First, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this survey!
A quick word about the survey results.
Most of the sellers surveyed were from the FBA Today Facebook group. That group is very arbitrage focused. These numbers will lean in that direction.
This data was collected during the summer and fall of 2019. Things change fast but this data should be relevant for at least a few years 🙂
We removed suspicious outliers. Any submissions that had unbelievable data were removed completely. A few people, for instance, started selling on Amazon in the 90s...
We distinguished some things by full time and part time status. We felt like this was much more interesting and insightful.
Ok, here is what we found!
What Percentage of Amazon Sellers Are Part Time vs. Full Time?
This was a near 50/50 split.
51.1% of sellers surveyed identified as part time and 48.9% of identified as full time.
How Many Hours Are amazon Sellers Working Each Week?
The most common amount of hours worked was between 11-20. There were a few outliers in the 90+ range but overall, most sellers seem to have a grip on their work/life balance.
How Long Has the Average Seller Been on Amazon?
As you'd expect, full time sellers have been on the platform a little bit longer with a mean start date of August 5th, 2016.
Part time sellers started slightly later on average with a mean start date of October 9th, 2017.
How Much Does the Average Amazon Seller Make Per Year in Profit?
This was the most interesting of all the questions.
The average full time seller reported earning $119,174 per year in profit.
The average part time seller reported earning $33,791.38 per year in profit.
What Is Your Favorite Non Gated Category to Sell In?
Ok this wasn't the best question because toys are technically gated for some sellers in Q4.
What Is Your Favorite Gated Category to Sell In?
Health and Personal Care for the win.
What Other Platforms Do You Sell On?
What Percentage of Amazon Sellers Have Been Suspended?
Most sellers live in constant fear of becoming suspended. Are their fears justified?
How Did Suspended Sellers Handle Their Appeal?
Just how popular are suspension services?
Which Repricers Are Amazon Sellers Using?
Surprising to see that 43% of sellers are leaving so much money on the table!
PS: I recommend Aura. Use code FBATODAY for a nice 20% discount.
How Are Amazon Sellers Sourcing Their Products?
We asked which methods people are using to find products for their storefronts.
Again, keep in mind that most of the sellers polled were from arbitrage heavy areas like my FBA Today Facebook group and my email list.