How to List Books on Amazon FBA

List on Amazon

Use Software to List your Books Quickly

Many new FBA sellers choose to use Amazon Seller Central to list and price items. This was our original approach. Over time, we found Amazon's listing and pricing tools didn't optimize for sellers' time and resources. On the contrary, the process is highly repetitive and requires more effort than is necessary. For this reason, we suggest using specialized listing software such as Bulklister.
Using listing software can significantly improve your productivity. This software makes it possible to list and price hundreds of items per hour. The time saved can be spent on other important business development activities. Investing in tools for your eCommerce business is essential to business growth.    


Listing with Software

Organizing by condition
When you are listing used books and media, first inspect them, then sort them by the condition. Next, arrange the items by condition into stacks. For used books, we stick to Very Good, Good, and Acceptable for the majority of books. Special circumstances may require you to include condition notes to describe an item more accurately. Examples would include Good (Includes CD) and Acceptable (Ex-Library copy). If any of your books have a special note, have them scanned and listed at the end of your listing process. This will assist in keeping the labels in order once they have been printed. 
Scanning
Place the books face down, with barcodes up. Scan the barcode, flip it, and reposition the book so the barcode is now facing down. This offers a chance to verify the cover art matches the listing. Verifying the cover is an optional step, yet we find it useful to prevent listing errors (many books share ISBN identifiers). 
Preparing for Printing
This method allows for printing labels in a predictable order. When the labels are printed, every book and label will be exactly in the same order. This will reduce the need to hunt for books while labeling.



Condition Notes

As an FBA seller, your condition notes serve as a form of customer service. Each book should have a condition note that describes the item accurately. It is important that customers know what they are buying. The better the condition note, the more likely that book will be purchased. When we grade the books, we separate and put them in stacks according to the conditions below.

Like New - Essentially New Book (New)

Very Good - Minimal signs of use (Looks almost new)

Good - The book has been read and is still in good condition. (Most used books fall into this category)

        Good Ex-Library - Former Library Book

        Good with Dedication - On the first or second page there is an inscription or a dedication.    

        Good with Highlighting, underlining, or notes -  Light markings. (No more than 10 percent).

Acceptable - A readable copy that may have cover damage, bent pages. If there is writing or highlighting, it does not obscure the text at all.


Note: We also keep track of CDs that are included or missing. We place this message on a post-it note and cover the barcode as a reminder. These books are put aside and are scanned last with the condition note tag (CD included) or (CD missing).

Examples

These examples of condition notes can be adapted to your needs. If there is a DVD or CD included, you can add (DVD Included) or (Access Code Included) before the general description. You might convince customers to buy your copy over competitors. 

  • Like New -  Excellent condition, clean, crisp pages. Essentially a new book in gift-ready condition. Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.

  • Very Good - Crisp and clean pages without any markings. Tight binding and crease-free spine. Overall great condition. Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.

    • Good - Gently used. Tight binding and crease-free spine. Minimal wear to cover and corners. Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.

      • Good Ex-Library - Former library book. Item shows light signs of wear from library use but remains in good condition. All pages and cover are intact. Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.

      • Good with Dedication -Inscription written inside front cover. Otherwise, this is a gently used book. Minimal wear to cover and corners. Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.

      • Good with Highlighting, underlining, or notes -Some light highlighting, underlining, or notes on a few select pages. Overall good condition.  Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.

    • Acceptable - A readable copy with the pages and the cover intact. Pages can include highlighting or written notes (they do not obscure the text).  Free shipping directly from Amazon Prime with hassle-free returns means your satisfaction will be guaranteed.



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