Whether you have bills to pay or just have some extra junk laying around that you’d like to get cash for, Amazon Marketplace may be worth checking out. You can create a seller account for no charge and start setting up items for sale right way. It’s cheaper than eBay, is more likely to sell than Craigslist and will definitely get you more bang for your buck than a pawnshop would.
Amazon is one of the world’s largest online retailers, selling everything from books to toilet paper to actual groceries that can be delivered to your door. Unlike eBay you don’t have to pay a dime if your listed item doesn’t sell, and your item will stay up there in the market place until it does. Fees are only taken after the sale is made. The images and descriptions are provided by Amazon; all you have to do is list that you have the item and in what condition. You’re also far less likely to get scammed on Amazon as Amazon has a much better customer and seller performance rating than other reselling sites.
After verifying the condition of your item, browse Amazon for it. This is quicker and easier if you happen to have access to a bar code or UPC code since that will allow you to make sure you’re listing the exact right model. On the page to the right, beneath the link to view all the used & new buying options, you should see a button that reads “Sell yours here.” Clicking that will take you to the selling wizard, which is a breeze to use. Simply select the quality of your item (like new, very good, good, etc) and list any specific details. If your item comes with extras or doesn’t include certain things that it would brand new, this is the place to list it. If you see all the other sellers for this item are selling from Japan, you may want to list that your item ships from America so the buyer knows your item will arrive more quickly than everyone else’s. Set a price that’s competitive to everyone else’s, which Amazon makes easy by generating for you, and hit send. You’re done! Now you sit back and wait. Once the item sells, ship it off and Amazon will add the money to your balance.
But How Much Will I Make?
It depends on what you’re selling, and in your sellers inventory Amazon will give you an estimate of how much in fees they plan to take out based on the item. Generally the way the formula works out is you have the sale price of the item plus the credited amount for whatever shipping option was chosen. From that you less Amazon’s commission, which is between 6% and 25% of your sale price. There’s a variable closing fee (which is also estimated in your Amazon inventory), and then you have your total remaining. So how much you make really is determined by what you’re selling and when. Electronics and books sell well on Amazon, for example, as do dolls and games around October when people start doing their holiday shopping. You really get the best profit off of books here than even trading in at your local book store. Assuming you sell the book for .01 and then have a $3.99 shipping fee, that’s $4 total and close to $2 after fees per paperback book, which is one fourth or more what you probably paid for the book in the first place!