I have an item of stock that I invested quite heavily in. Great seller (sales rank 2 in its category), decent profit margin (40% after fees). Only one FBA seller on the listing and amazingly- no Amazon on listing. So this seemed like the product to go in on.
I sent several hundred units in over 6 weeks ago. 7 sold in a few hours. Then they disappeared into FC transfer… a week goes by, then two, then three, then four, then five.
All of a sudden 4 days ago they are live again. But I could not get the buy box at all. The other seller was priced above me- I moved my price- done everything I could think of to get some shifted. Matched the buy box for a day, I even dropped the price to £6 (I paid £9 per unit) just to see if it would catch up… Nothing worked. Now they are back in FC transfer AGAIN. And seller support are telling me they MIGHT be available on the 15th of November. That’ll be 10 weeks after I sent them in. Not to mention the £4,500 I have tied up in these items!!
Why would this happen? Does this kind of thing happen often? If so, how in Gods name are we supposed to plan anything!?
I’ve been selling on amazon for around 10 months. I am aware FC transfers can sometimes take up to 30 days, but I have never had this happen. It has really got me nervous about investing in stock and I am not the kind of person to get spooked easily.