said...

Thanks so much for the pdf, I have been selling on Amazon for years and would like to step it up a bit, this is just what I needed!!


Lori McAulliffe said...

Suzanne, I started selling on Amazon about 30 days ago. Results have been slow, so I am looking forward to reading what your pdf.

thank you so much,
Lori at rocket City Sales

The Vintage Bug said...

I too have used Amazon only sparingly to sell college school books at the end of each school semester, but recently experimented with a children's book The Little Mermaid by Shiba Productions. I bought it at a thift store for $0.88 and rather than sell it at my etsy store I listed it at Amazon. It sold in about a week for $71.00!
Yes, I best look more into Amazon, and have downloaded your info on it. Thanks so much!

Sandy S said...

Thanks so much for the great information! I am a long time Ebay seller. I love your blog because I am always learning something new. ThanKS

Frenchee le Trip said...

I was really looking forward to reading your report and it did not disappoint. It was great, actually, and thank you for the excellent info and sharing all the clear data.

I've sold books on Amazon casually for years - do you think someone with a basic knowledge of Amazon needs to purchase the first ebook mentioned in the report?

Ginny said...

Thanks, your ebook is amazing. A ton of great information! Can you recommend a scouting tool? I tried googling it and you get a ton of information. A lot of it is those sites that do not look trustworthy.

Thanks again for the e-book!

Serena said...

Suzanne, thanks so much for creating this pdf. As an Amazon book seller wannabe, I learned so much from it. The FBA program looks exactly what I need. I am an eBay seller living in a small house, so have limited storage space, so anything to free up my space would be great. Plus, having someone else take care of fulfillment and customer service is a definite plus.
BTW, have you ever heard of It allows you to simultaneously list books on Amazon, eBay and some of the other book sites and will automatically pull the listings from all sites once it sells. I know an eBay seller who uses this site and has seen her book sales skyrocket.

Janet, The Organizing Genie said...

Thanks Suzanne. I too have been a casual seller on Amazon for more than a year and have wanted to look into FBA for some time. Your report was just what I needed to look into it and sign up. we'll see how it goes.