How to start selling on Amazon: Become an Amazon Seller

Whether you have an established e-commerce business, a great idea for a new product, or you just have a passion for selling, here’s how to take that next step with Amazon.
£25 (excl. VAT) per month + selling fees
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Over £42,000 in benefits exclusively for New Brands!
Launch on Amazon today with variety of incentives to help kickstart your business, including a 10% bonus on your first £40,000 in branded sales, followed by 5% through your first year until you reach £800,000, up to £42,000 in bonus value!*
*The New Seller Incentives are subject to the applicable Terms and conditions. Visit Seller Central for more details.

Before you start

Choose a selling plan

With the Individual plan, you’ll pay 75p every time you sell an item. The Professional plan costs £25 per month, no matter how many items you sell. For both plans, Amazon also collects a referral fee on each sale, which is a percentage of the total transaction and varies by product category. Visit our pricing page for a summary of selling fees.
Amazon app showing product listings of water bottles that can be shipped through Amazon Prime

Consider your selling strategy

Resellers find popular products that already exist and offer them in Amazon's stores.

Brand owners manufacture their own products—or source goods to sell under a private label—to offer shoppers unique selection.

Lots of sellers do both. You can choose whichever method works for your goals.

New Seller Guide

Speed matters—and for Amazon sellers the first 90 days are especially critical. That’s why we invented the New Seller Guide, a set of brand, logistics, pricing, and promotional services that are backed by data science and designed to fuel the growth of new sellers.

Sellers who adopt services in the New Seller Guide can take advantage of over £42,000 in New Seller Incentives.
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Understand your audience

Over 50% of all products orders are sold by our third-party selling partners.
Becoming a Seller on Amazon enables your business to target business customers (B2B) and individual consumers (B2C) from the beginning of your seller journey. When you add listings, they will automatically be available to both groups, enabling you to maximize the potential of a single seller account.

B2C customers

  • Hundreds of millions of worldwide active customer accounts
  • 200 million worldwide Prime members
  • Millions of products delivered in 200+ countries and territories

B2B customers

  • Millions of registered business costumers ranging from small businesses to large enterprises (Over 50% of FTSE 100 companies are UK business customers).
  • On average, B2B customers return products less frequently.
  • Use B2B tools helping you make the most out of your growth potential with business customers.
  • Learn about needs of B2B customers using in- demand selection recommendations.

Create an Amazon seller account

You can use your customer account to start selling, or you can create a new Amazon seller account with your business email. Before you sign up, make sure you’re ready with the following:
  • Business email address or Amazon customer account
  • Chargeable credit card (International credit cards are also accepted)
  • Valid passport or national ID (Identity verification protects sellers and customers)
  • Company registration details (with VAT number if possible)
  • Phone number
  • A bank account where Amazon can send you proceeds from your sales
Amazon Seller Central home screen interface

Amazon jargon:

Seller Central

Seller Central is the website where sellers log in to monitor their Amazon sales activity. You can manage inventory, update pricing, communicate with buyers, review account health, contact selling partner support, and add new products.
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Go mobile

Use the Amazon Seller app to track sales, fulfil orders, find products to sell, respond to customer questions, capture and edit professional-quality product photos, and create listings—all from your phone.
QR code to download the Amazon Seller app to your cellphone
Click here to download the Amazon Seller app on the Apple App Store
Click here to download the Amazon Seller app on the Google Play Store

Understanding your VAT requirements

Depending on the nature of your business, you will be required to register for a VAT number in a European country as per the regulations. This depends on multiple factors, some of which are place of business establishment, fulfilment model, and your annual sales. Having awareness of various VAT requirements, and knowing how to comply with them, will contribute to a frictionless selling experience on Amazon.
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Adding your products

What can you sell on Amazon? It depends on the product, the category, and the brand.

Some categories are open to all sellers, some require a Professional seller account, some require approval to sell, and some include products that cannot be sold by third-party sellers.

To sell branded products protected by copyright, trademark, or patent, you must be the legal owner of the brand or an authorized reseller. Visit Seller Central to learn more about Amazon’s intellectual property policy for sellers.
The table below provides an overview of Amazon product categories, but visit Seller Central Help to learn more about restrictions, and how to request approval. If you ship orders with Fulfilment By Amazon, be sure to review the specific list of FBA product restrictions.

For pre-owned and refurbished products, additional restrictions may apply. Please see Certified Refurbished requirements for more information.
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Product categories

Product category

Example products

Conditions allowed

Categories not requiring approval
Parts, Tools & Equipment, Accessories.
specific considerations /requirements may apply.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New, Certified Refurbished, Used, Collectible
Baby Products (Excluding Apparel)
Pushchairs & Prams, Car Seats, High Chairs, Toys, Furniture, Bedding, Feeding, Changing, Monitors, Safety, Potty Training. Approval may be required for holiday selling¹
New only
Music, Books, Video/DVD/ Blu-ray. Some specific considerations /requirements may apply.
New, Refurbished, Used, Collectible
Desktops, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablets, Printers, Computing Accessories.
New, Refurbished, Used
Consoles & Video Games
Consoles and video games.
New, Refurbished, Used
Consumer Electronics
TVs, Audio (inc. car audio), GPS, Phones, Cameras, Electronic Accessories. Approval may be required for specific products²
Requirements (sign-in required)
New, Certified Refurbished, Used
DIY & Tools
Hand Tools, Hardware, Workwear, Site & Safety Equipment, Fire Alarms & Security, Power Tools, Power Tool Accessories, Electrical, Decorating, Garden & Landscaping Tools, Building Material, Plumbing & Bath, Parts.
New, Certified Refurbished, Used, Collectible
Garden & Outdoors
Seeds & Plants, Birds & Wildlife, Pest Control, Plant Care, Décor & Lighting, Tools & Accessories, Leisure & Fitness, Garden Furniture, Structures & Ponds, Outdoor Living.
New, Certified Refurbished, Used
Kitchen & Home
Appliances: Small Appliances, Home Appliances, Parts.
Home Living: Homeware, Furniture, Home Décor, Kitchen & Dining, Lighting, Arts & Crafts.
New, Certified Refurbished, Used
Large Appliances
Cookers & Ovens, Dishwashers, Fridges & Freezers, Washing Machines & Tumble Driers, Parts
New, Certified Refurbished, Used
Lights and Fixtures, Light Bulbs, Lighting Accessories, Torches
New, Certified Refurbished, Used.
Light bulbs new only.
Musical Instruments
DJ Equipment and Musical Instruments.
New, Certified Refurbished, Used
Office Products
Printer Ink, Office Supplies, Office Furniture
New, Certified Refurbished, Used, Collectible
Pet Supplies
Pet Food, Habitats, Apparel, Training, Grooming, Healthcare, Toys, Leads, Aquatics, Terraristics
New only
Shoes & Accessories
Shoes, Boots, Sandals, Slippers, Shoes Accessories, Handbags, Wallets. Approval may be required for specific products. Available to Professional sellers only. Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Software & PC Games
Computer Software, Video and PC games. Approval may be required for specific products²
New, Refurbished, Used, Collectible
Sporting Goods
Sports Equipment, Bikes, Tents, Fan Gear
New only
Toys & Games
Games & Puzzles, Outdoor & Sports Toys, Arts, Crafts & School Supplies, Vehicles, Dolls, Plush, Building Sets, Learning & Exploration, Infants/Pre-School, Action Figures, Fancy Dress. Approval may be required for Christmas selling¹
New, Refurbished, Used, Collectible
Categories requiring approval
Beverages, Baby Food, Biscuits & Snacks, Confectionery, Cereals, Cooking & Baking, Seasoning & Condiments, Tinned Food, Pasta & Rice, Spreads, Sauces, Fresh & Frozen Food, Hampers, Home-Care & Cleaning. Category available to Professional sellers only. Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Earrings, Necklaces, Rings, Bracelets (see also Watches). Available to Professional sellers only.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
All Watches. Available to Professional sellers only. Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Outerwear, Athletic Wear, Innerwear, Belts, Wallets.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Beer, Wine & Spirits
Spirits, Liqueurs, Wine, Beer, Cider.
(Separate approval from Grocery).
Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Fragrance, Skincare, Makeup, Hair Care, Bath & Shower. See also Health & Personal Care.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Health & Personal Care
First Aid, Nutrition. See also Beauty.
Requirements (sign-in required)
New only
Personal Care Appliances
Hair Care Appliances, Oral Care Appliances, Skincare Appliances, Shaving and Hair-Removal Appliances, Footcare Appliances, Healthcare Appliances & Equipment, Massage Equipment, Tanning Appliances, Scales, SAD Lights, Independent Living & Mobility
Requirements (sign-in required)
New only

Product listing details

To start selling a product on Amazon, you’ll create a product listing in Seller Central (or via API). A product listing includes:
  • A product identifier, such as GTIN, UPC, ISBN, or EAN to specify the exact item you’re selling. You can get a UPC code directly from GS1, or request an exemption.
  • A SKU, which is a product ID you create to track your own inventory
  • Offer details, including price, product condition, available quantity, and shipping options
  • Product details like name, brand, category, description, and images
  • Keywords and search terms to help buyers find your product
If another seller already offer the same product, you’ll match an existing listing (which means some details will already be in place, like the product identifier). If you’re the first seller to offer a product, you’ll create a new listing.

Amazon jargon:


Every product offered for sale on Amazon gets an automatically generated ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number), which is different from a GTIN or SKU. Multiple sellers may offer the same ASIN.

The product detail page

Amazon Seller Central product detail page showing where descriptions go
Your offer details will be displayed on a “product detail page.” If you’ve ever shopped on, you’ve seen one. Product detail pages are where customers find all of the relevant information about a particular item.

When multiple sellers offer the same product, Amazon combines data from those various offers on a single detail page. Sellers who offer the product can contribute detail page information—or request detail page reviews if the information displayed is incorrect.

If you sell your products under a registered trademark, consider enrolling in Amazon Brand Registry, a free service that gives you increased control over product detail pages that use your brand name.
200 characters max, capitalize the first letter of every word
500 x 500 or 1 000 x 1 000 pixels to increase listing quality
Such as different colours, scents, or sizes
Bullet points
Short, descriptive sentences highlighting key features and benefits
Featured offer ("Buy Box")
The featured offer on a detail page. Customers can add to their cart or “Buy Now”
Other offers
The same product sold by multiple sellers offering a different price, shipping options, etc.
Keywords improve the chances that people will find your listing

Amazon jargon:

Featured Offer

If more than one seller offers a product, they may compete for the Featured Offer , the most visible offers on the product detail page. Sellers must meet performance-based requirements to be eligible for Featured Offer placement.

Attracting customers

Once your products go live in Amazon's stores, there are a number of things you can do to attract customers. The Amazon Flywheel describes our method for driving growth.

Below are some ways to consider using “Amazon Flywheel” principles to generate momentum for your business.
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Amazon Prime delivery screen with “get it today” selected

Provide fast shipping

Customers often shop for products with the Amazon Prime badge, which you can get by using Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) to ship products from one of our fulfilment centres.

Sell and ship across Europe

With just one account you can reach customers, manage your listings and inventory all across Europe, within five European Stores (,,, and To help you stay informed of changes related to Brexit, please visit our Prepare your Amazon Business for Brexit help page (login required)
Sell and ship across Europe with Amazon UK

Set competitive prices

Many customers shop for the best price. Seller Central tools like automated repricing and bulk pricing for Amazon Business customers can help you stay competitive.
Graph showing Amazon Seller Central’s automated repricing and bulk pricing tools

After your first sale

The moment you’re selling on Amazon is the moment you can start growing. We have tools in place to help you take things to the next level and then some.

Get customer reviews

Customer product reviews benefit customers and sellers. Make sure you’re familiar with the right and wrong ways to get more product reviews and avoid policy violations.
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Sellers Read Reviews

Sellers Read Reviews

The great thing about Amazon is, its giving you live real-time feedback in terms of how the product is being perceived and how you as a seller are performing.
Ramin GolzariManaging Director, Highlander Outdoor

Grow your business

Selling in Amazon stores enables you to build a worldwide company from your laptop. Advertising, promotions, and global selling are just a few ways to expand.
Amazon Seller Central interface showing growth opportunities for an Amazon seller account
Graph showing the health of an Amazon seller account

Stay successful

We set a high bar for Amazon sellers because we want to provide a seamless, trustworthy, delightful shopping experience for customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the frequently asked questions about Fulfillment by Amazon
What type of products can you sell online?
Taking into consideration your niche, target, and business goals, you can sell almost anything online.

On Amazon, you can sell many product categories that don't need approval such as Computing, Automotive, Kitchen & Home, Consumer Electronics, Pet Supplies, or Shoes & Accessories products.

Specific product categories, such as Watches, Beauty, Apparel, or Health & Personal Care, will require prior approval from Amazon's team before they can be listed.
Why sell online on Amazon?
Selling on Amazon can assist your business in reaching a larger audience and potential customers. Furthermore, Amazon's selling partners have access to a variety of resources that can assist them in increasing the visibility and sales of their businesses.

Amazon provides selling partners with access to a library of educational resources to help them learn about a variety of topics and broaden their knowledge. Several programmes, like Amazon Handmade, are designed to help businesses with more niche audiences grow exponentially.

You can start an online business with low investment, secure payment methods, credibility and many more benefits by becoming an Amazon Seller.
Do I need to be self employed to sell on Amazon?
Selling on Amazon is open to anyone, regardless of your employment status. Amazon offers two selling plans, one for individuals and another for professional sellers. Once you have decided which plan is best for you, you can start selling on the website.

Keep in mind, if your sales income exceeds a certain limit, you may need to register as a self-employed business and pay taxes accordingly.
What mistakes to avoid while selling online?
When selling online, avoiding common mistakes such as lack of product information, poor customer service, and unclear target audience is essential for success.

It's important to have a clear understanding of your business capacity and to address logistics and fulfillment issues that can affect your business’ effectiveness and reputation. One alternative to streamline these processes is using services such as Fulfilment by Amazon.

Creating a solid business strategy that takes these factors into account is critical to establishing a successful online selling operation.
Just have a few items to sell?

Start selling online today

Selling on Amazon allows you to reach tens of millions of shoppers, whether you’re selling one item or millions. Your account configuration is set to sell across Europe
£25 (excl. VAT) per month + selling fees
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