Packaging Guidelines and Info from Amazon
“The following documents are available for you to print off and use as a quick reference when preparing your products for shipment to Amazon fulfillment centers:
- Prep Matrix (.PDF, right click, save as)
- A downloadable document providing a summary of basic prep guidelines, available for you to print off and refer to when prepping your Units for FBA shipments. [Updated each quarter - Check back for a new version after this date]
- Packaging and Shipping Inventory to Amazon (.PDF, right click, save as)
- Download and print this manual for Packaging and Shipping Inventory to Amazon, or share with your distributor or supplier when they send directly to Amazon. [Updated each quarter - Check back for a new version after this date] “
- Selling Expiration Dated Products (.PDF, right click, save as)
- There are rules/regulations for selling items with expiration dates – AND – they need extra labels. – from July 2012.
Videos About Packaging Items
These are all quick and very helpful videos to show you exactly how to package your FBA items. Most of the following videos come from Amazon.com directly.
How to Label Products for FBA (Dec. 2012)
Note: We are not fans of doing “stickerless co-mingled inventory” (without quotes). We label every item that we send in to Amazon FBA.
How to Prep Small Products (from Dec. 2012)
To learn more, do a google search for “amazon fba small products” (without quotes).
How to Prep Apparel, Fabric, Plush and Textiles for FBA (from Dec. 2012)
This would be anything soft or made of fabric. FYI… apparel (clothing & accessories) is a restricted category that you will need approval to list in.
How to Prep Liquid Products (Dec. 2012)
Some liquid items may be considered HazMat – which means that you will not be able to sell them on Amazon. Do a google search for “amazon fba hazmat” (without quotes) to find out more info.
How to Prep Loose Products for FBA (Dec. 2012)
Do a google search for “amazon fba loose products” (without quotes) to find out more about this.
How to Prep Fragile Products for Amazon FBA (Dec. 2012)
Did you know that there is a 3 foot drop test and a shaking test for fragile items? Watch this video and do a google search for “amazon fba fragile” (without quotes) to learn more.
How to Prep Products with Expiration Dates for FBA (Dec. 2012)
For more information about selling products with expiration dates on Amazon FBA click HERE. Or, do a google search for ” amazon fba expiration” (without quotes).
How to Prep Baby Products with Exposed Surfaces for FBA (Dec. 2012)
Note: The info in this video applies to ANY item that has an exposed surface.
How to Prep Products Sold as a Set for FBA (from Dec. 2012)
How to Prep Products with Perforated Packaging (from Dec. 2012)
This is for items that have perforations – a bulk box of granola bars, a box of trading cards, anything that has that dotted line of perforations that could split open.
How to Prep Sharp Products for FBA (Dec. 2012)
How to Prepare Collectible Games for Amazon FBA
Debra made this video to show how she packages collectible games. You can learn more about selling collectible games on Amazon from our Collectible Games FAQ.
How to Pack Boxes for Shipment to an Amazon Fulfillment Center (Dec. 2012)
What this video really covers is what type of materials (dunnage) you can use to stuff in the empty voids of your box.
How to Pack Books for Shipping to Amazon FBA Warehouses
Great video from Rob Anderson of Dollar Moves.
How to “Telescope” a Box (from Chris Green of ScanPower)
This is especially useful when you are shipping in long items like board games.
How to Re-size a Shipping Box (from Bubblefast)
This shows you how to use a Box Sizing Tool like the one available from BubbleFast.com. Debra and I both have that tool and love it. But you don’t need that tool to size a box. You can accomplish the same thing with a utility knife.
Recommended Packaging Material
- Bubble Wrap
- Poly Bags – here are some options:
- Plastic bags (like ziplocs) that you buy at a grocery store or Walmart. Some of our group members have mentioned finding bags that already have suffocation warnings printed on them. If your bags do not have suffocation warnings, then you can print out “suffocation warning labels”.
- You can also purchase fancier bags like:
- comic book bags, magazine bags, DVD/CD bags
- You can use an impulse sealer with shrink wrap to cover your items.
- You’ll find more info about this in our “Impulse Sealer FAQ“
Packaging The ODD Ball Item
If you sell Odd Ball products on Amazon FBA you are going to package these ready to send to the customer.
This is a “thrifted” coffee mug that could be sold on Amazon FBA – but needs to be protected:
This mug fits perfectly into a 6x6x6 box found at Walmart.
Bubble wrap like crazy… to make sure it’s protected inside and out.
Continue to add packing until the mug is packed in tight!
I like to add an image of the product to the outside of the box. In the past I’ve had problems with Amazon warehouse employees opening the box OR shipping the box as is without inserting into another box. Now that I add a picture to the box (just a bit more effort) I haven’t had any more issues.
Along side the FBA label – put a Do Not Open or Take Apart Label similar to the one above.
Here is another article about labeling and packaging cake pans.
Now your “Odd Ball” product is ready to go.
Do you have a question about Packaging Items not covered here?
- Ask your question on our Free Facebook Group (once there, click the “Join” button) or leave us a comment below this post. We will get back to you ASAP!