How to sell products on Amazon Australia

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The Amazon Marketplace gives you a way to get your products in front of everyone shopping on Amazon Australia, but there's a bit that goes into this platform. This guide will take you through how to sell products on the Marketplace and what else you need to know to decide if it's right for your business.

How does selling on Amazon Australia work?

The Amazon Marketplace is a platform that allows third-party sellers to sell their products through Amazon. Sales through Amazon's Marketplace represent 50% of all items sold on Amazon's websites globally.

Sellers are responsible for setting their own price points, writing product descriptions and their own branding. A lot of Amazon retailer sales depend on where your item appears in product searches, so getting this right is extremely important. In terms of costs, you'll also need to pay a monthly subscription fee and commission to sell your products.

Who can sell products on Amazon Australia?

There are no specific criteria, but you will need to have the following information to be able to sign up to a seller account:

  • Business name, address and contact information
  • A credit card that can be charged internationally and that has a valid billing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your tax identity information

When you sign up, an Amazon representative will contact you on the phone number you provide to complete the process.

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What can I sell?

Businesses in Australia can sell products more than 20 product categories, including the following:

  • Home and home improvement
  • Kitchen and dining
  • Lighting
  • Movies and TV
  • Stationary and office products
  • Software
  • Toys and games
  • Auto
  • Baby
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Books
  • Computers and electronics
  • Beauty
  • Health

How do I price my products?

There are message boards and blogs dedicated to the subtle art that is pricing Amazon products. Chatting with other sellers on these forums can be quite useful when setting your prices, as is reading about existing sellers' experiences and successes using the Amazon platform.

Here are some factors to keep in mind when determining your price points:

  • What are your costs and fees? It costs money to sell on Amazon (this is explained in more detail below) so take this into account when setting your prices. Also consider customer return fees and your own returns-related costs, such as product write-offs.
  • Competition. What are your competitor’s price points? Check Amazon’s overseas sites as well until it launches in Australia.
  • Flexibility. Selling on Amazon requires price flexibility. Your prices should change depending on where your product is ranking in Amazon’s search results and in response to other sellers changing their prices.

How much will Amazon Australia charge me to sell?

Amazon Australia has the following cost structure for its Marketplace:

  • A $49.95 monthly subscription fee to list products on Amazon.com.au.
  • A 6-15% commission fee off the top of any sales generated through the Marketplace. This fee will be determined by the type of product you’re selling.

How do I organise shipping?

As a seller, you need to organise shipping yourself. If you're handling your own shipping you should keep an eye on your inventory so you can provide accurate information about stock levels to buyers. It's also important to check orders daily so you can have orders shipped out on time as per your shipping and fulfilment policies.

Amazon also offers an optional shipping service, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). This essentially allows sellers to store and dispatch their goods through Amazon's warehouses. By using FBA your customers will get free shipping on eligible orders and Prime members will receive two-day shipping. FBA is also pay-as-you-go so you're charged for the storage space and orders Amazon fills.

How do I market my products?

There are multiple ways to market your products on Amazon Australia. These include through marketing, social media, branding and optimising your products listings. Amazon uses a marketplace search engine to rank products and it considers various factors in product listings to do this. Do research to find out the best way to present your product features, price, features, availability and sales history to rank well in Amazon search.

Is selling on Amazon Australia worth it?

There are a number of online retail giants available for you to sell products on, eBay being one of the most notable examples already available in Australia. The main things you should consider when deciding if Amazon is right for you is the product you’re selling, the audience you’re trying to target and how the cost structure will affect your profits.

However, keep in mind that there are many factors that will affect your success and there's no guarantee you'll make a profit. Try to lessen this risk by doing things like market research and analysing what strategies your competitors are using.

How do I start selling?

  1. Go to Amazon's seller hub and click "Start selling".
    Homepage for selling on Amazon
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account. You'll need to make an acocunt if you don't have one.
    Sign in to your Amazon account
  3. Give information about your business including address and phone number. Amazon will text your number to verify you. Your business name needs to be unique and not one taken already.
    The informations Amazon needs to set up your business
  4. Set up your billing method. It has to be either an Amex, Visa or Mastercard.
    Setting up your billing method as an seller on Amazon
  5. Add in details about what products you want to sell, like how many and what categories they fall under. You can skip this part if you're unsure.
    What product information to add in to set up an Amazon sellers account
  6. Your account will be set up. Keep in mind that you'll need to set up 2FA and wait for Amazon to verify your account before you can begin selling.

How to get paid by international buyers

If you're selling your products overseas and are accepting currencies other than Australian dollars, you'll need to find a worthwhile way to convert your profits back into AUD. Your options boil down to two methods:

  • Foreign bank account. This involves setting up a bank account in the country your items are listed in and then transferring your money back to Australia. Setting up a foreign bank account can be a complex procedure and you'll need to be aware of the different regulations each country has. You're also likely to get a poor exchange rate when you go to convert your profits and may face high fees at both the sending and receiving banks.
  • Third-party money transfer service. Several money transfer services offer online seller accounts which are aimed at those selling overseas on marketplaces like Amazon. You can get an account that can hold multiple different currencies and bank details in the country you're selling in. You'll also get better exchange rates than through your bank when it's time to transfer your money to AUD.

For more details on the exchange rates, fees and features of online sellers accounts, you can read more in our guide or check out the table below.

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    SidMay 18, 2019

    Hi, Is that compulsary to pay monthly subscription or listing fee as a seller because in other countries amazon allows individual account for free. Is there a same process available for Australia amazon as well ?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      BellaMay 19, 2019Staff

      Hi Sid,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      There are cost structures for each Amazon Marketplace, as I checked, Amazon offers two selling plans.

      The Professional selling plan is available for a $39.99 monthly subscription fee plus per-item selling fees, which vary by category.

      The individual plan has no monthly subscription fee. Instead, Individuals pay $0.99 per item sold plus other selling fees, which vary by category.

      The monthly subscription or fee depends on the plan or category.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    MirApril 25, 2019

    Hi there! I want to know how Amazon shipping works? Do I need to ship my products to Amazon warehouse and they’ll do shipping for me? Means I’ll buy items and ship them to Amazon warehouse, at my end upload items via Amazon and when someone buys then it will be shipped directly by Amazon? Please explain.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MaiApril 26, 2019Staff

      Hi Mir,

      Thank you for reaching out.

      You will post the items you wish to sell on Amazon. When an order has been placed for one of your products, Amazon notifies you by email as well as in your Seller Central dashboard. You will then need to send the products directly to the buyer on time to their provided address.

      You can check an article “How to sell on Amazon” on Amazon’s website for more information and tutorial for sellers.

      Hope this helps! 😊

      Kind Regards,
      Mai

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    HelenApril 3, 2019

    What is the international dialling code used by America to dial Australia please?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiApril 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. To call from US to Australia, please follow the steps below:

      First dial 011, the U.S. exit code.
      Next dial 61, the country code for Australia.
      Then dial the area code (1 digit).
      Finally the phone number (8 digits).

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    nehaApril 2, 2019

    Hello,
    If i don’t have an Australian bank account then how will i get paid.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiApril 3, 2019Staff

      Hi Neha,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder! A bank account is needed to get paid on Amazon – otherwise, you won’t be able to receive funds at all. Hope this clarifies!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    KristynaMarch 26, 2019

    Hello,
    I am trying to sign up, but when I click the link Sign up after I filled out my form nothing happens.
    Thank you!

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnMarch 27, 2019Staff

      Hi Kristyna,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      Go to the Amazon website, In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a menu marked “Your Account.” When you hover over it, a drop-down menu appears. Click on the “Start Here” link directly beneath the yellow “Sign In” button.
      The registration form will ask for your name and email address, and it will prompt you to choose a password.
      When you’ve filled in all the necessary information, click “Create Account.” You will be redirected immediately to Amazon’s welcome page. Congratulations! You now have an official account with Amazon.
      If you are still receiving errors signing up to Amazon, you may call the contact support team for Amazon for assistance. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    KyoNovember 30, 2018

    Hi
    I am already a seller on Amazon,and I would like to advertise my business deals here ,could you tell me how to do this?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 3, 2018Staff

      Hi Kyo,

      Thank you for leaving a question with finder.

      Please follow this link to start the process. Once there, a form is available at the bottom of the page for you to fill-in. Kindly submit the form once done so that our client services team may contact you on your proposal. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    JamesOctober 12, 2018

    Does shopify in Australia work with Amazon? I am interested to use fulfilment services by Amazon Australia and currently use shopify, however I do not see the ability to link shopify to Amazon in Australia?
    Thx

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      JoelOctober 12, 2018

      Hi James,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Yes. I can confirm that Amazon AU integrates with Shopify. For more info on how to achieve this, you can contact Shofify directly.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    SteveSeptember 25, 2018

    Do we need to collect GST? If yes, how can we deal with people from overseas, reduce 10%?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnSeptember 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      If you sell a product with a customs value of $1,000 Australian Dollars (AUD) or less and ship this product from outside Australia to an Australian address, Amazon will automatically calculate, collect, and remit a 10% GST. Based on the articles from Amazon, the 10% GST is automatically calculated, collected, and remitted. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    HazSeptember 7, 2018

    I want to know if the subscription fees for Amazon is applicable as soon as I sign up for the account ?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      CharisseSeptember 7, 2018Staff

      Hi Haz,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      The subscription fee for the first month will be charged upon registration and the second payment will be charged one month after the registration.

      The registration fee is AU$49.95 + GST per month but for new sellers who will register before 31 December 2018, the subscription fee for the first two months will only be AU$24.98 + GST per month.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    SharonJuly 24, 2018

    I would like to start up a business but don’t k ow where to get bulk products from and also want to k ow if Amazon se d’s it out for you also.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiJuly 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You can buy bulk products from Amazon. You can make bulk purchases of a single item or multiple items by adding them to your shopping cart. Some pages may limit the number of units you can initially add to the cart. You can view your cart after adding the item and change its quantity provided the new quantity does not exceed any purchasing limits.

      The shipping will depend on the seller’s courier options but when you order at Amazon you definitely won’t have a problem how items are shipped out to you. The shipping information will be shown before check out.

      Hope this clarifies,

      Nikki

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