Amazing Selling Machine (ASM) is not a scam by any means. They're 100% legitimate.
There, I said it.
ASM does NOT compensate me if you sign up with their $3997+ program. Go ahead, get it here. That's not an affiliate link. (Translation: I don't get paid anything if you buy it.)
Why am I saying it's not a scam, then? Well, it isn't. If you remember a few years ago, I gave those guys (Matt and Jason, founders of ASM) a really hard time, and went out of my way to discourage you from signing up.
But as years went by, a weird thing happened. Those guys proved that they're a legitimate business. And they kept churning out legitimate Amazon seller success stories, growing and hiring at their office in Houston Texas, attracting quality partners, and honoring all their 30-day refund requests from customers.
But I'm still not promoting ASM. That may sound crazy to you. Because as an affiliate with the size of my audience (17,000+ unique readers, 4,000 Facebook followers, and 10,000+ YouTube subscribers), I could make an easy $20,000+ in affiliate commissions from ASM - in 2 weeks!
Am I stupid? No. I'm not promoting it because the price - up to $5,000 if you pay in installments - unsettles me a little. That's not ASM's fault - they're pricing what the market will bear. Thousands of ambitious Amazon sellers will buy it. Some will succeed, others will fail - but that has nothing to do with ASM (more on that in a moment).
ASM is arguably a bargain if it's juxtaposed against, say, my useless Boston University MBA, which I paid $35,000 for in 1998. An MBA today (still useless in most scenarios) will cost you around $85,000
But many of my readers are hard-pressed for cash, just starting out, or not ready to make such a large financial commitment.
See, there are other trusted Amazon systems/courses that focus on sourcing and selling private label products (your own products on Amazon), for a fraction of the price. And they're all from my honest, trustworthy partners.
And many of you will ask me "Jordan, what's the difference between Amazing Selling Machine and your recommended [Enter Course Name Here]?"
The truthful answer: Not a whole lot.
All the trusted courses:
- Teach the general same techniques and strategies
- Offer a few bells and whistles.
- Offer no-questions-asked money back guarantees
But not one of them has THE magic bullet to your success. Nor do they offer anything that makes private label markedly "easier" or "faster".
(Some of them will respond to this post and say "Yeah but we have ___________ features that make us really unique from the rest!". That's a great selling point but it's not critical to you pulling off private label successfully. I don't care what the features are.)
See, an Amazon seller's degree of success tends to directly correlate to the amount of work he/she puts in to learning and doing, regardless of which trusted course they take.
Oh boy that was good. So I'll say it again:
An Amazon seller's degree of success tends to directly correlate to the amount of work he/she puts in to learning and doing...
A course (again, a trusted one) is something that can help you along the way. If you follow it step-by-step and execute, it's a tremendous asset.
And with other trusted courses generally teaching the same tactics, why pay that much? You don't need the bells and whistles to be sucessful.
So, what are my top recommendations* for you?
For Private Label (what Amazing Selling Machine teaches):
1.) Proven Amazon Course ($399). This will teach you Private Label the "Easy Way" via their Private Label 2.0 Mentor program (included in the price). And if you don't want to source private label but still sell on Amazon, there are at least 12 other courses within Proven Amazon Course that will teach you A-Z: retail arbitrage, online arbitrage, Amazon Merch, book sourcing and selling, reselling coffee, wholesale, and a whole lot more. Pay once and get lifetime access, lifetime updates and an anytime 10o% money back guarantee. Right now it's my top pick. At least read the testimonials here.
2.) StartupBros ($2997) If you're looking for an apples-to-apples close pick to ASM but for $1,000 less, the StartupBros have been churning out big e-commerce experts for a while now (I've been following them for a few years.) Learn step-by-step how to launch a profitable e-commerce business from scratch. You can pay in installments, give full access to a partner for just $197 extra, and enjoy their 90-day 100% money back guarantee.
Other trusted experts:
- Scott Voelker of The Amazing Seller (all his private label 'how-to' podcasts are free).
- My #1 pick for helping non-U.S. sellers with Private Label: Manuel Becvar of the Import Dojo has some excellent programs with one-on-one coaching available.
The most important takeaway for you, whether you buy ASM, another course/system, or learn on your own for free: Take action. I've seen hundreds of sellers fail because they don't take the first few steps - they just prematurely quit. Take action, follow through, ask questions, and pick yourself up if you fall down.
I welcome your comments and feedback below.
*I am an affiliate of some of my recommendations above (Not ASM). That means if you buy any of them, I may receive a small commission from them.