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in Shipping - 29 Apr, 2013
by Valerie - 3 comments
Options to Creating Fulfillment by Amazon Labels

Its now been about 2 months and we’ve had our ups and downs with labels. When we initially signed up for FBA as a Pro Seller, we went all out and purchased a DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo labels, and more labels. Only to find out, the labels we bought were wrong, and the Scan and Ship program wasn’t jiving with the printer. We tried it on a Mac, a Windows PC (2 actually) and nothing. I’m not an expert, but I’m no novice either. Talking with Amazon’s support did nothing either. While the printer worked, it wasn’t talking to Amazon for whatever reason. So, it sat for over 45 days collecting lovely dust. This last week I decided it was time to check out the options.

1. Print using Amazon’s standard fulfillment process. This means me using the 30-up Avery labels

Advantages: Feeds into my current printer, no extra costs.

Disadvantages: If I don’t have 30 items, I have to play a little bit to not waste labels. I will often print extras of whatever items I am testing. If I have thrift items that aren’t going to be replenished, I am a bit up a creek. I use the blank labels to cover up multiple UPCs on packaging, or label boxes as I create new shipments.

2. ScanPower(scanpower.com), a subscription based service. I have limited experience as I subscribed so I can’t say if it is good or bad product.

Advantages: According to the site, you can “Choose condition, set your price, print your FBA label, and pack the item in the box all in one step.” That’s one heck of an advantage. Are there probably a ton more of advantage with a service with a monthly subscription? Probably!

Disadvantages: Monthly fee of $39, yuck. For those starting out, you’re already in the negative.

3. FBA Labels, (fbalabels.com) a subscription based service. It works as an add-on with the Firefox browser. To be honest, I’m pretty ecstatic over this product. It prints labels at the time of listing. It works seamlessly right out of the gate with my DYMO. No complaints, about 60 items into it.

Advantages: Worked seamlessly. It works at the Send/Replenish stage, or initial listing stage.

Disadvantages: My scanner for some odd reason doesn’t work with it. I think this is just an issue on my part though. My only disadvantage is my fault (most likely) ,so no disadvantages yet!

 

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  • Christopher //16 May 2015

    Hey Valerie, did you ever find a better/faster way to get through the FBA flow? I’ve been trying it for the past few months, trying to stick to their standard site tools, but it’s slow (everything’s scanned 3 times – list, lable, ship -which introduces numerous issues like keeping track of skus etc).

    Just looked at FBA lables (now http://www.listlabelship.com ) and looks promising, but I think it means I still gotta wait for the shipment page to load, select the right shipment, enter quantity, and print – for each of hundreds of items per week. I’d prefer a “print lable / quantity / add this quantity to the current default shipment” button on the normal listing page, so I scan, enter the listing page, submit – done. But that’s wishful thinking I guess :)

    • Valerie //16 May 2015

      Hey Christopher, So, for the FBA flow, what I do now is a little faster. Every time I add an item to the inventory, I enter quantity, and then repeat the process. Over and over. Make sure it saves that step of course, and then repeat. I don’t go through each and every page until it tells me the warehouse etc. This has saved me some time but its still tedious. I then print labels at the end of the shipment before accepting. ALWAYS. Do not accept and then try to print. Like I said, saves some time but not much. Listlabelship.com is still my software of choice years later. I’ve never looked for another, if it’s not broken… :)