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How to Package Items for Amazon FBA (Free e-guide)

Amazon just published this nifty little guide (free) that answers "How do I package this item for FBA"? Instant PDF download here.


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  • Phil September 10, 2012, 3:06 pm

    As is typical with Amazon, their directions are less than clear. For example, take any of their recommended items requiring a “bag”, what they don’t day is that your label needs to be on the actual item over the UPC/ISBN–DO NOT place label on outer bag or plastic covering. Amazon has removed or not shipped the bag or plastic covering with the item and thus becomes a “missing” or “lost item. What they say on their website and what their employees do is not one and the same thing. I know because it has happened one too many times for me.

    • Marie September 10, 2012, 10:21 pm

      Phil, THANKS!!! for the heads up. I need to go back and redo my box. Better now than have my first box “lost”.

    • Jonathan September 14, 2012, 10:18 pm

      With plush toys or other items requiring a plastic bag, I’ve always put the product inventory label on the outside of the bag since it might not scan through the plastic. I’ll put it on the front or top of the item so it is easily seen. I’ve never had a problem with them removing and discarding the plastic. To cover the original product barcode, I use a blank label before putting the item in the bag.

      I don’t care if they lose my stuff anyway because the few times that they have lost or damaged something they pay me for it as if it had sold.

  • Debbie October 26, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Can somone please explain to me how to ship items FDA to AMAZON. I am confused between stickless ?? and actual label? what does this mean? PLEASE HELP! Is any one way better? I want to send the items right the first time,to avoid confusion.

    How much is the charge for them to store your products? What about shipping, per pound or by ranges ex:$ 25.00- $50.00???

  • john iii August 27, 2014, 1:41 pm

    just curious, what is your preferred method to package a used board game to fba? shrink wrap? or should i get the plastic bags with the warning labels? this is my first week sending stuff to fba and im really excited about it. i just went to a thrift store during my lunch break and spent $75, most of it was on new board games for 2.99 each. im gonna be in love with fba.

    • Jordan Malik August 27, 2014, 1:56 pm

      John – I’ve been a minimalist who never used anything more than a couple large rubber bands to keep the lid secure. Used game seller ‘purists’ will suggest against that. Here is some comprehensive help for packaging games (and yes you can command more $ for used (‘collectible’) games that have been shrink-wrapped (as long as you describe that in your condition notes. Some buyers appreciate that).

      • john iii August 28, 2014, 7:25 am

        thank you for the always speedy responses. im gonna try and shrink wrap some today when i get home from work and see how it goes. next question….used dvd’s/blu rays/cd’s, do you do the same, rubber band or shrink wrap? or do nothing?

        • Jordan Malik August 28, 2014, 8:28 am

          I use a rubber band.

          • john iii August 28, 2014, 9:39 am

            it seems so cavalier! but i trust you, how could i not, you brand yourself as honest lol. my first shipment has arrived and is currently in stock, im probably gonna wear out my f5 key. i appreciate all the advice and answers and blog posts and everything so far. its gonna be a very exciting ride. i think im gonna get the peter valley book (from your link lol, im trying to get peter to give me the recycling e book still as well).

          • Kent C March 8, 2016, 1:40 am

            Late comment but rubber bands degrade. We all know this. Any heat in a warehouse will expedite this. Think about how old rotted rubber bands adhere and leave residue. Not good for books, maybe if you shrinkwrap first but on the book itself, I wouldn’t.

  • Ken September 20, 2014, 12:25 am

    Hi Jordan
    I’m a new bookseller on FBA. As my book inventory grows larger, do you recommend to have Amazon label the books for $.20 each? Or should I keep labeling the books myself? Which would work best time and moneywise?

    Thanks much Jordan!

    Much appreciated!

    • Jordan Malik September 21, 2014, 8:33 am

      Hi Ken – I’m not a thorough expert on Amazon’s labeling service, but I like to keep my labeling internal as I like to give details on the condition of each book (so I can get the maximum price). Potential buyers appreciate it when you indicate the amount of highlighting, creases, binding condition etc.

  • Stacie June 28, 2016, 10:30 pm


    For used cassette tapes and used VHS do you leave them as is or do you put tape on the bottom of VHS tape so it will not slide out of box? Or do I need to put all VHS in plastic bags?

    Thank you!

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