Amazon FBA Eligibility: How to find out if your business is eligible.
Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) is the product inventory storage and shipping service offered by Amazon. Amazon FBA eligibility is a 3 step process. If you can successfully create an account to sell on Amazon, and, adhere to the product restrictions and inventory requirements, you are eligible for FBA.
Amazon offers a FBA quick-start guide - but, this article provides all the important highlights. Read this mini-starters guide on how to become eligible for Amazon FBA. To obtain Amazon FBA eligibility, you must adhere to…
1. Amazon Seller Account Requirements
To be Amazon FBA eligible you must, first, successfully create your Amazon seller account. The first step is to decide what you are going to sell. And, whether you need an Individual Plan or a Professional Plan.
Amazon offers over 20 basic categories from which to list your products. If you sign up for the Professional seller plan, you get 10 additional niche Amazon listing categories.
Each Amazon seller plans are priced to accommodate your sales volume. Individual plan sellers pay around $1 per item sold. Professional plan sellers pay around $40 per month for unlimited sales.
Register for an Amazon seller account through the Seller Central sign-up portal.
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2. Product Restrictions
Once you are registered as a verified Amazon seller, make sure your inventory adheres to the product restriction guidelines. No use getting all setup with Amazon if your inventory is restricted. Amazon has very clear boundaries regarding what FBA will and will not ship.
Amazon FBA is a warehouse and shipment fulfillment service, so its product restrictions apply to all held inventory and shipping orders.
Most restrictions are common-sense. For starters, if you can’t sell it legally in the United States, it is not eligible to be fulfilled through FBA. That, also, includes alcohol and non-alcoholic beer.
FBA has a few ornate restrictions, as well. You cannot sell paper sky lanterns, loose batteries, automobile tires, or any stored value card, such as a gift certificate.
Finally, FBA restricts any product that fails to meet their inventory packaging requirements. Read the full list of FBA product restrictions to be sure that your inventory is eligible for FBA.
3. Inventory Requirements
FBA offers inventory storage at its mega-huge Amazon warehouses, located all over the globe. In order for your inventory to be stored and orders fulfilled through FBA, make sure you adhere to the inventory preparation, packaging, and labeling requirements.
The FBA Inventory Requirements are specific for each product category, with several overarching commonalities. All products must be barcoded, either, with a manufacturers barcode or an Amazon barcode. If the barcode is not placed properly on the package, or is unable to be easily located on the box, FBA will not ship it.
Amazon FBAs guidelines regarding loose products and shipment packaging requirements are, for the most part, obvious. You can't have anything banging around in the box, so make sure you package it up snug. Amazon wants sellers to use six sided boxes, made of a rigid cardboard. And, Amazon restricts any products that would require the FBA warehouse workers to do assembly of any kind in order to ship.
FBA Eligibility - Conclusion
Once you have created your product listing on Amazon, you are ready to prepare your products for the FBA warehouse center. Assign your order inventory to FBA and ship it to Amazon.
Now you have an overall idea of what goes into Amazon FBA eligibility. Be sure to follow the links, above, for all the full item eligibility requirement details from Amazon. We hope you found this guide on Amazon FBA Eligibility to be useful. Feel free to leave us questions in the comment box and we will get back to you shortly. Thanks for reading!
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