It is often difficult to do merchant fulfilled when it comes to the volume that one needs push in order to generate the revenue (and profit) that is needed to maintain even a regular wage.
This is an old story, but I remember before I got into FBA, I was doing all merchant fulfilled. During late Q4, on a Monday, I remember phoning one of my friends. I was in TEARS!
I told him, “Hey, Man. I have 100 orders I need to fill by 5 o clock today. Could you PLEASE come over and help me!”
Depending on the item, if you average about 5 minutes per order (between printing, protecting, and other self-prepping) you’re talking 500 minutes of straight work for 100 orders. Some shipments can take longer if they involve a larger item that you need to box.
In these troubled and crazy times, I’ve had to go back to merchant fulfilled. I am also warehousing inventory in private storage until Amazon lifts the (hopefully) April 5th shipment hold.
I know that there are times we take a competitive and adversarial approach to our Amazon business.
And in these troubled and crazy times. I wish other sellers well. May we weather the storm and come out to build our businesses again at the end of this.