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Listing on Amazon 101 – The Private Label Edition

Listing on Amazon


After months of work and research, you found the perfect product and you’re ready to start selling on Amazon. However, for new sellers with products that aren’t already in the catalog, listing on Amazon can be frustrating and dumbfounding at times.

Not to worry, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of some common questions new sellers have asked us.

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How to Turn Amazon Customer Returns into Profit

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Martin Eisikovic, CEO of emerging New Jersey-based company Opened Box Returns. As the name suggests, his company specializes in converting losses into revenue by reselling returned products.

Opened Box Returns




Looking for ways to minimize your losses and pump up your sales? There may be some untapped potential for profit in your Amazon customer returns.


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Guest Post: How it Works – Sales Tax Rates

Tax time


Mark Faggiano is the founder and CEO of TaxJar, a service built to make sales tax compliance simple for eCommerce sellers. Try a 30-day-free trial of TaxJar today and eliminate sales tax compliance headaches from your life!

Even before you were an online seller, you probably noticed that weird little “sales tax” percentage tacked on to your purchases at the store. This could be everything from a nice round number like 4% to a rather off-the-wall amount like 7.35%.

As an online seller, you likely know that you need to charge at least some of your customers a sales tax. But why those particular amounts? Let’s have a look.

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Guest post: Meet 888 Lots

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Alex Valchev from 888Lots. 

888 Lots is an innovative online liquidation platform that gives online sellers new opportunities to expand their business.

At 888 Lots, we are trying to build the most advanced and intuitive liquidation platform crafted especially for online sellers. What we offer is surplus inventory, wholesale lots and liquidation sales. We carry over 100,000 items of brand new merchandise across more than 30 categories, and we do all this without compromising on our customer service quality. We also give you the possibility to make profits of up to 5 times your initial cost thanks to our great margins.

Here is a little more information about some of our key benefits for you as an online seller.

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Buying UPCs and Barcodes– Where to start?

Ed. Note – This is the first blog post by Maria, from the SellerEngine Services team. She’s an expert in selling globally.

What are UPC symbols and why are they important?

UPC stands for Universal Product Code and they’re the numbers you see below barcodes on the products you buy. They’re especially important to Amazon sellers because every item listed on any Amazon marketplace must have a UPC associated with it.

Most products you buy at the store will have a UPC provided by the manufacturer. However, sellers who manufacture their own products, or those who create product bundles will need to source their own UPC symbols and barcodes to put on their products.

What are my Options?

Depending on the size of your business and the number of UPC symbols and barcodes that you need, you have a few different options.

If you’re looking to buy thousands of UPC symbols, you should be going to straight to the GS1.  They’re a nonprofit group that sets standards for international commerce. There you can register as a company and you get your own identification number that appears as the first part of the UPC.

You’ll pay an application fee of up to several hundred dollars, then a much smaller annual fee. The exact amount of the fee depends on your answers to application questions, including a revenue projection for the next 12 months, and the number of products for which you expect to need individual UPCs in that time. Descriptions of your products may be required.

If you need a smaller number of products, there are other sites which resell UPC barcodes individually or in bulk ranging from $8-29USD each. You will be paying for the use of that company’s identification number– not your own. There’s nothing wrong with this, but you’ll be paying a premium for this service.

Buying from Resellers

If you decide to buy from such a reseller, you need to be careful since there are some out there whose bar-codes won’t work on Amazon, or you’ll find they are already in use.

Here are my recommendations for the best UPC resellers out there:

  • – A pricy option, but we’ve had great success purchasing from them. $85USD for a single barcode and $2,475USD for 500.
  • – Great online reputation and prices that range from $7.50USD for a single barcode to $825USD for 1500 barcodes.
  • – Barcodes purchased from Legal Barcodes are owned by you and unique to you. Prices range from $7.50USD for a single barcode to $125 for 100.

Where do You Buy Your Barcodes?

Do you know of other sites that offer good prices on barcodes and UPCs for Amazon sellers? Are there any sites you should definitely avoid?

What have your experiences been purchasing barcodes and UPC symbols?

Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.


Profit Bandit Release 5.32 – Now with Amazon’s Offers

Profit Bandit release

The first thing that you’ll notice in the newest version of Profit Bandit (currently available only on Android, iPhone coming soon) is that some FBA offers are highlighted.

These are offers from Amazon themselves. We identify them using a method called MegaSeller that we developed for use in Sellery and SellerEngine Plus. And now it’s in Profit Bandit. But best of all, it doesn’t use any more data or take any more time.

Other updates in this version of Profit Bandit include:

  • ProductID is a new field in the CSV exported when you save your Buy List. This field saves the product’s UPC. Note that it will save whatever your search for that item was,  scanned UPC, ASIN or keyword.
  • Profit Bandit is now available to devices that lack an auto-focus camera, including many Android tablets. Users with these devices will be unable to scan using their device’s built-in camera, but they can manually search for items or use a bluetooth scanner.
  • The ShopSavvy scanning app has been fixed and once again, it works in portrait mode.
If you have any ideas for features to include in a future version of Profit Bandit or need assistance with Profit Bandit send an email to

+Paul Cole

Announcing the SellerEngine Spark

For 10 years, we’ve helped, coached and supported thousands of Amazon sellers. As a thank you to the community that has helped us grow over the past decade, we want to give something back.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the first annual SellerEngine Spark award. The recipient of the Spark will be someone who wants to launch or grow their Amazon business.

We’ll start accepting nominations for the Spark at the Sellers’ Conference for Online Entrepreneurs (SCOE). After SCOE, nominations can be submitted through our website.

You can nominate anyone, including yourself. All you have to do is tell us about why you think your nominee would benefit from the SellerEngine Spark. We’ll have more details about the nomination process soon.

We’ll choose several finalists who will be invited to share why they believe they’re the right choice for the SellerEngine Spark. Then with the help of the entire SellerEngine Community, we’ll select a winner.

We’re still working out all the details but the SellerEngine Spark will include:

  • Profit Bandit, for your iPhone or Android.
  • A Bluetooth scanner to use with Profit Bandit.
  • A subscription to SellerEngine Plus or Sellery.
  • Coaching and training sessions with the SellerEngine Services team.
  • A branding and design package to boost your business’s image.
  • A marketing package to identify the right keywords and search terms for your listings and write engaging product descriptions.
  • Shipping supplies and advice for how to optimize your workflows.
  • Consultations with our financial experts to answer your questions about taxes, banking issues and anything else.
  • $100 cash for inventory. Ioan Mitrea, SellerEngine’s founder, is a huge believer in the $100 Start Up and he’ll show you just how far you can go with $100.
  • Access to a private forum where you can ask questions and get advice from SellerEngine’s expert staff.

We want this to be the award that Amazon sellers want to win and we need your help! Just leave a comment and let us know what you’d like to be part of the Spark.

+Paul Cole