December 16, 2014 by Andrew Minalto - 128 Comments

£100 Amazon Gift Cards to my Blog Readers!

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amazon-gift-cardYes, it’s that time of the year again – I’m giving away £100 worth of Amazon gift cards to my loyal blog readers! 🙂

As we’re approaching the end of 2014, I want to ask you – my blog readers – what topics you want me to cover on this blog in 2015. This will be a fun & simple contest where 5 people will win a £20 Amazon gift card, delivered to your email right in time for Christmas.

What do you have to do to enter this contest?

Simply suggest a question/topic that you want me to cover on my blog next year. As easy as that! Just leave your suggestion as a comment below this post and you’ll be automatically entered in the draw to win a gift card from Amazon.

Here are a few examples to get you going:

  • How to properly format eBay gallery images?
  • What’s the difference between sea freight and air freight?
  • Do I have to register for VAT when selling digital products?
  • How to set-up a custom email address?
  • How much to charge for gift wrapping?
  • How to make my eCommerce shop SEO friendly?
  • And so on!

So what I’m after here is a list of questions you would like me to cover in detailed blog posts, how-to guides and videos. The more detailed your suggestions/questions are, the better, as I will make sure to cover them extensively in future blog posts.

But if you can’t come up with any specific topics, you can also leave more generic suggestions on topics you would like me to cover, like:

  • Turbo Lister
  • Contacting Alibaba suppliers
  • Alibaba scams
  • Software reviews
  • Product Photography guides
  • And so on!

If you have more than one suggestion, even better! I’ll collect all of them, and trust me when I say this – I will do my absolute best to cover as many of these topics as possible in 2015!

IMPORTANT!!! When leaving your comment, make sure you enter your correct email address & name so I can contact the winners.

The deadline for entry is Sunday 21st December and the lucky winners will be announced on Monday 22nd December.

How will I pick the winners?

I’ll use a random number generator, so it’s a simple draw. No matter how good or bad your suggestions are, as long as you follow the rules and leave a comment, you have a chance to win one of those five £20 Amazon Gift Cards!

I can’t wait to see your questions & topic suggestions! 🙂

Good Luck!


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  1. Hi there,

    We all know how business is stressful and hard. Also requires a lot of hard and long hours of work which affects our health. It would be great to hear some tips from you how you are dealing with stress and keep you motivated. I hope you do not have lots of such a stressful days but for newcomers to business it can be really hard to overcome those things and it would be really great to hear your suggestions as from successful entrepreneur who knows how to manage it.


    Kind Regards,


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks & Merry Christmas! 🙂

  2. […] many of you know, last week I launched our yearly readers’ contest to let YOU decide what kind of topics I will be covering on my blog in 2015. I received more than […]

  3. Jason Cartwright

    By the way, it’s still Sunday the 21st here in the U.S. When I posted my topic. I hope mine still counts for the contest. :). Thanks!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Jason, no worries – you’re in the contest! 🙂


  4. Jason Cartwright

    How to deal with difficult buyers?

  5. Hi Andy,

    It would be helpful if you could do a topic on opencart and the best / most needed addons for SEO and ranking well in Google.
    I know you’ve done topics on hosted carts but sadly some of us just aren’t able to use them – not because of the money aspect but because our ebay listings already point to our web address server which means we can’t use a hosted cart without manually changing 500 + listings template links

    Many thank and merry Christmas

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much Mark!

      Merry Christmas!


  6. Hi Andrew, my suggestions are:

    1. Regarding eBay sales (if I only use Paypal for taking payments), what documentation needs to be printed out to satisfy HMRC (and accountants) for yearly accounts – in terms of keeping things simple with the minimum of work/paperwork i.e. ebay invoices, Paypal transaction sheets, Paypal monthly summaries, CSV files from Paypal history etc etc?

    2.What ‘terms and conditions’ (and Privacy Policy) should go on an ecommerce website. Can I get them for free or cheaply, or should I use a solicitor? Should an ebay listing have similar terms & conditions too? I keep meaning to say, the links for terms and conditions and privacy policy at the bottom of the paleoway website comes up as ‘page not found’.

    Kind Regards


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Adrian for your topic suggestions.


  7. Janie Stoop

    Wow! I just wanted to say what great posts from everyone, I have really enjoyed reading all the suggestions and look forward to you covering them all next year Andrew.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Janie! 🙂

  8. […] post of the year! I’ll be taking a break from writing starting next week (after the winners of my readers’ contest are announced) and will return on the 5th January (hopefully at […]

  9. Lee Roberts

    Hi Andrew

    I would like to find out more information on the charges for importing using sea freight. For example what percentage approximately should I expect to deduct off the total amount to cover the charges below?

    – Custom clearance
    – Value added tax
    – Import duty
    – Port security charge
    – Fuel charge
    – Docking charge
    – Warehouse storage fee

    I would rather use air delivery as it looks a lot simpler, I am not sure if the items I am thinking of will be too big for air delivery. What is the maximum size do you think is realistic to use air delivery?

    Many thanks

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Lee, excellent post idea!

  10. Adrian Sherwood

    Hi Andrew,

    I have tried online directories such as:,,,

    I used to believe that these are the websites where I can find all the legit sources but, I am now concerned as they had earlier listed Damar Trade ( and Electronika Ltd ( that have proved to be scam. How can I be sure of sources in such directories? Is there a way to identify wholesalers’ authenticity if they are found on such directories and not on Alibaba website?

    Please help.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Adrian, will cover supplier verification process in a post next year!


      1. Adrian Sherwood

        Thanks Andrew. I will be waiting. 🙂

  11. Patricia Williamson

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for the opportunity to suggest.

    I had once asked you about sourcing branded watches such as Rolex, BVLGARI, RADO, etc. but you said you have not worked on this segment and I was left unanswered.

    Also I have recently found out that top luxury brands such as Michael Kors are also not easy to deal with. Michael Kors wholesales its own designer products. I will have to contact their headquarters and speak to their International Sales department in order to become a retailer of the brand:

    Andrew, I think you need to research on most of the popular luxury watches brands for us to be able to understand what is best. I could find out much of the information on myself but reading the information on your website gives me a peace of mind and will also help thousands of your readers to start working on a new segment.

    PS: This may not be a profitable product segment but let us at least be aware of these facts. For well established businesses, this can be a good segment to attract buyers. I see many sellers are selling counterfeits online and hence this is very important for me to source the genuine products from these brands.

    Many Thanks and Wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy Winter with your family.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Patricia,

      Many Thanks for your suggestion on this topic, I will def. look into in new year!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


  12. sam sutherland

    Pro’s and cons of all the top selling sites (Ebay , amazon etc, with deductions.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Sam!

  13. The risks of credit card fraud on ecommerce websites

    1. Andrew Minalto

      very good topic Sammy, Thanks!

  14. How do you promote internet marketers to sell your products as affiliates.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Joe!

  15. Ted Lukowski

    Hello Andrew-

    I’d love to see more help for those of us in the U.S. I think we might face some different problems here such as a more saturated market making it more difficult to find niches that aren’t over worked.

    I’ve tried dropshipping with limited success because it’s so hard to find products with decent margins. More help on sourcing would be appreciated.



    1. Andrew Minalto

      Many Thanks Ted, will put this on the list too.


  16. Hi Andrew! Thanks to you I’m now running a successful eBay shop…with beautiful templates!

    Anyway, I would like to see an Idiot’s Guide to using to set up email lists and especially to produce regular newsletters. It seems you need to use WordPress and the process seems more complicated than it probably should be. This would be a REALLY useful subject!

    How to link eBay shops with Facebook.

    When is the right time to create your own online shop as an addition to an eBay shop?

    Happy Christmas to you!


    1. Andrew Minalto

      That’s great to hear Karen! 🙂

      And Thanks for your contest entry.

      Merry Christmas!

  17. What is the best stock control software to sync your inventory across ebay and amazon?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Paul!

  18. Hi Andrew,

    A few suggestions, and one for you to look into a bit further as you’ve mentioned it in your pre-amble.

    1. How to find and use a fulfilment house that isn’t Amazon.

    2. Are Facebook and twitter irrelevant for Ebay / Amazon sellers or can they help increase sales?

    3. Can you cross promote your own ecommerce site using Ebay / Amazon or is it frowned upon? Is there any way around this, does the old ‘classified ad’ technique still work?

    Lastly you mentioned VAT on digital goods, I assume you’re talking about this:

    Your thoughts will of course be interesting to hear.

    Kind Regards,


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much for your suggestions Steve!


  19. Michael Sumray

    Hi Andrew, love your blogs and a massive follower of them. I would like to know a few more details on the below.

    Business Rates for small business’s.

    Why we pay them?

    The government scheme to help out with business rates for trading in your first year?

    Do you pay business rates if you set up an office/warehouse in your garden?

    Merry Christmas.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks & Merry Christmas Michael! 🙂

  20. Hi Andrew,

    Please can you give some insight in to the Fulfilled by Amazon service. Is it good? At what stage of business will I need to consider this type of service?

    Many thanks,


    1. Ah Angelo beat me to the punch.

      How about a primer on “Starting eCommerce after Christmas”.

      I’ve only just started making arrangements with Chinese manufacturers, so I’ve missed the Christmas hype and have to kick things off when pretty much all consumer markets have a dip. If you have any experience on how to make the most of these down swings it would be most helpful.

      1. Andrew Minalto

        Thanks James!

    2. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks James!

  21. Dropshipping vs. fulfilment companies

    why can i trust that the fulfilment company will make less mistakes than a dropshipping company?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Excellent topic idea Joe, Thanks!

  22. Hi, Andrew.
    I would like to see you write about how you go about step-by-step sourcing for products cheap locally to sell on ebay for higher price tags.
    Wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Jonathan!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 🙂


  23. Hi Andrew.

    Hope you are well!

    I would like to see an article on “Nuances of selling in Australia and to other international buyers.” – Andrew, as you know, I live in Australia (Melbourne) and it would be useful to understand any differences to selling in UK.

    Have a Fantastic Christmas and New Year!


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Many Thanks Kav, great idea!

      have a great Christmas time!


  24. Hello Andrew

    Please find below my questions :

    1) How to Maximize sells by bundling various products(Same category or different category) ?
    2) How to develop proper mentality and attitude to be a successful seller ?
    3) How to compete with Chinese ebay sellers who sell on ebay with much cheaper price ?
    4) How to maximize sells using different online platforms?

    Thank you very Much and happy Christmas

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Many Thanks for your your suggestions Shailesh!

      Merry Christmas!


  25. Hey Andy and all,

    I would like to know more about Amazon FBA in the UK and if it can be used for the Ebay as well.

    Also, a little more on terapeak. Is it a magic pill as it looks like or need further manual research of some kind from our side? I have just started using it.

    Lastly, a little more discussion on product sourcing. If we can’t find them on the basic sites such as alibaba etc how easy it is from individual suppliers?


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Angelo!

      You won’t have to wait long as I have lined up some very good stuff covering Terapeak’s secret features starting from January.


  26. Hi Andrew

    I would like to know how to use Amazon as a dropshipper for selling in ebay .


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Muna!

  27. Hi, Andrew,

    A few suggestions;

    • Product guarantees – Give a 12 month guarantee?, Advise buyer to use manufacturers guarantee? What about goods from China?

    • Customers statutory rights

    • European trade shows for original products worth a visit?

    • Business Facebook pages or campaigns, other social media

    • Hosted shopping cart sites like Shopify, Big Commerce etc

    • Open source ecommerce software like Prestashop, Magneto or paid for like Cubecart etc.

    • Low cost options for hosting your own pictures/videos like Photobucket

    Have a good Xmas,

    Alan W

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Alan, some very good topics you have there!

      Have a good Christmas you too.


  28. I will try to buy gadgets from Chinavasion is it trusted? Thanks.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Will cover Chinavasion in a separate post, Thanks!


  29. Hi Andrew,

    I would like to see more articles/courses/coaching on selling Amazon after you have mastered ebay!
    I am missing this topic in your blogs, courses…etc.

    Some suggestions:
    1) FBA step by step
    2) Winning the Amazon buybox
    3) Dealing with Amazon negative feedbacks
    4) SEO Amazon product listing
    5) Amazon market research
    6) Selling private label products on Amazon…etc.

    Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    Best Regards

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much for these ideas Nazar!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 🙂


  30. Julie Fletcher

    Hi Andrew,

    The best way to scale up your eBay/Amazon business when you only have a small amount of cash and storage space!

    Also, buying posting online, what is the best way to do this without having to still queue at the post office every day!

    Thanks & Merry Xmas

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much for these ideas Julie!

      Have a Very Merry Christmas Yourself! 🙂


  31. Sakura Kids


    In 2015 I’d like to see some specific marketing advice for different social media platforms, especially Instagram and Pinterest.

    With thanks


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestion! 🙂

  32. Building brand , trust and driving traffic.

    Think these 3 are key focus for me when i kick off my online business officially in 2015 and i yet to buy the ecommerce magnates which i will do soon.

    Have a blessed one.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Sharaaz!

      I will def. talk more about traffic generation to eCommerce Shops next year.


  33. Mark O'Rourke

    I’d like you to do an article about the differences between selling on Amazon as opposed to Ebay. Maybe even a full Amazon course?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Mark, def. on the list!


  34. Shuvo Rahman

    I’d like to see a guide on the pros and cons of Amazon FBA retail arbitrage, why it works in the USA and why it may or may not work in the UK. It would be similar to your drop shipping guide, where you show us the good, the bad, and the ugly as hell.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Shuvo for your input!

  35. Mohamed Osman

    How to deliver excellent customer service and handling eBay disputes.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Mohamed!

  36. Janie Stoop

    I forgot to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, so
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to Andrew and all readers

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much Janie!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 🙂


  37. Janie Stoop

    It would be really nice to have a proper mentoring course which includes actually helping source a product and getting it on sale. There is so much theory out there but nobody actually seems to do the entire job. I think a lot of us would sign up for that. Thanks, Janie

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Janie!

      I actually have such program and it’s called 60 Day Blueprint:


  38. Jaryd Kroesen

    Hi Andrew,

    I’d like to find out more on where/how best to source products ideally based on current trends please

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your topic suggestion Jaryd!


  39. I’d like to see something about making the fulfilment side of things as slick as possible. For example, what is the best way to do packing slips and postage labels? Any particular systems stand out from the rest, etc.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Pete!

  40. Ryan Thompson

    How to sell on eBay to get enough profit to start importing from China / more tips for people with low buying power.

    Merry Christmas! Have a gooden!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Many Thanks Ryan, will do!

      Merry Christmas to you too. 🙂


  41. Hi Andrew

    Would like a post/video covering how to quit the 9-5 job and successfully sett up an on-line business. Discuss how to become motivated and have the conviction to take the first steps. How to minimise risk and maximise the chances of success on-line


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Amir!

  42. Tom Hartshorn

    Hi Andrew,

    Fortunately most stuff for me is covered in the Easy Auction Business course (and have just signed up to Ecommerce magnates – have left a message for you in Section 3-2)

    One thing i’d love help on is eBay and Ecommerce auto emails that are sent and some templates for ideas as i have loads of ideas on what to put in them but actually getting the info in without bombarding the customer is not my strong point!

    Merry christmas and happy new year!

    Tom & Family

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much Tom!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


  43. Anthony Micallef

    1) How to size your ebay pictures so that they are the correct size and fill the square on the gallery.

    2) How to deal with high volume of orders on ebay. i.e. how to export your orders say to a spreadsheet and print them all off with matching addresses so you don’t have to go in to each individual one and look at the ‘Order Details’.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Anthony, very good topics to cover! 🙂


  44. Paul Crooks

    Hi Andrew,

    I would like to see a topic covering postage and packaging.

    Who to use for posting?
    Royal mail, parcel2go etc.

    Is it worth having a royal mail business account? How does it work? Features and benefits?

    What type of packaging to use?
    Boxes, bags, size etc

    Who to use for all your packaging needs?

    What can and can’t you send UK and international.

    All the best to everyone.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Paul,

      These are already covered in previous blog posts:

      Your entry still counts though! 🙂


  45. Hi Andy,

    I’d love to see information on how best to deal with ebay buyers who fraudulently claim against you (i.e broken item on arrival when it isn’t etc) and subsequently how to handle ebay most often siding with the buyer. Do we just have to swallow it every time and factor that into the costs of selling?

    Thanks for the contest.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Gareth, that’s an excellent topic I will definitely cover in next year!


  46. Ian Gourlay

    Getting your products on first page

    1. Andrew Minalto
  47. Ian Gourlay

    Ideal amount of Capital required to have a turnover of say 50K a year on Ebay and Amazon

    To be on target in six Months , working towards 100k plus thereafter at say 40% plus Gross margin

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Ian, another great idea!


  48. I would like to understand how eBay optimise listings and why you can have a listing that is selling several items per day with a building momentum and then all of a sudden it can slow right down again only to take off several weeks or months later. Naturally the second half of this topic is how would one protect against this happening.

    Have a Great Christmas and thank you for this.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestions Nici!

      Merry Christmas!


  49. Sourcing products for amazon.
    eBay and Amazon Flips

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks John!

  50. What is the best alternative to eBay’s Turbo Lister

    Merry xmas all !

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Shazia!

  51. Paul Harris

    Hi Andrew,
    I would love to see more on ebay/amazon arbritrage, thanks

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Paul!

  52. My suggestion:

    How reliable is the data that goes into Terapeak and is that the only tool we should be using?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Shahbaz!

  53. Firstly, thanks for the wonderful blog posts. Have read a couple and should be back for more.

    Would love to have more information on the cost of duty/import tax, for all items, as I’m now looking abroad to buy things we use anyway, but find it hard to calculate if it’s actually worth it at times, due to the extra VAT to be added on top, as well as duty which is different for various items I understand. At times it’s not worth it at all.

    Have a good new year.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much Alan!

      Will definitely put your questions on the future blog post list.

      Happy New Year U2! 🙂


  54. Which are better: auction listings or fixed price listings, when to use best offer option and when to leave it out?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestion Agnieszka!

      Merry Christmas! 🙂


  55. How do you deliver items such as tyres that may be considered as dangerous or too bulky?

    1. Andrew Minalto


  56. – How to get funding to order profitable inventory
    – How can I increase traffic to my eBay listings
    – Can I still be successful as a private seller or do I necessarily need to open a business account
    – Are there any good sources of items to sell in the UK which can lead to good profits

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Tendai,

      Many Thanks for your topic suggestions, all noted.


  57. Stephen Roantree

    what’s the best way to get your content or product translated

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Stephen!

  58. hi Andy …. please do post on using ebay to build a subscription emailing list ….thanks and all the best for xmas & new year ……

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Rick!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you too! 🙂


  59. Rachel Davidson

    I’d love to hear about Alibaba scams, and also about other wholesale websites to use, if there are other trustworthy ones!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Rachel!

      A guide on typical Alibaba scams, on the list.


  60. step by step product research guide
    morality within inline commerce
    rights and responsibilities of online marketer
    ten qualities of a successful online store

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your entry!



    Topic for next year ……………….
    Posting items that contain batteries.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Philip!

  62. Francis Neal

    Hi Andrew – I’d like to see the following:

    1) The quickest & easiest way to get 100+ listings up on ebay
    2) How to build an email list (eg via aweber, a separate asset) using your buyers on ebay
    3) How to market your skills as an e-commerce optimization specialist.
    4) What FOB is, What EXW is, and how to get a supplier to quote the total price from factory to fulfilment centre by air and sea. I mean, is it FOB + some kind of shipping cost? Is FOB all the way to a fulfilment centre in another country (ie china to USA)? Is EXW normally used for shipping by air? Do you need EXW + shipping to airport in china (for example) + shipping by air?

    Merry Christmas


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Many Thanks for your suggestions Francis, I will def. cover these questions in new year! 🙂

      Merry Christmas!


  63. Daniela Plitkova

    What is the difference between selling manager pro and an ebay shop?
    Do I need both? Or just ebay shop will do, I mean are the features of selling manager pro included in an ebay shop?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestions Daniela!


  64. Elaine Ingram

    How to find a niche product to sell.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Elaine for first entry! 🙂

      I have already covered this here:

      But will of course continue writing about various aspects of this topic in 2015!

      Thanks again,

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