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Amazon FBA Restrictions Christmas

This post applies to you only if you've never sold anything via Amazon FBA. If you're affected by Amazon's announcement (next paragraph), remember there are tips for you further down the post.

As of last week (Oct. 1oth), sellers who had not sent any items into FBA are currently not allowed to sell any products into Amazon FBA until December 19, 2016. That also means [click to continue…]


eBay Seller Tips – Christmas & Q4

eBay selling tips Christmas

It is that time of year again ... the weather turns cooler, children go back to school and people begin to prepare for the holidays. It is also time for all you as an online seller to take a look at your inventory and get ready to capitalize on the annual shopping spree.

Just like any business, you have to not only have products that are demanded by consumers, but you have to be able to [click to continue…]



(Ed. Note: This post applies to you only if you sell your own private label product on Amazon and/or if you are souring a wholesale product to sell on Amazon and you're tasked with getting more reviews for the product. This won't apply to you if you sell used books/online arbitrage/retail arbitrage goods. "Private label" means sourcing mass produced goods and labeling them with your own 'brand'. "Wholesale" means sourcing mass produced goods that are already branded by the manufacturer.)

As you know already, Amazon has banned incentivized reviews. In short, it's now against Amazon policy for you to offer a discounted or free product to an Amazon customer in exchange for them leaving a review unless you use Amazon's own invitation-only (=hard for sellers to get into) Vine program.

This has everyone freaking out but [click to continue…]

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Profit this Holiday/Q4 or 100% your money back

What to sell this Christmas on Amazon eBay

Now there's no reason to be in the sidelines during Q4.

Q4 (Oct 1 - Dec. 31 2016) is when many Amazon and eBay sellers frantically ask me 'what do I sell?' and 'how do I make more money?' You (like me) probably watched with envy in previous years, as bragging sellers posted their skyrocketing sales on various seller Facebook groups.

Relief is here  [click to continue…]


prep centers for your amazon businessUpdated 9/20/2016 with a refreshed list of trusted pre-fulfillment centers.

If you're an Amazon FBA seller anywhere in the world, you're probably doing 'pre-fulfillment' yourself.

By 'pre-fulfillment', I mean:

  • receiving packages from the manufacturer/wholesaler,
  • sorting the products
  • bundling and/or packaging them
  • Photographing the product to Amazon's specs (if you're a private label seller)
  • labeling them, and then
  • shipping all of it to Amazon's FBA warehouses

It's a HUGE time-suck, and it's rather inefficient. For many sellers, it's a 'bottleneck' (meaning they get a lot of inventory but it all piles up in their home/warehouse, waiting to be prepared for Amazon's Fulfillment center.)

Thus, enter Amazon.com's official FBA Label service, as well as independent companies like FBAInspection.com and Varehouse.com (both of which charge nominal fees per unit that is prepped for you).

> Amazon's own FBA Label service is fine if you having a single SKU shipped in multiple quantities directly from the wholesaler/distributor/manufacturer. Sellers just like you are having further discussions about Amazon's FBA Label service on the facebook threads here and here (those Facebook groups are free to join.)

Some pre-fulfillment centers are 'fly by night' and/or going out of business. So which fulfillment centers can be trusted?  Below are two honest ones (I did a lot of homework on this). Fees are very reasonable. Yes they will work with any Amazon seller around the world, they accept retail arbitrage and online arbitrage products, as well as wholesale and private label and international shipments.

FBAInspection.com (California): 707-961-0343. Minimum order $35. They also do product inspections & photography and more. Use my discount code mk10 to get 10% off all services across the board (new customers only)

Varehouse.com (in tax-free Oregon): 971-251-5202. Starter plan is $0 monthly (per-carton/per-unit fees are extra, you have to spend a minimum of $15). They also do product inspections & photography, etc. Save 10% on their professional plan ($100/month) when you commit to an annual contract - coupon code Jordan2016 Note: you don't enter the coupon code at checkout. Just sign up at varehouse.com and you'll get a welcome letter from the owner (Jim Wilson). Reply with the Jordan2016 code and Jim will complete the process.

(If you need a pre-fulfillment center on the East coast of the U.S. I've also heard good things about Prime Zero Prep and Ship in New Hampshire.)

So you don't actually have to 'touch' (nor receive, nor label, etc.) the inventory you order. Your inventory goes straight to the folks at and they take care of it as if they were 'you' (everything is tracked, 'your' sales are yours, it's your existing seller account, etc.)

Good luck, and feel free to post your experience with any of the above facilities here (click on 'Comment' below).


* For FBAInspection first-time customers: mention referral code MALIK and they will waive the 1st time minimum order fee AND take 5% off your 1st order. FBAInspection is not accepting arbitrage customers at this time: private label, white label, or wholesale products only


(A tip of the hat to Brian Guy from Australia for his tremendous help with this post.)


Proven Amazon Course Review

Proven Amazon Course review

Review: Proven Amazon Course (Jim Cockrum)

The famous Proven Amazon Course ('PAC') by Jim Cockrum is one of the longest-running, most trusted platforms where Amazon sellers new and veteran alike start and grow their businesses. There have been a lot of improvements since its inception several years ago.

Here's my honest review:

Pros: [click to continue…]


Review – Amazon Boot Camp from The Selling Family

Amazon Boot Camp

Review: Amazon Boot Camp (The Selling Family)

The famous Amazon Boot Camp ('ABC') is an Amazon seller course by The Selling Family. It teaches you, step by step, how to start selling products (and expand/grow quickly) on Amazon.

Here's my honest review: [click to continue…]


Amazon Brand Restrictions – What to Do?


restricted brands on amaozn

Updated 9/6/16 - It appears Amazon has changed its stance on restricting brands for existing sellers. Thus, from what I know to date:   It seems sellers who had been selling newly restricted brands in the past may be able to sell them as usual. If they are able to sell them as usual, the dreaded fee of
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Source your products for Christmas now

Sell on Amazon Q4

Right now (Summer '16) is the time for you to start sourcing for Christmas/Q4 shopping season. This is whether you sell on Amazon or eBay (or anywhere else).

See, I get an influx of emails in October from sellers panicking because they waited too long.

By then it's (generally) too late. [click to continue…]


The Wholesale Formula Review

Ed note: You've asked me for help with sourcing profitable, replenishable products for your Amazon business. I'm bringing it to you below. You've already seen The Wholesale Formula's webinar replay and excellent free video series. Below is my review of the full program.

The Wholesale Formula registration is closed. It reopens in early 2017. Get notified here.

Review of The Wholesale Formula (Scroll down for text)

You're here because you're wondering 'should I get The Wholesale Formula to grow my Amazon business' or take it to the next level.

The short answer (my opinion) is [click to continue…]

  • The Wholesale Formula Review

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