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3 Best Things About Selling on Amazon

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  • Jul 27, 2016 | Avalara

Selling on Amazon can be pretty cool. Not only can you make a gazillion dollars (well, at least a lot of money), you may also be able to build and manage your empire at home in your pajamas.

The online hypermarket-place has come a long way since it sold its first book in 1995. The book had the short-and-sweet title, Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

These days you can find the whole lot, from the everyday to the downright bizarre. Here are some awesome reasons that selling on Amazon rocks.

1. You can sell the weird and the wonderful

Amazon sells almost everything you can imagine. This makes it a perfect place for sellers to profit by catering to customers with similar unusual taste. Sure, selling items we all need, like toiletries, is a steady way to go, but imagine how amazing it would be to provide items like the wonderfully weird ones below.

If your dog has ever felt left out and sad after you’ve had hair extensions, then there’s a sure-fire way to dry those puppy tears. The Mullet on the Go will give your puppy an instant make-over. Never fear that this new look will be impractical when your dog is running free in the park. It comes with a headband to soak up sweat and prevent the extensions from getting into its eyes. The snazzy colors will make your pooch the envy of all other dogs. It could do for dog hairstyles what ‘The Rachel’ haircut did for 90s women.

Now that pets are taken care of, there’s plenty to satisfy human strangeness. For instance, the beard hat. It serves so many purposes, it’s hard to see how men who live in cooler climates have managed without it. I mean, not only does this hat keep heads warm, it also keeps most of the face away from that dreaded cold breeze. One of the biggest plus points is that it’s more attractive and frankly less scary than wearing a full balaclava in public. Who says beauty can’t be practical? The beard hat will work wonders for men who struggle to grow a beard. Just pop on one of these bad boys so that warmth and the latest trend for excessive facial hair will be all yours.

2. You get to mix with pretty cool customers

Just as some products are in a league of their own, customer reviews are also unique and can cause a slight chuckle or even a LOL. These comments can put some fun into the very serious business of ecommerce. Here are some witty, smart, and hilarious comments.

This review is for unicorn meat (yes, you read right). I haven’t made it up.

Of course this isn’t as good as fresh, but who has time to hunt unicorns these days? I’m a busy professional so I don’t have the luxury of just grabbing my bow and quiver and spending days in the high glens hunting fresh ‘corn. This product allows me to come home from a hectic day and enjoy a meal packed with that special nutrition only unicorn can provide. I even keep a few cans at the office for those late nights.

Who knew that there was a market for show-stopping and totally unique masks? Customers who bought the ‘Creepy Party Deluxe Novelty Halloween Costume Party Latex Animal Head Mask Pigeon’ left plenty of side-splitting reviews. The sellers must be entertained for hours on end reading comments similar to the one below:

This product is amazing, I got everyone’s numbers and baristas at Starbucks even gave me a discount on my drink. It is life changing, a must buy. 10/10, air it out first, but I strongly suggest wearing this mask to your local playground or walk around your neighborhood with it on. It is beautiful and iconic. It brought my grades up and got me off the streets. I couldn’t be more thankful for this product.

3. You get great customer service

Customer service can make or break a business. It’s reassuring to know that your chosen ecommerce platform has received the top spot for customer service for six years in a row. Amazon has a policy that after every two year of employment, its employees spend two days at the customer desk. The CEO also does his two-day shift. This practice helps everyone in the company to maintain a good understanding of how customer service works.

On rare occasions, Amazon’s customer service agents also provide some much-needed comedic value. Take the example of an agent who shares the name of the famous super-hero, god of thunder, Thor. The customer asked whether he could refer to himself as Odin (the god of thunder’s dad). The agent played along and a hilarious role play started. It ended with a very happy customer getting a refund to reorder and an upgrade to next day delivery. You can read the entertaining transcript for a few laughs.

Selling on Amazon can be rewarding and fun. We’ve shown that you can make money by selling the essentials and items that are just as distinctive as Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos’s laugh.

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