How I Got Started in Selling on Amazon

I walk into a store and I have a compulsion to pull out my phone and scan items.

During my lunch breaks, I run to the closest Walgreens, Walmart, or discount store to pick up items to sell on Amazon.

People have asked to do their shopping at my house.

My life hasn’t always been this way…

Back in March of 2014, my dad sent me an email that was titled, “Something You Might Be Interested In.” I opened the email and there was a link to Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast (Episode 99). In this podcast, Pat talked with Jessica Larrew about the business of buying and selling things on Amazon. The idea sounded interesting, but I wasn’t sold that it would actually work. Being my curious self, I decided to try to purchase a few items and give it a shot (I told myself that the worst thing that could happen would be that I would have to return the items to the store).

My first FBA items were from a local Walgreens. I purchased 5 toys that were on clearance and went home to ship them to Amazon. After stumbling through the process, I managed to get the items to the UPS store and to an Amazon fulfillment center. After the products were checked in, I received my first “Amazon has shipped a product you have sold” email and a small paycheck was on its way a few weeks later.

I saw that the idea had some validity, so I decided to scale it up just a bit (in another post, I will explain my method of testing and scaling). I purchased a few more items and they sold. So I purchased a few more…and they sold. I now purchase items almost everyday from stores online and offline and have a decent size business that has developed over the last 5 months.

This blog has been created to share my story and help others who would like to get started selling items on Amazon. It also gives me a chance to document my growth as a seller and as a business owner. I do not know where this blog and business will lead, but I am excited for the ride.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below!


3 thoughts on “How I Got Started in Selling on Amazon

  • November 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Can you please explain will you look number of sellers at the time selecting the products. What you do to get Buy box

    • November 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      The number of sellers isn’t as big of a factor as the ROI on a given product. Does that make since?

  • November 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thanks Chris, short and sweet!

    I look forward to exploring the site more and getting my FBA business off the ground.



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