December 16, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 56 Comments

Readers Contest – £100 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won!

Today is December 16th, which means we’re only nine short days away from Christmas!

And what does that mean? Well yes, presents and eating (lots of eating!) but I’m talking more about this blog…

Our annual blog readers contest, where you have the chance to win a £20 Amazon gift card!

Just like the previous few years, I’ll be giving away an Amazon gift card to 5 lucky winners, worth £100 in total.

How do you enter the contest?

Well it couldn’t be easier – all you need to do is leave a comment below this post with a suggestion/idea for a future blog post (*important – please make sure you put the correct email address and name when you leave your comment, as that’s what I’ll use to send your Amazon gift card).

Yep, it’s as easy as that! And there are no rules or requirements for your suggestion – it can be something very specific, it can be something very broad, you can ask me to review a product (business related of course), or to review a service or piece of software.

Anything and everything that you’d like to see me cover on this blog in 2017 – post about it below in the comments section!

Here are a few examples, just to help get you going:

  • How to verify suppliers who are NOT on Alibaba?
  • Which is the best eCommerce shopping cart?
  • How can I convert my eBay and Amazon customers to eCommerce customers?
  • How to find suppliers from countries other than China?
  • What’s the best camera for product photography?
  • How to get reviews for your new Amazon listings?
  • Etc. etc.!

And as I said, if you can’t come up with a specific question, then just general topic ideas are fine as well, such as: (more…)

December 14, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

NEW & Improved – 60 Day Blueprint Program goes LIVE NOW!

With Christmas around the corner and New Year just a few weeks away, it’s time to start working on next year’s plans, don’t you think? And what could be a better thing than to start your own eBay & Amazon business?!

Today I’m announcing the new & improved 60 Day Blueprint Program (60DBP).

Reservations for January 2017 & other upcoming months starts RIGHT NOW!

I have re-worked the website so it’s now fully responsive and mobile friendly. But it’s not the website you’re interested in of course but the program itself.

From next year, the 60DBP will be extended from 8 to 10 weeks and now includes Selling on Amazon too! Just like how I recently updated my Easy Auction Business course with the Amazon module, I have extended the 60DBP so we have time to launch products on Amazon as well.

For people who are new to my services – 60 Day Blueprint is a personal 1 to 1 coaching program where I personally work with people to help them start a successful eBay & Amazon business. Each week we have a 1 hour chat session plus we work via email throughout the week on the latest updates/tasks.

As an added bonus you receive a FULL mega design pack created by my in-house designer, which includes: a logo, eBay template (fully coded), eBay shop header banner, business cards and other stationery designs. This design pack alone sells for £397 via Spicy Auction Templates but 60DBP customers get it FOR FREE!

I won’t be covering the details of the program in this post as you can go and read everything on the 60DBP website’s How It Works page.

There’s also a new video that covers basically the same thing, just in video format. (more…)

October 25, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 10 Comments

Selling on Amazon Module NOW Available to ALL Easy Auction Business Customers!

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My regular blog readers may have noticed that lately I haven’t been posting on my blog as usual and may think I’m getting lazy or something. However the truth is that I have been very busy over the last few months working on the 2017 Easy Auction Business update and I’m very happy to announce today that 20 NEW videos have been added to the EAB members’ area, including the BRAND NEW Selling on Amazon module with 8 videos currently in the series.

Last year I was asked many times to do a course on Amazon but as you can imagine, creating a standalone course takes hundreds upon hundreds of hours. Time I simply didn’t have on my hands.

So instead of creating a new course I decided to simply add an Amazon module to the Easy Auction Business course and yes – you guessed it right – FOR FREE! There is no cost involved whatsoever! All current EAB customers can login to the members’ area and watch the Selling on Amazon module absolutely for free.

In this new module there are 8 videos:

  • Introduction
  • Opening an Account
  • Seller Dashboard
  • Adding Your First Product
  • Fulfilment by Amazon
  • Promotion
  • The Buy Box
  • Conclusion

And while this is not a full-blown, $5k Amazon course, I truly believe that with the help of these new Amazon videos, ANYONE can start selling their products successfully WITHOUT investing thousands of dollars in “premium” Amazon courses. (more…)

September 27, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

BEST Business TV Shows Every Entrepreneur Should Watch!

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Today I have something a little bit different for you, but don’t worry, different in a good way!

Instead of looking at an eBay update or import tax or shipping, today’s post is all about… TV shows!

But of course this is a business blog and so we’ll be talking about business related TV shows. Personally I’m a huge fan of such shows and love watching them, but even more importantly I find them very useful when it comes to getting to thinking about and getting ideas for my own businesses.

So in a way, watching these shows can even be classified as work 😉

Let’s now go over some of the shows I watch – many of you will know some of them (but I’ll still include them in the list) but hopefully you’ll never have tried some of the others.

Plus I’d love for you to all share your favourite shows in the comments section below, to give some more ideas to your fellow blog readers (and me of course!).

Alright, let’s get to it.

The Apprentice

Where to Watch: The Apprentice UK YouTube Channel, BBC iPlayer (only recent episodes available)

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I don’t think this show needs any introduction! We’ve had ten seasons of the Apprentice now, with season eleven starting very soon.

While it may sometimes be a bit overdramatic and scripted (it is a reality show after all), this is still a perfect business show and always interesting to watch. (more…)

July 5, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 5 Comments

BREXIT – The Effects of the Vote to Leave the EU!

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I actually put off writing this post for a little while, because I don’t want to introduce any political talk to AndrewMinalto.com – we all know how quickly that can go sour!

However the UK’s vote to leave the European Union has some huge implications on us as importers and online sellers and although there are still a large amount of unanswered questions (it’s only just the beginning really) I think it’s necessary to cover Brexit now and try to assess what it means for us.

Now before I go into detail, I think it’s very important to reiterate that at the moment, it’s incredibly difficult to predict the outcome of Brexit – simply because there are currently a number of unknown factors and it really depends a lot on which of the two main possibilities play out.

And those two possibilities are:

  • Scenario A – the UK negotiates a deal to retain the free movement of goods between the UK and the EU (obviously without accepting the other EU laws).
  • Scenario B – the UK doesn’t remain a trading partner of the EU and therefore there will be customs procedures for all trade between the UK and the EU.

Now I think (well I hope) that most people will agree that Scenario A is by far the more preferable option as having to complete the full customs procedure for all exports to the EU will mean:

  • More paperwork – buying from European suppliers will basically mean same procedure as buying from China.
  • Higher shipping fees – couriers will inevitably raise their shipping prices, which means higher costs and a reduction in margin and profit!
  • Longer shipping times – more paperwork and rules means more delays and an overall longer shipping time. As we all know, shipping time is an incredibly important factor for online buyers and this means it’ll be much harder to compete with local EU sellers.

Now some of you may be thinking – “but wait a minute Andrew – surely this works both ways and it means less UK customers will be buying from EU sellers!?” (more…)

March 7, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 14 Comments

Please HELP – To Go Responsive or Not?

responsive-blogHi Everyone,

I need YOUR help!

For a while now I’ve been thinking about updating the design of my blog, specifically – making it responsive.

If you don’t know what responsive design actually is, it basically means that the design of the blog automatically fits whatever device it’s being used on. So If you’re viewing it on your desktop, it will fit perfectly, but if you then go and view it on your mobile device, it will still fit perfectly (even though you’ve gone from a roughly 20’ screen to a 4-5’ one).

Spicy Auction Templates 3.0, which was just launched last week, utilises a responsive design, so please take a look at that if you want a better idea of what responsive design is and how it works.

Of course the whole idea behind responsive design it to make it easier to browse sites on a mobile device – a market which has grown hugely over the last few years.

And when I look at it in that way, it seems like an obvious choice to switch to a responsive design for my blog…

BUT there’s just something that keeps me from doing this – a nagging feeling that I shouldn’t go responsive. I think that my main worry is that the actual usability and functionality of the blog will be negatively affected.

Also, another very important consideration, many websites look dreadful when viewed on a mobile device – it’s zoomed in on a tiny part of the page, menus are impossible to use, etc. etc. – basically the whole layout is messed up. (more…)

March 3, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

My Product Showcase: Spicy Auction Templates

spicy-auction-templatesHello and welcome back to our next product showcase!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series of posts, as today is the last entry.

So far we’ve covered:

  • Easy Auction Business – my first and best-selling course, all about how to create a profitable eBay business.
  • eCommerce Magnates – the sequel/sister course to EAB. This one shows you step by step how to create, manage, and grow a successful eCommerce store.
  • 60 Day Blueprint – 60 DBP is my flagship personal coaching program. Created for those who have a higher start-up budget and want to get the best mentoring possible.
  • Chat With Andrew – one of my lesser known products, CWA is basically a cut down version of 60 DBP, where you can get my personal consultation, but don’t need to commit to 9 weeks.

And we’re now just left with the final product in my portfolio – SpicyAuctionTemplates.com, better known as SAT.

What is Spicy Auction Templates?

This is probably the main question I receive about SAT – people just want to know exactly what it is.

Put simply, Spicy Auction Templates is a resource/directory with hundreds of pre-made eBay listing templates which any seller can use in their business:

sat-members-areaYou don’t need any technical knowledge to use these templates and you can be up and running with them 5 minutes after joining. You just copy and paste the listing code we provide on to eBay or Turbo Lister or Auctiva or whatever listing tool you prefer, and the template will show up, ready for you to use. It’s as simple and easy as that.

All the SAT materials are available online for immediate download, via a special members-only area, so you get instant access upon joining.

And, to make it even easier for you, you don’t even have to worry about hosting these templates as we take care of that – all SAT templates are hosted on a state of the art server, based in the UK. (more…)

February 29, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Have you forgotten about Google & YouTube?!

google-and-youtubeHello everyone!

It’s Monday, the busiest day for any online business, as we need to process all the orders that came in over the weekend. And answer all the emails too! And that’s actually what today’s blog post is all about.

You know that I always welcome emails & comments from my blog readers – ALWAYS! I have personally replied to every comment left on this blog (thousands!) and the same goes for every email that’s sent to me asking for help. That’s not even considering my customer emails and comments left under videos in EAB video course or in the forum.

And this is all completely fine! I really like to help people out and share my knowledge, and of course it helps to make this blog more of a community rather than just a platform purely for my own opinion.

But as I was going through more than 30 emails that you have sent in over the weekend, once again I realised that some of those emails were simply not needed at all. You could save your time and my time, and most importantly get the answer to your question straight away by…

JUST GOOGLING IT! 🙂

Seriously, sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who uses Google & YouTube to find answers to something I don’t know or to learn a new skill (YES, I don’t know everything and still have to learn new things & skills every day!).

Just to give you a few examples of what I’m referring to. Questions like:

  • How much does eBay’s basic shop cost per month?
  • How fast does DHL deliver from China to UK?
  • Does Turbo Lister work on MAC?
  • How to resize an image in Photoshop?
  • What shipping methods qualify under the FAST & FREE feature on eBay?
  • Can I open more than one eBay account?
  • What is the cut off time for Christmas delivery with Royal Mail?
  • What is the difference between air freight and sea freight?
  • What is PayPal micropayments?

You can get answers to all of these questions simply by doing a Google search. In fact, in many occasions, the results will include a post from MY BLOG that covers that question in detail (for example the Turbo Lister & MAC dilemma or image re-sizing, for which I have multiple extensive guides). (more…)

December 23, 2015 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments

Merry Christmas & Happy NEW YEAR!

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December 17, 2015 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments

Readers’ Contest Winners Announcement!

contest-winnersWelcome Back!

Many Thanks to all the people who entered my yearly reader’s contest! I really appreciate your input and help in growing this blog for 2016! In total I received 50 comments and more than 30 topics/questions to write about next year. So thanks again to EVERYONE who took part in this!

Without further ado, let’s find out the 5 lucky winners who will receive £20 Amazon gift cards AND the ONE (very!) lucky winner who will receive a £50 gift card.

To make this process as objective as possible, I simply made a list of all the people who entered and copied it to random.org’s number generator to mix them up:

LISTThen I clicked the random list generator function to get 5 lucky winners (the 5 people that came at the top of the list): (more…)