Planning and preparation
First, you’ll need to decide on your Amazon classification. If you anticipate selling only small numbers of items, or don’t have much money to spend, you’ll probably want to go with the casual classification; however, if you anticipate selling in bulk, or want greater range in the products you can sell, you’ll need to go professional.
Then you’ll need to register on Marketplace, by providing the following information:
- Your business name
- Address and contact information
- A UK or internationally-chargeable credit card with valid billing address
- A phone number where you can be reached during the registration process.
If your business is VAT-registered, you’ll need to provide details of this. Additional rules apply for sellers from outside the UK – further information is available on the Amazon website.
Once you’ve decided on your classification, you’ll need to register your products – thankfully this part of the process is extremely simple. If you’re a casual seller, on each Amazon.co.uk product page you'll find a blue box called ‘More Buying Choices’ on the right-hand side of the page. Click on the ‘Sell Yours Here’ button; you will then have to enter details regarding the condition of the product, its age, and an additional comment.
If you’ve registered for professional status, you can use Amazon’s web-based interface or its bulk listing tools to list your products. The specifics of the procedure depend on whether or not your products are already in the Amazon.co.uk catalogue.
If your products already exist in the Amazon.co.uk catalogue, you can list them individually using the site’s web-based interface, simply by entering the name of the product, the price and your available stock. Alternatively, you can use Amazon’s bulk listing tools, which require the EAN, ISBN, or UPC code (barcodes) for each product. If you need a barcade, you can source one online by clicking here.
If your products do not exist in the Amazon.co.uk catalogue, you can create them using either the web-based interface or the bulk listing tools. For each new product, you will be required to provide product information, including: EAN, UPC, or ISBN code, product title, product description, an image of the product, price and available stock. Note that you might be required to input additional information to list your products in some categories.
Any images you use to accompany your product must be in a tif or jpeg format and sRGB or CMYK colour mode, with pixel dimension of at least 1280 pixels on the longest side. File names must consist of the product identifier (Amazon ASIN, 13-digit ISBN, EAN, JAN, or UPC) followed by a full stop and the appropriate file extension - for example: B000123456.jpg or 0237425673485.tif. Spaces, dashes or additional characters in the filename will prevent a seller’s image from going online.
For more information on how to upload an image of your product, go to the Amazon Marketplace page.