December 3, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments
THE SIMPLEST WAY to START selling on Amazon FBA Sweden!
Amazon has added yet another marketplace to its network: Sweden! This means that there are currently seven active marketplaces in Europe:
- United Kingdom
That’s seven opportunities to expand your business and reach more customers! Do not underestimate how important this Amazon expansion into other European countries is. Remember, there are 66 million people in the UK, but 741 million in Europe (including Russia).
I have been following eCommerce trends since the early 2000s. I have seen the growth of Amazon and eBay with my own eyes. It all started in the US, then it expanded to the UK, Canada and Australia (the main English-speaking countries), and then, slowly, it moved into other regions.
November 26, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
BREXIT & COVID: The WORST time to START selling on Amazon UK?!
Every week, I receive emails from people asking me if this is a GOOD time to start selling on Amazon? Indeed, 2020 has been full of surprises. Apart from the worldwide pandemic, people in the UK have to deal with another new reality: BREXIT is actually happening on the 1st of January of 2021, and that will dramatically change the way Amazon FBA businesses will be run in the UK and EU.
But—and this is a big but—does it really matter?
Should you really stay away from Amazon until things clear up?
No, I don’t think you should, and here’s why:
1) Things are never perfect. This whole situation reminds me of an average person’s attempt at starting a diet. It’s always TOMORROW. There are always excuses for why you can’t start your diet or exercise today, but we all know that TODAY is the BEST day to make a change, no matter what.
November 20, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 7 Comments
NEW! How to add VIDEOS to AMAZON UK Product Listings!
I’m SO excited! 🙂 This is the feature I have been anticipating for more than two years now—and it has finally happened! Just a few days ago, on the 16th of November, Amazon announced that we can now upload and manage product videos on Amazon UK!
I already “tested” this feature two years ago, when I tried selling on Amazon US, but it has not been available for the UK or EU marketplaces until now. Well, it’s still not available for the EU marketplaces. From what I can see, only the UK platform is currently supported, but I’m hopeful that they will roll this out to all marketplaces next year.
Why am I so excited about this new feature? Because I believe that video will GREATLY help increase conversion rates and will generally help shoppers go through the buying process quicker and easier by SHOWING them the product in action and answering the most common questions in an engaging and visual way.
November 5, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments
£45,275.65 in October 2020! My Amazon FBA RECORD!
Phew, it seems like it just was yesterday when I wrote the September update post. Time flies by so fast! We’re now officially in Quarter 4, so let the FUN begin! And it has already started.
No, seriously, it’s so strange. Just like the previous year and the year before that, I’m seeing an INSTANT spike in sales starting from November 1st.
Halloween night is the cut-off point, and right after that, people start to shop for Christmas products online like crazy. I’ve already seen a 100% increase in my sales in the first week of November compared to October:
So, I can’t even tell you HOW EXCITED I am about November’s sales figures! It should be another record-breaking month, for sure, but we’ll talk more about that in the first week of December.
For now, let’s take a look at my October results. Also, a few months ago, I started publishing much longer monthly update posts. These included other updates, such as Amazon news and tips and tricks. Well, it turns out, for a number of reasons, this was not the best approach:
October 22, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 16 Comments
HOW to EASILY FIX the 5665 BRAND NAME ERROR on Amazon!
Let’s talk about the infamous Amazon ERROR 5665, what it is, how it works and how to fix it for good!
The ERROR 5665 started to show up on Amazon earlier this year when sellers tried to create a new listing for a product and enter a brand name that was not registered with Amazon’s Brand Registry.
Here’s the exact ERROR 5665 message that comes up on Amazon:
Amazon must approve your brand before you can use it to list products. Brands should be registered through Brand Registry, but if your brand is not eligible for Brand Registry, you can obtain an exception by contacting Seller Support and mentioning error code 5665.
October 8, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 7 Comments
My £27,461.60 Amazon FBA BUSINESS UPDATE for September 2020!
Another month has passed, and it’s time for my monthly business update post. In these posts, I share results from my own Amazon FBA business and update you on the latest Amazon FBA news.
September has been a very busy month. Sales have increased since August, which is always good to see! Also, at the end of September, I started to see more and more sales of Christmas-themed items, which officially means that THIS YEAR, Christmas sales have started at least one month sooner than usual (end of October).
There has also been a lot of Amazon-related news. Here’s a summary of what we’ll be covering today:
- My Amazon business results, and how to make £8,227.30 NET profit doing NOTHING!
- Prime Day is here! What is my strategy to maximise profits?!
- Brand-new Sponsored Brands video ads!
- New Amazon FBA warehouse in Switzerland—another VAT trap?
- FBA inbound shipment problem—do you need to worry?
- Latest BREXIT news—split inventory pools confirmed by Amazon!
- Amazon Netherlands and Sweden—time to create your listings!
- Amazon’s brand-new freight service?!
- Jungle Scout’s new review automation feature!
As you can see, there are LOTS of things we need to go through, so, without further ado, let’s get started!
September 17, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 12 Comments
My SECRET LIST: 100 Products to Sell on Amazon UK!
“What product should I sell?”
That is the million-dollar question—and it’s one that I have heard thousands of times over the last 15 years of doing business online and running this blog. For the first decade, it was all about eBay, and now it’s all about Amazon. It doesn’t matter what the platform is, new sellers have ALWAYS struggled to find the RIGHT product to sell.
And I totally get it—the struggle is real! Take, for example, my Amazon Sharks program. Even though I explain exactly how to do market research in the course, as well as how to find profitable products to sell on Amazon UK, there are still people who find this process difficult and stressful. And there are several reasons why this happens:
1) They can’t see through the numbers. There are so many data points that we need to simultaneously look at and weigh up as part of this process. It is based on what these numbers say and how they relate to each other, etc. that we make our product selection decisions. For many people, this is simply too much and they start to think that this Amazon FBA game is only for math geniuses. Which is not true at all!
September 4, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 9 Comments
£25,209.56 Holiday Month, Christmas Miracle & Amazon Sweden GRAND OPENING!
It’s September. The children are back in school, the heatwave is gone, and we can all start to prepare ourselves for the autumn depression. Add the COVID pandemic on top of that and you have a lovely-jubbly outlook for the remaining part of the year.
But is it all that bad? Of course it’s not!
I’m just messing around here! 🙂
I almost never look at life in such a gloomy way, and I actually like this part of the year because:
1) I have two kids, and for their own sake, they need to go back to school and start socialising again. I really hope that the schools here will stay open and there won’t be another lockdown. I’ve seen for myself just how traumatic that experience can be, especially for my son who is only seven years old.
2) It’s hard to work in an office in the summertime. I still managed to do quite a lot this summer, but still, it is hard to be super productive and sit in front of the computer all day long when there are so many things you can do outside with your friends and family.
August 20, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
Alibaba SPECIAL: Buy 3 x PS4s and get a Nintendo Switch FOR FREE!
Oh boy, I wish I didn’t have to make this post… EVER! But it’s so sad watching people getting scammed on Alibaba on a daily basis that I have no choice but to sound like an old record and repeat stuff I have already covered in my previous Alibaba Scam posts.
You would think that in 2020 people would be a little wiser to these things, right? You would think that all the “cleaning” Alibaba has done over the years, the Trade Assurance platform, the safe payment methods and everything else would completely eliminate scams, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I do believe that there have been some improvements over the years, BUT I’m still getting emails from people EVERY WEEK who are looking for help because they have been scammed by someone on Alibaba.
August 6, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 10 Comments
July 2020 Amazon UK FBA RECORD Sales: £31,732.88
While most people are enjoying their summer and the crazy hot weather outside, I have slowly and steadily kept working on the growth of my Amazon UK FBA business. And for a good reason!
This summer has been NOTHING but spectacular in terms of sales and profit! It may sound bizarre, but every morning, when I check my sales for the previous day, I get a buzz—or you could even call it even a high—from the numbers I see in my seller dashboard. Sales do boost my motivation, so the more money I make, the more excited I get to do even more.
Ok, I actually lied there. I’m working throughout the summer on my business, yes, but not on the actual Amazon FBA business. There are other projects. To be perfectly honest, I spent maybe three hours on my Amazon business in July, and that was mostly just to prepare for the shipment of two pallets (checking stock, projecting sales, printing labels, etc.).
I spent ZERO hours on marketing or customer support. In terms of marketing, since I switched off PPC ads, I don’t have much to do there anyway as my product images are great, all my listings have A+ content, and I’m not a huge believer in frequently changing titles, bullet points or descriptions for my listings as I don’t think Amazon likes that either (such changes can “confuse” the search algorithm and actually hurt your listing rankings).