How to Sell on Amazon

Consider these tips when you sell your used books, DVDs, video games and more on Amazon.com.

Sell your popular or rare CDs, DVDs, video games, software and books on this trusted site, which has an audience of more than 100 million active customers.

  • Undercut the competition: Update your listing frequently by offering the best deal in your condition category (new or used)—even if that means beating your competitor by just 1 cent.
  • Place it correctly: Improve your item’s performance in searches by making sure you have correctly assigned the type or subcategory. If not, it might end up in the Everything Else category, where buyers might never see it. When in doubt, search to see how the site categorizes products like yours.
  • Control your image: As on eBay, it’s important to maintain positive feedback. Keep your ratings high by including a customer-service sheet in your shipments that provides contact information and details your return policy. Include a handwritten thank-you with each purchase.
  • Need to know: You pay a per-item fee of 99 cents (for up to 40 items per month) plus, for media products, a 15 percent referral fee and a variable closing fee (up to $1.35).

BONUS TIP: Buyers will pay more on Amazon because its A-to-Z guarantee ensures the item's condition and timely arrival.