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Danger, Will Robinson! (Beware Of Private Label Pitfalls)

Setting up a fulfillment by Amazon account is easy; becoming a profitable FBA business requires a firm legal foundation. To help avoid stumbling blocks:

  • Set up a proper business for your endeavor. Doing so may help protect personal assets.
  • Formally register your products. While not required, people who copyright, trademark or patent their products have a higher probability of deterring copycat marketers and listing hijackers.
  • Invest in product insurance, especially if manufactured overseas. Distributors (you) are typically held responsible for product-induced injuries. Without the proper insurance in place, you risk losing everything.
  • Don’t co-mingle your personal assets with your business finances.
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“How much will a private label ecommerce lawyer set me back?”

You may be thinking: I sunk my money into developing product! I don’t have anything left for an attorney. Reconsider. Oftentimes, a couple of hundred dollars is all it takes to ensure you’re standing on solid legal ground.

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Someone is piggybacking on my listing. Is that legal?

A common FBA peril is the piggybacker – someone who latches onto another seller’s listings. It’s also called “hijacking.” Techniques for shaking piggybackers and hijackers are plentiful. Here are a few common tips to mitigate the hassle.

What are some pitfalls of which private label sellers and marketers must be aware?

  1. FTC Marketing Guidelines: The FTC Act includes several parameters regarding unfair and deceptive marketing; it also authorizes the Commission to sanction businesses that engage in unfair and deceptive acts.
  2. FDA Guidelines: Labeling rules apply to supplement and beauty products. Before committing to purchase orders, make sure the product is FDA compliant.
  3. Importing and Exporting Guidelines and Standards: Procuring products from foreign factories is easy. What isn't simple are the related levies, taxes, and cross-border paperwork.
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Must I set up a corporation to start an online private label business?

No, you’re not required to establish a formal business to run an online retail, private label operation. So long as you have a social security number, you’re good to go.

However, depending on jurisdiction, business classifications can prove beneficial and sometimes allow for certain tax breaks, indemnity, and anonymity. To find out what will work best for you and your circumstances, speak to both an accountant and private label lawyer. They will help you consider jurisdictional parameters and work out a plan that gives you the most protection, yet allows for the maximum amount of profit.