Web Marketplace, Books, Movies & Music
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Review of "Amazon.co.uk Marketplace"
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What is Amazon Marketplace?
I have used Amazon Marketplace as both a seller and a buyer. For the first half of this review, I will talk about Amazon Marketplace from the opinion of a buyer and the second half as a seller.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
How to locate the Marketplace
The Marketplace is easy to locate, if you are looking for a certain item, lets say for arguments sake, you are looking for a PC Game, you would search Amazon.co.uk as usual for the item, it would then come up with a list of items available, you would select the one you wanted, and next to Amazon.co.uk's price, there is a section where you can choose to purchase in the Marketplace rather than from Amazon.~~~~~~~~~~
To either buy or sell on Amazon Marketplace you need to register, if you are already registered with Amazon.co.uk you will already be registered with Amazon Marketplace and there is no need to re-register. To register you need a UK based credit card or bank account, a UK phone number, and the invoice address. Once this is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from Amazon, and then you are ready to sell and buy to your hearts content. The registration process is very simple, easy and quick to do.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Amazon.co.uk has some strict rules for both buyers and sellers:
Honour your commitment to buy or sell; Maintain current account information; Limit your selling and auctions bidding activity to a single account. If you ever find you can't log in, seek password assistance; Suspended customers will not be allowed to establish new accounts; Leave thoughtful feedback about your transaction partners; Do not misrepresent yourself; Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Buying at Amazon Marketplace
There are many benefits for buyers on Amazon.co.uk Marketplace:
You can buy new, used, refurbished and collectable products at great prices from third parties, usually for a cheaper price than Amazon is selling; It's easy and simple to use and works the same as purchasing an item from Amazon direct, the process is the same; It's secure - you needn't worry about sending payment to someone you've never met before, payment is via Amazon Payments, a safe and secure payment system managed by them, so any discrepancies and problems still go through them; Sellers have agreed to post your item within 2 days of receiving the order - if they don't Amazon can punish them, meaning you will get your item very quickly; Amazon calculate the postage price, so you don't experience ridiculous postage costs, like sometimes on sites such as Ebay.
Ok, so say you want to order an item from Amazon Marketplace, how do you do this? Well, it's simple. You go onto www.Amazon.co.uk, search for the item you are looking for, you will be given a selection of choices, pick the one you want, then it will open a webpage with that item, stating its price, description and postage options etc. To the right of this there is a small section under more buying choices and it will state how many new and used products there are of your choice of item, you click on this, and it will display a list of options available to you. With each item it lists, it will state the condition whether it be new, used like new, used and acceptable, used and good condition etc - Amazon insists that you state exactly what condition the item is in. It also displays the sellers username, feedback rating, whether they are able to dispatch straight away, and the price the seller wants for it. If you find one you want in there, you click to add to basket and go through the checkout as you usually would on Amazon.co.uk. One bad point is that there is no photo available of the item you are going to purchase, Amazon provides a photo of the item but in new condition, when buying a second hand item it is always reassuring to see exactly what that item looks like and what condition it is in, rather than trusting what someone you don't says it is.When new games come out, I tend to buy them through Amazon Marketplace, people sell them new for less than Amazon charge you, and as new games are so expensive, every little penny off counts. You can also buy used versions too, but I don't like doing this with items such as new games, I only tend to do this with older games. Sometimes it doesn't always work out cheaper though as on some items Amazon offer free postage on items, so the added postage on the item in Marketplace can make it more expensive, so just take note of both item prices before and after postage to ensure you're getting the best deal.
How to return an Amazon Marketplace item
Selling at Amazon Marketplace
Here's how it works:You decide you want to sell, lets say a book, you search for that item, as if you were looking to buy it, under the section which displays the used and new items of it in the Marketplace there is a section saying ' Have one to sell? Sell yours here'. You select that option, and then it displays a webpage, already stating all the information about the book, all you have to do is select from a drop down menu the condition of the item, ranging from new to collectable acceptable and type a small sentence describing the condition of the item, whether it has any marks or whether it was an unwanted gift and it is unopened, this really helps your buyer out with a decision. You then enter the price you would like for the item, and Amazon displays in this section the lowest price someone else is selling that item for and also their price, helping you come to a suitable price decision. You then select whether you would like to only ship to the UK or worldwide, and then you will just need to confirm your listing and you are done, this takes a maximum of a few minutes and is very simple. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Your item is then listed for 60 days; Amazon will send you an email confirming this and all the terms and conditions etc. You will be notified by email when your item sells and if it doesn't after 60 days, you can choose to relist or to leave it, and maybe try another method of selling it. Items offered by Pro-merchant sellers remain until they are sold or until you remove the listing. When you receive an email confirming the item has been sold, you must dispatch them item within 2 days of receiving this. The buyer will have paid immediately when the email comes through and will be in your Amazon account, along with the postage. The buyer pays for postage, which Amazon calculates for each item, this is one problem I have found with selling on Amazon Marketplace, the postage they calculate doesn't always cover what it actually costs, as I don't think they have taken into consideration they get a discount and they haven't taken into account to postage price rises. So sometimes, you end up having to pay out of your earnings for it, as you cannot override Amazons calculations. So, if you have quite a large item to sell, that will cost quite a bit to post, then it is sometimes worth popping to the post office before hand to get a quote of how much it will cost to post, so then you can see what Amazon calculate and make sure you don't end up losing out too much. Amazon also take an administration fee out of your postage allowance for calculating it for you - very cheeky I think, especially as you are not given the option to do it yourself.
Amazon deposit your earnings into your Amazon Payments account and funds are transferred to your bank account within 14 days, I have usually found they take more or less around 7 days rather than the full 14 days to do this, but at busy times such as Christmas it may take this long.I have sold many things on Amazon Marketplace, mostly videos, DVD's, books and games. Some have been new and some have been used, and have usually been advertised and sold in good condition. I have a 100% positive feedback rating, so I'm obviously doing something right. I have made quite alot of money through selling on Amazon Marketplace and got rid of stuff I'm never going to use! I also regularly sell on Ebay too, and depending on what the item is, I will choose where I list it. If it is items such as clothes I will sell it on Ebay but if it's books, DVD's and such like I will sell it on Amazon. Sometimes if I list an item on Ebay and it doesn't sell I will then try on Amazon. I have even sold things on Amazon Marketplace for as much as Amazon themselves charge for an item, I sold a duplicate Ipod Shuffle I had. I have never had any problems on Amazon Marketplace like I have experienced on Ebay as both a buyer and seller, and I think it is a much safer and more reliable method of selling than on Ebay. From personal experience I have found that selling my old school and college books have been the best things to sell, they are so expensive to buy, that people will buy them for cheaper, as it doesn't really matter that they are second hand. As they are originally expensive and my books have always been in pretty good condition, I have made myself quite a lot through doing this.
Pro Merchant Seller
There are 3 different categories in which you can get a Pro Merchant account:Restricted Categories - Health & Beauty, Jewellery, Watches, Baby & Shoes. You must call Amazon to register for this account.Electronics and photos, Software, PC & Video Games, Toys & Games, Baby, Home & Garden, Sports and Leisure. You can sign up online.
To sign up for the Pro Merchant account you are required to sign in, if you do not already have an Amazon account you must create one. It is very simple to set up, you just have to select sign up, then sign in, then you're done, simple as that.I sell quite alot of items on Amazon Marketplace and I do not have this account, I don't think it is worth it, as the monthly subscription is nearly £30 a month, and if you do not sell any items one month, you are still paying that. You don't get that much money off when listing and you still have to pay commission on what you sell, you are better off having a normal account and paying a small listing fee and the commission when you sell an item each time.
Items not authorised to be sold on Amazon Marketplace
Cell Phones including Service, Magazines and Newspapers, Grocery Items, Tobacco and Alcohol, Adult Toys, Gift Cards and Gift Certificates, Prescription Medication, Guns and Ammunition, Photo Processing.
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Product Information : Amazon.co.uk Marketplace
Manufacturer's product descriptionWeb Marketplace, Books, Movies & Music
Type: Books, Movies & Music; Web Marketplace
Domain Extension: .co.uk
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