In this video post learn the difference between Amazon FNSKU barcodes and UPC codes and when to correctly use each
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Hi everybody and welcome to today’s episode. Today we’re going to talk about packaging requirements for the Amazon seller. There seems to be a lot of confusion in what really you need to have on your packaging, whether it be UPC codes, whether it be FNSKU things, all the other types of alphabet soup that are out there.
Let’s go in and let’s discuss this. Before we do, again, I want to thank everybody who’s watching on YouTube, or whether you’re listening on iTunes, or you’re reading or watching this content on my blog. Thank you very, very much for being here.
The first thing you want to think about in your packaging requirements are the codes and numbers that are required for Amazon to sell your product. One of the things that you’re going to need to get started and set up is a UPC code. You can get your UPC code, just Google UPC codes.
Anywhere on the internet, you can them from a variety of places. Typically they’re very, very inexpensive. You’ll find UPC codes anywhere from a few dozen for five dollars, ten, fifteen dollars for five or ten, still a nominal cost.
What you’re going to need is you’re going to need that UPC code. When you’re setting your item up you’re going to take that 12 or 13 digit UPC code, if it’s 12 and it asks you for 13 by the way, just put a zero at the beginning, then that will make it 13. Enter that when you’re creating your item.
That’s the only place you’ll need a UPC code if you plan on selling your item on Amazon. If you plan on selling it in addition to Amazon, in other places, you’ll need the UPC code on there, but we’ll talk about that in just a second. You set your item up with your UPC code. That’s a one time thing to set your item.
Then what you’ll need is something called the FNSKU number, and SKU stands for stock keeping unit, which is basically this is Amazon’s number, Amazon’s barcode. Literally what the process is, is when you’re setting your item up you’ll going on your Amazon dashboard, and it will print, you’ll see where this is very easy to get into, and you’ll see an FNSKU number.
That will print 30 to a sheet. Literally what you do is you download that as a PDF, and you e-mail that to your supplier, and ask them to attach that code to each and every one of your product items.
That can be put on with a sticker, that can be printed on the packaging itself, however that is, or you could print it out with your own printer, and put it on the products you sell if you have a death wish, and want to do all those crazy things and work for yourself. Ideally, you’ll have your supplier do it.
If your supplier won’t do it for whatever reason, and I haven’t had one who wouldn’t, you can always have Amazon put it on. They charge twenty cents per items to apply that barcode for you.
I think you’ll find your supplier might charge you a nominal amount, but it won’t be twenty cents an item in most cases. If you have it printed as part of your ongoing packaging it won’t be anything.
One of the things to realize going forward is that if you choose to take this item and sell it outside of Amazon, you probably will need the UPC code on the packaging.
Again, by the time you get to that stage you can make different arrangements, and maybe you take and put the UPC code as a sticker, put that on the package. If you have a UPC code on your package already, and all that you want to do is sell it on Amazon, what you’ll do is you need to instruct your supplier to cover the UPC code with that FNSKU number.
That’s really all that’s involved in doing that, because the only number that really matters, or code number that matters to Amazon, is the FNSKU number.
I know there’s a lot of confusion on that, on what to put on your packaging, what not. I just wanted to do a short video, audio if you will, podcast, on what to do, and how to go through that.
As far as some of the specifics to find the FNSKU, you just go in on dashboard under inventory, and click on a few buttons, and you’ll see it. Since this is got audio, hard to walk you through, but it’s not hard to find.
Again, send it to your supplier in a PDF, easy peasy, everything’s done, you’re on your way to doing that. Just wanted to go over that today, some simple packaging requirements on how to get your items to Amazon, and up and running very easily.
Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, wherever you are, talk soon.
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