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Six ideas to Make Money with Amazon FBA by Finding Profitable Products from Alibaba You have decided to become a seller through Amazon FBA. What next?

Finding a Profitable Product To make profits selling any item, the first rule of thumb is to find the hot items selling on Amazon. Amazon bestsellers 1. Go to Amazon website and look at bestselling products. 2. Browse through page 1 or 2 listings and try to locate items that do not need very specialized manufacturing. It will be easier to ensure the quality of general products. At the end of these four steps you should have a list of around 25-40 potential products to sell on Amazon. Put them all in a spreadsheet so that you can compare data on them easily. Research shortlisted products Search for each item you have shortlisted using the search bar at the top of Amazon page. For example, “mobile screen guard� in the search box will give your competitors You should use analysis tools ( to glean out metrics like estimated sales, number of reviews and ratings, so that you get to know what you are up against.

Know your Numbers before Moving Further Before you move further you must know the cost involved in starting your FBA business on Amazon. Start-up Costs The first cost you will incur is setting up on Amazon. Some of the costs include opening Amazon account, buying UPS codes, product photography, product branding, etc. Inventory Costs You will need to keep some products in stock, even if it is at FBA warehouse. The amount will depend on how much inventory you keep.

Finding Suppliers on Alibaba Now that you have shortlisted products that you want to sell through Amazon FBA. Let us see how to find the right supplier on Alibaba. Shortlisting Suppliers

You simply need to search for the product using the search bar at the top of Alibaba website. Starting from a broad search you can keep refining till you have the relevant suppliers on your search results page. Check out suppliers’ credentials and details like transaction volume in last six months etc. and make a list of potential suppliers. You should have a list of 10-15 suppliers initially. Now you need to contact each supplier individually using the “Contact Supplier” button at the bottom right of each listing. Communicating with Suppliers On Alibaba you do not order immediately, you contact the supplier first. Here are some tips to write that first message:   

Never reveal that you have not sold this product earlier Give a detailed plan of how many samples you want and how you are going to escalate your order till you reach a final number Ask if they will credit the price of samples later; yes, suppliers often do this

Finding Original Manufacturer Try to find the original manufacturers as opposed to middle man. It is usually difficult with not much data on companies available on the site.

Negotiating with Suppliers Once you have contacted all suppliers on your list and got a quotation from each one of them, it is time to negotiate. Try to seal a deal that is fair to both parties, not just you. Here is some information you must get from all your suppliers before undertaking the final round of negotiations:     

Prior experience supplying products to your country Typical turnaround time Knowledge of FBA packaging requirements Payment terms for new customers Amount of customization they can do for the product

Using Initial Order or Samples for Giveaways When you order samples from the supplier, you should plan to use them for giveaways. Remember if you negotiate properly, you should be sourcing this for free. Or you can get it credited to your account later. You can use the giveaways for gauging customer response, increase product ranking for targeted keywords and get reviews. Usually 25 pieces are considered standard for giveaways.

Pitfalls to Avoid on Alibaba Alibaba is a good place to source products to sell on Amazon FBA, however there are some pitfalls you must be careful of:  

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Always ask for pictures before getting the samples. If the samples do not match the pictures, drop the supplier immediately. Analyse the email responses carefully. They should sound professional and must be detailed. The supplier must be willing to share company or product details whenever you ask. Google the supplier to check if it is legitimate and has not been involved in any frauds. Ask the supplier for references and cross-check them for assurance.

Conclusion In this post we gave the steps you must take to find profitable products, source them on Alibaba and sell through Amazon FBA. You must keep refining the process detailed here to suit your specific needs as per your product as well as working style.

Amazon FBA Product Research  

If you really need to raise fund go for it, if you are sure that you have a successful amazon FBA selling idea. Product Spy Pro provides pro...

Amazon FBA Product Research  

If you really need to raise fund go for it, if you are sure that you have a successful amazon FBA selling idea. Product Spy Pro provides pro...