How to SOURCE products in the UK/EU instead of China for your Amazon FBA business!
May 21, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 14 Comments
Let’s talk about product sourcing. As many of you know, I have always advocated importing from China when sourcing products for your private-label Amazon UK FBA business. The reason for that is obvious: 90%+ of consumer goods are currently manufactured in China, so to get the lowest price possible, you’ve got to go directly to the source. It makes sense, right?
But there is a group of people who are somewhat nervous about the idea of importing from China and the process involved. I will try to debunk the myths associated with this later on in this post, but it is what it is. Some people simply don’t want to import from China because, to them, it seems like “too much” to handle.
In fact, I regularly receive emails and messages from people who ask me about the alternatives to importing from China.
Specifically, they want to know if it is possible to source goods from the UK or Europe to sell on Amazon?
My April £27,465.54 Amazon UK FBA UPDATE!
May 6, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
I don’t do monthly income posts that often anymore, even though I know many of you look forward to them and they work as a great motivator for people who are just starting out selling on Amazon UK. The reason for that is:
- During the year, sales do not fluctuate very much for the business I have covered in the past on this blog, so doing monthly posts would be quite repetitive and wouldn’t bring much value to my blog readers.
- The time I can spend on writing these posts is very limited. So, if I have to choose to either write a monthly sales update OR share an interesting business concept, insight or strategy, I would rather do the latter.
Taking all this into consideration, I don’t plan to post monthly income posts anymore. But if you’re interested in such content, please check out my blog’s archive page, where you will find links to more than 20 such posts that have been published in the past. In them, I have documented how my business went from £0 to £320,000 in the first 18 months of trading.
Anyway, April 2020 was a unique month for my business, and we all know why. COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work, communicate and shop. There has been a sudden increase in demand on Amazon as online sales went through the roof! At the same time, Amazon restricted in-bound shipment creation for more than three weeks, which further helped my sales to grow as many of my competitors simply went out of stock.
3 SIMPLE Ways to MAKE MONEY with Amazon FUNNELS!
April 30, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 10 Comments
Let’s talk about landing pages and how they can help grow and expand your Amazon FBA business by increasing your profits in a SIMPLE and CHEAP way!
Most of you have already heard about funnels and landing pages, but they’re usually associated with information products and NOT physical products.
The reality is that, in 2020, you absolutely MUST learn how to use landing pages and funnels in eCommerce.
Without them, you won’t stand a chance when competing with people who are using them to achieve much higher conversion rates.
Ok, if you plan on sticking with Amazon alone and don’t intend to interact with traffic outside the Amazon platform, you may not need this. But if you do want to try Facebook advertising, want to work with influencers, or simply need to set up a quick way for you to sell your products outside of Amazon, then you do need to learn this, and I will show you how to do it effectively on a budget.
Before we get into the actual details of how this all works, let’s clarify what landing pages and funnels are.
HOW Coronavirus TRIPLED my Amazon FBA Sales OVERNIGHT!
April 23, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
Today is the 23rd of April, and I really hope that we’re past the worst by now. Some countries already are relaxing the restrictions and allowing shops to open up for business, so hopefully, within the next few weeks, things will improve everywhere, and people will be able to partially enjoy the lovely warm weather and upcoming summer. Even if it means no public gatherings are allowed, at least there will be a small chance that the economy will not be totally destroyed.
I’m actually quite surprised by how POSITIVE the markets are looking right now. If we look at the S&P500 index, it currently stands at 2,799.31, which is NOT that far away from the all-time highs experienced earlier this year in February, when the index reached 3,393.52. This means that, in general, investors are looking at this whole situation rather optimistically and are hoping for a quick recovery.
Let me remind you that the S&P500 went dangerously close to the dreaded 2000 mark just one month ago, on the 23rd of March (2,191.86), but since then, it has been improving.
If everything continues as is (not saying it will), looking back at the figures in ten years’ time, you wouldn’t even notice that there was a major global crisis in 2020. It would look like just a quick market swing. I did buy-in some extra at 2,500, so I still feel like I got a good deal. However, only time will tell how the markets will play out in the long term, as the financial impact on the world’s economy is yet to be seen.
Is Selling Supplements On Amazon A Good Business Move?
April 16, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments
You’ve used Amazon for thousands of purchases in the past. You see that sellers seem to make good money on the platform and now you’re curious, “Can I sell supplements on Amazon?”
Is it a good niche market to invest in or not? Why are supplements such a hot category, and why are so many people trying to get into this niche?
What is the best way to sell supplements on Amazon using FBA, and is it a profitable business model?
In this guide, I will be covering all these questions as well as shedding some light on the industry so that you can get a better understanding of how it works and if starting an Amazon business selling supplements is right for you.
2020 CRISIS: PERFECT TIME to start an Amazon FBA Business!?
April 2, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 8 Comments
Millions of people around the world are spending their days stuck at home, experiencing the total boredom of 24/7 television, internet and negative news. Add screaming kids to the mix and you get a perfect life, right? Well, not for me. Right now, I’m working more hours than ever because Amazon sales are skyrocketing!
Due to all of the restrictions, people are beginning to do more and more of their shopping online. And this does not just apply to food. People are buying household items, furniture, clothing and other goods—goods that they would usually go to a brick-and-mortar store to buy.
Just take a look at one of my Amazon FBA businesses and how sales have increased over the last 10 days:
I’m now close to Q4/Christmas sales levels! If we take a look at Google Trends, it’s even more obvious why. For example, look at the “amazon” search term. Its popularity has now reached the same level as before Christmas 2019! Most likely, it will exceed that trend if the situation continues without major changes in April:
COVID-19 for Amazon UK FBA Sellers: IT All ENDS NOW?!
March 26, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 14 Comments
I have been quiet for the last few weeks, and I’m sure you understand why. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world like nothing we have ever seen before. Everyone’s lives are affected and every business is affected by this virus. It’s a true global crisis, and for Amazon FBA sellers, this is the FIRST real crisis we have ever faced. For the last twelve years, we have seen nothing but smooth sailing and double-digit growth year after year.
The good news is that while the world’s economy is on the edge of going into a deep depression, eCommerce sales are actually increasing as more people have started to shop online for items they would usually buy in their local store. This especially applies to grocery items, alcohol and everyday essential items. We’ll talk more about this and how it can open up new opportunities for Amazon sellers later on in this post.
I have also received emails from my customers/blog readers asking if I’m ok. Yes, so far, I have been able to stay virus-free, and the same applies to my family and close relatives. I even travelled abroad in early March and, coincidently, I had planned a business trip to Milan (Italy) just a few days before they closed down the borders. I did cancel that trip, though, as I couldn’t risk bringing the virus back home.
STOP chasing that PERFECT Jungle Scout Opportunity Score!
March 12, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 3 Comments
2 weeks ago, I published a post about the top three secrets that will make or break your Amazon FBA business in 2020! I knew that this post would attract many views because people are always looking for the secret—that magic ingredient that will create a successful Amazon business.
Most people think that the secret is to simply spend X amount of hours on Jungle Scout until they hit the jackpot and find a product with super-high demand, low competition and an opportunity score of 9 or 10. Well, let me tell you that this will never work. It is not the way to do proper market research on Amazon. Here’s why…
3 SECRETS to Make Money on Amazon UK FBA in 2020!
February 26, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 28 Comments
Everything is doom and gloom… Amazon doesn’t care about small businesses, Chinese sellers are running “fake review” factories, competition is rising every day, Brexit will increase importing costs and cause delays, PPC prices are skyrocketing, and on top of all that, the coronavirus will wipe out civilisation anyways!
Starting an Amazon FBA business in 2020 is MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, right? There’s no point in even getting started in this game. It’s too late, and the market is too saturated. This is the vibe you get if you spend too much time on Amazon seller forums OR any forums where people go to complain about how life is unfair. But is it the TRUTH? Is it really too late to get into the FBA game and make money by selling physical products on Amazon?
Well, I truly believe that this is the story of the half-full and half-empty glass. It really depends on how you look at things, in general. There are people who always look for negativity, so for them, yes, I agree, the future doesn’t look so bright. But then there are people who, instead of moaning, look for solutions. They look for ways to get around problems and simply make it work.
Here’s why I DECLINED an invitation to Amazon Vendor program.
January 30, 2020 by Andrew Minalto - 8 Comments
At the end of last year, I received an email from Amazon with an invitation to join their Vendor program. After careful consideration, I decided to decline their offer and not participate in this program. Why? Let’s find out!
Amazon Vendor program—what it is and how does it work?
First of all, the Amazon Vendor program not a public program, so you can’t join without an invite, even if you wanted to. Amazon manually selects sellers with a good track record and strong sales and then invites them to join the program. There’s a special job role at Amazon called Vendor Program Managers. These people handle the vetting process and actively look for brands they want to include in this program.
When you join the Amazon Vendor program, you basically give away keys to your brand on Amazon TO Amazon. Essentially, they become the seller of your product and you become a supplier. In practice, you sell your products to Amazon at wholesale prices and they sell the products for you. On your product listings, the seller will change from your name to Sold by Amazon.