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Hi everyone, .

I've been selling books on Amazon since 2004. I once used to make a good living at it but how things have changed!

I've always been a pro-merchant, but sales have slumped drastically in the last few months and having just checked, I've only sold 20 in the past 30 days.

It would seem that it's no longer worth paying my monthly sub as a pro-merchant but I am so loathe to stop, after 9 years. It would seem like the end of an era and I wouldn't feel like a 'proper' seller!

Other than paying higher commission on each sale, can anyone tell me what other downsides there are to not being a pro-merchant?

Thanks,

Glenys

Edited by: Reedmoor Books on May 7, 2013 7:11 AM


I know the feeling. Many of us are having the same problems, assuming that you are selling books.
Remember that you can only open listings for items which are not in the Amazon catalogue if you are Pro-Merchant. Perhas you could think of a new line to stock.
Like myself who has been a Zombie for as long as you, there have been the spiralling postage costs over the years. I was in the same position as you but have had a re-think and have branched out. It is now essential that I am a Pro-Merchant seller as I have to open listings every day.
Good luck.


Hi Glenys

Sorry to hear that things aren't how they used to be for you on here.

I think the downside is that non-pro sellers can't set their own postage rates. Obviously this applies to non-media as media delivery rates are already set by Amazon, so that shouldn't affect you.

I also thought that non-pro sellers can't add new listings - but don't quote me on that as I could be wrong and it's just an urban myth my head!

You'd need to be getting 35 orders a month at least to make being a pro-merchant worth it, so I think you're right to rethink your strategy. It may be a wrench but it makes financial sense, suirely?

Good luck whatever you decide
Alison


Hi Glenys, I have exactly the same problem, so at present I am on individual selling plan, when things pick up I generally go back to being a Pro for a month or so. When a Pro, I set my minimum selling price lower than when being an individual as the extra 86p needs be factored in.

With regards to not being able to add to catalogue, that has changed recently and individual sellers can now add new books to catalogue, I don't know about other items as I only sell books!

Hilary


Thanks Hilary, I was depressed to think that I wouldn't be able to add to the catalogue as I sometimes need to do that. I only really sell books so it would apply to me.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to answer me. I'm a bit of a dinosaur, how do you set a minimum price on your items?


I feel much in the same position too.

One of the original benefits was the ability to create new listings. The new "Sell a Little" plan now shows that you can do this but I'm not sure if you downgrade an old Pro-Account that still holds good. I would double check with Seller Support first.

The two different accounts are highlighted here.

http://services.amazon.co.uk/services/sell-online/pricing.html

Cheers

Nick


I downgraded from pro- m and can now add new items to the catalogue again so I presume this would apply to others doing the same.
I have the old style of account too.
The advantage of the old account is you are still on the 2 week or disburse daily system, I think it is just weekly for the new accounts and I like being able to get my money when I want!


Thanks Shaz.

I have learnt that it never pays to make assumptions where Amazon are concerned and I only believe something once actually confirmed be a "real" person!

Paranoid? Moi?

Nick


so are you a real person then?
has anyone met you (one of us that is!)
just thought I would check :)


That might be taking it a bit too far!

No, I haven't met any "real" posters yet although I sometimes wonder if Donald's maw will rest on my shoulder some day when I'm out scouting.

At least your sales have picked up a bit. Mine for May are 2, compared to 22 for the same period last year! Shit and fan are coming into close proximity!

Cheers

Nick


Talking of having met people , or not

I had a strange dream the other night which I can only assume was meant to be one of the Amazon meetings

There were several women and two men in a resturant / bar or similar

One man had a hat with feathers on , and I think two or three of the females seemed to be members of the same family

I wasn't actually part of the meeting , just watching from goodness knows where

I can only think it was to do with Amazon , anyone into dreams who could tell me the meaning ? :-)


re Alastair's dream: The man with the feathers in his hat is you. You feel pleased about something - maybe your integrity as a seller and your achievements. If you felt it was about Amazon, then it probably was. Could the women be the 'group' of Amazon sellers - which you feel allied to but slightly separated from, but you enjoy watching from afar, while keeping your feathers untouched and unsullied?
How's that?
Dream reader.


Books from the Moors wrote:
re Alastair's dream: The man with the feathers in his hat is you. You feel pleased about something - maybe your integrity as a seller and your achievements. If you felt it was about Amazon, then it probably was. Could the women be the 'group' of Amazon sellers - which you feel allied to but slightly separated from, but you enjoy watching from afar, while keeping your feathers untouched and unsullied?
How's that?
Dream reader.


Now Alisdair, I think you are trying to pull the wool a bit here. On the Northern Meet thread I listed all those who had confirmed they were attending. I mentioned that Sue C would be bringing her daughter and gramdchild (a baby) hence the women related to each other. Steve was the man in a hat and the group photos have been displayed on Facebook.
I expect you will deny this prior knowledge though.


Oh do give over

Firstly , I haven't read a northern meet thread

I don't know who Steve or Sue C are , and more importantly

How could I see your facebook , not knowing your name . other than you are probably called Marilyn

Edited by: alastair moncrieff on May 8, 2013 3:07 PM


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