My attitude is colored by the harrowing ordeal of unexpectedly losing BB eligibility. Believe me, that changed everything. I’ve had the lowest price on hundreds of items and haven’t been able to sell them because my offers are invisible. I never thought something like this would happen to me. I still don’t know why it happened – I have ideas, theories, but no absolute explanation. And Amazon could care less. It’s like reading some of the horror stories on this forum – they’re shocking, and to rest easy you think “well it never happened to me there must be some other side to the story that the OP isn’t sharing.” Then, this happened to me.
If it hadn’t, would I still have some stock in FBA? Probably. I loved FBA. I love the margins it makes possible. But I’d already been scaling down my FBA dramatically in the year before – rare and collectible stuff gets ruined, long-tail gets charged too much, and so on. I bet I could identify some books that would still be worth trying. FBA-only would not be an option anymore – too many of the kind of books I sell are either way too long tail or way too collectible.
I would like to build my Amazon inventory back up to respectable levels, and when you pass the starting gates of a few thousand items then staying on top of FBA fees & storage quickly gets too hard to manage, at least for me. I’m not even that large of a seller – yet. People have talked about how many books you need to make x amount of money, but I don’t know if you can easily compute that. It depends on what the books are and what they’re priced. But I know in my experience that in order to make enough solid cash to be comfortable you need at least 4-5k active listings. But even with the same books and the same prices, this number would differ for other people in other situations.
Anyway, you’re the only person I know who is talking about still FBA’ing books. I think that’s great and hope it works out incredibly for you – and I hope you share your experiences on here as time goes by. I’ll be interested to hear how it goes. I always believed in FBA bookselling. Darn it I was good at it. I’m so rattled by what happened to me that I don’t think I could ever bring myself to send a single SKU into FBA again.If you lived close by I’d give you my stash of avery labels & FBA packing supplies.