What: Amazon allows consumers to sell anything from jewelry to books, movies, clothing, furniture usually for a relatively modest fee.

Expected Pay: NA

Husl$core: $$$$

Commissions & Fees: variable (see review)

Where: National

Requirements: Have something to sell and be legally able to sell it. 


The world’s largest online seller will help you unload your new and used products in exchange for a listing fee (.99 cents for non professional sellers) plus a referral fee. Referral fees typically range from 8% to 15%, but are higher for some items, such as Amazon device accessories (45%) and inexpensive jewelry.

However, if you’re selling costly jewelry or watches, Amazon has some of the lowest fees out there — 5% for jewelry that costs more than $250; and a staggered fee for watches — 16% for values up to $1,500 but just 3% above that amount.

The caveat is that you can get booted from Amazon’s marketplace if you get too many (and it doesn’t need to be a large percentage) complaints about quality or customer service. Moreover, while Amazon does not appear to be overrun by scammers like Craig’s List, other unscrupulous sellers on the site have been known to game the system to the disadvantage of other big sellers.

eBay or Craig’s List may be better choices for selling items like furniture and clothing (both subject to a 15% referral fee at Amazon). But this is a great place to sell luxury jewelry or an unlocked cell phone (8% fee). 

What their users say: 

Mixed review from blogger at MyWifeQuitHerJob

Volusion has a good primer on what you need to know when selling on Amazon

The Balance has a nice explainer of Amazon’s seller pros and cons.

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