SELL

How to start
selling on Amazon

Whether you have an established e-commerce business, a great idea for a new product, or you just have a passion for selling, here’s how to take that next step with Amazon.
Read the beginner's guide to selling on Amazon
39 € (excl. VAT) per month + selling fees
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Before you start

Amazon app showing product listings of water bottles that can be shipped through Amazon Prime

Consider your selling strategy

Resellers find popular products that already exist and offer them in Amazon's stores.

Brand owners manufacture their own products—or source goods to sell under a private label—to offer shoppers unique selection.

Lots of sellers do both. You can choose whichever method works for your goals.

Create an Amazon seller account

You can use your customer account to start selling, or you can create a new Amazon seller account with your business email. Before you sign up, make sure you’re ready with the following:
  • Business email address or Amazon customer account
  • Chargeable credit card (International credit cards are also accepted)
  • Valid passport or national ID (Identity verification protects sellers and customers)
  • Company registration details (with VAT number if possible)
  • Phone number
  • A bank account where Amazon can send you proceeds from your sales
Startscherm van Amazon Seller Central

Amazon jargon:

Seller Central

Seller Central is the website where sellers log in to monitor their Amazon sales activity. You can manage inventory, update pricing, communicate with buyers, review account health, contact selling partner support, and add new products.
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Go mobile

Use the Amazon Seller app to track sales, fulfil orders, find products to sell, respond to customer questions, capture and edit professional-quality product photos, and create listings—all from your phone.
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Understanding your VAT requirements

Depending on the nature of your business, you will be required to register for a VAT number in a European country as per the regulations. This depends on multiple factors, some of which are place of business establishment, fulfilment model, and your annual sales. Having awareness of various VAT requirements, and knowing how to comply with them, will contribute to a frictionless selling experience on Amazon.
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Adding your products

Some categories are open to all sellers, some require a Professional seller account, some require approval to sell, and some include products that cannot be sold by third-party sellers.

To sell branded products protected by copyright, trademark, or patent, you must be the legal owner of the brand or an authorized reseller. Visit Seller Central to learn more about Amazon’s intellectual property policy for sellers.
The table below provides an overview of Amazon product categories, but visit Seller Central Help to learn more about restrictions, and how to request approval. If you ship orders with Fulfilment By Amazon, be sure to review the specific list of FBA product restrictions.

Product categories

Product category

Example products

Conditions allowed

Categories not requiring approval
Automotive
Parts, Tools & Equipment, Accessories.
specific considerations /requirements may apply.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Baby Product
Pushchairs & Prams, Car Seats, High Chairs, Toys, Furniture, Bedding, Feeding, Changing, Monitors, Safety, Potty Training. Approval may be required for holiday selling¹
New Only
BMVD
Music, Books, Video/DVD/ Blu-ray. Some specific considerations /requirements may apply.
New Only
Computing
Desktops, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablets, Printers, Computing Accessories.
New Only
Consoles & video Games
Consoles and video games.
New Only
Consumer Electronics
TVs, Audio (inc. car audio), GPS, Phones, Cameras, Electronic Accessories. Approval may be required for specific products²
Requirements (sign-in required).
New Only
DIY & Tools
Hand Tools, Hardware, Workwear, Site & Safety Equipment, Fire Alarms & Security, Power Tools, Power Tool Accessories, Electrical, Decorating, Garden & Landscaping Tools, Building Material, Plumbing & Bath, Parts.
New Only
Garden & Outdoors
Seeds & Plants, Birds & Wildlife, Pest Control, Plant Care, Décor & Lighting, Tools & Accessories, Leisure & Fitness, Garden Furniture, Structures & Ponds, Outdoor Living.
New Only
Kitchen & Home
Appliances: Small Appliances, Home Appliances, Parts.
Home Living: Homeware, Furniture, Home Décor, Kitchen & Dining, Lighting, Arts & Crafts.
New Only
Large Appliances
Cookers & Ovens, Dishwashers, Fridges & Freezers, Washing Machines & Tumble Driers, Parts
New Only
Lighting
Lights and Fixtures, Light Bulbs, Lighting Accessories, Torches
New Only
Musical Instruments
DJ Equipment and Musical Instruments.
New Only
Office Products
Printer Ink, Office Supplies, Office Furniture
New Only
Pet Supplies
Pet Food, Habitats, Apparel, Training, Grooming, Healthcare, Toys, Leads, Aquatics, Terraristics
New Only
Shoes & Accessories
Shoes, Boots, Sandals, Slippers, Shoes Accessories, Handbags, Wallets. Approval may be required for specific products. Available to Professional sellers only.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Sporting Goods
Sports Equipment, Bikes, Tents, Fan Gear
New Only
Toys & Games
Games & Puzzles, Outdoor & Sports Toys, Arts, Crafts & School Supplies, Vehicles, Dolls, Plush, Building Sets, Learning & Exploration, Infants/Pre-School, Action Figures, Fancy Dress. Approval may be required for Christmas selling¹
New Only
Categories requiring approval
Grocery
Beverages, Baby Food, Biscuits & Snacks, Confectionery, Cereals, Cooking & Baking, Seasoning & Condiments, Tinned Food, Pasta & Rice, Spreads, Sauces, Fresh & Frozen Food, Hampers, Home-Care & Cleaning. Category available to Professional sellers only. Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Jewelry
Earrings, Necklaces, Rings, Bracelets (see also Watches). Available to Professional sellers only.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Watches
All Watches. Available to Professional sellers only.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Apparel
Outerwear, Athletic Wear, Innerwear, Belts, Wallets.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Beauty
Fragrance, Skincare, Makeup, Hair Care, Bath & Shower. See also Health & Personal Care.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Health and Personal Care
First Aid, Nutrition. See also Beauty.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only
Personal Care appliances
Hair Care Appliances, Oral Care Appliances, Skincare Appliances, Shaving and Hair-Removal Appliances, Footcare Appliances, Healthcare Appliances & Equipment, Massage Equipment, Tanning Appliances, Scales, SAD Lights, Independent Living & Mobility
Requirements (sign-in required)
New Only

Product listing details

To start selling a product on Amazon, you’ll create a product listing in Seller Central. A product listing includes:
  • A product identifier, such as GTIN, UPC, ISBN, or EAN to specify the exact item you’re selling. You can get a UPC code directly from GS1, or request an exemption.
  • A SKU, which is a product ID you create to track your own inventory
  • Offer details, including price, product condition, available quantity, and shipping options
  • Product details like name, brand, category, description, and images
  • Keywords and search terms to help buyers find your product
If another seller already offer the same product, you’ll match an existing listing (which means some details will already be in place, like the product identifier). If you’re the first seller to offer a product, you’ll create a new listing.

Amazon jargon:

ASIN

Every product offered for sale on Amazon gets an automatically generated ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number), which is different from a GTIN or SKU. Multiple sellers may offer the same ASIN.

The product detail page

Amazon Seller Central product detail page showing where descriptions go
Your offer details will be displayed on a “product detail page.” If you’ve ever shopped on Amazon.com, you’ve seen one. Product detail pages are where customers find all of the relevant information about a particular item.

When multiple sellers offer the same product, Amazon combines data from those various offers on a single detail page. Sellers who offer the product can contribute detail page information—or request detail page reviews if the information displayed is incorrect.

If you sell your products under a registered trademark, consider enrolling in Amazon Brand Registry, a free service that gives you increased control over product detail pages that use your brand name.
1.
Title
200 characters max, capitalize the first letter of every word
2.
Images
500 x 500 or 1 000 x 1 000 pixels to increase listing quality
3.
Variations
Such as different colours, scents, or sizes
4.
Bullet points
Short, descriptive sentences highlighting key features and benefits
5.
Featured offer ("Buy Box")
The featured offer on a detail page. Customers can add to their cart or “Buy Now”
6.
Other offers
The same product sold by multiple sellers offering a different price, shipping options, etc.
7.
Description
Keywords improve the chances that people will find your listing

Amazon jargon:

Featured Offer ("Buy Box")

If more than one seller offers a product, they may compete for the Featured Offer (“Buy Box”), the most visible offers on the product detail page. Sellers must meet performance-based requirements to be eligible for Featured Offer placement.

Attracting customers

Once your products go live in Amazon's stores, there are a number of things you can do to attract customers. The Amazon Flywheel describes our method for driving growth.

Below are some ways to consider using “Amazon Flywheel” principles to generate momentum for your business.
Attirez les clients
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CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Provide fast shipping

Customers often shop for products with the Amazon Prime badge, which you can get by using Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) to ship products from one of our fulfilment centres.

Sell and ship across Europe

With just one account you can reach customers, manage your listings and inventory all across Europe, within nine Europeam Stores (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, Amazon.nl, Amazon.se , Amazon.pl and Amazon.com.be).
PRICING

Set competitive prices

Many customers shop for the best price. Seller Central tools like automated repricing can help you stay competitive.
Graph showing Amazon Seller Central’s automated repricing and bulk pricing tools

After your first sale

The moment you’re selling on Amazon is the moment you can start growing. We have tools in place to help you take things to the next level and then some.

Get customer reviews

Customer product reviews benefit customers and sellers. Make sure you’re familiar with the right and wrong ways to get more product reviews and avoid policy violations.
Amazon customer’s 4.5-star product review
Sellers Read Reviews

Sellers Read Reviews

The great thing about Amazon is, its giving you live real-time feedback in terms of how the product is being perceived and how you as a seller are performing.
Ramin GolzariManaging Director, Highlander Outdoor

Grow your business

Selling in Amazon stores enables you to build a worldwide company from your laptop. Advertising, promotions, and global selling are just a few ways to expand.
Amazon Seller Central interface showing growth opportunities for an Amazon seller account
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