Amazon Shipping Tips

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When selling on Amazon shipping your items safely and quickly is very important to building your brand, and customer loyalty.On this page we will discuss methods for shipping items that re-sellers sell on Amazon, which mailing services that we use, and which products and websites that we use to ensure safe delivery of items.

Many of the concerns are similar to eBay shipping, but Amazon sellers are not as bound by buyer feedback as eBay sellers.



Why Proper Amazon Shipping Procedures Are Important


  • Making sure that your customers receiver their purchased items in a timely manner is the second most important aspect of your selling activities (after you item quality). Think about when you order an item online. Do you like receiving items late? Neither do your customers.
  • The faster that your customers receive their items, the happier they will be. Even if there are issues with quality of items, they will be more likely to contact you to resolve problems.
  • After items are purchased and received, customers can leave feedback for their items, which becomes part of your seller account record. YOU DO NOT WANT NEGATIVE FEEDBACKS on your selling account. The only way that customers have to compare sellers with similar item offerings is to look at their positive feedback percentage and feedback record. Make sure that you have a high positive feedback percentage by conducting your Amazon shipping in an expedited manner.
  • You build your brand and customer loyalty by ensuring that ALL of your customers receive their orders in the condition that you described in your listing and within the time allowed, which is usually 5-7 days, or up to 10 days for Media Mail.
  • There are very few circumstances that should prevent you from getting packages out in the mail more than three days after they are ordered through Amazon. If possible, they should go out the next mailing day!


Amazon Shipping Tips: Best Shipping Practices


  • Make sure that you know how much your shipping allowance is for each item. instance, Amazon gives you a shipping credit based on the category your item was listed in – add the per item + per shipment costs. To figure out how much you would get for standard shipping, use the table below. For instance, the shipping allowance for shipping a book is $3.00 + $0.99 = $3.99 allowance.
  • The Amazon shipping allowance does NOT cover the shipping costs of many items. I don’t know who figured out Amazon’s shipping allowances, but they gave NO consideration to the seller. For instance, when you ship a standard sized board game, you eat about $2-5 in shipping costs, so make sure that your item is appropriately priced. You also have to allow for packaging costs, which can add another $1 to your shipping cost, if you have special boxes or padding. At the other end of the scale, shipping a book can end up costing you only $2.50 in actual shipping costs for USPS 1st class mail for light paperbacks, so you can make an extra $1.50 off of the shipping allowance.
  • Make sure that you know how much your item is going to cost you to ship it BEFORE it is listed for sale on Amazon. Weigh your item and price it using your shipping charts at your mail provider (USPS, UPS, FEDEX). Compare that to the Amazon shipping allowance, so that you know where to price your item with consideration to the shipping allowance that you will receive compared to how much it is actually going to cost to ship, including packaging costs.



Standard Amazon Shipping Allowances 2015


Domestic Standard* Domestic Expedited* Domestic
Two Day
One Day
International Standard International Expedited
Books $3.99 $6.99 $14.95 $19.99 $16.95 up to 1 lb.
$24.95 over 1 lb.
Music $3.99 $6.19 $14.95 $19.99 $14.95 $46.50
Videos $3.99 $6.19 $14.95 $19.99 $14.95 $46.50
DVDs $3.99 $6.19 $14.95 $19.99 $14.95 $46.50
Video Games $3.99 $6.99 Not available Not available Not available Not available
Software & Computer Games $3.99 $6.99 Not available Not available Not available Not available
All other product lines $4.49 + $0.50/lb.** $6.49 + $0.99/lb.** Not available Not available Not available Not available


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