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I feel really stupid and angry.

I gave up trying to list FBA last March when EasySell was discontinued (I used to sell FBA all the time and a big wig even said I was one of the top FBA sellers which was a shock, maybe he was thinking of someone else lol - but I really did send a lot of books to FBA so maybe he was right at the time) and I have been selling Merchant since then, always intending to go back to selling FBA after I had learned the new instructions. Well, that never happened, so now I have to move and if my books were once again all in FBA I wouldn't have to break my back moving my merchant inventory by myself.
I would like to have all my inventory in FBA from now on (if I don't get too scared reading all the horror stories on this forum).

So, today I steeled myself to create a small (only one box) shipment of books as a test and I am once again flummoxed and perturbed trying to figure it out.
I am following the steps I did on EasySell so making a mistake I'm sure.
Those steps were to create a listing, click on "i want amazon to sell/ship this item" and continue adding books to the shipment.

So, now I listed ONE book and am deadlocked. How do I add more books to my shipment?

Am I supposed to list my books as merchant and then convert them to FBA? I don't want my books to be active merchant listings before I get around to completing a box to send to FBA.

Also, does anyone have the link to the "FBA Manual"?

If you reply, please write slowly and simply so I can understand each step - leave out the lingo if possible.
Apologies to everyone who helped on my whining thread on this same exact topic last March - I reread the tips just now but still don't understand. Sorry for being a big baby, but I am good at some things and not others - such is life.


Am I supposed to list my books as merchant and then convert them to FBA? I don't want my books to be active merchant listings before I get around to completing a box to send to FBA.

Also, does anyone have the link to the "FBA Manual"?



paintcreekbooks wrote:
Am I supposed to list my books as merchant and then convert them to FBA? I don't want my books to be active merchant listings before I get around to completing a box to send to FBA.

Also, does anyone have the link to the "FBA Manual"?



I'm not sure why paintcreekbooks said to list items as merchant and convert. ??

You don't have to or need to. I never do. (I upload as FBA from the start)

To start I'm guessing you're listing through the Amazon web page:
Add a product (link)
You can just choose "I want Amazon to ship and provide customer service for my items if they sell." when you are creating a listing

Then I would start over .... use the back button on your browser until you see the 'Add a product' page and do another.

After you have listed what you want on the final one continue by clicking the 'Send Inventory' button.
Click 'Continue'
Click 'Save and Continue'
Next click on 'Inventory Amazon Fulfills'
On the left side click (puts check mark in) the little box left of the sku for all items you want to send in
Near the top of the page you'll see "Apply to __ Selected Item(s) Send/Replenish Inventory" and a 'GO' button
Continue until you have the :
....Create a New Shipment
....Add to an Existing Shipment
And add them to the shipment you have created already

Edited by: Oneida Books on Sep 2, 2012 8:06 PM


Hi,

Because I list through AMan Pro and not the Amazon Seller page for the item as it sometimes brings up some strange comment and won't let me list so I have found it easier to do it this way.

If you have no problems with your way and it works that is great, but I have found problems and comments about "you already have a listing for that item", when I really didn't.

I guess I will try going back to the Amazon "list an item" way and see what happens.

Gail


I have a question after each step. Why don't they put the next step clearly in each window? I want to find the person who wrote this manual and...err umm demote them severely.
Today I have been trying to figure this out for a few hours now.
Thanks for your help Gail! I will muddle through. PITY PARTY here. I am borrowing someone else's computer so I don't have hours and hours to spend anymore. I can't wait until I figure out to list and then I can join you all moaning about shipping to multiple locations - JUST WAIT UNTIL I START WHINING ABOUT THAT. Argh!


OK, I will try it now the normal way through Amazon and see what happens to try to help out the OP.

Gail


Oneida Books wrote:
I'm not sure why paintcreekbooks said to list items as merchant and convert. ??

You don't have to or need to. I never do. (I upload as FBA from the start)

To start I'm guessing you're listing through the Amazon web page:
Add a product (link)
You can just choose "I want Amazon to ship and provide customer service for my items if they sell." when you are creating a listing

Then I would start over .... use the back button on your browser until you see the 'Add a product' page and do another.

After you have listed what you want on the final one continue by clicking the 'Send Inventory' button.
Click 'Continue'
Click 'Save and Continue'
Next click on 'Inventory Amazon Fulfills'
On the left side click (puts check mark in) the little box left of the sku for all items you want to send in
Near the top of the page you'll see "Apply to __ Selected Item(s) Send/Replenish Inventory" and a 'GO' button
Continue until you have the :
....Create a New Shipment
....Add to an Existing Shipment
And add them to the shipment you have created already

Edited by: Oneida Books on Sep 2, 2012 8:06 PM



That's what I was doing .... :)

BTW - I hope that didn't sound ... well I can't find the words I want but I hope you know what I mean. Just sayin' they don't have to if they don't want.


Hi,

I understand and that is no problem.

I just thought it might be easier for the OP as he requested something simple and easy to understand.

I guess it can work either way, (when it works.)

Gail


Oneida Books wrote:
I upload as FBA from the start RAINBOW: Yes, this is what I want to do.

You can just choose "I want Amazon to ship and provide customer service for my items if they sell." when you are creating a listing RAINBOW: That's what I'm used to doing on EasySell. But I couldn't figure out how to add more than one book. If this way works I prefer it to the other way because I want to handle the book once, not twice. List book, put in box, done.

Then I would start over .... use the back button on your browser until you see the 'Add a product' page and do another. RAINBOW: Use the back button after listing the first book?? I never would have thought of that. I will try it and hope it works.

After you have listed what you want on the final one continue by clicking the 'Send Inventory' button.
Click 'Continue'
Click 'Save and Continue'
Next click on 'Inventory Amazon Fulfills'
On the left side click (puts check mark in) the little box left of the sku for all items you want to send in
Near the top of the page you'll see "Apply to __ Selected Item(s) Send/Replenish Inventory" and a 'GO' button
Continue until you have the :
....Create a New Shipment
....Add to an Existing Shipment
And add them to the shipment you have created already



Hi,

I understand that you asked Oneida, but I will try to help before he chimes in.

You need to assign a SKU number for your item whether you have either one or more of those items.

For example, I have a puzzle from Sunsout, I would list the first SKU of this puzzle (regardless of how many I intend to list or sell in the future), as SUNOP001 (SunsoutPuzzle).

You can call your SKU whatever you wish. If I listed another Sunsout item I would give it the next SKU SUNOP002 and so on to eternity. You could do the same with books or other media based on your supplier for the item or the publisher of the book or anything else that would help you relate or identify your item easily for editing.

Gail


Rainbow wrote: By the way I don't know or care what a SKU number is, do I need to learn it?


Rainbow wrote:
I gave up trying to list FBA last March when EasySell was discontinued (I used to sell FBA all the time and a big wig even said I was one of the top FBA sellers which was a shock, maybe he was thinking of someone else lol - but I really did send a lot of books to FBA so maybe he was right at the time)


Thanks paintcreekbooks (for all your help and efforts!!)
and thanks davido

regarding skus:
yes, david, they have always been created for me.
I rarely have more than one book isbn at a time inventory - very rarely - so, i paid no attention to skus.
If you both think creating my own skus is a good idea, i'll start doing it (after i figure out how to use fba again).
thanks again for your help - very much appreciated!


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