I have a website selling furniture. It does ok, but decided I would give selling on amazon a go to boost sales.
However, the fees are absolutely extortionate! I can't believe it. £60 worth of fees on one product alone. I would have to raise my prices way above what they are on my website to even break even, as my margins are small anyway. I think this would look awful when you can click on my website and get the exact same thing for £80 less.
Lots of people seem to sell on amazon though so is it just me????
Would you get away with having the item on your own website for less? I thought Amazon insisted on price-matching, or is that just ebooks? (Books, certainly, can be cheaper off Amazon, so it really is worth checking!)
I think most people would understand that you have to pay for the service Amazon offers. If they want to come to you direct and enjoy the cheaper prices then they can, but I don't see how that would be a problem?
Any site of that size is going to charge you to use their interface - there might be ways of making it more cost effective to you, but if the figures don't work then it might not be a viable option for you. It doesn't mean it's a rip off though - it's just a service that might not be worth paying for.
Have you tried Ebay? I think that is better set up for small shops and gets a lot of traffic too...
I sell my own products on Amazon- I wouldn't have a business without them, they generate by far the most sales out of my own site, ebay or etsy.
The fees are about 20% on the product and the P&P ( which does annoy me) and not much different to ebay/ paypal fees, it just comes out in one hit rather than split with ebay and PayPal. My product are low value though it might differ with paypal for higher amounts.
Definitely worth for sales generated and when I sell through bricks and mortar shops they all want at least 50% mark up so in that context they are great.