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Best Free (and inexpensive) Resources for Amazon & eBay Sellers

My favorite proven products, information and people for 2016

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Amazon - Free Beginner Help
Amazon Seller Courses
Apps (Mobile)
Apps (Web)
Barcodes (UPC)
Blogs
Boxes
Bundling Products
Buy Box (Amazon) Tips
Category Approval (Amazon)
Coaching
Cost/Expense Cutting
Course For International Sellers
Discounts/Cash Back (for online & retail arbitrage)
Ebay - Free Help
Ebay Seller Courses
Feedback Removal/Management
Gated Amazon Categories
Help Books & Sites
Importing from China
Labels
Optimization
Packaging & Packing
Poly Clear Bags
Podcasts
Private Label
Restricted Categories Approval
Sales Rank
Sales Tracking
Scales
Scanner
Sell Books
Sell Groceries
Sell Health and Beauty
Sell Toys & Games
Sourcing Directories/Sites
Supplies
Taxes
Tools
Toys
Training
Videos
Wholesale Sourcing

AMAZON - FREE BEGINNER HELP

3 Beginner Video Lessons (FREE) - An easy-to-follow introduction to selling on Amazon by Jessica Larrew

Amazon FBA Simplified (FREE) -  An easy-to-read overview of running an Amazon FBA business

How to Make $2,000 per Month Selling Books on Amazon (FREE) - The very same book I used when I started selling on Amazon.

Robyn Johnson's 'Getting Started' info (FREE) - Top-notch beginner's material (Amazon and Craigslist) from my trusted partner

Amazon.com's "Get Started Selling' site (FREE) -  Amazon has plenty of info for the beginning seller here.

Amazon.com's FBA Quick Start Guide (FREE) - How to get started with Fulfillment by Amazon

More Amazon.com official 'start here' info (FREE) - My suggestion is pay attention to ONLY the 'Selling on Amazon' and 'Fulfillment by Amazon' sections.

Cheat sheet for buying items to resell (FREE)* -  How much should you pay?

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AMAZON SELLER COURSES

Amazon/eBay seller training I recommend (not referenced in my review ebook):

International (non-U.S.) based Amazon sellers:

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APPS (Mobile)

(Also see 'TOOLS' section - scroll down)

Camfind (FREE): use this when an item doesn't have a barcode and you can't figure out what it is you've found (see my review here)

RedLaser (FREE) (for iPhone, Android or Windows phone).  Use this to compare prices across several retailers including (Amazon) so you can conduct 'online arbitrage' (buy low to sell high).

Profit Bandit - My favorite phone app right now ($9.99/month). Use this app on your phone to check Amazon seller info (price, competition, etc.) on any product you want to buy at a store/online (this is generally accomplished by launching the app, then using the phone's camera to 'scan' the UPC) barcode on the product)

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APPS (Web)

CamelCamelCamel.com – (FREE) browser plug-in (and web site) – see past pricing history for Amazon Products

eSnipe - I use this sniping tool when I am 'buying low on eBay to sell high on Amazon' (or back on eBay)

OfferUp (FREE) - Find stuff for sale by local homeowners cheap, to resell on Amazon/eBay. Think of it as a 'modernized, easier-to-use craigslist'. See my review here)

IFTTT (IfThisThenThat) (FREE) - I use this to send me an alert when a local individual posts a specific used toy (that I can sell on eBay or Amazon for a profit) on Craigslist.  Go to this page and scroll down to the 'Craigslist Watcher' Section

(Also See 'Tools' section below)

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BARCODES (UPC)

Barcodestalk.com (there are cheaper options, this site is the only one I have experience ordering from.)

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BLOGS

Jim Cockrum (FREE) - The most successful entrepreneur I personally know. Jim's updated-for-2015 $5 Silent Sales Machine book is what started me on my solo career several years ago.

Skip McGrath's newsletter (FREE) - the newsletter I devour the most. Skip is a highly successful Amazon/eBay mega-seller, the master of buying wholesale, and more.

Jessica Larrew (FREE) - Jessica Larrew is responsible for my knowledge of procuring liquidation and grocery goods for $.25 to $1.00 and selling them for $7 to $25 each on Amazon.

Book To The Future (FREE) - Nathan Holmquist's site. I learned a lot about selling books, CDs, and DVDs from him when I started out.

Online Sales Step By Step (FREE) - By eBay and Amazon megaseller Cynthia Stine. She is HIGHLY successful with selling products online.

FBAMastery (FREE) - By book mega-seller and the "Hemingway of FBA" Peter Valley

Making a Full Time Transition to FBA (FREE) - By Ryan Grant

Thrifting for Profit - (FREE) - Chock-full of free info  by highly successful Amazon Seller Debra Conrad

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BOXES

When I am shipping my boxes to Amazon FBA (or if I am shipping a decent-sized product myself directly to a buyer), I buy and use 'Small', 'Medium' and 'Large' boxes from my local Uhaul. They are (my opinion) sturdiest and the least expensive. (My local Lowes and Home Depot and Walmart stores also carry similar boxes but I find them a smidge LESS sturdy than Uhaul's.)

Once in a while (esp. if I need multiple quantities of a single size) I'll order from Uline.

(FREE) When I need smaller boxes, I try to find free ones locally (small retail stores that are throwing them out, etc.).

(Also see 'SUPPLIES' section below.)

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BUNDLING PRODUCTS

Bundling Products to Sell on Amazon

Tips for Amazon Sellers (FREE)

Video mini-series on bundling (FREE)

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'BUY BOX' (Amazon) TIPS

Dirty Amazon Hacks (FREE)  - For Amazon sellers. Tips on 'winning the buy box'

'How The Buy Box on Amazon Works...' (FREE) - by Skip McGrath, also for Amazon sellers

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CATEGORY APPROVAL (Amazon)

Lots of info is right here and here

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COACHING

I'm not a fan of most coaching. Here's why: blog post or mini-podcast

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COST / EXPENSE CUTTING

My tips in the blog posts here and here (FREE)

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COURSE for INTERNATIONAL SELLERS

GetOnAz (100% free if you purchased Proven Amazon Course)

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DISCOUNTS/CASH BACK (for online & retail arbitrage)

My favorite sites to buy stuff at further discounts:

eBates (get cash back when shopping online) (FREE to use)

FatWallet (get cash back when shopping online) (FREE to use)

Raise (discounted gift cards)

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EBAY - FREE HELP

How to sell on eBay, by eBay (FREE)

How to sell on eBay, by WikiHow (FREE)

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EBAY SELLER COURSES

OSI Rockstars – Janelle Elms' membership site for ALL Sellers. Covers a lot more than just selling on eBay and Amazon. Worth the price.

50 Shades of eBay by Skip McGrath (FREE)

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FEEDBACK REMOVAL/MANAGEMENT

Some FREE, some paid help is here and here

Feedback Repair - a proven service I have used to get negative Amazon feedback removed (also works for eBay sellers)

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GATED AMAZON CATEGORIES

Lots of info is right here and here

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HELP BOOKS/SITES

20 Tips for Selling on Amazon (FREE)

Smart Scouting for Cash-Strapped Amazon Sellers (FREE)

Profit from Back to School Season (webinar and guide)

Online Sourcing Strategies

Liquidation Gold – A Guide For Amazon Sellers

B.L.E.S.H.A. Guide* (Buy Low on Ebay – Sell High on Amazon (or back on eBay))

Home Run Guides

Understanding Bestseller Rank/Sales Rank here (FREE) and here (FREE)

Selling On Amazon FBA  (FREE)

Introduction to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers (FREE)

Amazon.com's "Get Started Selling' site (FREE)

How Amazon FBA Works (FREE)

Barcode Booty

77 Tips for Selling on the New eBay (FREE)

Amazon Product Prepping Guide (FREE)

Buy Products Without Paying Sales Tax

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HELP FORUMS (FACEBOOK GROUPS)

You will find many free Facebook Groups exploding with seller help. My favorites (=friendliest) are below:

Thrifting For Profit (FREE) - helps Amazon /eBay sellers (not just thrift store sourcing)

MySilentTeam (FREE) - One of the biggest/most helpful Internet Marketing/e-commerce resources

The Danni App (FREE) – The best for Ebay information

That KAT (FREE) – Kat Simpson’s Facebook Group

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IMPORTING from CHINA

The only dedicated ebooks I trust are:

Proven China Sourcing by Jim Cockrum & Walter Hay

Import Bible (FREE) - by Manuel Becvar

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LABELS

Shipping

FREE UPS Shipping Labels - for printing out your shipping labels that go on the outside of your shipping box.

I’ve also purchased these when I need labels FAST: 200 Shipping Labels Half Page Self Adhesive for Laser Inkjet Printer 

Dymo Labels:

  • If you are printing labels using a paid listing service like Listtee.com or ListLabelShip.com then use: 30252-R labels
  • If you are using Amazon’s Scan & Ship then use: 30334-R labels.
  • The “-R” = removable.

Also see these– DYMO-Compatible 30252 Address Labels 

“30 Up Labels”

Use these when you are printing sheets of labels directly from Seller Central and you're using a 'regular printer' (like the printer you use to print normal documents)

You can find LASER 30-up labels HERE.

Before using your inkjet, please read Amazon’s Labeling Requirements HERE.

You can find INKJET 30-up labels HERE.

Other Labels

2" x 2" Suffocation Warning Peel and Stick Labels (2 Roll of 500 Labels) Total 1000 (use these if your poly bags do not already have Amazon's required warning printed on them)

"This Is A Set - Do Not Separate" Labels  (use these when you don't want Amazon to open a box/bag that contains your bundled items, or if you don't want them taking components out of a box/bag that contains the item you are selling).

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OFFICE EQUIPMENT

Dymo Label Printers

USB Automatic Barcode Scanner

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OPTIMIZATION

"How to Rank Your Products on Amazon" (FREE)  - learn how to optimize your  product listing on Amazon. Also here's a podcast on the topic

eBay Sellers - See #20 - #22 in this help guide (FREE)

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PACKAGING & PACKING

See this FREE resource page to learn how to package various types of product for Amazon FBA.

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POLY CLEAR BAGS

I order poly bags from seller 'Bubblefast' on Amazon.  I use polybags for packaging multipacks, or bagging plush toys, or bagging items with exposed products (the existing package has openings so the consumer can 'touch' the inside product) or bagging items when they have 'cloth' material exposed (like baby bibs).

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PODCASTS

Ask Jordan (FREE) - My podcast that only answers questions about selling on Amazon

Scott Voelker's Amazing Seller Podcasts (FREE) - Episodes (focusing on Private Label) so good he should be charging $ for them   

Thrifting For Profit (FREE– An all-encompassing Amazon seller podcast with hundreds of hours of helpful info

That Kat Radio (FREE)- this also contains the old FBA Radio archives going back to 2011 which are a must listen for any FBAer

Ask Janelle (FREE)-  A true e-commerce pioneer: eBay and Amazon seller help, marketing, e-commerce etc.

Ask The Dani App (FREE) – One of the cheeriest, most helpful eBay experts

Selling International with Barrington McIntosh (FREE) – The International Amazon expert I trust explicitly

SpreeVee Guide (FREE) – Join This Facebook Group for updates on every major upcoming SpreeVee (kind of like a free 'webcast') .  NOTE: Some episodes are worth watching, some are time-wasters (my opinion).

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PRIVATE LABEL

I currently trust only 3 or 4 Private Label experts in the space:

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RESTRICTED CATEGORIES APPROVAL

See the "GATED AMAZON CATEGORIES" section above

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SALES RANK

Cheat sheet for buying items to resell (FREE)* -  For Amazon sellers - what bestseller rank (sales rank) should you focus on?

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SALES TRACKING

eSales Tracking Sheet - a  low-cost, proven way to keep track of your Amazon/eBay/Paypal fees, profit/loss etc.

InventoryLab - a more automated inventory expense/sales tracking online tool (highly recommended by many Amazon merchants)

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SCALES

I use this one (it will weigh boxes up to 75 lbs).

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SCANNER

See 'Tools' section below. - Also: For a free, in-depth comparison of scanners/scanning services, send an email to [email protected] with the subject: SCANNER REVIEW (leave the body of the email empty)

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SELL BOOKS

FBAMastery (FREE) - By book mega-seller and the "Hemingway of FBA" Peter Valley

How to Make $2,000 per Month Selling Books on Amazon (FREE) - The very same book I used when I started selling on Amazon.

Book Sourcing Secrets - A true tactical manual, superbly written. Teaches you how to creatively source profitable books for reselling on Amazon

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SELL GROCERIES

Grocery Goldmine (profit from reselling groceries on Amazon)

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SELL HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Health & Beauty Aids for BIG Profits Webinar Recording

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SELL TOYS AND GAMES

Toys & Games You Can Buy Locally & Sell on Amazon & eBay for Big Profits*

Selling Plush (Soft Stuffed Toys) On Amazon*

Learn how to source toys yourself, in stores, in this book (print or kindle)

Learn how to source toys yourself, online, with this courseor in this book (print or kindle)

'Done-for-you' online toy (and other product) daily list here

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SOURCING DIRECTORIES/SITES

Sourcingator * (FREE)

List of Grocery stores/Salvage Stores * (FREE) <- the blue- and pink-highlighted links on this page are the best-quality lists

Top 99 Wholesale Resources by Skip McGrath

Gsalr.com (FREE) - My garage sale finder of choice

EstateSales.net (FREE) - My estate sales finder of choice

The Thrift Shopper (FREE) - My thrift store finder of choice

OfferUp (FREE) - Find stuff for sale by local homeowners cheap, to resell on Amazon/eBay. Think of it as a 'modernized, easier-to-use craigslist'. See my review here).

(Also see 'WHOLESALE SOURCING' below)

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SUPPLIES

Freecycle (FREE) - Join your local freecycle and keep your eyes peeled for other freecycle members giving away boxes, packaging material, etc.

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TAXES

(If you are serious about your online business at all, please hire an accountant or CPA)

Sales Tax For eCommerce Sellers (FREE)– Best place for up to date info provided by TaxJar.com

TaxJar.com - Easy and simple assistance for you to gather and report sales tax for various states

Buying products sales tax exempt - As a reseller, you can (legally) buy products from online/store retailers and avoid paying sales tax

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TOOLS

Amazon’s FBA Calculator (FREE) – Use this to see if you will make a profit on your Amazon Products

Cleer Pro (FREE) - Online arbitrage info is now at your fingertips with this Chrome extension

CamelCamelCamel.com – (FREE) online tool – see past pricing history for Amazon Products

eBay Calculator (FREE) - Free tool to estimate your eBay profits

eSales Tracking Sheet - a  low-cost, proven way to keep track of your Amazon/eBay/Paypal fees, profit/loss etc.

eSnipe - I use this sniping tool when I am 'buying low on eBay to sell high on Amazon' (or back on eBay).

FBAToolkit (FREE) - Gives you a rough estimate of sell-through-rate for any Amazon item.

Fatfingers (FREE) - find eBay items with misspelled titles (which can be snapped up for far less than their actual value and resold on eBay/Amazon for a profit)

Online Sourcing Grid (FREE) - Deep links to online stores' clearance sites (find products to buy, receive, then flip back on Amazon for a profit. (See a video on how it works, plus info on the full version, here)

Profit Bandit - My favorite phone app right now ($9.99/month). Use this app on your phone to check Amazon seller info (price, competition, etc.) on any product you want to buy at a store/online (this is generally accomplished by launching the app, then using the phone's camera to 'scan' the UPC) barcode on the product)

Removethebackground.com - I use this service to remove the background of my product images to comply with Amazon terms. Also great for eBay sellers.

TaxJar.com - Easy and simple assistance for you to gather and report sales tax for various states

(Also see 'APPS' sections above)

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TOYS

See 'Sell Toys & Games' section above

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TRAINING

See the sections above (Scroll up) entitled "Amazon Free Beginner Help", "Amazon Seller Courses", "eBay Free Beginner Help", "eBay Seller Courses"

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VIDEOS

My YouTube Page* (FREE) (200+ videos and counting)

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WHOLESALE SOURCING

The best wholesale sourcing training products/services that I trust are:

(Also see 'SOURCING DIRECTORIES/SITES' above)

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