September 12, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

Jungle Scout Web App VS Chrome Tool: 
WHICH one do you NEED?

Welcome back!

Jungle Scout is my favourite Amazon FBA research tool. I have been using it since the day I started my Amazon journey and have always recommended it to my blog readers and my Amazon Sharks members. Back in the day, it was the ONLY good Amazon research tool out there.

Sure, nowadays there are many more, some of which are actually quite good (like Helium 10), but I’m still sticking with Jungle Scout because for me, personally, it works best. I also believe that the learning curve is minimal with Jungle Scout tools compared its competitors.

With that being said, people often ask me about the difference between the two Jungle Scout products: the actual web application and the Chrome tool. I agree that for newbies it might seem complicated at the beginning. Why are there two separate tools and subscriptions? What does each of them do? And most importantly, do you need BOTH tools? Or can you use just one?

Today, we’ll take a closer look at how it all works so that you can make the right choice for your situation.

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September 5, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments

Will Amazon FBA Sellers Survive the Next 10 YEARS of eCommerce?

Welcome back! 👽

It’s September. The kids are back in school, summer is over, and Amazon sellers are working super hard to launch new products in time for Q4 and trying to plan our inventory ahead of time to get through the year’s busiest shopping period.

Last year, I messed up big time (due to reasons out of my control), so this year, I have already started to send in some stock to Amazon so I can be completely ready for the October/November/December spike in demand and sales.

With the Inventory Performance Index now live on the Amazon UK platform, we do have to be extra careful about how much inventory we send in, but when it comes to stock for the Christmas sales, you just have to take the risk. It’s better to overdo it now and remove the stock from Amazon later on (or liquidate it) than be stuck in a situation where you run out of stock during the hottest sales time of the year.

But today I wanted to talk about the future of Amazon and the future of Amazon FBA sellers.

Is there a future at all for us on Amazon? I mean, what will happen five, seven or even ten years in the future? Will Amazon be around? Will the opportunity for small-time traders to make money on Amazon disappear? Will Amazon take over EVERYTHING?

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August 27, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 20 Comments

WHEN to Register a Trademark for your Amazon UK FBA Business?!

Welcome back!

Let’s talk about trademarks. If you’re selling on Amazon UK, or if you hope to start selling in the near future and are currently in the planning stage, you need to understand WHY getting a trademark for your brand is so important and WHEN is the best time to do it.

First of all, why have trademarks become so important for Amazon FBA sellers? The reason is very simple: you can only get into Amazon’s Brand Registry when you have a REGISTERED trademark.

The Brand Registry opens up additional seller tools, such as:

  • Dedicated 24/7 support on IP infringement cases
  • A+ content
  • Amazon stores
  • Sponsored Brand ads
  • Amazon Early Reviewer program
  • Brand analytics
  • And more!

It’s obvious that sellers who are part of Amazon’s Brand Registry have a MASSIVE advantage over sellers who are not. Take the A+ content as an example. It allows you to create visually rich product descriptions by putting images and other visuals directly into your product description.

On mobile devices, these listings look even better because A+ content is shown by default directly on the listing page, whereas you have to click an additional button to access “normal” descriptions (which often look too plain and boring for buyers to read).

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August 22, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 38 Comments

Amazon UK Seller Account: Sole Trader VS Ltd. Company

Welcome back!

To follow up on last week’s post about Amazon UK seller account suspension, today, I want to cover the process of opening an account in more detail.

And, more specifically, what type of business you need to open an account, which type is best (sole trader or limited company) and how to make sure you don’t make a costly mistake by OVERPAYING tax on your Amazon profits!

You will need to decide which business type you will use from DAY ONE, as Amazon will ask you to select the corresponding business type on the account registration form. This is the first place where people make a mistake that causes problems later on with account verification, which can even result in an account suspension.

For those of you just starting a business on Amazon UK, there are two main business types to choose from:

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August 15, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments

Amazon UK FBA 
Seller Account Suspension – DON’T DO THIS!

Hello and welcome back!

Today, we’ll take a look at a very common question that many newbie Amazon sellers ask, which is “how can I make sure Amazon won’t suspend my seller account?!”

It does sound like a counterintuitive thing for someone who is just starting out and hasn’t even sold anything yet to ask, but I get it! People are scared of all the horror stories about suspended accounts from Amazon’s seller central forums and are genuinely sensitive about this topic. No one wants to make any mistakes that could potentially lead to an account suspension.

My first piece of advice is to spend LESS time on the Amazon seller forums!

No, seriously, do not spend hours each day reading the Amazon seller forums. They’re full of NEGATIVITY! You have to understand that people only use these forums when they’re in trouble and are seeking help. This makes it look like every other seller out there has their account suspended by Amazon—which is simply NOT TRUE!

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August 12, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Cash Flow BASICS for Amazon UK FBA Sellers!

Welcome back!
 
I’m super happy and excited to be back online and resuming my weekly blog posts after the summer break. I had a very restful break over the last two months, so I’m now full of energy and ready to continue bringing valuable information to new and existing Amazon sellers throughout the year via my blog posts and videos.

My plan for this “season” is to revert back to my posting schedule of two blog posts a week: Monday and Thursday! 
 
Two posts a week is A LOT, but I really hope I can do it. Last year, I was very lazy with blog posts (for various reasons), so there’s TONS of stuff that still needs to be covered. Plus, I want to update my most popular posts on the blog so that you have access to the most up-to-date information.

I will also provide shorter, more unique content throughout the week via my Facebook page and Amazon Sharks Facebook group. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to follow me there and join the group. On the group, you will find hundreds of inspiring Amazon sellers helping each other out on a daily basis.

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May 23, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 28 Comments

WARNING: The DDP China Alibaba scam is REAL!

Delivered Duty Paid

DDP: Delivered Duty Paid! It sounds like a dream come true for so many Amazon sellers importing products from China! Isn’t it great that you can pay a slightly higher price for the product and get it delivered to you with all taxes already paid for? Perfect! Or… is it?

I’m afraid that when it comes to offers like these, we always come back to the age-old truth that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. And DDP is no exception.

If you’re importing goods from China using Alibaba.com to sell on Amazon, eBay or anywhere else, you should read this article very carefully, because the chances are you’re currently breaching the law and could be facing severe problems due to tax evasion.

Sounds terrifying? I agree. So, let’s clear the air once and for all and learn about DDP Incoterms and how you CAN and CAN’T use it in your importing business.

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May 10, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 5 Comments

SAVE up to 50% on your Amazon PPC COSTS using this SIMPLE TRICK!

Welcome back!

It’s time for a money saving tip—who doesn’t like that, right?! 🙂 No, seriously, with the information I will share with you in this post, you can save hundreds or even thousands of pounds per month on your Amazon ad spend, depending on how big your business is.

I’m talking about AD SCHEDULING! So far, I have found this to be the most effective way to save on Amazon PPC costs. Previously, I was doing my ads manually, but now, with the help of Sellics’ new ad scheduling feature, I can fully automate the entire process.

Before we dive into the details of how it all works, we first need to understand what ad scheduling is and why it is important for your Amazon business. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Why should you schedule your Amazon ads?

For those of you who are new to selling on Amazon, this all might sound a bit strange, but for anyone who is already selling on Amazon AND spending money on ads, scheduling will make a lot of sense. And here’s why.

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April 18, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 32 Comments

Amazon.de Germany’s VAT TAX 
Certificate/Declaration issue FINALLY SOLVED!

Let’s talk taxes. Yes, I know, I know! One of the most popular topics of all time, especially when it comes to Amazon and VAT. As much as I would like to not think about it and go into the head-in-sand mode, the reality is that we simply can’t avoid the issue of tax. Moreover, with the recent changes in how Germany handles VAT, we now have no choice but to face the issue head-on and find an effective solution.

I have already created a very detailed post about VAT for Amazon sellers, and it has quickly become one of the most popular posts on the blog. I have covered the basics of how VAT works in that post, so I won’t repeat that information here today.

This particular article is all about the newly created VAT situation in Germany, how it will affect Amazon sellers (especially those of us based on the UK), and what you need to do to stay compliant and not lose your seller account.

Just a quick disclaimer before we move forward:

I’m not a tax advisor, accountant or international law specialist. Everything I write in this post is purely my own observations and nothing more. DO NOT use this as legal advice under any circumstances! If you feel that you’re not comfortable with this information, seek legal advice.

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March 21, 2019 by Andrew Minalto - 25 Comments

How to START a Successful Amazon FBA Business in the UK!

In this blog post, I’m going to share exactly how I launched a brand-new product on Amazon UK and made more than £320,000 in sales in the first 18 months, which resulted in a NET profit of more than £85,000!

More importantly, I will show you HOW YOU can do the very same! Yes, you can start a successful, fully automated Amazon FBA business and make £2000, £3000 or more per month to replace your salary, finally quit your day job, and take back control of your life!

No, I’m not claiming to be making hundreds of thousands or millions of pounds, unlike so many self-proclaimed “gurus” on YouTube with their photoshopped screenshots! I’m talking about real money and real profit. In fact, to be completely transparent and open with you, I’m going to take you live into my account right now to show you the real numbers:

This is the Amazon account I created for this new product. As you can see, there are no sales for it prior to September 2017.

Over the last 18 months, I have sold more than 32,000 units of the product and made more than £320,000 in sales! This is from selling just one product in one niche with multiple variations.

Sure, those are only sales—what about expenses like Amazon fees, FBA fees and others?

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