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!