New Amazon sellers have a big decision to make, should your first shipment of products come to your house to direct to an Amazon fulfillment center?
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There are pros and cons to each, but I think that new sellers should receive production runs, at least the first few, themselves before sending on to Amazon.
Some of the benefits to shipping direct to Amazon include:
- lower cost as you aren’t double shipping goods (China to you, you to Amazon)
- potentially shorter travel from China to Amazon fulfillment center
- less down time before your product is ready to sell
- no inventory in your home
But..despite all that, I still think that you as a new Amazon seller should have products sent to your home. It comes down to this:
No one cares about your products as much as you do.
Even if you have an inspection done in China (and if you are sending direct to Amazon, you absolutely should), it’s not the same as putting eyes on your own product.
You’ve seen your supplier’s quality level for a sample, maybe two.
But is the quality maintained over 500 units? Over 1,000 units?
Hopefully the answer is yes, but you may find differences between the first box of product and the last, and that is something that you want to be aware of.
Also, when you are launching a new product, you are never quite sure exactly how quickly your products will sell. 100 units may last you a week or they may last you a month. If you send too much product in and it sits in the warehouse, you are paying extra monthly storage fees and also have the possibility of hitting long term storage fees.
The ability to control how much inventory is being sent to Amazon fulfillment centers is a nice benefit of having product sent to your home, until you have a better idea of your inventory turn.
Do you agree, or do you think it’s always better to send to the Amazon fulfillment center? Tell me in the comments!
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