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Amazon Seller Courses Reviewed – Revised for 2015!

Amazon sellers: 

Some Amazon seller 'machine' courses cost ~$5000 plus thousands more in inventory and processes (that they don't tell you about until AFTER they sell to you).

Help is here.

Get an inside look at amazing, proven Amazon seller courses for $299 or less, instantly via my free e-book. It's perfect whether you're a beginner or intermediate Amazon seller, in the U.S. or International.

Get your free copy right here.

What's new since the last (early 2014) version that you might already own/downloaded? Nothing super-critical, but some things you might be interested in:

  • NO course had a significant increase in price (one actually went down - from $299 to $99 - Permanently)
  • I shed some light on "private label" inside the guide (also see the '*' note below)
  •  A couple courses got a significant amount of new material
  • I still recommend any/all four courses  (the same in the 2014 guide (the guide will give you some help in figuring 'which one is right for me?')
  • I share my 2014 total sales on Amazon
  • I give a little more inspiration/guidance to help you

*About "private label": Only one course reviewed in the book has extensive private label training. My 2 top recommendation  for private label services/training/education (not included because the price is over $500) are 1.) here; and  2.) here (available only until 4/27/15). Alternately, learn private label basics for free right here and here.

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Source products and build a real online business

4/23 update - The full webinar replay is right here.

Hi Readers:

I was recently contacted by a small team of experts that is nurturing beginners (like you) from 'zero' to full-fledged e-commerce business owners. (I'm talking 5- to 7-figure, real online businesses)

I recently hosted a 100% FREE full-length training webinar that shows you exactly how to start and grow your own business (it's easier than you think).

Here is a preview of their full program:

  • It works for any seller of any level of experience
  • Sellers from around the world have already taken advantage of this training (I've observed folks with humble beginnings -- in France, Thailand, India, Ireland, Panama, Columbia, Canada and more - just crush it with this)
  • It works if you sell on Amazon, eBay, your own online store or even your own 'brick and mortar' store
  • It works if you want to source via retail arbitrage, online arbitrage, importing or wholesale (or any combination)
  • It has real-time help, mentorship and coaching from those who have 'done it' already.
  • This is gimmick-free. We're talking building a true business here. No fancy software, no multi-level marketing, no affiliate marketing. It's your business
  • You'll learn plenty from the free webinar replayeven if you don't buy anything.
  • If you decide to buy their full program, it will be backed by my own one-year, no questions asked 100% money back guarantee out of my own pocket. (No one else provides a guarantee like mine. The program is really that good).

Scroll down to see some members of the same program talk about their success (click on each link under 'Success Stories')

The replay is right here.

You can post questions below if you wish.


Success Stories:


10 Ways to fail at Retail Arbitrage

Retail arbitrage (buying products from local stores to resell online) has gotten tougher (=more competitive). Significantly more so than 2+ years ago.

Thus, I'm seeing many Amazon/eBay sellers running for the hills (or panicking by buying shiny-object 'systems' for $4,000+ that promise to alleviate their sourcing problems). I love quitters because they clear the deck for me (and other persistent online sellers who are in it for the long haul)

I know you're not a quitter. But if you know a quitter, hand them this list on how to fail fast at retail arbitrage:

1.) Scout at only 1 big-box store, once a month.

2.) Ignore mom and pop (independent) stores. They never have clearance

3.) Only look for big 'clearance' signs. (Don't bother looking in every aisle)

4.) Beg the thrift store manager (without paying him/her a token amount) to tip you off when great products come in

5.) Visit only Goodwill thrift stores.

6.) Stay sexy: Don't source products in a an embarrassing environment (or one that makes your nose turn up.)

7.) Spend thousands on sourcing training/"coaching". Ignore the incredibly cheap, instantly downloadable training from experts

8.) Pay top price for retail products. Money-saving apps and discounted gift cards are a complete waste of time.

9.) Stay sexy part II: Scout for only products you like. Toys are for kids, groceries have expiration dates. Impress your friends with your fancy, low margin electronics (you know, the category fraught with fraud and returns.) "Cool factor" first, profits second!

10.) Source holiday-themed products right before the holiday, and then expect them to sell out. (Ignore my strategy, where I buy items right after the holiday at 90% off, and sell them for full retail+ almost a year later when they're 'hot' again).

Want to add anything here? C'mon!



How I Source Products Online to resell on Amazon

15213421314321"You can do it from the comfort of your own home!"

...Sounds like a smarmy infomercial pitch, right?

But when I say it, it's true: For the past 5+ years, I've been showing Amazon/eBay sellers like you how to (honestly) source products online and make a real income.

I'm giving you more tips and info on a new-for-2015 course today.

You can skip all this and just get this proven 'ABCs of Online Sourcing'* by mega-seller (and mom and wife) Jessica Larrew. (I back up your purchase of the course for 1 full year - see the details below). This course shows you everything you need to know to get a consistent and reliable steady stream of resellable, profitable products to your door.

Let me offer my help to you:

1.) FREE: Download or view this new infographic (or try this link) that I created for you. It explains why sourcing  products online is so awesome. 

2.) $57* (but worth $250+): the course where you can learn from Jessica, who relies on online sourcing for a steady inventory stream. (If you already own Jessica's Amazon Boot Camp or if you previously bought Online Sourcing Strategies, then ABCs of Online Sourcing is FREE and you can access it with your existing log-in.)

This course is not for raw beginners! You should be in the U.S. and have some experience selling on Amazon (if you don't, see the free and not-free 'Amazon Seller Help' sections on my resource page.) Let me know if you have any questions.


* Check out my personally-backed 365-day, 100% money back guarantee: I know the creator of ABCs of Online Sourcing, Jessica Larrew. She is a stand-up, honest person. She offers a 60-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee for her ABCs of Online Sourcing course. I’m going to add another 305 days to that. So if you decide it’s not for you after ‘Day 60', email me your receipt (before the 365th day) and I’ll refund you 100%, out of my own pocket. You just have to buy his course via my affiliate link  (I make a small amount of $ for the referral). (I know my offer sounds 'crazy' but when I mean it and I stand by it. I have never refused a legitimate refund request. Check my reputation).

Video: Profit Proof of my own Online Sourcing:


Hi readers: free seller resources

I just overhauled my official seller resource page (again)

Youll see at least 50 60 of my FREE trusted resources, tools and guides that I use/have used to grow my Amazon and eBay businesses.

(To be fair, some of the resources on that page are not free, but they're on there because they're excellent, too).

Enjoy and give me your feedback below if you think something's missing.

Thanks for being such awesome readers


P.S. If you want to grow/improve your online selling business, there's no excuse when there's so much free stuff.


Get ungated in shoes (plus an ebook)

I recently got approved to sell shoes on Amazon. I had CategoryApproval get the approval (they did virtually all the work) for me quickly, and I paid through the nose for it (you get a better deal than I did - more on that in a moment).

I got approved in shoes for 2 reasons: 1.) There's a lot less competition in shoes than many other categories. (By comparison, shoes is 'wide open' right now). But more importantly, 2.) there are many major store retailers give MASSIVE discounts (up to 90%) when they're clearing out stock. That's where the fattest margins are for resellers like you and me. (We're talking buying major name-brands (Reebok, Nike, Nine West) for (say) $10 and selling them on Amazon for $30 to $40+.)

(Interestingly enough, there are online arbitrage opportunities, too. More in this video.)sell-shoes-video

Want to get in on shoes, too*? I have a deal for you (it includes an e-book from a guy who is crushing it with shoes).

1.) Go to CategoryApproval.com web site.

2.) Scroll down and select the 'Shoe Approval/eBook bundle' link (see the image to right, that's what it looks like). (Note: The Shoe Category includes Handbags and Sunglasses, too! Amazon lumps them all together in the approval process)

3.) When you're checking out, insert discount code shoe-jordan and the price will go down to $299 (the coupon code expires 3/21/15 11:59PM EST)

4.) Wait to hear from CategoryApproval (please allow at least 2 business days.) They will tell you exactly what to do (step by step) to get approved.

5.) If CategoryApproval is unable to get you approved, they will refund you 100% of the $299 you paid, no questions asked. (I am backing up their guarantee with my own: If they refuse to fund you (they won't), I will refund you 100% out of my own pocket).

Your $299 purchase includes the 'Flipping Shoes' ebook ($67 for everyone else) by Ken Kelly, a trusted guy who's making serious bank selling shoes that he's sourcing locally from retailers' discount racks.

* Please note: CategoryApproval's service is not required for you to be approved ('ungated') for Shoes on Amazon. You can apply for approval yourself manually.  But I recommend CategoryApproval's service because it will save you headaches and hours of time. Here's why: Amazon likes all your materials submitted 'just so', and the files you have to put together and submit can be long, complicated and cumbersome)




Amazon and eBay sellers: 8079623104_5e2a334723_q_free-money

If you're on a really strict budget for sourcing inventory and/or packaging supplies, this post is for you.

Mega-resellers are always on the lookout for shortcut and hacks (like these that I wrote about earlier ) to do it better. The whole idea is to lower expenses and increase your profit margin.

There are many ways to boost your reselling income such as buying inventory in bulk, buying at a lower price, or getting freebies with the products that you are buying. And then there are times when you can get valuable inventory for free and/or free rebates/cash etc.

All you need to do is keep your eyes and ears open and grab these offers when they crop up:
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Book Sourcing Master Reveals Million-dollar Strategies

"Most Amazon sellers have no idea what they're doing. There's so much money to be made in the inventory they ignore." - Peter Valley

2/19 Update:

Free Tip and Q&A  by BlindSpot Profits author Peter Valley

Free excerpt from the bundle

Remember: I back your purchase 100% for one full year (see * below).


Peter Valley is arguably the smartest guy in the used-books-on-Amazon biz.

For 2015, he's revealing more of his sourcing secrets in a 3-ebook bundle here.

If you think Amazon is over-saturated with inventory, I can assure you the opposite is true. Why?

99% of your competition is (rudely, obnoxiously) grabbing the lowest-hanging fruit. Greed isn't their only detriment. They also:

1.) refuse to work beyond just grabbing armfuls of products and scanning them, and

2.) they don't have basic communication/speaking skills.

So when you (the smart reader) spend the tiniest bit of effort into 1.) looking where the greedy, obnoxious sellers refuse to look and b.) saying a few words to those in charge at the various places you source, you can cash in very well.

The $47 book bundle (see pic upper right) will teach you all that within 200+ pages. (The bonus books 'Condition Hacking' and 'Social Sourcing Secrets' will not be included in the bundle after Feb. 20 2015)

I've read all 3 books - they're 100% no-fluff, easy book sourcing techniques that gross some sellers millions, like this guy (video below).

Buy the bundle from my link and I'll personally back your purchase with my 1-year no-questions-asked, 100% money back guarantee*

Here's a preview of what you can expect (even if you buy nothing, this will help you):

1.) Watch this video where Peter interviews a $1.5M Amazon bookseller.

2.) Here's a printed interview with another successful book seller.

* Peter Valley offers a 60-day, no questions asked guarantee for his e-book.  But when you buy his e-book via my link (it’s the same price, instant download),I will personally add another 305 days to that guarantee. So: if you decide the book is not for you (and the 60 days have passed), forward your email receipt to me and I will refund you (100%) out of my own pocket. It’s the same ‘extra’ guarantee I give to several of the excellent guides and services that I endorseI will make a small commission from Peter when you buy via my link.



Proven Wholesale Sourcing (Yes I bought this)

eBay and/or Amazon Sellers:proven wholesale sourcing

I've told you how wholesale sourcing has a lot of traps that can empty your pockets.

That's why it's a relief when a trusted partner of mine provides a proven system to source profitable wholesale inventory.

Enter the just-launched 'Proven Wholesale Sourcing' by Jim Cockrum (this is for Amazon and/or eBay sellers)

Even though Jim's a partner of mine, I didn't ask for free access. I bought mine ($97, click to see my receipt). That's how well his stuff works.

With Proven Wholesale Sourcing, you'll learn how to source wholesale inventory for profitable selling on Amazon/eBay with:guaranteesource wholesale for amazon ebay

  • 5 live training webinars (recorded so you can view them anytime afterward) beginning Jan. 29 2015.
  • You'll learn directly from Robyn, an Amazon/eBay megaseller who started with $100 and went to $1 MILLION+ in Amazon/eBay sales
  • No commercial address or warehouse needed (this works 'from home' anywhere in the world)
  • Live access to support in their private Facebook group
  • Jim's 100% money back guarantee for this course is anytime. I'm double-backing the course. That means if for any reason you don't get a refund (you will, but just in case), I will refund you 100%, out of my own pocket. Just buy it from this link (I get a small commission from the sale), forward me your original email receipt (send it to [email protected]) with the word REFUND in the subject.

If you can wait, all of Proven Wholesale Sourcing will be FREE beginning May 2015 IF you're already a Proven Amazon Course ('PAC') member. (I'm a PAC member but I simply couldn't wait 4 months to get my hands on this).

So, are you going to join me? I hope so! See you in the first webinar.


P.S. If Proven Wholesale Sourcing is still too rich for your blood, here's a proven guide to get your feet wet


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How I got approved in Amazon seller categories

approval photoAmazon restricts sellers from selling in various categories (e.g. Grocery, Health and Beauty, Clothing, Watches, Shoes, etc.). Everyone who wants to sell in those categories, naturally, has to apply for approval (or 'ungating').

The cool thing is that if you are approved, you can enjoy (generally) far less seller competition than the default categories you're already approved to sell in (e.g., books, toys, baby, etc.)

Any seller in good standing can apply, but the whole process can be cumbersome (witness this partial screen shot of the spreadsheet I had to submit for approval in clothing, for example. Yipes!)

So I looked to CategoryApproval.com to help me and it was pretty effortless on my part. They took care of everything for me, from photo selection, the templates, the application, etc. They just gave me the exact instructions  info to submit to Amazon and a few days later I was approved in ShoesWatches, Clothing, & Jewelry <--click on each link to see their approval email to me.

Get guaranteed approval - You too can get CategoryApproval.com's service and get approved or your money back  in the below categories

  • Watches (you actually get CategoryApproval's service for watches free when you pick 2 other categories below)
  • Clothing
  • Shoes/handbags/sunglasses
  • Luggage/Travel accessories
  • Automotiveguaranteed approval amazon category

CategoryApproval  guarantees their work. If you don't get approved in the categorie(s) you select, they'll refund you 100%, no questions asked.

Good luck, and keep me posted!


P.S. (Just interested in getting approved in Grocery and/or Health and beauty?) See mega-seller Jessica Larrew's posts here and here.)

  • How I got approved in Amazon seller categories

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