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FREE Wholesale Sources Now Available on MY Site

I have just finished uploading our FREE Wholesale Search Engine on SkipMcGrath.com.  Finding reliable wholesale sources for eBay, Amazon and website sellers can be a major challenge.  I have been researching wholesale sources for over 19 years: My source criteria are as follows: They are happy to work with small online sellers (eBay, Amazon, Website, […]

Why We Chose to Leave eBay

I have had several emails and posts claiming the reason we left eBay had to do with the open letter published from an eBay seller.  This was NOT the case.  I will admit there were factors in that letter that went into the decision, but our reasons had more to do with needing to cut […]

New Amazon Image Naming Regs

From an earlier post several of you asked me for the reference on the new Amazon image regulations. Here is what the new reg says: File names must consist of the product identifier (Amazon ASIN, 13-digit ISBN, EAN, JAN, or UPC) followed by a period and the appropriate file extension (Example: B000123456.jpg or 0237425673485.tif) You […]

New Amazon Image Regs Not Working

Amazon recently changed their image regulations to requite either a UPC code or ASIN as part of the image title.  I have done this twice and the images do not show up in the listing.  I have emailed support about this and so far they have been no help whatsoever. I think if Amazon gets […]

IS Retail & OL Arbitrage Still profitable

The answer is yes but its harder today with all the brand restrictions. The expert on this is Ryan Regan.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/mysilentteam/permalink/1885957151520386/ and see his info Skip  

Turn Your Customers into Brand Ambassadors

Social media changed everything, including how we run our businesses. Gone are the days when customers are willing to wait for a response or be put on hold. Today, customers expect instant responses. Don’t be afraid of change! Use online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. to your advantage by spreading a positive brand […]

Final Sale on two of my popular books

I’ve been selling online since 1999.  I’ve sold on eBay, sold on Amazon and made money with affiliate marketing.  In short, I’ve made a living working from home by selling things online.  I’ve written about it all.  The result is that I’m currently maintaining and updating about a dozen books about how to make money […]

New Newsletter – Managing and Controlling Amazon FBA Storage Fees

I’ve got a new newsletter for you.  One of the articles is very important to your bottom line if you’re a FBA seller.  Amazon is increasing its storage feels.  Those can add up quickly and start eating into your margin. So it pays to stay on top of them. Here’s the entire newsletter contents: Managing and […]

Beginner Tips for Selling on Amazon

These are Beginner Tips for Selling on Amazon, but there is a lot of good stuff here for the seasoned seller too. I would love to claim Authorship of this, but it was written by the folks at Kabbage, a service that provides business loans to eBay and Amazon Sellers. Here is the guide. If […]

Tips for Winning the Buy Box on Amazon

Why does the Buy Box matter? Because almost 90% of all sales on Amazon occur within the buy box. Let’s start with – What is the buy box?   There are actually two definitions –practical and technical. In the practical sense, the buy box is the entire page that comes up with the seller in the […]

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY TO MY READERS

May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.   Skip McGrath

Understanding Wholesale Distribution and Sourcing

I’ve got a new edition of my newsletter ready for you.  One of the articles is about a concept that it’s important for ANY online seller to understand – wholesale sourcing. Here’s what’s in the newsletter. Note that there’s a favorite reader feature that I haven’t done in a while, niche of the month. Musings […]

eBay & Amazon Customer Return Rates & Tips to Reduce Them

Customer Returns can be real profit killers.  In general, return rates average between 5% and 14% overall on Amazon and 7% to 15% on eBay, but some categories can have much higher rates.  There is no hard data for these rates, so most of the information is anecdotal, gathered from other sellers and my own […]

SEO is Alive & Well

Whenever someone one asks me if they should build a website, or sell on eBay and/or Amazon, I almost always answer: “Sell on eBay or Amazon. The reason is: Recent changes in Google (and other search engines) has made it very difficult for small new websites to be found –especially eCommerce websites. However, that may […]

Good News and New Newsletter

As large as online sales are (almost $400billion), that total only represents 11.7% of all US retail sales -so it seems we still have a lot of growth ahead of us. I read one report that surmised Amazon could double its yearly sales within just 10 years. If that is true, we (sellers) are sitting […]




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