Here we are in the middle of Christmas season — and on Amazon for me.
I keep saying, this is the last day or two to get things out to Amazon. But then I keep sending things in every day. It takes a week or so for items to arrive to a warehouse and then to go active/ Live.
I’m happy to have just finished this e-book described at this sales page: www.linkedinmarketingmagic.com
And then I want to write a lead magnet. That’s a a free give away that represents me and what I do. I can give it to people; and they hopefully then will want to sign up for my e-zine or hire me for what I do and love to do.
Some children looking at a selection of Christmas Cards during the 1910 holiday season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sales are better than ever on Amazon. This is my best year yet. Of course, it’s been the biggest online sales season/year too.
Still have so many things I could send in, but not sure how much I can really do.
I do arbitrage. And that means buying low and selling higher. And arbitrage is often local items – they may be 2nd hand, collectibles – or they may be items found on clearance shelves of retail stores.
Right now I have a LOT of Christmas inventory. Many of my things are brand new – some I even bought last week Thanksgiving evening or on Black Friday.
Many of these items do not have listings on Amazon. So that means my own UPC codes, images. Everything from scratch.
I already have a storage….but I really did not want to fill it with Christmas things to sell next year! Things just caught up with me this year. Life happens.
I was pleased today though. I had pics from last week – good ones of a French chef nutcracker. In a matter of a few minutes – I created a new Amazon listing. Started filling in all the details…. brand, manufacturer, assigned UPC code that I had bought. The sales info – description, price, etc. Bullet points. Search words. More details.
And as I said in a few minutes it was live. And not only that but I shipped it off to Amazon in a box of books I was sending in.
So there’s hope for many other ornaments, Santas, a Santa train, angels, board games. And the next thing too is to learn how and post Amazon Sponsored Product ads for a few good products that I have multiples of – like this one:
Between now and through Christmas, Katherine’s Mercantile — my Pinterest store and Amazon outlet, cater to the Christmas craziness and beyond. Stop by my Amazon Outlet as well as my Pinterest Hub.
It’s a lot of fun. And we’re in the middle of the holiday e-commerce buying and selling frenzy that online sellers prepare for all year long.
Selling Books Online
It’s only been recently that I’ve been catering to the Christmas crowd. My focus had always been and still is — books. And shoppers still find great books, even during this season.
My most popular during this season is children’s classics, cookbooks, religious and spiritual — Bible, storybooks for kids. Texana regional do very well. And of course crafts, handmade things, presenting and giving parties — anything like that.
Toys and Games
Five or six years ago, I started selling toys and games. I do well with board games, wooden toys and fun pastimes during this season. My understanding is retail arbitrage is becoming very competitive in this area. Everyone wants to get a piece of the pie on Amazon. So new sellers go to the same stores, find the same items on clearance, and Amazon gets flooded.
That’s why I lean toward the more rare collectible, out of stock, hard to find toys and games, figurines, etc.
Before all this Christmas focus on Amazon, I always did well with school books this time of year — college texts. Because fall semester is finishing up, and a new semester begins early January. So students start buying their texts at the end of December. December / January and July/August have always been peak sales for me with textbooks. And that still stands true. Oftentimes these book buyers start early.
But this Christmas and last and even before — I’ve found that Rockin’ Santas are very popular. You know these Santas that stand about a foot and a half tall. There’s a power cord. We plug in the cord turn on the switch and Santa moves his hips or head and/or arms and appears to be dancing to the music that also plays. This year I found one where he’s sitting at a piano and moves his head and arms to play the piano.
It’s all a lot of fun. And keeps us very occupied this time of year.
For more tips and ideas for last minute selling — find me on Facebook and ask questions in my Comments back and I’ll get back with you.
The angels, ornaments, children’s books, cookbooks, Santas — Christmas collectibles are getting in place in my Amazon store.
Pulled the Christmas inventory out of the closet — adding to it continually. But now is the hour to begin. Actually the hour is late — but it’s OK. People can order on Amazon up to the last minute.
Collectible mugs with little Teddy Bears stuffed inside.
And not much time for this one — but cornocopia baskets — with Christmas wrapping supplies, ornaments, horns, Christmas decor. Because the-horn-of-abundance baskets go so well for Thanksgiving.
Putting finishing touches on the ebook I’m writing for a pro copywriter. Inbetween, and as soon as it’s done in a day or so — it’s about my new UPC codes, digital pics of my unique items in natural sunlight — all knids of Santas, angels, snowglobe, ornaments, decor, rocking Santas, Christmas houses.
It’s going to be fun!