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Rising Shipping Costs: What’s an Amazon FBA Seller to do?

February 20, 2021 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

As if COVID-19 hadn’t caused enough shipping problems for Amazon FBA sellers importing from China, we now have to deal with the Brexit disaster and even some snowstorms to top it all off! Any Amazon FBA seller who imports from China knows that 2020 saw some HUGE increases in Amazon freight rates, with costs increasing by up to ten times. Typically, shipping a 40ft container would’ve cost between $1,500-$2,000, but we’re now seeing ocean freight rates of $10,000-$15,000 for the same 40ft container. And that’s not all, my fellow Amazon FBAers! Consider you pay import VAT on the total amount Read More…

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23,223 UNITS on Amazon UK in a MONTH without spending a DIME on PPC!

December 16, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments

Welcome back!

I know that everyone is already in the Christmas mood, but I still wanted to get this update out to you and share my results on how my Amazon FBA business did in November.

Yes, this Christmas will be different, but I can still feel the Christmas spirit in the air, and I will still enjoy this holiday with my family in the best possible way.

And those with kids will know that they expect the “whole thing”, regardless of whether there’s a global pandemic happening or not. In fact, I don’t think kids worry about all this drama at all. They are so quick to adjust and simply look for enjoyment in the simple things. At least, that’s what my kids do.

I did all my Christmas shopping online this year. On Amazon. I spent no more than an hour ordering all of the gifts (well, not all) that my kids put in their letters to Santa. What’s interesting is that some of the items looked very promising from a business perspective, too! 🙂

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WARNING: DO NOT use Jungle Scout for Amazon research!

December 10, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Welcome back!

Yes, the title of this post is rather dramatic, but there’s a reason for that: you really SHOULDN’T use Jungle Scout for your Amazon research.

At least not in the way that 99% of the self-proclaimed “Amazon experts” on YouTube recommend you do.

I really want to clear the air and show you exactly why you can’t blindly trust Jungle Scout numbers—or any other Amazon research software for that matter!

The main reason I wanted to write about this is that every week, I receive messages from people asking me “does this look like a good product?” Inevitably, they will have attached a Jungle Scout Chrome tool screenshot, often with the actual product names blurred out so all I can see are some numbers.

How can you possibly tell if a product has potential or not just by looking at the Jungle Scout numbers?

You can’t.

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WHAT trademark CLASS to use for your Amazon FBA business?!

December 7, 2020 by Andrew Minalto

Welcome back!

It’s time to resume our Questions & Answers blog post series! I really hate when so many good questions/topics get buried in the long comments threads, so starting from now, I will try to regularly publish the best questions and answers in a separate blog post.

In today’s post, we’re talking about trademarks. I have previously talked about the best time to register a trademark for your Amazon business, as well as the common trademark scams and pitfalls people encounter during the trademark registration process.

But today, I want to talk specifically about trademark CLASSES and what you, as an Amazon seller, need to know about them.

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THE SIMPLEST WAY to START selling on Amazon FBA Sweden!

December 3, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments

Welcome back!

Amazon has added yet another marketplace to its network: Sweden! This means that there are currently seven active marketplaces in Europe:

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden

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.

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BREXIT & COVID: The WORST time to START selling on Amazon UK?!

November 26, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 5 Comments

Welcome back!

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.

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NEW! How to add VIDEOS to AMAZON UK Product Listings!

November 20, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 9 Comments
Amazon UK Product VIDEOS

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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.

Amazon UK Product Videos

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.

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HOW to EASILY FIX the 5665 BRAND NAME ERROR on Amazon!

October 22, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 20 Comments

Welcome back!

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.

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My £27,461.60 Amazon FBA BUSINESS UPDATE for September 2020!

October 8, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 7 Comments
Amazon Prime Day

Welcome back!

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!

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My SECRET LIST: 100 Products to Sell on Amazon UK!

September 17, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 12 Comments
Top 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!

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