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How Amazon and eBay Sellers Save Time and Money

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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.

1.) Gmail Canned Responses - Tired of typing the same thing (or very similar things) to each customer/person who emails you? This Google Labs plug-in (you have to   use Gmail*) will cut your time down. Yes, you can use it to reply to the email you get from the Amazon seller inbox. (Amazon lets you use your 'regular' email address when corresponding with buyers via email). Just be sure your canned responses don't include any web site address other than your Amazon one!


2.) Facebook News Feed Eradicator: I am seeing a lot of my fellow sellers spend hours (days?) at a time on Facebook. One of my subscribers calls Facebook a 'monumental time suck'. This Chrome browser extension cuts the distractions way, way down. You have to try it. (Repeat after me: "I don't need to know everything that's going on in every seller facebook group"). Get the Eradicator (free, Chrome browser only) here: goo.gl/qe820b


cleer_pro (Mobile)3.) Cleer Pro - You may have heard me already mention my own software. I developed this to make Online Arbitrage a lot easier for you while you're browsing for deals or doing research on Amazon.com. Rave reviews are coming in (thanks guys and gals): cleerpro.com


44.) IFTTT ("If This Then That") - Amazon and eBay sellers use IFTTT to get email or text alerts when something goes on sale/back in stock, somewhere.


5.) Flashback Express - I use this software (for Windows only) to quickly capture, annotate with my voice) and upload a video of my screen. This is great if you need to communicate something 'on your screen' to a colleague, freelancer, or even the occasional customer. Of course you'll need your built-in or peripheral microphone on your computer to make this work.


6.) Unroll.me - Still clicking 'delete' or 'unsubscribe' for those dozens of different offer emails you get each day? Unsubscribe from the ones you don't want, 'in bulk'. My video covers this one: screencast.com/t/8uVXmkPQ


7.) Image Resizer (Windows only): This is the only image resizer I know of that a.) reduces a file image without opening up any program - It's simply a right-click menu command, and b.) resizes stuff without making the resulting downsized image look all jagged. Get it here: imageresizer.codeplex.com/


8.) Bit.ly link shortener: Why send someone a web a link like "www.kmart.com/wet-n-wild-fergie-centerstage-collection-shimmer-palette/p-015W006017266001P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2" when you can use bit.ly's free link shortner and make instantly make it shorter: http://bit.ly/wetwildfergie

Did I miss a productivity tool or hack? Wanna share one? Post below.


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  • Cathy June 12, 2019, 10:20 am

    LOVE Cleer Pro! I also use SaleCalc to help me with pricing.
    The neat thing I like about this is being able to save the data to a worksheet and export when I’m done. I use the worksheet to do my monthly accounting on items I’ve sold.

  • Prince Eriq June 29, 2015, 4:16 pm

    Yo Jordan,

    That CleerPro is tha shi……..!!! Makes my eBay research so much faster!!

  • Shawn Searcy May 28, 2015, 11:22 pm

    I really like IFTTT, I set a few links and have products sent to my email, such as, anytime a IRobot is Being sold, I’m finding out 20 minutes -2 hours ahead of people in some Sites. I received a Used Canon Rebel EOS Camera for free, sold on AZ FBA for $160…. In one week! Not bad!

    Not being corny, but having additional Gigs on my Verizon Cell Plan I’m taking my Apple Tablet on some Arbitrage searches, string search and can gather full site info when needed on a product. Appreciate all the hard work Jordan!!! Shawn

  • Michael Putnam May 26, 2015, 11:57 pm


    I want to take a minute to let you know how super cool your Cleer Pro tool is. I watched your videos then started using Cleer Pro. I cannot believe you give this away for free. If you charged I am sure it would sell very well and it would be worth every penny.

    Thank you for taking time from your business to develop Cleer Pro.
    Michael Putnam

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