December 16, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 56 Comments

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

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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:

  • eBay listing creation
  • Product pictures
  • Email marketing
  • SEO
  • Importing from China
  • Accounting for eBay
  • And so on!

And you don’t have to choose just one topic or question – in fact the more suggestions, the better!

Of course one aspect of this contest is to have some fun and get in the holiday spirit but it’s actually very important and helpful for me – I have now covered so many topics on this blog that it’s very difficult to find new and interesting post ideas – and this contest is a huge help on that front. And it’s especially important now, as I plan to go back to 3x posts a week in 2017!

The deadline for entry is Monday 19th December, 12AM GMT and I’ll announce the 5 lucky winners that same day, via a special blog post.

So that’s 3 days to come up with some amazing ideas!

How are the winners selected?

It’s very simple:

1) I will put together a list of names from the eligible comments (please note that only one entry per person will be counted. You’re of course more than welcome to leave several comments if you have more ideas, but to keep things fair I will only use each person’s name once in the list.)

2) I’ll enter this list of names into a random number generator

3) The first 5 randomly generated names are our lucky winners!

Alright, that just about covers everything.

I’m already excited to see what ideas you come up with! 🙂

Good Luck!

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  1. Using FBA stock for orders on Ebay – How to link it so it’s all automatic

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Craig!

  2. Paul Turner

    A further look into sourcing . I feel that there is much more info that could be added . Maybe have a live demo of how you sourced an item . Don’t get me wrong your information is awesome but any work has room for adjustments!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      A bit too late for the competition but Thanks Paul anyway for your entry!

      Also – you can still post suggestions for topics you want me to cover in 2017 even though the contest has ended. Your suggestions really help me to plan out blog schedule for next year.

      Thanks again.

  3. Updates of some articles that are out of date.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Yes, will do that in 2017!

      Thanks Julia,

  4. Hi Andrew,

    Great Blog!

    1. Would like o get to know more about softwares for Amazon, Feedback express and also Junglescout as they have just released there research tool for Amazon UK.

    2. I used I love to review for product reviews as this way is not allowed anymore, what other ways can we use to get reviews. What other ways to get higher ranked on Amazon?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      many Thanks Ravi!

  5. 1. Guide to which sized / value items would be better in Amazon fulfillment.
    2. Amazon / ebay calculator which includes VAT registered companies.
    3. Best software to print orders from.
    4. Any software that makes it easier to communicate with customers.
    5. Auto dispatch software.
    6. Which accountants to use?
    7. Alternatives to ebay / amazon.
    8. How best to use social media.
    9. How to reduce postage costs?
    10. Best stock control software?
    11. How to find staff?
    12. Best storage solutions.
    13. Is it possible to sell on
    14. Best deal on trading in foreign currencies and converting to GBP.
    15. Selling on
    16. Getting listings translated.
    17. Companies who specialise in bulk listing?
    18. Dealing with sales when you are out of stock (error, damages etc.)
    19. What items should you stay away from?
    20. How to enforce trademarks on Amazon.

    Sorry if you have already covered these.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      many Thanks Paul for so many great ideas, I really appreciate it! 😉


  6. I have a “general” store with 100’s of one of items. Some categories sell quicker than others which means daily sales figures are all over the place. Some days I’ll sell 8-10 items where other days I only sell 1-2 items. Obviously that’s the nature of ebay, but I’d like to hear your take on building a steady “general” ebay business and how Cassini plays its part in all this. Thanks

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks John!

  7. Dean Miles


    How about something that explains everything from start to finish, whether its Ebay,Amazon etc. But in real easy terms. I know there are sites out there, but when i have tried to read them, i start to lose the will to live.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Dean,

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      If you take a look at my post archive page you’ll find lots of guides/articles there:


  8. Karen Corbel

    There are also a number of articles that are out of date, for example Turbolister is no longer available – and these articles could do with replacing!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Yes, will definitely do that!

  9. Karen Corbel

    in your article about the idel eBay listing you don’t talk about writing a product description, saying that it is a big enough subject for an article of its own. I can’t find such an article – if there isn’t one please could you write it!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Karen, excellent idea!

  10. rouba jomaa

    my suggestion is to do these contests more often 😀 !

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestion Rouba!

      I could indeed more contests to my blog readers! 🙂

  11. mikdad kanbar

    could you please give me the best source for a givaway products (free pdf for example) to give to my traffic and getting people into my list


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Mikdad!

  12. ayman alalwan

    Hello Andrew , have you tried collecting mail list from instagram , could you explain best IG pages to get a shoutout for low price ,

    Cheers !

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Ayman!

  13. Darren Grant

    When increasing prices, as is likely to be the case for sellers who are buying their stock in US$ would it be better to end a good till cancelled listing so that customers can’t see the old price or just change the listing so that you keep the ‘100 sold’ on the listing.

    On the one hand the ‘100 sold’ notification on the listing encourages buyers that your item is popular and gives them more confidence in ordering. On the other however if they click the link to how many have been sold they can see previous prices and that may put them off, hoping that if they wait the price may be reduced.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your entry Darren!

  14. In which categories customers would prefer eBay over Amazon? If any? X
    For example I would prefer to buy electricity from Amazon but can’t think of an opposite example! X

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestion Sharon! 🙂

  15. Karen Corbel

    Selling handmade and custom items on eBay.
    Using eBaymag for international selling.
    Ebay’s new bulk listing tool.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Karen!

  16. Hi Andrew,
    Really great blog; I have only discovered your site recently, but it has been a great help to start my selling on ebay.
    I sell branded goods, and would like to know your thoughts on packaging. My products don’t fit well in standard packaging parcel bags, so I currently cut and stick 2 together and tape up the box. In terms of appearance, it is far from great, but it serves it’s purpose.
    Therefore, a blog post discussing packaging options would be great. Do I need to worry about this, if I am selling branded goods knowing full well that I am not likely to see repeat business from this customer as I am selling one-off’s in terms of size and colour?
    All the best, and merry christmas!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Great idea, Thanks Patrick!

      Merry Christmas you too! 😉


  17. Lindsey Brant

    I have a few ideas-
    1. More factory visits! The Behind the Scenes videos from Chinese Factories was brilliant. Can we have more. Have you ever visited any yourself? Or maybe we can see some in the UK?
    2. Any good websites that suggests new, up and coming products to look out for?
    3. Peoples experiences. Maybe stories from people that have had different experiences with running an ebay/ecommerce business. How they got started and so on.
    4. Best way to put together an online shop. Where to start for help, tips and advise on what to include.
    5. Marketing tips and tricks. How to impress your customer.
    6. Best way to manage an online/ebay business with other commitments. ie. being a full time parent. How to time manage.
    7. How to get an online shop on the google search. How to get your online shop seen and noticed.
    8. Product sourcing in the UK. Best place to go for contacts to compare UK to China for product sourcing.
    9. Do you need a photographer to make your ebay photos look good? How to make them look professional.
    10. The best ebay promotional offers for sellers (personal accounts and business/shop accounts) and when they are run/tend to come about.
    11. The best Alibaba promotional offers/sales for sellers and when they are run/tend to come about.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Lindsey,

      many Thanks for your excellent post ideas, really – I appreciate it! 🙂


  18. Kasra Ghanbari

    Hi Andrew,

    I have been listening to some very interesting podcasts of interviews with entrepreneurs and the people who tell their stories really motivates me, so after reading your post today, I realised that with all your experience and the great story of becoming a professional business man from working in a warehouse not very long ago, you have a thing or two to say about your journey and it could really motivate your readers and also the people who buy your EAB course with the dream of becoming an online seller.
    Or maybe, you could write a book? 😀 after all, I guess it’s been one long journey and you could share your experiences and your mistakes so your readers and customers don’t make the same mistakes.
    You can also teach us some stuff about renting/buying warehouses or storages or other things that we should consider if we are planning on having lots of stock available and the insurances that cover the business.

    Merry Christmas

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much Kasra, great suggestions! 🙂

      Merry Christmas!


  19. Hi Andrew,
    As most people have all sorts of social media available to them and use it on a pretty much day to day basics, you see a lot of adverts which lead you to websites. Would this be something you may be able to Cover? Advertising on social media sites or even making pages on Facebook for example to encourage potential customers to your site ?
    Many thanks
    Enjoy your Christmas!!!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Bradley!

      I will definitely cover more of social media stuff in 2017!

      Merry Christmas!

  20. Ben Widdup

    Are there any good resources to keep up to date with trends specifically relating to limited edition new retail products released that have high immediate resale value? The items that have extreme high demand with limited supply. This could cover many niches, just wondering if there are any general places to learn more about finding out the most hottest and in demand stuff other than searching on eBay itself or any tips on how to look for this in eBay etc.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for your suggestion Ben! 🙂

  21. Ed Cayonette

    A listing script that synchronize posting with ebay buck promotions.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Ed,

      What do you mean by “ebay buck”?

  22. Dawn Lovejoy

    how to give the customer a memorable unpacking experience.

    how to retain customers and how to get repeat orders from customers

    1. Andrew Minalto


  23. Dawn Lovejoy

    any alternative to ebay such as ebid and maybe a look at niche selling sites such as Retruly

    1. Andrew Minalto


  24. Dawn Lovejoy

    how to attract customers to ebay listings via social media

    1. Andrew Minalto


  25. Hi Andrew, i’ve been a reader of your blogs for many years now and taken your EAB course. Love the update by the way.

    Could we discuss Amazon PPC and marketing tools within Amazon or any way to drive traffic to your Amazon private label product. Eg Facebook or Youtube etc. I really focus on Amazon now and leave ebay in the background but still have lots to learn with Amazon. I’ve tried their PPC/sponsored ads with £10 daily budget with limited success. Or the best way to achieve organic growth on Amazon.

    Have a good Christmas. Would love to win the voucher. I have missed out the last few years.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much Mike!

      Merry Christmas you too! 🙂


  26. Hi Andrew
    Love your site – it’s my go to place when I’m stuck!

    Suggestions for posts – apologies if you’ve already done them 🙂
    1. Charges for ebay and amazon explained: personal/pro accounts with pros and cons, advertising – ie you can pay 2 different ways on amazon, min spend is £1 per day, how VAT works on Amazon etc
    2. A break down of useful groups or networks , with a focus on the UK – I’m on a few Amazon seller groups but they are mainly US based.
    3. It’d be nice to see a compiled list of top tis from your readers or experts – what they wish they had known in month 1, which tools they use, how they deal with subject X
    4. What changes are taking place in other amazon or ebay markets that you think may impact the UK – for example EAN numbers in the US being checked they match the account holder.

    Thanks and happy christmas!

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much for your suggestions David, excellent post ideas! 🙂


  27. Liam Hawes

    I would think listing and reviewing some of the most useful Shopify plugins could be very helpful to some people. I know Shopify is used by lots of people and their selection of plugins is huge so I think it can overwhelm people sometimes.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks Liam, good idea!

  28. Craig Moulds


    My question is about facebook, do you think its worth putting togeather a facebook page for your store? If so whats the best way to get likes for your page and what about facebooks new ads system for advertising products on your ebay and amazon shop?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      First entry Craig, congrats! 🙂

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