I’ve come full circle on my Amazon journey after finding success with their Associates Program, as a Kindle author and am now selling my first private label product on Amazon (more on what that means in a moment).
In my very first 30 days of selling I hit $2,981.10 in sales (and that includes the early days where I was only doing two sales one day, then zero sales etc).
Let’s get to the video proof first and then answer some of the questions you are likely have about this.
Table Of Contents
- Video Proof: My First 30 Days Selling On Amazon.com
- Why Did I Start Selling Physical Products On Amazon.com?
- How Did I Select My Product?
- What Did You Do To Sell Your Product?
- Am I Buying Low Priced Products And Reselling Them On Amazon For More Money?
- How Many Trips Did I Take To The Post Office?
- What Is The Next Step For This Business?
- Would You Like To Learn More?
- August 28th update 9:30 PM:
- Sept 6th update 7:00 PM: Price Raising Strategy Results
Video Proof: My First 30 Days Selling On Amazon.com
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Why Did I Start Selling Physical Products On Amazon.com?
I have several people to thank for getting my product up and going on Amazon (in particular all of the folks from our private mastermind group) but the one friend in particular that inspired me to try this out I interviewed back on Podcast 17.
Long story short Brian had been building his online business for a lot less time than me and was making more money than me!
This may make some
losers people jealous but whenever this happens it makes me pull up a chair and want to learn more.
Brian’s story is why I decided to try this out during my nights after I got done working on my primary business and when my wife was busy putting our twin babies to sleep.
Needless to say I’m happy with my decision to work on this instead of any number of time wasters I could have done instead.
How Did I Select My Product?
Brian learned how to sell on Amazon from a course called Amazing Selling Machine and so I learned from the exact same course. If it’s good enough for the guy making more money with less experience building online businesses than it’s certainly good enough for me right?
The course is 8 weeks long and there is also a live event (my recap from the last event here). The focus of the course covers start to finish everything you need to know to get started selling on Amazon. I simply followed the lessons available for members and – most importantly – took action. Surprise surprise I’ve found yet again that it does take work to earn money online.
Without getting into sharing copyrighted material from the course I can say that the course basically advises that you create your own private label products rather than go out and sell the same brand product as everyone else.
When you create your own brand you control 100% of the buy box on Amazon which for me means I don’t have to compete with any other sellers for my product.
The general strategy is to get started selling on an established marketplace like Amazon and then sell on your own website and other websites as well eventually.
For me I’ll stick with Amazon to start out until the order volume justifies the effort to move onto other platforms because again, this is something I only care to spend a minimal amount of time on for maximum returns.
My main product one mistake: I should have picked something more expensive.
Had I done that I would potentially be doing even more money in profit, but the best part about learning something new though is that when you’ve done it once it’s much easier to do it a second time with another product.
What Did You Do To Sell Your Product?
My simple strategy was to price my product a little lower than the competition to get some sales and start getting initial reviews faster. Sales and reviews then lead to ranking on Amazon for my target keywords and climbing ranks in my bestseller category. (Not really all that fancy I suppose).
If you need more help getting started out you can do things like offer deals on your products via any number of deal sites on the web, but I didn’t have to do that with this product.
I did run an Amazon sponsored ads campaign but the most I ever spent was about $5 a day and for 12 days I accidentally turned off the campaign by setting an end date by mistake (yah still new here).
Quite frankly I wish I sounded more impressive than it really was – sure there were some unique differentiating things I did to set my product apart from the competition but before that I just put in the work.
I did my research, picked high quality materials for my product, crafted a great product listing and went from there. I’ve got over a dozen product reviews (most are 5 stars) and I found that as my review count went up my sales went up as well (duh, I know right?).
There are a lot of fancy things you can do on the marketing front that I’ve learned, but my product is selling well enough now where I’m actually more concerned about running out of stock on my initial 500 unit order than I am about scaling out more sales right now.
If I were to do it over again I would have gone for at least 1,000 units initial order quantity because the millions of people on Amazon have to buy from someone right? Why not me?
My conversion rate has been over 20% on multiple days. (I’d love to have that with the software business I’m helping to build)
There’s more to it than that, but for this first product I didn’t have to do too much. Other members in our mastermind have done more advanced marketing strategies which I will employ in the future.
Am I Buying Low Priced Products And Reselling Them On Amazon For More Money?
No. I already answered this before, but I just want to make it clear. This is a fairly popular method people have been discussing where individuals basically go around to various stores and find items that are under priced when compared to what they will sell for on Amazon. They’ll buy these items and then resell them on Amazon.
Can you make money doing this?
Would I ever want to?
No. This sounds like a nightmare to me.
This may ruffle some feathers and if this is what you’re doing right now it may sound like I’m taking a dump on your parade but hold your angry comments for a moment and let me explain my reasoning.
For me, I only want to work on something that can scale.
If you’re running around to stores looking for deals on products to resell it is likely the most you can ever make is a low six figure income and you will struggle to ever grow beyond that. You’re also not building a business you can sell.
Who is going to buy your business which consists of you putting in hours to find products to resell and doing that work?
On the flip side if you’re selling your own private label product and building a brand as you grow your sales you’re creating an asset that you can sell one day. One of the more experienced marketers in our private mastermind is in the process of doing that right now with one of his product lines.
That’s just not possible if you’re doing the resell game.
How Many Trips Did I Take To The Post Office?
My product is made in China and in fact I pay a shipping company to deal with all of the customs work etc so that all I do is tell them where in China to pick up the product and then I simply get an email when the product arrives in the US. They then slap on some UPS labels where the cartons of products are sent off to various Amazon warehouses around the United States. Done.
What Is The Next Step For This Business?
My plan is to exclusively focus on products that can do around $10,000 a month in volume each (which would then each translate to several thousand dollars a month in profit as well). I’ll build those products up, market them well and then move onto the next one. The first time I was just trying to build a replicable process and eventually I can hire more team members to help manage and launch new products.
It might surprise you to hear this but a product doing $10,000 a month or more actually isn’t all that rare.
There are thousands of products doing that volume of sales (and I’m in the process of finishing off some software which will help find these products which will be made available to the next batch of students in our mastermind).
As I mentioned in my sales proof video at the time of recording in the last 7 days I was at around $1,500 in sales which puts me on track for ~$6,000+ in sales every 28 days and a few thousand in profit for just this one product.
I also don’t think I’ve reached the ceiling for this product either because every week since I started selling this product I’ve done more units than the previous week. This very well could eventually be a $10,000 a month product which would be great for my first pick.
I already have my second and third products picked out. After having done this once I can avoid some of the mistakes I made the first time.
I know this launch one at a time $10k product strategy will work because it’s exactly what I found time and time again from other sellers when I set out to research my first product.
I came across numerous sellers with collectively tens of thousands of reviews across their dozens to hundreds of different products. When I look these businesses up they’d have a full team of employees and it’s quite clear they followed the same path of doing one product at a time and then probably multiple new products at a time.
Would You Like To Learn More?
After hearing Brian’s story I partnered with him to form a private mastermind group and we offered access to our private mastermind along with several other exclusive bonuses we provided for people that joined the course we both learned from via our referral link.
The course will re-open again in October which will be our second and final time opening the mastermind in 2014.
For the first group of students clearly Brian was the main guy leading the group (along with many of his friends) but part of the draw of our group is that it’s smaller than most of the other affiliates that promote this course which lets us get to know the members more and answer more questions.
Another unique thing we do is share the actual products we’re building. Specifically I’ve been sharing this product that I’m selling now (and future products with this brand) with our members and discussing what I’ve found works and doesn’t work along the way. Brian is also working on a brand new line of products (also from China) to share with our mastermind as we go into the holiday 2014 season.
You can join the private mastermind waiting list here
In October we’re going to have a cap on the number of students we take on so that we can devote enough attention to helping each person get their product up and going.
For our next batch of students we should do even better because we’ve identified what trips up a lot of people and we’re working to eliminate those roadblocks in the supplemental training and extra bonuses we only provide.
We’re even renting out a venue for our own private one day meetup before the live event where we’re bringing several successful sellers in to share their strategies as well. More details on that to come in October though.
Altogether, I’m very happy I got an email from Brian when he found my blog on Google (yet another reason I love to blog) because this has been a fun side project that has very large potential.
August 28th update 9:30 PM:
(Just 2 days after filming this video I’m now sitting at $1,821.42 in last 7 days. I may smash my $10k per month revenue goal faster than expected as long as stock doesn’t run out – boo yah.)
Sept 6th update 7:00 PM: Price Raising Strategy Results
New Video Stats
Here are some updated results from raising my price. I mentioned in the video that my strategy was to start with a low price to more quickly get reviews, keyword rankings, sales etc. It’s clearly worked as I’ve been able to earn significantly more profit as I’ve raised my price and I have a solid review base now (thanks largely in part to making a high quality product in the first place).
I still need to play with the numbers to find the best price for maximizing profits.
At this point now I can just fill re-orders and monitor the product. Next stage will be to do more products.
This one product should be able to get me close to $10k per month in revenue and several thousand a month in profit.
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Well done Chris. The FBA income model looks really good. I watched Matt’s promo course when they were recruiting for new members few months ago after listening to you and Brian on the podcast. This income stream looks so promising still, I guess that’s the idea behind your mastermind group about how to get it right from the go.
Hey Gary, yah my approach has been that it’s much easier to learn anything when you have someone helping you. When I used to teach snowboarding back in high school I could always tell which people were self taught initially because they always had some bad habits (such as only being able to turn using one specific edge, or they had really bad form). They picked up these bad habits along the way because they tried to learn by themselves.
That’s not to say you can’t learn by yourself of course and certainly you may do quite well. But it certainly helps to have someone like Brian helping to lead our group who has sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in products. Even better when you can message him on Facebook and ask for advice on your product.
Now that I’m getting up and selling I’m learning quite a bit as well too.
How much does it usually cost to develop 1 of your products?
Hey Noah, my first order for my product was around $1,000. There is shipping as well and if you’re using a supplier from China that will be a bit more expensive but unless it goes in your body or on your skin most of the time you’re looking at China for production.
I looked at it from a worst case scenario.
Worst case: Can I sell these products on Amazon if I drop my price just to offload them? Yes.
The course itself offers a guarantee to buy back inventory as well I believe but there are criteria you have to meet I believe.
I too have been through Matt and Jason’s course. I think you should come out with a product for the same thing Chris. Your stuff on the affiliate side is surely going to be more than beneficial when it comes to getting traffic to an amazon product of your own and in the process that reduces Amazons fees!
We had 3 or 4 people that purchased the ASM course before that joined our group after. We offered that at half the price because we basically use the commission to pay for the time investment, exclusive tools, venue space etc etc so that is always an option for you.
We’ve considered creating a course but to be honest I’m still new as well. I’d like to get up to $100k a month in revenue before I’d consider doing my own course.
Hi so how much is the cost for joining your group?
The only way in is purchasing the Amazing Selling Machine course via our link. It’s been offered at $3,500 one time or 4 payments of $997. Then we have our own coaching and mastermind group, software bonuses etc all designed to help people sell on Amazon that we offer that no other affiliates offer.
So basically the course is what Brian learned from and then what I’ve learned from and so we use that as the base knowledge that everyone follows and then we pour on additional help in the form of our exclusive bonuses. It’s not cheap, but it’s not designed to be that way. The only way we can justify the time commitment and value we’re providing is to charge accordingly.
I wish I could afford your mastermind group.
I started developing my own product and decided to use a US manufacturer. It’s been a nightmare dealing with them not to mention Amazon made be fill out a spreadsheet for the product category I was trying to sell in that is anything but user friendly. I started the process 3 months ago and still don’t have a product from the manufacturer.
Hey Chris, yah it’s not cheap by any means but that just provides us the opportunity to deliver that much more in value (e.g. paying for venue space and doing our own 1 day live event etc). It’s designed specifically so that if you want to learn from someone that knows what they are doing (Brian) and someone that is quickly getting there (me) then that’s what it’s hear for.
One of the guys in our group is a pro at dealing with those spreadsheets.
3 months ago though? Jeez. Do you have your sample yet? Also… did you give them all the money upfront? (hopefully not). From initial sample to production and shipping I was up and going in under 2 months I think – and I bought from China? I’d need to go back to see at what point I pulled the trigger and placed my order.
This is precisely why I wanted to learn from a course in a separate mastermind group setting. My days of learning by myself and slamming my head against the wall are long over. I did that back when I first started building websites and had I known where to look I would have been able to learn much faster.
It was a nice read Chris and I wish you more success in coming days with this venture 🙂 I have few questions though-
1. Did you test out with few sample orders 1st or directly ordered large volume from china?
2. What was your product selection criteria? Like product type, durability, pricing etc.
1. Yes you always want to get sample orders 1st before doing a large volume order from China. I really liked my sample so I didn’t have any change requests beyond some minor things that didn’t require a new sample. I could do those with photos after that. I just wanted to verify product quality with my own eyes. I’ve heard some suppliers do samples for free but I paid for mine. I think it was like $40 or something and I realized later I probably could have negotiated that down. e.g. “I’m about to buy 500 of these units from you, send me the sample for free or how about I just cover the cost of shipping instead?” type of thing.
2. I looked at competition after identifying the niche and thought “I can have something made that’s better” so I opted for highest quality option and now as I’ve continued to raise my price it continues to sell well.
You can go far by genuinely building the best of anything regardless of your niche.
How did you decide what product you could private label to sell? I’ve sold on amazon for awhile but not private labeling. That process sounds complicate and expensive. Who did your private label? Did they do it for you in China where you bought your items$. Thanks Chris. I’d love some help choosing an item and help with how to find a private label. Did you choose the artwork??
Thanks So much,
Hey Page, decision was based on following the course pretty much although I selected a product near the bottom range of the criteria they suggest. My plan is to build a software tool that will help with keyword research (or extend one of our existing tools to help) and then that would solve that problem for people looking for products as well.
There is a startup cost associated with your first purchase of inventory sure, but again now that my product is done I just have to do reorders for larger quantities. Simple.
I paid a designer I’ve used for several years like $10 for a simple logo. You can use 99designs, Fiverr etc etc
I’m on my way to getting my first product up and running but its been a lot of work but it makes it easier having steps and goals set up so you can see the progression. What most dont realise is your essentially learning about importing, branding, sourcing, packaging, e commerce, shipping, marketing, tax and a bunch of other useful business skills is a short period of time. Good to see such quick results but not surprised by amazon Q2 sales. Without revealing too much how much is your product and what is your profit per item.
Are you using any software at this stage or keeping things simple initially. Please keep the updates coming and could be keen on the mastermind without the course.
Keep writing, like your style of no BS with all practical info
True. The most common reason people fail is because one step in a long chain of processes trips people up and they give up. Or something is difficult and they don’t have any help.
Product is under $20. Can’t share profit per item (it’s a growing number as I do larger inventory orders though).
Mastermind without the course would only be for people that had previously purchased and want a more hands on active environment we provide. I doubt we’ll create our own course anytime soon, where I’ve learned has been good enough for me just as it was good enough for Brian and several folks in our mastermind selling more than me right now.
I will do a 60 day update. At this point I’m primarily concerned about running out of stock and losing my momentum, but if that happens it will just turn into a teachable moment so we’ll see.
Your success is very inspiring. I just got started with Amazon FBA and private labelling. In fact, it was your podcast with Brian that made me get started.
From what I understand, Brian is a member of ASM and this course usually has two intakes in the year. Is this the same course you refer to in your post or will you be offering something totally different from ASM?
Awesome glad you’ve taken the first steps. Yah Brian is a member of ASM (as I am as well) and it’s reopening in October so it will be last chance to join our mastermind until Q2 2015 (assuming they open the course then or at all).
I learned from the same course as Brian did. Some people that have commented have said I should do my own course, but ASM provides a great base knowledge so that everyone has the same understanding of the process and then in our mastermind we’re able to cut through the stuff that trips people up and get folks selling as quickly as possible.
Besides, I’d rather get up to $100k per month in sales before I considered doing a course.
Inside the mastermind I share one of my brands (the current one I mentioned in this post) and Brian is building a new brand from scratch and sharing that with this group as well.
Hey Chris, may I know how much is the cost for me to join in Oct?
Hey Ivana, the course is $3,500 or $997 x 4 monthly payments. We had 47 students join us last year with roughly half going the payment route.
I’m currently doing around $60-70k a month on my amazon business. Do you think joining your mastermind group will help me, or is it specifically for beginners?
Really depends on how you’re selling your products? Are they all private label? If so you could make the argument that you’re making (presumably) five figures per month in profit. Would it help your business if just a handful of things you learned improved it by 5%, 10% etc? (I’m sure it would).
It is slanted towards beginners in that the goal is to get as many people up and selling on Amazon, but we’ve got several people coming close to the $10k per month barrier and their numbers should only continue to climb.
We do have several other earlier ASM students that joined our group that are even doing more volume than that.
Hey Mr Falcon,
I’m a Business major looking to start an amazon business. I have a few questions about how you got started, the direction your business is heading, and the obstacles you had faced when starting. If you’ll allow me the honors for this mini interview to pick your brain, you would be doing more for me than anyone has in my life. My email is [email protected].
Post your q’s here. I believe in scalably providing help instead of one on one via email question answers 🙂
Would you be prepared to send the details of the China contact ?
it`s just what i need, i am afraid of buying from there because of the unknown.
I`ve applied to join the group for when it opens.
Sorry I can’t share those details because the supplier would only be able to make similar products to the one I’m selling now ;). That’s actually something that no seller shares. Every single step in this business model (or any business model for that matter) can seem daunting at first but when you combine it with watching the modules in the course and then actually taking action e.g. contacting suppliers and asking for pricing, MOQ’s (minimum order quantities) and samples it’s really not that hard.
As with any business partner (and in this case we’re talking about a supplier) the more you contact them the more you learn about whether they’ll be something you want to work with (response rate, accuracy in their answers, pricing compared to competitors etc).
Typically you get multiple samples so you’ll know product quality ahead of time. Then you do 30% down on your order and the remaining 70% when it’s finished right before shipping.
Nicely done. You know I have to do the same now, just to try and beat you. Game on. 😉
Hah would be cool if you did some product (perhaps something for real estate people…)
Great job. I came across your podcast with Brian a while back and am counting down to your Mastermind. I’ve already put some money aside.
I had a quick question: Did the manufacturer in China apply your private label branding? If yes, did you have any problems with quality control?
Thanks for sharing the knowledge!
Thanks for the comment and happy to hear you’re excited about the mastermind. We’ve got a ton of plans underway to make it even better than before.
Your answer: Yes they applied my branding. I also helped select how I wanted the product to be done like as well (which basically amounted to me telling them “I don’t care how your other clients have done it. I want the highest quality options you offer”)
So my sample was great. Then all I did was order my own product from Amazon.com once it landed in the FBA warehouses to verify the quality and it looked great.
Amazon has a new service that is like FBA Inspection or something like that and they’ll inspect goods for you. We have a mastermind student from Australia who tried them (I think) and we have another student from Belgium who I believe used them as well. I’d have to double check.
Hope that helps thanks,
That’s great Chris. Thanks. Look forward to the Mastermind
Sorry i got my wires crossed, what i meant to ask, was that you have an agent in China that handles the shipping etc, this is the info that i was really asking for, because if you have someone that you know and is trust worthy to handle the shipping it is a great help. you cannot beat experience, this is the biggest stumbling block in buying from China, especially for me, so it would be very much appreciated if you can help out with this ?
Yah I’m happy to share the shipping company I’m using. Several people in our group are using them. It’s pretty awesome. I just tell them where in China the goods are, who my contact is and then they use their office in China to go pick up the goods.
Next thing I know they’re in the US at their warehouse and then I have them passed onto Amazon FBA warehouses and product is live on Amazon.
Thank you Chris, so how or where are the details of your China
Have you got a pdf of the procedure you need to go through ?
and how long to get set up ?
That’s stuff I share in the group. I got the hookup from a friend I met through doing this and I don’t feel alright sharing it just openly when I didn’t find it myself.
I thought you were asking like “is this something you share in the group” which is why my response was yes we talk about this in the group.
Not sure what you mean like a PDF procedure. It’s pretty simple I just email them ask for a quote and tell them how many cartons I have and the weight. They take care of the rest.
So i have to wait until i get into the group ? when will
that be available?
Oct 16th I believe is the open date. I’ll ask the guy that shared it with me if he minds. Go ahead and email me direct.
Is the information on finding a shipping company in the course?
I have been selling both brand name and private label products (shipped to me from China) for a couple years, but FBA sounds promising.
Yah everything is in the course pretty much and where people have questions there are several places to ask (our group) or the larger course group.
Yah FBA is awesome. The only way this process could have been a smaller side project for me to get started was if I didn’t have to do a lot of work to get my product in the hands of customers.
I watched the video and this is very interesting. I think I will join the waiting list. Forgive me because I don’t have time to read all of the previous comments. If I understand correctly, you actually created some product from scratch and started selling it? I’m really confused. You basically pulled like a Shark Tank (you know the show, lol) and had some place in China create some new product?
Or, was it like you picked an existing product, like diapers, and you designed and built like a new version of diapers, lol? Please fill me in.
More like the “diapers” example but in that China has access to raw materials at a low cost. I find a product that I like and that I think I can profit from. I have them build it. In my case I want it to be highest quality version on the market so I make sure the supplier knows that.
Then that helps me with my reviews etc. Goal now is to just scale out into multiple other products. My aspirational goal is on my 1 year anniversary of selling on Amazon to be doing $100k a month in revenue (which should translate to between $30k – $50k in profit depending on product selection, costs etc)
‘Pulling a shark tank’ is something that’s possible too. It’s just easier to sell something that you know people want to buy because it’s already selling on Amazon.
I am trying to sell the Magic of Making Up e-course from Clickbank I have run aground after my first sale. I am a newbie in affiliate marketing and would love to know more about first promoting other people’s products and then my own. Can you help? I don’t want to invest any money like paying for hosting and so on. I have no knowledge of SEO my attempt with Market Samurai was an abject failure.
This has nothing to do with the blog post you’re commenting on.
If you’re looking to start a business (which is how you should view anything you do online to make money) then there are always some start up costs. With a website it’s $10 for a domain name and less than $100 for 1 year of hosting. If you can’t afford that, you need to find a way to earn more money from whatever it is you’re doing right now.
Persevere, failures are a lesson on the road to success. Do some more research on your area of interest. You need to provide your prospects, in whatever your field, with some perceived valuable information on what you are promoting. You want to learn about autoresponders and all that entails list building. Do not direct link and send your hard-earned traffic straight to your offer without “warming” them first on your own offer page and getting them on your list for more information. You need to be constantly testing different offers to find some measure of success, don’t get hung up on just a particular offer. Regardless of your field, it is all “work” of some kind. Some is physical and some is mental. There are no free lunches in this world.
There is one simple rule to be successful in business, sell what people want. Don’t laugh, often we choose what we like or want to sell because it is comfortable. Broaden your horizons and do good research into many different products. Our company is involved in an area that I would not have thought to choose without the due diligence of proper research.
Good Luck to you! You will succeed if you continue to learn from your failures. You only fail when you quit.
How much is the ASM course? The last time, they sold it for $3500 or so.
Don’t you think it’s over-priced?
Hey Frank, it’s $3,500 or 4 monthly payments of $997. We had 47 people join last time with roughly half opting for monthly.
No I don’t think it’s overpriced especially when you consider the exclusive bonuses that we do for our group. In October when they reopen our second group will be even better (more on how later).
We’ve already done 10 separate bonus webinars for our first group of people not to mention ongoing interaction with our members via the Facebook group. (We only originally committed to 8 and we have more on the way)
Also, no other affiliate for this course (that I’m aware of) is sharing the actual brand that they’re building with their mastermind group along with the products they’re launching under that brand so that people can learn from real examples (I’m doing that now). Brian will also be sharing a new brand he’s building with the group as well so that’s two separate brands two separate companies and all the products we plan to launch underneath that and we’re sharing it all. Successes. Failures. Promotional strategies. Everything in between.
So no. I don’t think it’s at all over priced if you want more personalized help and attention.
If it were just the course without what we’re offering as our exclusive bonuses it still has great value. I’ve learned a lot from the main Amazing Selling Machine group and everything I’ve done with my product I learned initially from the course and the people in our group.
If we were ever going to do our own course down the line it would most likely be comparably priced. I’d rather work with fewer people and deliver a lot of value than thousands of people and not be able to have the more close interactions I’ve had.
Glad I didn’t unsubscribe 😀 This is an email I seldom use and I was on the process of cleaning up the clutter when I caught a glimpse of your newsletter.
Anyway, this is confusing. Is the mastermind the same with the ASM? I mean, do they go in the same dates?
If not, how much is the ASM and how much is the mastermind?
Can I go directly with the mastermind without attending the ASM?
And where is it usually held?
Sorry, newbie here.
What we’ve done is tied our own separate private mastermind group to the ASM course. So in other words when people buy the ASM course via our referral link we get a commission and in return we offer a variety of bonuses that no one else offers (like our separate private Facebook mastermind group).
We’ve done it like this because when people buy the course they learn the same base knowledge Brian learned (and now I’ve learned) and then we’re all at the same point in the process.
The only way into our mastermind is if you buy the course via our link. It’s unlikely we’ll change that in the future.
Hey Chris, Awesome results! I read you first post on this as well months ago…It sounds like something I’ll be interested in possibly trying next year. I am constrained by time right now. How many total hours do you think you invested in getting your first product to its finished state and selling? Thanks!
I didn’t really track my time that specifically – sorry I don’t have a better answer. But as with anything I commit to the hours will work out to where I’ll be able to be making a very high dollar per hour rate for the time I invest because I primarily work on scalable stuff. e.g. today I probably hit $75 profit and the only thing I did was check to see how much money I made today.
How much free time do you have?
Great Post. I have a couple of questions. I too am selling physical products on Amazon, and have started to get some traction. One point that I have not been able to confirm from the Amazing Academy video is where they say that you can ship directly from your supplier to Amazon, without ever having to touch your inventory. Have you been able to do this? I have been receiving shipments from my supplier, and sending to amazon, a costly step which I’d like to avoid if possible.
My second question is: Aren’t you concerned that by publicizing your sales you will create competition that will reduce your profits?
All the Best,
I use a shipping company that handles the shipment from China to the states. Then I just have the UPS labels attached. It was really cheap to have those sent from my shipping company’s warehouse to the Amazon FBA warehouses (compared to the total from China to the states).
2nd Question: Yes and no. I feel like in our mastermind group I want as many people to succeed as possible and if that opens me up to potential competitors so be it – I’ll face competition on Amazon anyway. I simply politely ask that the people in the group don’t copy myself or Brian as there are plenty of other products to choose from and we’re showing our products to help people so the idea is that the people we’re helping aren’t as likely to bite the hand that feeds them info so to speak.
Sending you an email as I have a question for you
Your answer to the first question above wasn’t actually very helpful – yes you ship straight to FBA from China, is this a difficult thing to organise with the labels required for FBA, and sometimes multiple warehouses you have to ship to?
I understand you are charging money for your detailed information in the course, but it does you don’t seem to be taking extra care to be helpful here with the free information. I don’t have high hopes of the value that will be received from a course costing thousands, if it will mostly consist of answers to questions that should have simply been provided for free as a warm up to the main course.
Ugh, sorry, please scrap the last comment. I shouldn’t be taking out my bad Mike Mood on you. I was just tired of trying to do a ton of research about the process, even talking to FBA and not really getting clear answers. I didn’t mean to be rude, please accept my apologies and keep up the good work! You can still approve these comments if you like but I just wanted you to know the previous one was a rant in a moment of not-coolness.
Hey Mike, I approve all comments so no worries. Just restate what you’d like to know, ultimately yes I learned from a course with dozens of videos, a massive 5,000+ member Facebook community and years of people asking and answering questions so sure you could go out and read as much as you can and learn for free and maybe get something going. I just preferred to learn from people that knew what they were talking about from the get go (which is why I believe I more quickly ramped up this business).
Sure people can say I’m bias as I am promoting the same course I learned from (and receive a commission from people that sign up) but I just think it’s easier to learn this material in that type of setting vs going at it solo when the mistakes can be thousands of dollars.
Hey Mike, which question? If you restate that would help.
Also there are a lot of questions I answer freely and several tactics and strategies that I intentionally won’t discuss publicly because they are more likely to be worn out if a lot of people use them. I keep those for the people in our mastermind.
Feel free to browse my related blog posts I’d estimate I’ve answered several hundred questions over the past posts.
Our company has reviewed the ASM training and you make valid points about a.) making sure you order enough stock and frequently, and b.) picking a successful product that has a high enough price just below the prospect’s pain point to maximize profit potential.
One more item, if you don’t expect this to be a “flash-in-the-pan” venture, and you have some assets to protect (perhaps you are operating as a sole proprietor and you own your home?) you may want to do much research on sales tax nexus. It is a deep and thorny issue that, even when done correctly, takes an enormous amount of time and effort. If you follow the program and are using FBA, you have likely created a tax nexus in multiple states, all with vastly differing rules. Ignorance is a strategy that can cost dearly in fines and back taxes.
Go have fun, learn and profit. 🙂
Yah I have three separate LLC’s. One for oldest business another for software business and then a third for this business. I’m using TaxJar.com for sales tax nexus stuff. Simple and I believe they just added a feature to even file the returns for you. But I’m not worried about that step because it’s not the end of the quarter yet and at best that’s the earliest I’d need to file based on my volume (but it’s more likely that it’d be year end).
All I want is for people not to worry about the taxes on money they haven’t yet earned. Picking product and getting up and selling is what you need to do first.
What most people do is get overwhelmed by the size of the collective steps needed to accomplish a task when in reality it’s best to look at each thing as separate steps and to only focus on the later steps as they come up.
Put another way I’m not thinking about how I’ll spend my money when I’m a multi millionaire. There are hundreds of steps before that.
Agreed on the “paralysis by analysis”. Just don’t forget to set up your tax collection in Amazon correctly for the states in which you have liabilities, before you begin selling. Otherwise, you will not be collecting tax for those liabilities and you will need to pay the states from your profits. That would be an unpleasant surprise. Thank you for the excellent information, your mastermind group will be extremely helpful to people. One of the problems with an Internet-based business is the isolation, access to a group think tank negates that problem.
Yah I mean even if I have to pay out via profits I’m still making money and again doing a ton of work before you even sell a single thing just slows you down and gives you reasons to quit before the ultimate goal – getting your product up and selling. I prefer to tackle problems as they come my way and not think about the problems way out ahead of me.
Hi Chris, I am an amazon seller. I need to create a new account to sell products i just sourced. Problem is that I had an account years ago and it was banned. Now i cannot use my name or social security number in amazon. I will get a new tax id with my llc but what can i do before i get my articles an business bank account.
Not sure on what to do if you’ve had a banned account before. Might need to do some Googling around on that one.
Hey Chris, well done! I had just one question though, I’m familiar with this system and I know where to get the products made. Was it very expensive to get your products shipped from the manufacturer. I want to do this but I have no idea what it would cost, I don’t want any surprises.
Hey Shane, I paid around ~$1000 for my initial order of 500 units. Then I paid around the same for a “I do absolutely zero work” shipping solution. My second order of 1,000 units I saved money on the unit costs (volume discount) but the shipping was only about $500 more because there are various custom fees that are one time things (so I save money on a per unit basis on shipping costs again as well).
I am 100% confident that I could have paid less on shipping (probably around half that amount or so I can’t say for sure without researching) because we have a bunch of people in the mastermind doing just that. But my goal was because I have other existing businesses and time commitments I didn’t mind paying more and losing a little profit to do less work. When I’m selling like 100+ units a day it will make sense to figure out a less expensive shipping solution so that I can profit even more but for now I like my system of send a single email “hey my product is ready for pickup, get it over to the US please” and then someone does that for me.
What is the link to get on the list for more information about this? Thanks.
Hey Charles, if you’re interested in the group here is the link to our waiting list:
See you in October 🙂
Hey Chris! Big fan of your work, and your podcast.
I was just as inspired as you were when you had Brian on to talk about this, and am in the product sourcing stage at the moment.
There was one question I had that wasn’t asked in these comments: How did you deal with the new UPC code getting on your product, or did you not have to create one since you are the only seller? From what I remember of Amazon’s rules, it’s a requirement for a new product.
And, just to clarify about the UPS shipment labels while I’m here, do you just create the shipment on your sellers account and email the labels to your shipping company? Does that also mean that they separate your products into the proper amounts per-shipment that go to the different FBA warehouses?
Thanks so much for all of your great info!
I just created a UPC code for my product and had supplier put it on there.
Re: Shipment question
I have shipping company take delivery in US then they slap on stickers and pass to FBA. When revenues justify I’ll learn the customs process and do a less expensive option, but remember the goal = get selling on Amazon. You can always increase profit margins by cutting costs on numerous elements later.
That’s part of what we do in the group. Push you forward and prevent you from getting stuck on stuff that lets you give up because “it’s too hard” or “I can’t figure it out” or “It might work for this person, but not for me” various BS excuses.
Sent you an email but no reply? as i`ve already gone through the ASM
i cannot subscribe to it again just to get into your Group, so would appreciate if you can send the info: re
[Oct 16th I believe is the open date. I�ll ask the guy that shared it with me if he minds. Go ahead and email me direct.]
Thanks for sharing your figures, really inspiring. I�m based in the UK and recently discovered your site while searching for a new project having just sold a business. Your podcast with Brian inspired me to get going on this model. Whilst I will probably enrol on the ASM course when available, I�m eager to get going so carrying out preliminary research where possible.
Just trying to get my head around the importing side so have a quick question regarding freight forwarders. I understand you use a supplier who picks up your shipment from China and ships straight to Amazon warehouses for you. I’m aware that Amazon has some quite particular packaging / labelling requirements for accepting shipments (which they can refuse if incorrect�and in some cases destroy.) My question is, who prepares your products for this? Do your manufacturers do this or the guys who pickup the shipment and at what stage? To your knowledge, is this something that freight service (UPS, DHL etc) typically offer or do you need to look for a more particular provider who specialises in this sort of thing or will a freight forwarder send to a third party to do this and then they send the shipment onto Amazon once prepared at an additional charge?
Also, did you get any advise from a customs broker on standards requirements for the products you imported. I get the impression you can run into all sorts of problems with customs if you mess this stuff up.
Thanks in advance for you response.
Congrats on the business sale hope you did well on it.
Regarding the shipping questions:
For my first shipment I just had the product shipped from China to freight forwarder warehouse. Then they put the Amazon UPS shipping labels onto the boxes and sent them onto Amazon same day. I then paid the $.20 per unit labeling fee to have Amazon label the products. Why pay for this? I didn’t want every little thing slowing me down to the ultimate goal of simply getting something up and selling on Amazon.
For order 2 I created my bar codes and had manufacturer stick them onto my packaging so that I didn’t have to pay the labeling fee. But the whole approach to this business model for me initially was putting forth the least amount of effort on my end (learning the essentials only) to get to the first step (selling on Amazon). Now that I’m selling for order 2 I was able to reduce costs on shipping, unit production, no labeling fee etc.
After that it’s just re-orders and onto the next product.
I didn’t want to deal with figuring out customs (again going back to my “learn the essentials only first” mantra) because as this business scales I can easily invest the time into figuring out less expensive shipping options and when the time comes I’ll do that as well.
So basically to sum up my answers. I didn’t really have to bother or worry too much about the customs and shipping process. I pay someone else to worry. When this scales larger it will make sense to do it myself. There are simple things I can do to cut costs e.g. buy a continuous bond for a few hundred dollars for one year of unlimited shipments instead of $50 per shipment I paid for the last two. Stuff like that I can improve as I go and then just increase my profits.
Our group is all about getting people through the stuff that comes up during this process to the ultimate goal: selling something on Amazon. All aspects of that process can be improved but you’ve gotta sell product for any of it to matter.
Hope to see you in October. I am 100% positive our group will be better this second time around than our first (and our first group has done really well). Best part too is that our first group gets free entry into our second group for the people that were a little slow getting started.
Well done Chris! I also sell through Amazon FBA, but I actually source products from various stores. The one time that I did order wholesale, I actually enjoyed how quick it was to get the product out the door. I literally opened the package, inspected it to make sure everything was there and then labeled it and boxed it to ship to Amazon.
I’m not sure I could ever skip the physical inspection process, so I have to ask, does it ever worry you that your suppliers might send a product to Amazon that doesn’t meet your expectations? It seems like you have a pretty much hands-off operation going on.
Hey Yolanda, that’s the idea is that I don’t want to put the effort into looking at products etc. My supplier knows that I expect the quality to be the same and that I will continue to check quality so if they tried to do something I’d make them reimburse me for units etc.
But yah the whole purpose of this business is so that I can make money selling products without bothering to spend a ton of time on finding products to sell (e.g. the resell method). Now all I need to do is look for my next private label product, and the next one, and the next one and replicate the process.
Hello, Chris. I have essentially the same concern as Yolanda. Yes, the idea is to be hands-off, but w/o ongoing inspection by someone, there is likelihood that something in the shipment may turn out to be of poor quality. Didn’t you mention that Amazon has someone (Amazon inspect??) look over the products on-site when the shipment arrives? Does that solve that issue? Thank you.
Are you selling on Amazon yet? If not, I’ll say the same thing I tell everyone else I work with:
Don’t worry about problems that don’t yet exist. If you worry about everything that could happen it will freeze you into inaction. I just deal with problems as they arise. My suppliers know that if the quality is low there will be big problems and since they are in the business of making money and they know that providing me a low quality product will jeopardize that relationship it’s in their best interests to continually supply me good quality.
Would it save any money having the supplier ship directly to you(the seller) and then forwarding it on yourself to Amazon from your own house/place of business? I understand you skip this step to save yourself from investing personal time, so I am asking for those of us who do not have a contact in China to complete this task.
I personally would be ok with initially investing this time to receive the shipment and then forwarding to Amazon.
Hey Ryan, you could have your supplier ship anywhere you want really. I just don’t want to have a few pallets show up on my door step.
What I plan to do is in my next shipment to take a few of the boxes I would pass onto Amazon and to have those sent to another company so that they can house the stock I’ll sell through my own website so that I can start generating sales that way too. But I won’t bother taking any of the stock. MAYBE I’d see if I could have 100 units sent to my house or something I don’t know yet.
Hi Chris… I bought ASM when it first came out (March 2013) and 2 months later I suffered a health issue that prevented me from moving forward. I’m finally finished with Physical Therapy and ready to get moving again. I stumbled across this post and it’s just what I’ve been looking for. Is there any way for me to be part of this Mastermind without having to re-purchase ASM? I really need what you have to offer. Because of that health issue, this is all I have left that I can do to support my family. Thanks in advance for your help.
Hey Mike, I’ll send you an email. We had 3 past ASM members that joined us but there is a cost though of course.
Good numbers Chris.
Guessing you can’t give away an idea on the profit margin? My fear with this idea is being left with a pile of stock that eventually Amazon send me back cause no one wants it any more. You almost need to get the product choice right in the middle of its popularity as someone else is away about to come up with something else.
Always enjoy your site
Hey Ed, I won’t be disclosing profit numbers until later. Selling the product isn’t all that hard if you do everything right before hand such as picking the right product etc and a lot of the course I learned from focuses on that.
It’s safe to assume that for every $10k per month increment I hit I’m doing several thousand dollars per month in profit.
I think the whole ASM is really not for everybody as only very few that can afford such a cost. What of people/ newbies on low budget and who can’t afford $3500, is there any other way they can learn selling on Amazon?
Hey Parker, I’m not really sure of what other courses there are out there that teach this specific method of selling on Amazon. I simply went with this course because Brian learned from it (and if it’s good enough for him than it was certainly good enough for me).
I know not everyone can join but to justify the massive time commitment from both myself and Brian (as well as the money we invest into our own tools for our members) even if we ever did our own course some day it would still be four figures. I’d prefer to work with fewer people and be able to provide those people a massive amount of value.
this much huge amount in one week is so awesome to have…looking forward to learn and earn like you
Yah it’s still growing and scaling up 😀
Awesome post. Read it and instantly decided to join ASM. Can you please let me know how can I join ASM as registrations are not open at their site. I’ve also applied for private mastermind group. Will it allow me to access ASM?
October will be when it opens. Specifically October 16th. The only way into our group is to join ASM via our link. We will have a plethora of tools to help you that no one else is offering as well.
Thanks Chris. Applied via the link and waiting 🙂
Sounds good 😀
Hello, How long did it take from the time of ordering your product to listing it on Amazon?? Great work.
Production time is 20 something days for my product and then another roughly 7 days to deal with all of the shipping. Had I picked my product faster I could have been up and selling faster. We had someone up and selling super fast in our group as he just took massive action.
Interesting Christ, you just make to begin to say I wish I were you. But of course every journey must start by a step. How you started and the mistakes along the line are all learning path to your success..
And most of us are being motivated greatly by your success. One question I want to ask. Lowering your product price to attract more buyers, don’t you think a lower priced product will be sensed as a lower valued product to your competitor’s product?
Again the idea of creating ones own product is awesome and like you, you ought to have started somewhere and now at this level. Sometimes, earning like yours is enough to lure one to abandon what she’s currently pursuing but it’s important to remain focused in your current project…and when it’s ripe for you to move, then you can.
I had once registered four domain at a time but ended up not building any of them…and that had taught me a great lesson.
So, guys out there, Christ idea is worth giving a try, follow who know road. For me, I would want to buy to Christ idea of creating own product but currently building my niche product blog.
However, thanks Christ but I must say you’ve been a great inspiration to me. Honestly, I started my amazon niche blog because of some stuff I’ve read from you. Although, am still in the building process, but with determination and open to learning nature of online business, I’ll get there.
If you don’t mind Christ going through my blog to see how I have started and may be point out one or two error if any for me to correct them at this initial stage.
Thanks once again, Christ!
Thanks for reaching out. Keep in mind when I’ve dropped my price before it’s only been temporary.
Don’t even bother setting up websites if you’re doing this though just gotta focus on getting up and selling.
Do you brand your product, or do you just sell it as the generic product category name?
Gotta brand it. That’s largely what makes this work. No one can sell my brand. If they try – I can legally (and rightfully) send them a C&D.
First of all, your progress in this process and your whole attitude is a great inspiration! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your experiences.
I have read all the comments of this post, and am about to move to some more posts as I know this would be my next business “venture”, if you can call it that. I see great future here 🙂
I have quite a few questions. I only found out about your blog in the past few days, so hopefully you are still commenting on this 4-months-old post 🙂
1. ASM – When do they open a new course? Site says April, thought I’d double-check. Is the cost the same as the past ones (3,500$)?
2. What platform does the mastermind group work on? Is it Facebook? Also, will the information and material you guys had worked on and published in the past few months (Such as Brian’s new brand that you’ve mentioned here) be available to “newcomers”? I’d love the idea of being able to see posts from mastermind groups “from the past” (if you can call it that).
3. Can you say more about your initial budget, entering this project? You mention ~1000$ of investment in the first order (Was is Cost of Goods + Shipping + Payment for the forwarder + Customs etc.?) , and 3500$ for the course. Are there any other substantial expenses you can think of? I would love to know more precise numbers, so I could set a budget for this. Would love to hear your recommendations.
4. You’ve mentioned filing a C&D if anyone tried to copy your product. Can you emphasize on your Copyright rights/Ownership of brand right in this case, of self-branding and item from China? Do you need to work with Trademark authorities here in the US to “really” Own the brand’s copyrights? Sorry if this question was poorly put together verbally, English is not my mother language 🙂
Would thank and appreciate your time and answers,
keep on the great work 🙂
Yep I check all comments regardless of article age.
1. Yes it’s in April and it will be the same cost of $3,500
2. We do our group via Facebook but we have recorded calls available within our mastermind group. Bonus aren’t set yet, but I don’t know if we’ll continue sharing live case studies. It’s not necessary to share precisely what we’re doing when we can literally point to dozens of sellers and say that this seller is roughly doing $1X,XXX per month and use plenty of other examples.
3. Course $3,500 yes. More like $2k+ for initial order fees, customs, shipping to US etc is what I paid but again you can start with far less and I paid more for shipping to do less work. Last minute I decided to double my order. LLC set up fee? (e.g. WA it’s $275 here I believe)
4. Well if you own your brand then other people can’t legally sell it. One way to solidify that ownership is with trademark, brand registry etc. But my suggestion is to not worry about the hypothetical person that may sell the product you haven’t even yet created. This is a step 25 question and you’re still on step 0 😀
Completely true on the “step 25 question”, It was more for general knowledge than a point that actually bothers me at the moment 🙂
Last question –
How long did it take you to research and choose your first item, and were you debating between a few items as to which one to go for?
I don’t recall exactly how long, I just sort of went with something on the assumption that if it didn’t pan out I’d just try something else. There is only so much time you can research before you just have to go for it.
Thank you so much Chris!
I am really happy for your success! At least this proves that selling at amazon at a good profit is possible. I tried to sell there before but unfortunately all my attempts turned out a failure. Your example gives me hope and motivation to try again following your tips. Thank you for the inspiration!
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My opinion is Amazing Selling Machine is not worth the price tag. I haven’t bought any courses and I did $2,000 in my first week with my private label and gave away ZERO products as a promotion. There are enough free resources out there to learn it without having to spend a few thousand bucks on a course.
Hey Dan, my argument is simple. Can you make money doing anything (literally anything you may read about online) on your own just doing a lot of research? Sure.
But looking at my own experience I wasted years trying to make money with websites chasing down the wrong niches and areas. If I had paid someone with the expertise I was seeking I may have cut that learning curve down.
Additionally, if you are truly flying solo then you miss out on the biggest thing of all – community.
I’m in the largest community of successful Amazon sellers. I’m reading Facebook posts from folks posting 300k per month screenshots and 180k per month screenshots and 400k per month screenshots – and then they’re dropping great advice on how they did it. When I went to Vegas and I talked with a $400k per month earner do you think that helped me with developing a better vision for my business?
Yes. Would I have been able to do that had I not been an ASM member? No.
Ultimately with the software bonuses, coaching and help that we offer I think it’s more than worth the price tag. Now if you’re completely broke and have very little to no money to spend on inventory let alone a course then your hands are a bit tied right?
In any case, I’m pretty confident the majority of the 180 people we have in our FB group and the ~200 more that join us in April would disagree with you.
Congrats on your success though. I never said it can’t be done, simply that it’s more difficult.
EDIT: I gave away zero products as a promotion for my first launch as well.
Just found out about you through Grant Baldwin’s podcast. I’m currently unemployed and was wondering if you consider it possible to be profitable doing this business without going through the ASM or Mastermind programs.
Hey Jack, you can always try this stuff without going through a course or mastermind. The goal we have though is to provide far more in value than the cost of training (and coming up on our 3rd time opening so we’re getting pretty good at this). Very confident of the value.
The thing is if you’re unemployed the question is how much you have in savings? I’d suggest finding another job and doing this on the side before going full time. That’s my same advice for any business model though.
No comment about UPC codes – or is this a part in the ASM-course?
Sorry if this has been asked already…
Did you create your product from the ground up or just add your brand label to an existing product, OEM style?
Most are just OEM style right now, but I have more money available in that business now so I’m looking at going a little more intense.
This is an incredible sales pitch for a $3,500 product. If people were really making 10-20k a month on Amazon, why even bother shilling a make money online product…?
Why can’t I make money growing my business and then additionally by teaching others? A lot of what I’ve learned from people in our group has helped my own business and I learn even more from the other more successful coaches in our group.
To clarify, this isn’t a product where we just sell it and then say “good luck” we have an active Facebook group, weekly coaching calls during the 8 week training, on going monthly training calls after that and provide a lot of coaching. So it’s more coaching and services oriented than a regular one and done transaction sale.
Love all your income reports btw.
Just have a question about packaging and shipping.
For private label products do you use stickered or stickerless labels. Who puts the barcode label on the products? Amazon or the supplier?
I look forward to your response.
Stickered and supplier does it
Hi, I missed out on the last intake for your program but I’m hoping to get on the next one. Meanwhile I’ve started looking around for a good product to sell. One thing I didn’t quite understand as regards your approach to selecting a suitable product was what you said about the best seller rank. Could you please explain what the logic behind that is and do you mean an individual product’s rank within one of the top level categories?
I look at the best seller rank for primary category (e.g. health and personal care) and then stick to a range of 500 – 2000.
Do you think some could start with FBA – Private Label with $1,000 capital? Like it’s all I have.
Potentially, but you’d need to go for a much much less competitive niche and do very low volume. My suggestion would be do whatever you can to raise your day job income so that you have more capital to invest in a side business.
I am from India, want to do this business. Can you plz guide me about the basic requirement.
Whew. $3000 for the course is wow. I’m sure it’s worth it, it’s just $997 prr month out of my budget…
yaah $3000 for the course is very big amount.
Hello, I wish I would have found your information before I bought a product. I can’t seem to get into the Buyer’s Box, and when you call amazon, everyone there gives you the run-around and not a complete story. I don’t know how to get more attention to my product. I’ve tried a facebook campaign, and haven’t gotten anything. It took 2 months to get a supplier that gave me a straight story, but I had to buy 1000 pieces. That was the MOQ. So, now, I just am hoping to find a way to get more people to my landing page on my website to connect with my Amazon page and get sales. Any ideas??? Thanks.
If you did a private label product it should be your own buy box (because you own it…)? Did you create your own listing or try to sell on another listing?
I achieved more than $68K of monthly revenue within 2 months without joining any course.
I never said you had to join a course. We have half a dozen plus people in our mastermind that are doing $100k+ per month 🙂
(not counting the mentors)
Great article. May I know how you find the shipping company which can help you handle customs and send shipment to AMAZON warehouse in U.S.? I currently live in Canada but original from China, Shenzhen. I am not sure how I can import a shipment from China to U.S. and sell on Amazon U.S. because you know that Amazon Canada market is quite small.
Check out “freight forwarders” on Google
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Thank you for sharing your FBA journey. I’m just getting started and have a few items in mind that I’d like to white label. I’m not quite understanding the packaging aspect of the business however and I was hoping you could lead me in the right direction. Should the manufacturer create the packaging based on my specifications and artwork, or do the items get packaged once they’re in the states?
Also, not sure if you’re open to sharing, but I’d love to know who you’re using for shipping and customs.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Packaging is pretty straight forward. Your supplier can offer basic but you can ask them for referrals to other companies that you want something better.
I can’t share the companies I’m working with though sorry 🙁
Did you sell your products on amazon using the amazon fulfillment service?
Also, a little struggle I’ve been having is finding quality manufacturers and materials to outsource, despite much research. How did you do this (of course I’m not asking for any hinting to your products, solely on manufacturers and materials)
Yes I use FBA
RE: Finding manufacturers – Alibaba and lots of samples 🙂
can we have a short conversation as I need to know how you can help our sales and if we join
Our group is currently closed but we may reopen in 2016
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Thank you so much for sharing this golden knowledge! How generous and kind!
If I heard it correctly, you chose a product on Alibaba and sell it on Amazon exclusively.
How did you become an exclusive distributor? Did you buy it out or sign the non-disclosure non-circumvention agreement (or something like that)?
I am so glad I ran into your website. You are such an inspiration for many motivated individuals including myself!
Often you can’t get them to be an exclusive distributor. You’d need to have some type of a patent on your design perhaps. The factory wants to make as many as possible so whether they sell to you or someone else they don’t care.
I have already been doing this on my main domain the past 16 months and have done $500,000 in sales but from middlemen suppliers, it was also too expensive to house my products. Can you elaborate a bit more on the shipping company your using for your alibaba items as I am also already set up there too expand with alternate products as well?
Hey David you want to look for freight forwarders to help with the shipping and they may also be able to help with storing items (at least temporarily for a few months as well)
I came across your new amazon software (amasuite) sent by an affiliate, the idea of ali-inspector is amazing, I have one questions though:-
In your video you mentioned we could even sell products that is new to amazon market using aliexpress, that was new to b/c the first think any “guru” would say to their broadcast listeners is to sell a product that is ALREADY selling in amazon and making profit? they even go further and show you how to monitor your competition doing that? so now you are saying it’s possible to profit from a product that doesn’t exist in amazon market place is that correct?
I have a new idea of a product that is related to my own ethnic group of community that I know has demand there, do you think I can go a head and have it manufactured in China PL and sell it on amazon?
Because I didn’t know I could do that I currently have a PL BBQ related item that is not selling that well due to competition despite my 2 PPC camps that I am running in amazon.
Please keep me posted when you reply to my message/thanks
Correct. You could sell a product that’s on AliExpress but not on Amazon to test.
If you want to create something unique then yes you could private label something in China and sell it in the US.
Im french and I have a question for you if it’s possible : when you choose your products in china, do you ship them to amazon warehouse or in your house first to look if all are good ?
I live in an island and if I ship the product in my house first and after in amazon warehouse it will be hard cost…
Hey Fatri, you can do that if you’d like but I’d recommend just looking at the samples and paying an inspection service to handle the rest.
Your original video is a few years old, so do you think Amazon FBA is still viable in 2017?
Or is it a case where its too saturated with private labellers now and much harder to find a product with good margins.
Is it really a good idea to build a business on one channel where you are one violation away from being suspended/banned or a change in their algorithm could dramatically affect sales?
Definitely still possible to be successful. Just get started on Amazon because the sales volume is there and then as you generate sales that you can reinvest, use some of that money to start building up your off Amazon sales. An ideal mix is 50/50 if you can hit that in the long run with 50% on Amazon and 50% off Amazon.