Once again I apologize for interrupting the beginner series posts that I was intending to follow through with. I’m beginning to learn that things don’t really follow a clear path and may forgo the series posts in the future. I’m constantly coming across new processes, strategies and better ways of running a used book business and am excited to share them with you. This is why I typically can’t set in stone blog posts because nothing is predictable.
If you follow my tweets on Twitter (@sellyourbooks) you’ll know that I tweeted a few days ago about getting the cheapest rate possible for incoming UPS shipments to Fulfillment by Amazon. I’ve found that after a dozen or so shipments to Amazon, the rate is never the same on a per pound basis. I’ve paid anywhere from 20 cents/lb to up to 38 cents/lb. Since Amazon lets you choose how many boxes you’re sending in a shipment and how heavy the boxes are going to be, I wanted to get the cheapest possible rate by finding how many and how heavy these boxes would need to be to maximize my money.
If I could find the cheapest per lb rate that UPS is going to charge me I could then either create a FBA shipment right away or wait until I have enough books to send to Amazon to match this cheap per lb rate. After an email to Amazon support and a lot of browsing around on UPS’s website and tracking down a UPS rate sheet, I believe I’ve found the cheapest way to get your books sent to Amazon when using Fulfillment by Amazon.
Finding this cost sweet spot will also allow you to budget better in determining exactly how much it’s going to cost you each time to send inventory to Amazon. I found it hard to really set a standard price in regards to incoming shipment charges and the different fees that Amazon charges you. With the information that I know now I’ve managed to get a budget in place and know exactly how much I’m going to have to shell out per book if I want to utilize Amazon FBA.
Here are the general steps that I went through in order to calculate the cheapest price possible for shipping books to Amazon. I will go into more detail in the videos that I have created.
- There are many different warehouses that Amazon uses for incoming FBA inventory. You’ll need to find which town Amazon is going to have you ship your books to (mine was Whitestown, IN).
- Find a zip code in this town (if multiple zip codes).
- Find the UPS zone that this town is in.
- Download the UPS rate sheet to calculate Lose Weight Exercise and cost. Get the UPS Per Lb Rate Sheet. I got the total Lose Weight Exercise information from the UPS Retail Rate and Service Guide.
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