30 September 2018: Hi again! I am in touch with Ben for a week. He showed me really a good quality product. Honestly, this product is way much better. This time it is not a woman purse, it is a woman bag! I decided to go with it. This is more costly than the previous one. It will cost me 8.8$ per item. I will order 200 pieces. So total cost will 1760$. Ben told me that if i go with DDP, there are two options;
Sea shipping. This will cost me 650$ and it will take 1 month to my products to arrive US.
Air shipping. This will cost me 1200$ and it will take 1 week to my products to arrive US.
1 October 2018: Since i am beginner and i am learning how to start Amazon FBA, i thought i should keep my costs at minimum. So i decided to go with sea shipping. It will take 1 month to arrive Amazon warehouse but it is ok. I can wait. So let me summarize the deal. 8.8$ per item. Total of 200 pieces. They will put my logo on it and boxes and polly bags included in the price. I asked Ben to take some professional pictures of the items. He said ok. It will be also included in the price. I am thinking to sell my product 39$on Amazon. There is an Amazon FBA calculator. You can calculate your net margin with this tool. So if i sell my product at 39$, my net profit is 7.64$ and my net margin is %19.59.
02 October 2018: So i made the payment on Alibaba. Total of 1760$. They will start mass production tomorrow. Total of 200 items. 100 blue, 100 orange color. I will produce labels with UPC codes and send them to Ben to put on each item.
24 October 2018: Ben told me that mass production would finish this week. It has been 22 days since the payment. I hope they complete it this week. Ben is asking for the barcodes. I still didn’t have a chance to look at it.
25 October 2018: I still not able to produce labels because i have an issue. When creating a listing on Amazon there are two options; you can create a completely new listing or you can use an existing listing. I am not sure which one i should choose. Amazon policy says that i shouldn’t create a new listing if my product is already being sold on Amazon. I should just choose the existing listing. Ok. This makes sense but my product have its own UPC code, its own logo and i also search my product on Amazon, no one is selling it. There is only one seller is selling very similar to mine, but not %100 same. Different color, different shape. So what should i do? I don’t want to do something wrong and upset Amazon and get my account suspended. I want to play the game with the rules. So better i get in touch with Amazon Seller support team. I sent them an email. Let see what they would say.
26 October 2018: So ok i got a reply from Amazon support. Seems like they recommended me to go and create a new listing since i have my own UPC code, my own logo and different product.
27 October 2018: I am still creating my product listing page. Per my research, this part is important so it is taking longer than i expected. There are some strict Amazon rules when it comes to create a listing. So i should carefully read those policies and not violate any thing.
28 October 2018: Finally, i created my product listing on Amazon and added my products. I generated barcode labels and sent them to Ben. He was asking me for it almost a week!
31 October 2018: Ben just sent me a message telling me that mass production is completed and all products are ready now : ). Awesome! He sent me couple of pictures, i loved it! It really looks good! Hope i can sell it! And my logo is on it! Nothing feels better than this. I created a product and put my logo on it! This is a great feeling. I highly recommend you to taste this feeling. I am drinking my coffee at my home and i created a product with my own logo on it in China which is ready to be sent to US! (Note that it took 29 days to produce 200 item)
31 October 2018: I asked Ben to take at least 10 picture for each product. I asked him to use white background and make it look really professional. If i am satisfied with the quality of the pictures, i am going to use them. Otherwise i will ask Ben to find a professional photographer for it. Because this part is very important.
01 November 2018: Ben sent me the product pictures. They look great! Very professional! I don’t need to hire professional photographer. They are all 1000dpi and met Amazon image requirements.
03 November 2018: Now. Let me give you some information about the latest situation. Products are ready. Labelled and were put in a carton. They are waiting to be shipped to USA. I have to produce and send labels for the boxes as well, but I haven’t yet. Ben prepared 6 boxes for each color. There are 17 item in each box, except the last box. 6th box have 15 item. So total 100 item in 6 boxes. This is for one color. Together with other color, total is 12 boxes.In the meantime, I had a problem with listing the product. Other vendors are selling similar product of mine in a certain category and that category seems to be killing. I would like to sell my product in that category as well. So when i listed my product i have chosen that category. But yesterday I saw my product listed in an unrelated category that is very different from the one that I chose. I did some research. I’ve seen similar complaints on forums. I found out more about this, even if you have chosen a category by yourself while listing the product, Amazon’s bots can change these categories.Anyway, I’m annoyed that Amazon put my product in a different category than the one i wanted. I sent another email to Amazon support team and asked them the reason they put my product in a different category.
04 November 2018: Amazon support team replied back to me telling that i need somehow prove them that my product is indeed in that category. So they want a proof. Something like a product website. Ok but the problem is this product don’t have any website. It is a new product, it is my product with my own logo on it. So better i create a website for it. That is what i did. Created a website and put that product information on that website with that category and i sent Amazon the link of the page. After a couple of hours, i received another reply from Amazon. My request was accepted and they change my product’s category as i wanted. So all is good now.
04 November 2018: I finally generated labels for the boxes and sent them to Ben. He put the labels on the boxes. They are now ready to be shipped to USA.
04 November 2018: Meanwhile i am preparing the product page. I uploaded images. All look good. I have optimized the product title. Now i need to come up with a 5 bulleted list and description for my product. I decided to hire someone to do this. Just created a job posting on Freelancer. I need to find someone professional to write my product description and bulleted list. My budget for this is 20$. Around 20 people applied for the job. I chose one of them and send her the requirements and ask her to write a description for my product. She said she will complete it in 2 days.
05 November 2018: And this “that moment”. My products are labelled, packed and were put in boxes. They will ship them in 2 days.
By the way, i received email from Freelancer that the person already completed the job. Just checked it and it looks good to go.
14 November 2018: Ben just informed that he already shipped the goods. It will take 1 month to arrive USA. Once it arrive in USA, UPS will take it from port to Amazon warehouse. I will use this 1 month period to do some research about marketing.
23 November 2018: My products are still on the way. Somewhere in the ocean, i guess. If everything goes well, they supposed to be delivered around 14-15 December.