The Amazon grocery business is a hot topic right now with online sellers. Anyone can source groceries from a local grocery store, big box store, or small organic market and resell the products on Amazon. Selling groceries on Amazon is different than selling in other categories because many grocery and gourmet food items are regional and can only be sourced in certain locations. Groceries are also repeatable which is good for business because customers return over and over again to replenish their favorite foods.
Many new sellers just getting into selling groceries on Amazon like to start with clearance items because they are cheap. Clearance items aren't repeatable like regularly stocked items, because they may be going away from the shelves forever. But. experienced sellers usually look for the same types of products on clearance and focus on items that sell well, regardless of the brand. Below is a list of 10 commonly seen grocery clearance items that are good sellers on Amazon:
Diapers and pull ups
Powdered baby formula
Specialty pet treats
Selling grocery items on Amazon can be a lucrative business and provide a steady part-time or full-time income. Learn more about selling groceries on Amazon here.
Diapers and pull ups.
Look for swim diapers and pull-ups on clearance after summer. They will sell all year long. Families take cruises and beach vacations and need this product even in the winter months.
Powdered baby formula.
Specialty baby formula can be expensive. Baby formula companies often change the packaging as a marketing strategy, even though the product is still the same. Powdered baby formula is more economical to ship than heavy liquid formula.
Vitamin manufacturers also change packaging as a marketing strategy to convince consumers a product is new and improved. Look for both adult and children's vitamins on clearance. Some can sell for inflated prices because consumers think the item has been discontinued when they don't see the same package they are used to.
All kinds of water filters are good sellers on eBay - pitcher refills, the small filters for water bottles, and faucet mount styles. Sometimes, a particular brand or style doesn't sell well in a particular market, and the store will clearance them out to make room on the shelf for another product.
Specialty pet treats.
Nutrition-conscious pet owners are now treating their pets like humans. Organic, gluten-free, and specialty pet treats are popular items and can be hard to find. Consumers go to Amazon to find exactly what they want for their pampered pets.
Hair color is another item that is frequently discontinued and ends up on the clearance rack. Women often find the perfect color and don't want to change. They will look to Amazon for their favorite color, often paying several times retail to keep using the shade they are used to.
Stop smoking products.
Nicorette, Commit, and store brand stop-smoking products are often discontinued because certain flavors don't sell as well as the manufacturer had hoped. These products are expensive, often $75 retail and can end up on the clearance rack for $25 or less.
Condoms and other embarrassing products are often purchased online more often than in a retail store. Look for condoms on clearance and flip on Amazon for 3-4 times the clearance cost. Condoms are also small and lightweight and cost effective to ship.
Skin care products.
Skin care, facial care, and anti-aging products that retail for over $20 often end up in the clearance section for 25% of their original cost. These items sell well on Amazon - just be sure to check expiration dates.
Diabetic products like creams, sugar-free candy, foot care products, and vitamins are good sellers on Amazon. As the large population of Baby Boomers continue to age, and unfortunately many develop diabetes, more and more diabetic products are becoming available in grocery stores.