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Updated – My Top 99 Wholesale Sources For Online Sellers

October 15th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

Updated October 2015I wanted to let you know that I’ve updated one of my most popular products.  It’s My Top Ninety-Nine Wholesale Sources For eBay and Amazon Sellers .  As with all of my eBooks you get updated versions for life.  If you’ve already bought this product, go back to the download page and you’ll find the newest version.

If you haven’t purchased this product I highly recommend it.  It gives you instant access to this specialized list, plus my own wholesale search engine sources for just $4.99 –AND it comes with a money back guarantee if you are not happy with the information.  You can’t beat a deal like that!

First October Newsletter is Ready

October 14th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

NewsletterThe first October issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News is now online.  It will be there until the next newsletter comes out.  After that you can find an archived version here.

Here’s what’s in the newsletter:

1. Holiday Selling Tips – The hot 4th quarter selling season is here. Are you ready? Our first article has a few tips to help you maximize sales.

2. Fight The Online Sales Tax Bill – Almost all of the big box retailers and the US Chamber of Commerce have ganged up on online sellers and given millions of dollars of lobbying money to our congressmen and Senators to get them to pass a bill that will make it mandatory for all online sellers to collect and pay sales tax in all 45 states with sales tax.

3. Is Affiliate Marketing Dead? – It used to be that affiliate marketing was a license to print money if you had any kind of online presence. You can still make money with affiliate marketing, but it’s a little more work today than it used to be.

4. How To Be Successful Working With Wholesale Sources – I have written about this before, but it is one of the topics I get a lot of questions about so I though I would cover it again.

5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

 

Mid-September Issue of Newsletter is Live

September 23rd, 2015 by Skip McGrath

The second September issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News is now online.  It will be there until the next newsletter comes out.  After that you can find an archived version here.

Here’s what’s in the newsletter:

Work Life Balance1. Tips for Balancing Your Online Business and Your Life – Running an online business can be stressful if you let it. Even though I have been doing this for over 16 years, I noticed it was happening to me and it was starting to affect my health. So that is the genesis of the first article in this issue.

2. eBay Fall 2015 Seller Update – Positive Changes for Sellers

3. eBay Niche of the Month – Vintage Woodworking Tools

4. Amazon can now repackage your eligible customer returns

5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

Updated Product – How to Make a Living Working from Home

September 10th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

How to Make a Living Working from HomeI’ve just updated How to Make a Living Working from Home.  The book used to contain plans for six home businesses.  However the new version has seven home businesses.  Click on the above link to see the book’s table of contents.  You’ll see the seven home businesses discussed in the book.  How to Make a Living Working from Home also has information on avoiding scams as well as tips on how to set up and organize your business.

If you’ve already ordered this book, don’t worry.  You get updates for life on my ebooks. Go back to the thank you page you were given when you ordered.  The new version of the book, with the additional home business, will be available for you to download.  If you no longer have the URL of the thank you page, contact us and we’ll get it to you.

September Issue of Newsletter is Ready!

September 4th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

I usually publish twice a month but you may have noticed that I only got one issue out in August. We have three computers in our office and unbelievably all three of them crashed within the space of one week. Fortunately, we had everything backed up so we did not lose any data, but we were completely down for 4 days while we struggled to get new computers and get all the data ported over. On top of that as we are Apple users and we had to get used to the new Yosemite operating system. But all is well now and we will be back on schedule for two issues in September.

The first September issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News is now online.  It will be there until the next newsletter comes out.  After that you can find an archived version here.

Here’s what’s in the newsletter:

  1. Tips for Improving Your Feedback on Amazon
  2. Sourcing the “Perfect” Product to Sell on eBay or Amazon
  3. eBay Has Released a Preview of the Fall Seller Policy changes
  4. Wholesale Sourcing from Merchandise Marts
  5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

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First August Issue of Newsletter Online

August 17th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

The first August issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News is now online.  Did you miss the newsletter?  No problem!  We keep archived versions online for several years.  The archived version of this this newsletter is here.

As per usual, the newsletter has some great information!

1. What to Do If Your Amazon Account is Suspended
2. Keeping your Affiliate Blog or Website Fresh & Profitable
3. Making The Move From Retail Arbitrage to Wholesale Sourcing
4. Selling Arts & Crafts for Artists
5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay & Amazon Sellers

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July 30 Issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News

July 30th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

Amazon Profit BoosterThe new issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News is now online.  Did you miss the newsletter?  No problem!  We keep archived versions online for several years.  The archived version of the July 30th newsletter can be found here.

So what’s in the newsletter?  Lots of great information AND a new product, the Amazon Profit Booster! Here are the details . . . .

1. New Amazon Mini-Profits Booster Course Now Available
2. How To Source Products for Your e-commerce Business
3. Perfecting Titles and Keywords for Your eBay and Amazon Business
4. Getting Ready for The Hot 4th Quarter Holiday Selling Season
5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

July Newsletter is Available!

July 10th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

The early July  issue of eBay & Amazon Sellers News is now online.  You can click here to read the current issue.  Did you miss the newsletter?  Not to worry, we keep archived versions online for several years.  You can find this newsletter here.

In this Issue:

  1. Are Your Backing Up Your Business?
  2. Amazon Changing Their Review System
  3. Dealing With Long Lead Time Ordering
  4. eBay/PayPal Breakup Coming Soon
  5. Five Simple Tips for Great eBay Photography
  6. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

And don’t forget to check out the musings section.  I talk about a new service you can use for your online business, a Chinese banking scam and more!

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Selling Tips for Amazon Prime Day

July 9th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

Amazon Prime DayOn July 1st Amazon released the news about Prime Day –

Step Aside Black Friday – Meet Prime Day

On the eve of Amazon’s 20th birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members

Unfortunately they did not give sellers a lot of time to prepare for this which should be a huge selling day.  My friend Shumli Goldberg sent me some tips for making the most of the day.
1. Stock up!

More than anything else, next Wednesday is going to be a day of huge volume sales. This requires having enough stock to cope with the demand, as selling out in the first few hours means that you’re losing out on huge opportunities to make money throughout the day.

2. Know your pricing limits!

With sales galore, price wars will be frequent and devastating. Plummeting prices often drive smaller sellers into the ground, especially when they don’t have a strong grasp on their profit margins, operational costs, and markup. Understanding your full cost, and how low you can drop your prices, is critical before deciding on a sales day strategy.

3. Make sure your listings are up to date!

Sales generate traffic, and traffic means more eyeballs on pages. With a higher volume of customers seeing your selection, the performance of each page is more critical than ever before. Low quality images, poor product descriptions, and missing information could really hurt you, as the lost opportunities begin to move to your competition. If ever there was a time to make sure all your listings were in order, it’s now!

4. Rid yourself of stale inventory!

Customers will roving for the best deals they can find. Take the opportunity to clear out your leftover inventory that you just can’t seem to get rid of. Offer it for discounted prices or do whatever you need to do to get it noticed by the hordes of shoppers coming your way.

​Shmuli Goldberg, Director of Marketing
Shmuli Goldberg is the Director of Marketing at Feedvisor and an experienced marketer, who has worked with online sellers of all sizes to improve their online performance. An analytics geek at heart, Shmuli has spent hundreds of hours delving into the intricacies of the Amazon and eBay marketplaces. Previously, Shmuli has acted as Senior Technology Evangelist and Director of Marketing at ClickTale, and has been a featured speaker at industry conferences all over the world.

 

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Amazon & eBay’s Image Guidelines giving you sleepless nights? There is a solution!

July 3rd, 2015 by Skip McGrath

Today’s post is a guest post by Lewis Bezinna.  Lewis  is the Founder of RemovemyBackground.com, Image Editing Specialists in providing Background Removal service for Amazon and eBay sellers. You can find out more at: http://www.removemybackground.com.

In recent times, having fantastic looking e-commerce photos has become paramount to success for online retailers. There exist all sorts of impressive statistics that show how important it is to have clean, simple and professional looking product photos. This applies to all online retailers whether you sell on your own website or on one of the many online Marketplaces that exist today.
But what anyone new to selling on Amazon and eBay may not know is that your product photos also need to meet certain Marketplace Guidelines. Fall foul of Amazon’s strict Image Guidelines and you could easily see your listings, and even your account, suspended!

Are you one of the many people who struggle to keep up to date with Amazon’s Photo Requirements? Do you spend hour after hour learning how to use Photoshop, trying to remove backgrounds of images and wasting all your valuable time in doing so? There is a simple and cost effective solution… outsourcing!

The rise of online marketplaces has been matched by all manner of online tools and services designed to assist online sellers. One of those services is Online Image Editing. Such companies specialize in optimizing digital images for any kind of e-commerce platform. This basically entails removing the background from an image and replacing with a pure white background. Recognizing the potentially huge demand from Amazon and eBay sellers, the majority of these Editing companies have familiarized themselves with Amazon and eBay’s Photo Guidelines and now offer an ‘Amazon & eBay compliant’ Editing service!

What does this mean for Amazon and eBay sellers? It means no more sleepless nights worrying about their product photos! Sellers can simply log on to their preferred Editing site, and in just a few clicks, select the marketplace Guidelines their images must meet, upload their images and then sit back and wait for their edited images to be returned to them. Not only does this free up their valuable time to do other things, it also provides them with professional looking photo’s which will in turn lead to increased sales! The majority of these companies offer a FREE TRIAL so the client gets a chance to see the quality of the editing and how the process works.

Most online editors will ask to see your images first and then quote you a price according to the level of difficulty in carrying out the work. They use what is referred to as a Price Complexity Scale. So whilst the prices quoted on the first page of their website may seem really great value, more often than not, your price per image has suddenly ballooned after they have inspected your photos!

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We prefer to charge our clients one price per image regardless of how difficult it is to edit. That way, the client always knows right from the start how much it is going to cost them and how long it is going take. The process is very quick. Register an account in seconds, select the eBay & Amazon service and upload your files. It’s as simple as that! We do the rest. As soon as your files are ready we email you a link for you to download your amazing new images.

Take this example of a recent image we edited. The photo has been taken in a poorly lit area and as a consequence looks dull and unappealing. After removing the background and brightening up the image we now have a simple and beautiful image that will sell sell sell!

There are many Amazon and eBay sellers already currently using such online editing tools and services. So don’t let the competition get a head-start on you, start looking into outsourcing you’re editing… today!

June Issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News

June 25th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

It’s here!  The June issue of eBay & Amazon Sellers News is now online.  You can click here to read the current issue.  Did you miss the newsletter?  Not to worry, we keep archived versions online for several years.  You can find this newsletter in our archive section.

June, 2015  – In this issue

Musings from and about eBay, Amazon and The World Wide Web

1.  Time to Sign up for The China Sourcing Trip
2.  Do Amazon or eBay Sellers Need Their Own Websites?
3.  eBay Sellers – Start Preparing for the Product Identifier Requirements
4.  eBay Niche of the Month – Vintage Hi-fi & Stereo Equipment
5.  New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

Vintage Hi-fi & Stereo Equipment

eBay Niche of the Month – Vintage Hi-fi & Stereo Equipment

The Late May issue of eBay & Amazon Sellers News

May 26th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

The Late May issue of eBay & Amazon Sellers News is now online.  You can click here to read the current issue.  Did you miss the newsletter?  Not to worry, we keep archived versions online for several years.  You can find this newsletter here.

In this Issue:

1. Will eBay Be Sold and Who Will Buy It?
2. Where To Buy Products From the Amazon Lost and Found
3. Get Ready For More Changes in Amazon Seller Central
4. Taking Your Consignment Sales to the Next Level
5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

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Multi-Channel Selling – eBay or Amazon

May 20th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

Today’s post is a guest post by John Haselden.

Retailers now-a-days can sell on a plethora of marketplaces. Almost every day a new one arrives. Selling hand-made items? Sell them on Etsy. Expanding to an international audience? Try Rakuten. Do you have electronics for sale? Newegg is your new best friend.

These marketplaces may seem to be stealing the show, however, they still don’t overcome the heavy weights – eBay and Amazon.

While the names eBay and Amazon go hand-in-hand, selling on them is actually very different. Today we’ll discuss the types buyers and sellers on each platform. Also, if you want a statistical look at the differences in the two, check out our Amazon vs eBay selling infographic.

Why You Should Sell on Amazon or eBay

With Amazon and eBay you’re reaching a much broader audience than your eCommerce store can. Marketplaces give retailers access to a global audience with the intent to buy.

Also, online marketplaces make it easy to start selling immediately. You don’t have to create your own store, or online app, you just have to sign up and start selling.

Amazon and eBay give merchants the opportunity to start selling, to sell more, and to sell to a larger (and more diverse) audience.

The Key Differences between eBay and Amazon

eBay and Amazon’s origins have helped shaped who they are today. eBay started out as a site for hobbyists to sell their goods. Amazon started out as a book store. However both of these marketplaces have evolved into something much more expansive.

In 2014, eBay earned $17.94 billion dollars, and Amazon earned an astounding $88.99 billion dollars. Now this 5x revenue disparity may seem ridiculous, but let’s think about it.

eBay is only a marketplace. Amazon is much more. Amazon sells its own products, provides its own fulfillment program, and has its own subscription service for streaming movies and TV. This business structure gives Amazon a chance to earn much more revenue.

That being said, Amazon’s user base is still much larger than eBay’s (244 million compared to eBay’s 157 million.).
Another key differentiator is the types of products you find on each marketplace. Generally speaking, eBay is for used items and Amazon is for new. Look at their origins. eBay was as a site for hobbyist looking for specific items, those are usually previously owned or used. Amazon’s foundation is providing an easier, more convenient alternative to shopping in-store.
There aren’t any statistics to back this observation. But, think of your own experiences with each site. If you’re looking for a used, affordably priced item, where do you shop? Probably eBay. If you want a new toy for your kid where would you look? Probably Amazon.

As you can see, even though the names go hand-in-hand, selling on them can be very different.

What to choose? Amazon or eBay.

If you’ve decided to make the jump to selling online, it can be hard to choose where to start, but your decision is undoubtedly coming down to one question. Amazon or eBay?

The easiest place to start is to look at your products and ask yourself, what site would you search for to find your products?
The answer could be Amazon. The answer could be eBay. The answer could be both! If you have the time, it never hurts to try selling on both and see which one performs better.

Still not sure which one is the best marketplaces for you? Take a look at our infographic on eBay vs Amazon for some key statistical differences in the two marketplaces.

Early May 2015 Issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News

May 11th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

The May Issue of The eBay & Amazon Sellers News is Now Online.  You can click here to read the current issue. Did you miss the newsletter?  Not to worry, we keep archived versions online for several years.  You can find this newsletter here.

IN THIS ISSUE

1. eBay To Change Their Feedback Program
2. Are Dimensional Weight Charts Eating Your Profits?
3. Using Reviews to Uncover New Product Potential – Looking for a way to work smarter, not harder?  This is it!
4. How to Source Products in Small Quantities to Determine Sales Potential
5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

We also have some info on Jim Cockrum’s upcoming CES meeting in this issue.

Using Product Reviews to Uncover New Product Potential

Using Product Reviews to Uncover New Product Potential

April 28th Issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News

April 30th, 2015 by Skip McGrath

The April 28 issue of eBay and Amazon Sellers News is now online. You can click here to read the current issue. Did you miss the newsletter?  No problem.  We keep archived versions online for several years.  You can find this newsletter here.

In This Issue
1. How To Source Bulk Liquidation Products
2. eBay and Amazon Release Sales and Profits
3. How To Build Better Feedback on Amazon
4. eBay Niche of the month – Early iPods

eBay Niche of the month - Early iPods

eBay Niche of the month – Early iPods

5. New Wholesale Sources for eBay and Amazon Sellers

We also have some more info on our China Sourcing Trip in this issue.


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