How does Amazon Handmade work?
With the Amazon Handmade program, you have the ability to make your handmade items sold by Amazon to possible buyers all over the world. Amazon does a great job of making it super simple to apply to their Amazon Handmade program. You literally have to apply, then wait for an email from them on whether or not you’ve been accepted. Once accepted, you can get to work! You can upload your handmade items online, and the best part? Each listing is free and because your items are sold by Amazon, you will be reaching millions of people potentially for them to become your customers.
What items can be sold by Amazon Handmade?
There are many things that can be sold on Amazon Handmade, but a few of the ones to consider are:
- Party Supplies
- Sporting Goods
- Toys & Games
- and many more
And Amazon also noted that if your products don’t fit into one of their already established categories, that they’d be adding more very soon to be able to sell and market.
The good news? Your handmade items sold on Amazon can also be sold other places online as well. Amazon doesn’t put restrictions on that currently.
How does Amazon make their money from the Amazon Handmade program?
Great question. While Amazon has done a great job at making this a viable source of income for many WAH and SAH adults, they have to earn their cut too during all of this! For each item sold, Amazon collects 15%. This covers the costs that they associate with marketing, shipping options and at one time it appears that they used to charge a monthly fee as well, but now, they state that their 15% fee covers enough so they have waived that monthly fee to be able to sell on Amazon Handmade.
What items can’t be sold on Amazon Handmade?
The rules about this seem pretty straightforward and simple. If you don’t make it with your own hands, you can’t sell it on Amazon Handmade. Your items cannot come from a kit and should be original. And by original, it means nothing that is created is a mass-production type of way. Simple enough, right? If you don’t make it, don’t try to pass it off as handmade. (There are a few other rules about if you have employees, etc, but all that can be looked up and read on their page. )
The great thing about selling with Amazon Handmade? You set your own prices, you interact with the customers, and you create whatever items that you want to create. There are no major hoops to jump through, and the fees are pretty straightforward and easy to remember. And don’t forget that by selling with Amazon Handmade, their reach for potential clients is HUGE.
Do you research when trying to decide if Amazon Handmade is right for you and your business? It may be a great platform for you to try or not, but until you give it a go, you won’t know. And the fact that now there aren’t any monthly fees and the listings are free to post? What do you truly have to lose? There are so many ways that working with Amazon Handmade could be beneficial to you and your business, that you should at least consider giving it a go! You never know…before long, you may be selling more handmade items than you ever dreamed possible! Go ahead and apply, and take the next steps. You won’t find success if you don’t try! It is one of many great ways to make money at home with Amazon.