Before you start selling
How to register
There are two selling plans: Individual and Professional. Amazon offers you the flexibility to sell one item or thousands of items.
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+ additional selling fees
+ additional selling fees
+ additional selling fees
This plan might be right for you if...
• You sell fewer than 40 units a month
• You sell more than 40 units a month
• You don’t need advanced selling tools or programmes
• You want access to APIs and more selling reports
• You're still deciding what to sell
• You want access to advanced tools
• You want to sell products in restricted categories
* Unless otherwise stated, all fees are in South African Rand (ZAR) and do not include applicable taxes, such as VAT. Fees are subject to change. Please check Seller Central for the most up-to-date information.
Don't worry about making the wrong choice—you can change selling plans at any time. Also keep in mind that, in both cases, additional selling fees apply
Are you a small, local, South African business selling innovative, locally-produced products?
More than ever, we admire our small business partners’ entrepreneurial spirit and drive to innovate. Apply now to potentially have access to further support Amazon offers to local small businesses in South Africa.
What you’ll need to get started
In order to complete your registration, make sure you have access to:
- Email address unique to Amazon.co.za (not linked to another Amazon selling or customer account)
- Chargeable credit / debit card
- Company Registration Number (if you have a registered business)
- Phone number
- Proof of identity (passport, national ID, or driver's license)
- Proof of address (bank statement or credit card statement)
How much does it cost to sell with Amazon?
Our standard selling fees provide you with access to a package of Amazon tools and programmes. They’re divided into two basic types: selling plan fees and referral fees.
In addition to selling fees, you might have added costs if you use certain optional tools and programmes like Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) or Amazon Ads. Ultimately, you get to control the cost of selling in the Amazon store by selecting the programmes, tools, and services that are right for your business. Learn more on Seller Central
How to list products
What you need to start listing products
In most cases, products must have a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), such as a UPC, an ISBN, or an EAN. Amazon uses these product IDs to identify the exact item you’re selling. If you match a listing, you won’t need to provide a product ID since it already exists. If you’re adding a product that’s new to Amazon, you may need to purchase a UPC code or request an exemption.
In addition to a product ID, here’s some of the important information that goes into each product listing:
- SKU ("stock keeping unit" you create to track your own inventory)
- Product title
- Product description and bullet points
- Product images
- Search terms and relevant keywords
about product categories available for listings.
How to deliver products
Each shipping and fulfilment method has its own set of benefits—you decide which one is right for your business.
Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) – If you offer best-selling products that are competitive, or do not have a warehousing facility, opt for FBA. Amazon will pick, pack, and ship your orders, as well as handle your returns and customer service.
– These options include Amazon Easy Ship
, where you store and pack your products, and Amazon delivers them to customers, and self ship
, where you store, pack, and deliver your products to customers. Learn more on Seller Central
"African Mamas is super-excited at the prospect of working with Amazon locally to leverage their global tools and expertise to grow our online business. We can’t wait to embark on this journey of growth!"
Founder and Director, African Mamas Crafts
Opportunities for business growth
Promotions and Vouchers
Customers are always actively looking for the best deals on Amazon. Running Promotions like Deals and vouchers on Amazon can grow your sales, brand awareness, and reviews.
Sponsored Products are ads for individual product listings on Amazon, so they help drive product visibility and sales. They appear on search results and product detail pages.
Amazon Global Selling
Selling globally is a huge milestone for any business. It means new customers and the potential for a big boost in sales. Global expansion has a lot of moving parts, but with Amazon Global Selling, you get to use Amazon’s global infrastructure to get your products in front of a worldwide audience.
When it’s time to take your business to the next level, use Amazon Global Selling to list and sell your products on any of our online stores in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Become a successful seller
- Expand your selection by listing more products
- Use the Automate Pricing tool to set dynamic prices
- Use Fulfilment by Amazon or Amazon Easy Ship
- Advertise your listings or offer deals and vouchers
- Keep an eye on your account health in Seller Central
Need help with listing your products? Want to learn how to operate Seller Central?
Our network of qualified third- party service providers will help you with everything you need to launch, manage, and grow your business on Amazon. From taking great images for your products to improving your chances of increasing sales on Amazon, our service providers help you with every step of selling online.