What is Amazon FBA vs Amazon FBM?
If you’ve watched some of my videos about how to make money online, you’ve heard me say Amazon FBA and Amazon FBM, or sometimes just “FBA” and “FBA”. FBA stands for “fulfilled by amazon” and FBM stands for “fulfilled by merchant”. Fulfillment means shipping the item you sold out. So FBA items are shipping out by Amazon and FMB items are shipped out by the merchant. There are a lot more details and examples that contradict what I said, but for 99.99% of people who don’t know what FBA and FBM mean, my answer is satisfactory.
When I talk about items I sold FBA, it means I listed it using InventoryLab, prepped it following the FBA rules, and sent it to Amazon. If I sold an item FBM, it means I listed it on Amazon, stored it in my warehouse, and sent it to the customer myself when they purchased it. In some cases, if I am using a third-party logistics firm (3PL), I would be sending them the information about where to send the item. This is still FBM, even though the merchant (me in the example) isn’t physically sending it out. As a general rule of thumb, I recommend beginners start off learning how Amazon FBA works by selling used books. In my opinion, it is the lowest risk way to learn the ropes. If you want to learn how to make an FBA shipment, I’ve got content on that too.
If you want to learn more of the basics about how to make money online, I’ve created this helpful FAQ that you can read.
3 thoughts on “What is Amazon FBA vs Amazon FBM?”
Hey thanks , I subscribed months ago, must have been thinking I saw something I liked. Finally today I watched for your entire broadcast ( missed the live by 30 minutes) anyway it was awesome! I still know very little but with your positivity and feeling your support!! I listed 3 items today on Facebook marketplace , but sounds like amazon should be my future. I’ll keep watching for guidance THANK YOU
How come you’re mainly focusing on eBay auctions? Online sales have been seeing a big increase lately. That means more demand, and less supply since places are shut down. I’ve been listing my more valuable items on Amazon as FBM and have been doing well with it. I never really did FBM before, but I’m pretty happy with how well it works.
I am not focusing on ebay auctions, I sell 99% amazon.