Day 16 Amazon FBA – bl.uk

Today is a day out to the British Library. Still an imposing building. The IT and membership is super confusing. I managed to get hold of the electronic copy of the BSI British standard document. To check on product No.1 compliance I need to do 2 tests. I’ll record the tests with pictures and video if need be. They’ed better pass!

I wanted to spend some more time down the business and IP centre at the BL, but the thought of being stuck amongst the commuters at rush hour filled me with dread. I left early. I’ll be back.

 

 

Day 15 Amazon FBA – Almost there

The bells are now en route from the factory. I didn’t pass on the shipper details to the factory in China but only a minor error. Difficult to know what information is needed when. Or wether they are introducing themselves as the UK freight forwarder or Chineese agent. Anyway Bianyunliang (Eric) has them now.

Got the invoices through for the duty and taxes. I have no idea how this is worked out. It’s as much as the products itself! I’m going to have to work this all out later – and just pay.

Back to the garden while it’s still warm. Some more trimming of next doors trees.

Day 14 Amazon FBA – Oops up

Product mockup sent through but it turns out they decided to use their own font. Another close one. Always worth a double check. I provided an EPS, PSD and JPG so not much excuse to get this wrong.

The FF quote came through for the bells £397. They are now ready for collection from the factory. I now get the point of using a Freight Forwarder. They look after the whole process from beginning to end. You have to be registered with the government to deal with all things importing/exporting. Plus you get the cost up front.

Planning a journey to the British Library to get my hands on a copy of the British standards for Kids bikes and their components. The standard itself to download from the internet is £240. Cheaper to have a day out to the Euston road!

Day 12 Amazon FBA – Change of mobile plan

The ship has arrived in the Algeciras port on the coast of Spain near Gibraltar.

Turns out the URL has gone for phones&co. Should have checked it before. Quick change of gear to mobiles&co. A close shave! It’s costing $17 to fix but worth the quick amend.

I changed the product reporting spreadsheet to be more accurate and deal with changes of price if I decide to do a sale. Also if they price of the unit changes.

Day 11 Amazon FBA – Life admin day

Life admin and errands today.

Fabric sample arrived today from China. Seemed to only take a couple of days. Looks great but have some feedback. Looks a bit wonkey but might just be an oversight.

More sock samples ordered. I have to be patient for the orders. Too tempting to get them just manufactured.

I got the quote for the sock freight. Quite pricey for the train but still cheaper than air. I will have to sit tight and go with Sea.

Day 10 Amazon FBA – Italy kicks it through

Created the listing for my product set to arrive on 23rd April. Product number 1 is almost with us. Now they have got out of the Suez canal they’ve put their foot down. Infact it looks like Italy has kicked it through the med.

Over the weekend I got my sample pictures through of product number 3. Looks great with the white logo and red background.

For the socks I am going to be patient and order the sample. I should be able to see what it looks like from pictures. I don’t have a need to see it in the flesh. That would take a few weeks by air. – I could be wrong.

I made a mistake with the Scout bags. Two of them have the same bar code. So this caused confusion with FBA. To resolve this I duplicated the product and changed the image. I think there will be a cost to fixing this. But a valuable lesson learned. Not something that can be learned in a book or from a Podcast.

I requested quote for the bell from the middle of nowhere to Plumstead. The bell sample also looks good. Funny how the guy who’s doing all this work, I will never meet.

Not to mention
Finding some new structural engineers and three contractors for the house work.

A good start to the week!

Day 6 Amazon FBA – A new week

Okay so I didn’t plan Monday but still loads to get on with. Still working on second and third products. Creating and sending Illustrator files over and paying deposits for product samples. I seem to be spending money here and there freely at the moment but it all has to be done.

Purchased today

  • Product photo booth and some lights
  • 1000 poly bags for the first product
  • Packing tape and dispenser

I hope that’s it for now.

I signed up officially as a self employed person and sorted out the tax stuff.

I thought this was a bit of a nothing day but turns out I’ve done loads.

Day 5 Amazon FBA – Prototypes

Sent off a few photoshop mockups of the products to China. They are going to get back to me on if they are do-able and the price.

To find out when I might need to order some more products I projected how long my stock would take to run out. I think I will be okay until September. Though it all depends on real sales!

A load of conversations about shipping and getting the gear from the port to the house. Let’s leave this for when it arrives.

First week was topped with a visit to the Bermondsey beer mile. Feeling a bit mentally fried so this helped. How come we hadn’t come across this before?!