So now I feel that I can give you some update on my progress to become an FBA seller on Amazon.com which is in the US market.
A thing to be aware of.
I am participating in the education program and so far all is good in that part. On the other hand, I am experiencing some quite frustrating issues with activating my Seller Central Account at Amazon. As I am not a US resident there are some obstacles that have to be crossed. For instance the verification of my living address. As I don’t have a gas bill or internet bill and don’t have an electric bill in English to verify my living address. I am therefore experiencing some quite severe difficulties to provide Amazon with a document that verifies my address.
Trying to solve the issue.
I contacted the Swedish Tax Agency and requested an extract of the people registry and they provided me with a signed extraction as requested. I then sent it to Amazon. The thing is, I don’t get any response from Amazon. And without my account activated I can’t pursue my work with planning manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of my product.
What I actually have managed to do.
I have found the product I want to sell by using Jungle Scout. I used the software to find a competitive product with high demand and low competition. I was also fortunate to find a version of the product that’s not already for sale on Amazon. This might be a very good advantage for me as I want to be able to get as many sales as possible, of course, immediately upon my launch.
Find your strength in the community.
I am really thankful for having my community supporting me in this troublesome time as it is really hitting me hard mentally with all these unnecessary obstacles. The pep-talks, good advice, and cheerings are helping a lot and are keeping my spirit up. Without the SFM, and in particular the Import Experts community, the experience would have been unbearable.
I am now just waiting for a response on another newly created case in the same issue at Amazon, where I am demanding a response from them telling me IF they are going to help me with the matter or if I should just terminate my account and start over with a new account. I might also consider starting an account in another country to deal with the US part of Amazon in the future. We’ll see if I get any response at all within the next two upcoming weekdays. If not I will terminate my account and take another path.
So that is my status in this matter right now.
Whatever you do, don’t get stuck for too long on an obstacle. Evaluate the situation and if needed, change the course. But keep moving, and keep moving forward as a whole. All in all, it is fun doing all this work as I know it is work done for me and my own gains.
Until next time I wish you the best of luck and progress in your own strive for independence from 9 – 5 work.