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The fastest way to list on eBay

List on Ebay easily

eBay pain solved! Sellers like us can be reluctant to list on eBay because of the time it takes to post a product - it's cumbersome.

I found a solution but it has risks if you're not careful. Wowlister (created by the guys at Joelister) is - last I checked - free to use. It takes any Amazon listing and puts the item for sale on your eBay account. (I can imagine a bunch of bottom-feeders are going to use it for that whole sleazy eBay and Amazon scheme.)

Here's how to use Wowlister ethically: If you have an item you want to sell on eBay AND the same item is in the Amazon catalog, use Wowlister to instantly put it up for sale on your eBay account. Then edit your eBay title and description so it's different from the Amazon listing (you don't want to infringe on anyone's copyright).

Also note that Wowlister will also duplicate the Amazon product photo(s) in the eBay description and photo section. So ensure you replace them with your own photos in your eBay listing.

Again, this isn't perfect but it does at least 1/3 of the work out for you. I receive NO compensation by referring you to Wowlister.


P.S. If you no of other FAST tools that you used and recommend, comment below!

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Amazon Hackers and You (Two-step Verification)

My Amazon Seller account was hacked

There have been SOME cases of people hacking into sellers' Amazon account, re-routing the sellers funds to banks in different countries (yikes!) and more.

There are some almost fool-proof ways prevent this from happening to you:

1.) Change your password to a strong one (tips here) and, more importantly:

2.) Activate Amazon's two-step verification - Here's how to do just that from Amazon, or in plain English from my trusted partner: snip.ly/kkba8

What does 'two-step verifcation' mean? In short: you have an option to ensure that you (or anyone) who wants to log into your Amazon Seller Account - with your username and password - has to verify "it's really you" by receiving (say) a mobile text msg or phone call or email, for each log-in attempt.


(Video of Amazon Expert Stephen Smotherman)Two-step verification for amazon sellers explained


Source products cheaply for reselling on Amazon or eBay

Amazon and eBay sellers:

If you purchase any inventory from online or brick-and-mortar stores, this post is for you.

See, with your competition increasing (Amazon and eBay sellers buying the exact same deals as you, online and in-stores), the 'immediate reflex' is for all those sellers (including you) to drop prices. Follow suit and you'll cut [click to continue…]


Time Saving Apps for Amazon and eBay Sellers

time saving apps Amazon eBay sellers

I'm always looking to shave off a few seconds/minutes to routine tasks. Yes, it's a cliche' but SO true: Time is much more valuable than money - time is unrecoverable!

Thus, here are my top 8 productivity tools - all of them are free - that I  use every day. I use a PC but some of them will work on a MAC, too.

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Amazon refunded me $3200+ that I didn’t know about

amazon reimbursements

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Many sellers and I have been discovering that Amazon does not always reimburse you for any inventory they damage or lose. They're supposed to do reimbursements 'automatically' but there's a whole lot they can forget. Which is where you come in: you have to ask (=file a case with Amazon).

I've received reimbursements of over $3200 in just a couple months. That's from about 1 year's worth of lost/damaged/improperly reimbursed inventory. Those reimbursements are paid to me just like Amazon's regular payments. There have been reports of $250,000+ annual sellers being reimbursed $3,000 to $10,000 at a time. [click to continue…]


How to sell on Amazon from another country

Below describes how most international-based sellers are able to successfully sell on Amazon.com (U.S.). Amazon's International seller policies can change without notice, so when in doubt, check with Amazon Seller Support. If you need more help, try the free Import Bible here, and/or a free Amazon Seller Support Groups on Facebook (U.K./Australia/Canada) or the inexpensive InternationalAZ Coaching system


I get this question a lot: "I live outside the U.S.  - can I sell products on Amazon.com?" Yes, in most cases you can sell on Amazon.com, even if you live in another country.

Let's say you live in another country (Australia, U.K., Japan, etc.) and you want to sell products on Amazon.com.
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What’s the best Amazon Business Model?

What is the best sourcing method for Amazon

Ed. Note: You have asked me '"What's the best method of sourcing products to sell on Amazon?" So I contacted a trusted expert to write a guest column about just that. Greg Mercer is the founder of the uber-popular Jungle Scout product research software. Greg is extremely bright and has founded multiple (bullet-proof) companies and services for Amazon Sellers. P.S. I am an affiliate of Jungle Scout, but that in no way influenced my decision to post his exclusive article below - Greg's advice can stand on its own. - Jordan

Global retail ecommerce sales in 2016 grew 8.7% over 2015 to $1.9 trillion, according to ecommerce solution provider PFS (source). Amazon sellers like you and I make up a huge part of that growth.

But when it comes to sourcing products to sell on Amazon, there are quite a few different business models and avenues.  [click to continue…]

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False infringement claims – these guys are on your side

Seller suspended false infringement claimExclusive:

If you sell private label or wholesale products, you might have jumped out of your skin at the recent news about the increase in false infringement claims resulting in sellers just like you being banned from Amazon.

A 'false infringement claim' means that an unscrupulous competitor or irate customer can basically submit a form on Amazon claiming that you are selling a counterfeit product. In many cases, Amazon just ensures the form is completed 'correctly' and then pulls your listing down or bars you from selling the product or - in the worst case - bans you from selling on Amazon.

So I reached out to my top experts to get their advice for you. I'm so thankful I have instant access to them! It's all here for you, below.

Note: If you have been suspended, contact my only trusted partner who can help you, Scott Margoluis at FeedbackRepair.net. His advice is at the end of this article.

Lastly: If you source retail arbitrage ('RA') or online arbitrage ('OA'), you're not immune to being banned! A customer or even the brand owner can easily get your account suspended - or at least, 'on notice'- by complaining to Amazon. RA and OA are NOT 'dead', but remember you're at a far greater risk versus if you were sourcing and selling products via private label and/or wholesale. If you need help with soucing wholesale, click here. If you need help with sourcing private label, click here.

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The Virtual Assistant myths (and what I’ve done)

I have had several virtual assistants (''VAs") work for my businesses over the years. I now have at least 2 full-time and 2 part-time VAs (all but one are in the Philippines). "Virtual" means (of course) they're not physically here. They've never stepped foot inside the U.S. And I've never traveled to meet them.

A VA is not an 'employee'. They're essentially independent contractors. That means you are not required to pay any payroll taxes, additional insurance premiums or benefits - regardless of what country they're in - even in the U.S.

Here's a picture of my VA Raymond with his family. Raymond and his wife have been working with me for at least 6 years:

Raymond (background), his daughter and wife Ryshel enjoying some RARE time off

Raymond (background), his daughter and wife Ryshel enjoying some RARE time off

There are myths about about VAs, (at least with regards to the Philippine-based ones), so let's tackle them:

  1. They have no education. Many are college-educated
  2. They have no experience or skills. I'd be hard-pressed to find a larger pool of educated, loyal and skilled workers here in the U.S.
  3. They can't speak or write/type in English. Many are moderately to fully fluent in English
  4. They can't be trusted. I've given them limited access to my Amazon and Paypal accounts without any problems, ever. Filipinos value trust and loyalty very highly
  5. They are 'slave labor' used by greedy businesses. Although they're far cheaper than American labor, 'salaries' of $250 to $350 per month are totally sufficient for a full-time basic-skilled, college-educated VA. On the opposite end, a high-end FT programmer can earn $1000+ per month and live like a king. (By comparison, hiring a U.S.-based programmer can cost at least 10x as much)

My real challenge years ago re: VAs was finding ones that were already vetted and with Amazon experience. I had to train them myself. But lucky for you, there are services today like FreeeUp, one of only 2 providers I trust.  Services like FreeeUp have already trained and at-the-ready VAs for your businesses - not just your Amazon or eBay business, either. FreeeUp has done the headache-stuff: finding, vetting, hiring and training a VA for you. That's invaluable because doing that yourself that can take weeks to months. I know because I've done it.

Keep in mind the FreeeUp VA is not 'yours to keep', however when you're assigned one, they stay with you. In other words, you're not dealing with a different VA each time your task needs to be completed . FreeeUp is essentially a (trusted) VA marketplace with 300+ talented VAs at the ready.

And all you do is pay per hour for each VA (versus hiring them outright.)

Don't do what I did: I am my own 'employer' so I pay my VAs regardless of the amount of work they have. So there are times when they are idle for hours to weeks but I choose to pay them regularly nonetheless (I'm loyal to them). With FreeeUp, you're only paying for the hours the VAs work for you. FreeeUp is their 'employer', not you! Also - FreeeUp has highly-trained VAs from all over the world (including the U.S.), not just the Phillipines.

By using a VA service like FreeeUp, you don't have to worry about:

  • Philippine Holidays. They don't work on certain holidays, and IF they were your own full time VA, they expect you to pay them double their monthly salary in December (it's their 'bonus' for the year and it's part of their local law and culture).
  • Paying them for idle time. You're only paying for the work they're doing
  • Training them. In most cases, FreeeUp VAs already know how to do at least 7o% of 'what you need them to do')
  • Remembering to show them new processes (see above)
  • Hiring or firing. FreeeUp does that
  • Finding replacement workers. FreeUp does that. In many cases the replacements are probably at the ready
  • Vetting good VAs from bad ones (FreeeUp takes care of that)

In this new blog post, Connor of FreeeUp explains how a VA can help your Amazon or eBay business: jordanmalik.com/blog/virtual-assistant-amazon-ebay/

Feel free to post a comment below and let me know what questions you have or, what your own experience with VAs has been like.

- Jordan


Ed. Note: I recently wrote about my own experience with Virtual Assistants (VAs). If you're looking for an easy way to get trusted, talented VAs to manage any aspect of your Amazon, eBay, or other businesses, try FreeeUp (one of only 2 services that I trust). Below is a guest post from Connor Gillivan. He and Nathan Hirsch own FreeeUp. - Jordan


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Connor Gillivan from FreeeUp Commerce, a (legit) source of trained Virtual Assistants

Selling products on Amazon or eBay comes with a lot of advantages. It’s easy to get started, there’s minimal overhead, and you can make your business as small or as large as you desire.

However, one of the biggest disadvantages is the sheer tedium. Managing an online selling business includes a plethora tasks that requires a huge amount of time. Even though those tasks are often simple, many require a human touch and can’t be automated. Soon enough, you may find yourself spending all your time fixing broken listings, rather than growing your sales. Online workers can help you solve this problem.

You can divvy up the tasks that are too consuming or that are not within your own core skill set. This will leave you with more time to manage your business and significantly increase the speed of your growth. If you decide to hire overseas, you also have the potential to save a lot of money.

While building my first eCommerce business into a 60 person team generating millions of dollars of business on Amazon, I discovered that hiring online workers was the norm for most re-sellers. Why rent out office space when your entire business is conducted via web? I saw for myself how quickly things got done with a responsible, well-organized online team. While some may be hesitant to hire workers they can’t manage in person, the data shows that online workers are much more effective than their in-store counterparts, at least when it comes to retail. Marketwatch estimates they generate around four times the amount of sales revenue.

However, if you’ve been sticking it out on your own so far, you may not know where to begin. Here’s five areas of your business where online workers can make a difference.

1. Writing product descriptions - The perfect product description can make or break your sales. Forget dashing off a sentence for each item. Studies have proved that longer, more persuasive copy leads to better returns. With a good copywriter, you don’t need to even send them a physical copy of the product. Just email them the raw info, and then watch them transform it into something beautiful.

2. Fulfilling orders and managing inventory levels -  Managing and processing orders can be a tedious task, and it’s a great one to consider hiring out right from the start. Depending on the size of your business, you could also use the same person to maintain your inventory levels. This is an essential task, since eCommerce is a seasonal business. You want to have plenty of product in stock during holiday periods, but you don’t want it lying there forever, accruing costly warehouse fees. Having someone helping you plan in advance for inventory ebb and flow can offer a lot of peace of mind.

3. Customer service - I still remember chatting with a client a year or two ago. He was multi-tasking as he explained an article to me, trolling through another round of customer emails. “Honestly,” he said, “I spend about half my time responding to customers.” I was astounded. He was the VP of Marketing and he was spending half his time on customer service. But the truth is, it’s an easy black hole to get sucked into. It’s one of those jobs that has to be done, no matter what. So if you don’t hire it out, you’ll end up doing it yourself.

4. Reviewing listings - If you’ve ever experienced an extremely sudden dip in sales, chances are you had a problem with one of your listings. High value listings should be regularly monitored to make sure the images, reviews, and description are all A+, and that the price is always competitive. The right online worker can help you do just that. Some issues your reviewer comes across can be fixed immediately, such as price, while others may require assistance from Amazon or eBay...

5. Communicating with Amazon or eBay - I’ve worked with employees whose entire job was just to communicate with Amazon or eBay on behalf of their company. In my own experience, I’ve spent many hours emailing Amazon to revive a dead listing, change a incorrectly-calculated fee, or remove inappropriate feedback. Amazon and eBay are both great sites to work with, but they’re not perfect, and sometimes (read: frequently) you’re going to need them to correct their own mistakes. There’s a fine art to this type of communication, and it only gets better with practice. Done right, it can save millions for your company.

There are probably more areas where online workers can build your business that we haven’t mentioned here, so be sure to stretch your own creative muscles. What tasks are you doing that you could quickly train someone else in? What tasks are you not doing that you could bring in bigger sales? Consider these questions carefully, and then get started hiring.


- Connor Gillivan


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