Want to Make Some Easy Money? Accept Checkout by Amazon (Tips & Review)

If you haven't heard by now, Amazon.com offers a way to accept payments online similar to the way Google Wallet (AKA Google Checkout), Moneybookers and Paypal do -- you can see for yourself by visiting the Checkout by Amazon site.

I have actually been using this service for quite a while and I must say that I am very impressed with it for many reasons, but mainly due to:

1) the large number of people that use it to purchase items from my store.

and...

2) how I can make easy money just by accepting it.

Yeah, you read right but I know, I know... How often do you see the words easy and money in the same sentence? Not too often, right? Also when you do, you know better than to believe there is such a thing. Luckily, in this case, there is. 

Because by accepting Checkout by Amazon, you can actually make more money without physically selling anything! In fact, you don't do any work at all -- Amazon does it all for you.

All you need to do is:

  • Sign up for an Amazon Associates account.
  • Enable the Up-sell feature in Checkout by Amazon.
  • Select Up-sell Amazon.com products.
  • Enter your associates ID from the Amazon Associates website.

After the settings have been made, you can make money when someone buys something from Amazon during the checkout process.

Below you can view my video demonstration:


Can't view the video? Watch it on YouTube

I have actually been using this feature for a few months and money started accumulating in my associates account almost immediately (guess Amazon is pretty good at up-selling merchandise).

Amazon's payment processing fees are also fair when compared to the fees charged by Google Wallet, Moneybookers and Paypal.

As for accepting Checkout by Amazon on your site, there are a few ways that you can do this...

You can either create the buttons in the Amazon seller central and then paste the html code into your site or you can use a shopping cart that automatically generates the buttons for you. To find out which ones do, you can view my list of paid and free shopping carts.

In general, I like Checkout by Amazon but I did come across a few people that didn't like the observation period and Tier I of the Amazon reserve which can make it difficult to operate a business when money is tight. For this reason, you'd want to look into those terms prior to accepting Checkout by Amazon.

In my case, this wasn't really an issue because I had an established reputation on the Amazon marketplace and was immediately upgraded to Tier II when I signed up for Checkout by Amazon. So if you sell there and meet the Tier II requirements, you will most likely get upgraded as well.

Of course, if you don't sell on the Amazon marketplace, there are other ways that you can meet the Tier II requirements. For example, if you have an established business elsewhere and can prove it, you can request an upgrade to Tier II by emailing the Checkout by Amazon team with this proof, and if Amazon feels that the requirements have been met, they will upgrade your account.

Comments

Heather Stone's picture

Danny,
Thanks so much for the tip. While I'm sure many people know about Amazon's affiliate options, I'm not sure how many know about the Checkout by Amazon feature. Super important consideration for anyone doing e-commerce and your video is also a great help.
Danny's picture

Thanks for commenting! I try to help out as much as I can :) I really like this feature and believe that this makes Checkout by Amazon stand out from all the other payment processors that are out there.
Josh's picture

So am I able to use this on my website when it is both an affiliate and e-commerce store? For instance I run a Video Game Website where I feature product reviews with my affiliate links like a store as well as offer repair and modding services and products. Am I able to use Checkout by Amazon for the payment processor for both my and their items, at the same time, while receiving a commission on their Items I am showcasing on my website and getting paid for mine, without leaving my website?
Danny's picture

Amazon actually up-sells products in the CBA pipeline. In other words, when someone purchases an item from your store through CBA, they are sent to the Amazon checkout page to enter in their payment information and this is basically where the items are showcased.

IMO, the system works very well... Also, unlike with traditional affiliate marketing, you're not displaying links or products on your site and you're not necessarily risking your sales to Amazon either.

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