Why I Love Amazon Prime for Buying and Selling

I like to be pretty upfront and tell it like it is. So yes, this is an Amazon commercial. 🙂 But here’s why – Jason and I have recently become “Prime” merchants, so of course it’s in our best interest to spread the word about the benefits of Amazon Prime.

Amazon PrimeHere’s the Commercial Part:

Sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime. It includes free US shipping for purchases made from Prime merchants, instant streaming of movies and TV shows, and instant access to Kindle titles. When Jason and I originally signed up ourselves a few years ago, I don’t think there was a free trial period,  so that’s an extra bonus now. 🙂

And the Why I’m Promoting It Part:

I love selling fabric and supplies and I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word. After having an online store for 10 years, I’m test-selling on Amazon to see if it will be successful. Here are some of the the items we have on there so far:

ThreadDr. Seuss BundleLaurel Burch Socks

Being a “prime” merchant means I take all of the products I’m selling and ship them straight to Amazon. Amazon stores everything in their warehouse and then ships the order directly to the customer so that it will arrive in 2 days. The customer gets free shipping, and Amazon makes me look good with excellent customer service, so it is a win-win.

However, there are two drawbacks to this model – it’s very expensive to sell this way and Amazon doesn’t ship worldwide.  But if it can help me increase my sales and reach more domestic customers then I’m willing to try it out.

Even if it Doesn’t Work for Us as Sellers

We are taking a big risk by moving so much inventory from our website to Amazon. However, even if it doesn’t work out, we are still happy to use Amazon Prime as buyers. For $79 a year, it more than makes up for any shipping costs we would normally incur on items we purchase, plus all the free streaming videos. (My children can’t stand to watch regular TV anymore because of all the commercials, LOL!)

Amazon PrimeWe wouldn’t have made the jump to sell on Amazon if we weren’t already comfortable shopping there since we know how it works from the other side.

So try out Amazon Prime free for a month and let me know what you think. If you end up buying anything from me while you’re there, that’s just the icing on the cake!

16 thoughts on “Why I Love Amazon Prime for Buying and Selling

  1. lauralynne says:

    I love Prime. We had tried it out a year or so ago, but just didn’t feel at that time that the cost justified the benefit of 2 day shipping. I don’t think I realized at that time the other benefits. Anyway, fast forward to now when our lives seemto have skyrocketed into uber busy mode and I was ready to try Prime again. Then I found out about the tv, movies and kindle books. I am totally sold. I love getting packages quickly (and, living far from family, I love being able to ship packages quickly!). We don’t have cable, so I really like the movies and tv options. And there is a slightly different selection compared to what is available on Netflix. All in all we’re really happy with the service. Good luck with your new shop. I am going to check it out!

  2. Amy says:

    Best wishes for your new shop through Amazon! I wonder how the streaming through Prime compares to Netflix in terms of selection for the kiddos? They love their Netflix in the early mornings. (I love that it gets me a few more winks of sleep sometimes!)

  3. Ruthann says:

    I love being a Prime member. At first I was skeptical but the free shipping option is well worth it plus we disconnected our cable and are streaming TV now so the wide variety of movies and TV shows available as a Prime member are great. Will look for your shop when on line buying.

  4. Emily says:

    We have amazon prime, and it’s great. I don’t think we would sign up for any one of those services on their own, but taken all together it’s worth the $79 to us (for instance, just this morning I ordered a $9 camera case, and it will be on my front porch in two days. Fantastic).

  5. Josie McRazie says:

    Girl we dropped our cable TV altogether!! We have Prime, Netflix and Hulu Plus and it still costs less than when we had cable!! And as a bonus I get all the other benefits of Prime! I love it!!!

  6. Sarah N says:

    Oh! And you should mention that Prime membership can be shared with a few people – I share mine with my parents and inlaws, so it’s really $79 split between 3 households : )

  7. Sarah N says:

    I’ll have to look for you next time I’m shopping Amazon : ) I’ve been a prime member for a long time. Coupled with Amazon Mom, I get 20% off Subscrbe & Save deliveries, love 2 day free shipping for “Mom, I need a tennis racket by Friday” (said Tuesday night : P), and we haven’t had cable in years so the only shows my kids watch are on Prime (or Hulu). For $79 a year, I get TV and free shipping – that’s less then I’d spend just upgrading to basic cable where I live! Good luck on Amazon, Christa!

  8. ivylovestosew says:

    I recently took advantage of the 30-day free trial, but cancelled after 30 days. I couldn’t justify the $79 annual fee when I can easily get free shipping on almost everything I order from there. Sure, it usually takes longer than 2 days but I’m not in any rush. Good luck with your Amazon store. I’m sure you’ll do great! 🙂

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