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I started this blog to share my experience and knowledge in Amazon/eBay with other people, especially ones that are just starting out and need that little push to get them started. While you can read more about my story on my About Me page, I created this “Start Here” section to help you quicker find topics and articles you’re interested in.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them below each article in comments section. I always try to answer all comments within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.

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Andrew Minalto

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  1. Nadeem Khawaja

    Hi Andrew Minalto
    Could you please let me know which products can I import from Pakistan to sell them on Amazon UK. I have very good sources in that country. Thanks.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Nadeem,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You have to do the product research process on your own, no one will tell you exactly which products you can/should sell. Take a look at the JS app and just start doing the research:



  2. Hi Andrew.
    I was order from Alibaba IQOS HEETS. 40 blocks + 8 blocks free and 3 device free for 400$ (normal price around 1200$). They said its will be on friday and they send it. But after couple hours they told me its a new law to pay extra 350$ for ensurance and tax. And they said now my parcel stay on border and i must to pay. And every day its will growing because of delay for pay. And they not accept paypal. When im asking why they not accept they said because ours bussines accept pays until 1000$ whit WU and after 1000$ bank transfer. But when im asking to prof that they said my parcel they just send me pic of parcel but whithout adress or something else to prof that. And after im ask them about document or even his name he said you are new customer so you dont need to know that. What i need to do ?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Karolis,

      You have been scammed, plain and simple.

      You will never see that money again nor those goods.

      Please read through my blog posts to learn how to avoid such scams on Alibaba, IF you plan on importing something in the future.


  3. Hello, Andrew

    I am Hristiyan seller on eBay.
    Could you please tell us more about email marketing. I see that you have used Aweber. Is there some information about how to add the customer emails to the list and promote them.
    I am looking forward to your response, Andrew.

    Have a great day ahead!

    Best Regards,

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Hristiyan,

      I’m sorry, but I don’t sell on eBay anymore so don’t really know what’s the latest there…


  4. Ramachandra Samartha

    Thanks for what you are offering here Andrew. I’m determined to succeed with FBA and so much of what you say rings true. I’ve looked through dozens of sites with various ‘gurus’ and ‘coaches’ who don’t offer much but a slick sales pitch and an obvious desire to part me from what little money I have. I’m doing research with various free tools and none of them seem to offer what I see Jungle Scout can provide, so it’s nice to see you getting straight to the point about what is needed and how much it will cost to get started. I’m trying to save money for the first inventory purchase and initial outlay for Jungle Scout. I like what you have to say and once I get the initial purchase amount for product and launch I look forward to getting going with your Amazon Sharks program. You’ve already helped me more with the free content you offer than any of those other coaches so I look forward to getting into your paid content.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks very much! You made my day! 🙂


  5. Elliot Campbell

    Hi Andrew,

    I’m looking to start an ebay/amazon business from the very beginning, could you advise what the first steps would be? I have begun by buying a couple of cheap things on ebay to get some rep just wondering where to go from here.


    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Elliot,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I don’t sell on eBay anymore so can’t help with that (even though I have tons of articles published on eBay topic on my blog).

      For Amazon – I recommend you watch my FREE video which covers the main principles of a successful Amazon business:



  6. Here’s another story which may make you even happier you quit eBay–and it’s from the buyer’s perspective yet. I never received an item I bought after numerous attempts so finally had to get a refund via eBay. The seller had never even shipped the item, and had loaded several bogus tracking numbers.

    Because of this experience I left a neutral FB for the seller–not a negative. Guess what the seller did? Gave away my personal contact info (phone number, house location, email etc) to online spammers and now I’m being harassed 24/7.

    I contacted eBay and they said they’ll “report” the event, which I know means nothing at all will happen. It’s not even clear that any laws were broken. But if you think you can’t get negative FB as a buyer, think again.

    I should have known not to give accurate info to eBay (but then how to get deliveries?) and especially not to use a valuable email address with them.
    Lesson learned.

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Thanks for sharing this with us Mike.


  7. Mark Tankard

    Hi Andrew
    We deal with a reputable medical supplier from China and noticed that Insulin syringes with needles were a good seller on Amazon and e-bay. We watched the sales for months and decided to order some to sell along with our other products.
    They arrived and we were having good sales until suddenly our listing was removed and e-bay told us it was a restricted item and banned us stating that someone had reported us.
    This was a suprise to us as there were many other sellers selling similar items. We do not want to jepordise our other products that we sell but we cannot fail to notice that even though some sellers get removed shortly after listing other sellers seem immune and continue to sell without ever being removed.
    Amazon is the same. Our listing was removed after we sent some stock to them to be despatched FBA. We even checked with them first if it was ok to send the stock after our dealings with e-bay and they said yes but then removed our listing and now we have stranded inventory.
    What confuses me again is that there are other sellers of similar items to ours selling Insulin syringes on Amazon including FBA and have been on years.
    Why do Amazon keep telling me it a restricted item but ignore their own rules for other sellers?

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Hard to say, could it be that the product itself carries some patents? OR only medical companies can sell it? Or there’s a brand name on it?

      My guess is that as this is a HIGHLY risky product, that needs to be properly certified/tested, Amazon only allows few companies to sell it or at least ones that can provide solid proof of product source, on-going testing etc.

      That’s my guess.


  8. Hi Andrew,

    I have been looking for some face products in alibaba site i crossed a supplier who has 4 years gold and in Trade Assurance Business Type: Manufacturer, Trading Company, Buying Office
    and assessed supplier too, but i am just very surprised to see most best selling beauty products in amazon they have it not with the same logo even i found clinique face wash that currently i use it but not with clinique logo, do you think its fake site? its too good to be true,
    how can i find out if its fake, can i share the company link if you can look at it, i was almost ordering a sample,

    kind regards

    1. Andrew Minalto

      Hi Ogai,

      It is most likely FAKE/scam, yes!

      You can’t get genuine BRANDED products from Mainland China- they will be fakes/copies or pure scam.


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