I haven’t sent in a FBA shipment in some time due to other priorities. However, I recently received the latest FBA newsletter and found out that Amazon is now offering to label items for you. That’s pretty sweet! That has been a desire of mine for a long time. The biggest hassle with FBA has always been printing out all those damn labels and sticking them to each and every book. It turns a 1 hour job into a 3 hour job. I’ve sent in some shipments that literally took me 8+ hours to process when they could have been much, much less.
It looks like they’re charging 20 cents/item which doesn’t seem to be too bad. I typically had 200 books in a shipment. If I were to choose to have Amazon label them all for me, I’d be out $40. In my opinion, that would be a small price to pay to shave half the time out of processing. This definitely wouldn’t be for the penny books though. With the recent fee hike, that really hurt much of the low-price, commodity books being sold via FBA. Taking another 20 cents from the already paper-thin margins wouldn’t be feasible.
Here’s the breakdown of the service:
- They will label just about anything that qualifies for FBA however it has to have a scannable barcode. This means NO pre-1970 books folks. If you do have these items, you’ll have to label them yourself however they’ll have to be in a different shipment. There’s no mixing and matching labeling service items with self-service labeling.
- You’ll be allowed to use the labeling service on a per-shipment basis.
It looks to be a pretty straightforward process. You tell them which items you want them to label and you pay 20 cents/pop. Are you going to use this service? If so, I hope you’ve figured this new expense into your total expenses. This would be a PERFECT reason to use a service like eBizControl to keep track of all these little expenses. Feel free to sign up for the mailing list or check out the site and get registered for the beta once it’s available.
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