If you read my previous post How To Start Selling Items on Amazon then you know that there are two different accounts that you can choose between when Selling on Amazon Professional Seller versus Individual Seller.
Here is an infographic from Amazon.com that shows you some differences between the two accounts:
The Amazon Individual Seller Account
Here’s how Amazon describes the individual seller account option:
“The Individual selling plan is for sellers who don’t need access to inventory tools and reports for volume selling. Under the Individual selling plan, you don’t pay a monthly subscription fee. You pay a per-item fee in addition to applicable fees.”
The Amazon Professional Seller Account
Here’s how Amazon describes the professional seller account option:
“In the Professional selling plan, you pay a nonrefundable monthly subscription fee regardless of whether you list or sell anything. You don’t pay a per-item fee when an item sells. All other fees are charged as applicable. The Professional selling plan gives you access to inventory tools to upload batch files and manage your orders through feeds and reports. These tools are beneficial to most medium- to large-size businesses.”
So, how do you decide between the two?
It really depends on how many items you plan on selling.
If you have an inventory already built up (featuring desirable items) and maybe even a customer base already then there is a good chance that you will sell 40 or more items per month.
In this case choosing the professional account will best benefit you as a seller.
You will pay the $39.99 monthly fee and not be charged $0.99 per item sold like the Individual account.
There are also several other benefits a Professional Seller will have (seen in the last 4 boxes of the Selling Plan Features shown above).
If you are like me and just want to see if this whole selling on Amazon thing is going to work out for you then an Individual plan is probably a better idea to start.
For the most part I am selling random, single-listing items and have not sold next to 40 items in a month yet.
Though I do hope to begin selling more than 4o items per month, it does not make sense for me to have a Professional Seller account until I reach that level of sales on a regular basis.
Have you sold items on Amazon.com?
How has the experience been for you?
You will find these Amazon articles useful, How to List an Item for Sale by Merchant on Amazon, How to use the Amazon Seller App to Research Potential Sales Items