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Back-to-School Season on Amazon - NOW
It’s Back-to-School season. That means textbooks and school books to me –
but all kinds of things, right.
I have backpacks, purses, luggage to sell – iPad covers, cell phone cases –
gadgets like calculators, earphones, mice and keyboard. Then there’s Hooked
on Phonics sets.
There are battery chargers, windshield wipers, adapters for various kinds
of plugs, even a GPS satellite thingy for cars.
Textbook season comes twice a year for me – in the fall and in the spring
or winter. It is December / January before spring semester. And it is August /
September before fall. Back-to-school for the kiddies is now — late summer!
I use a Personal Device Assistant (PDA) with a scanner for my books and many
barcode items — and then I use apps on my phone to fine tune my selections.
A few things are from clearance at retail stores – like backpacks, tote bags,
sealed gadgets. And a lot is from yard and estate sales, and thrift stores.
This is called Arbitrage. Buying low and selling higher.
I found a lot at a neighborhood yard sale recently, up the road 12 to 15 miles –
where it was real pretty and green, and house after house was having a yard sale.
I have quite a lot. Sorting thru, taking pictures, cleaning up, packing for shipping
is not my most favorite job. So, I’m hiring my boyfriend. He likes to help, and
doesn’t mind the pocket change. I’ll do most of the computer work – research,
listing on Amazon. And then:
1) pictures – most of the items are not on Amazon – yet, until I list them
2) UPC codes for new items not already on Amazon – Amazon insists on UPC
numbers. Barcodes suffice – unless the item doesn’t have one.
3) some items will go to eBay – they need good pictures
4) Hooked on Phonics – I have 3 boxed sets – some are missing booklets or CDs.
What is missing? Note this in Descriptions, and/or call the company and
5) Phoenix Theory cassette tapes for court reporter training – where do
we sell those? – I think court reporters have their own websites and hangouts
6) Amazon likes white backgrounds – may need to send some pics to a $5 pro
on www.fiverr.com who knows how to set backgrounds white
That’s some of what will need to be done. Pretty easy once we get it all sorted out.
Set up a system. Because I want to get back to writing on my 2nd eBook gig since
April — Yay! Good thing for me Mark is learning how to do some of this.
Hope your summer is going well!
P.S. I’m also looking for a virtual assistant – someone who can do online research
to start. Not managing my Amazon store and inventory or anything like that.
But looking up information – finding product information specifics, for instance.
Any ideas of someone you think might be a good, let me know. Thanks!
P.S.S. Look for me on Pinterest.com! It’s a great place for showcasing — things
that inspire, places to visit, products we use, books and a lot of nice pictures!
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One of the key things I do to bring in sales on Amazon is what I call updating. It’s part of managing inventory.
Of course, the first thing one needs to do — if you haven”t done it yet, and you are interested, is open an account on Amazon.
Yes, without an account, you can’t do anything.
I opened my Amazon account in 2002. I opened my account on eBay about a year later.
But first things first, open an Amazon account. You’ll need a credit card.
When you get ready to open an Amazon Seller account, you’ll need your bank account information too — a place Amazon can deposit money for sales you make.
OK. Today I’ll stop here. This will give you something to do or think about regarding Amazon.
Next time we can go a little deeper — and I’ll talk to you about managing inventory and updating prices.
So, if you’re interested, you can also starting thinking about things you’d like to sell on Amazon.
I am available on a limited basis as writer-copywriter, consultant and math-science tutor.
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Online private label, wholesale selling, retail arbitrage and everything arbitrage are becoming very popular on all kinds of sites online. Getting started with arbitrage is pretty easy. Private label and wholesale are a little more involved.
A friend of mine has built up an online business over the last couple of years – she sells trendy cute clothes to young women.
My experience selling online is with eBay and Amazon. I do arbitrage … that is buying low and selling high.
I see where things are going, however, for the entrepreneur and online seller … they are headed for the private label and wholesale products. That’s what my friend sells. She goes to those big shows in Las Vegas, finds clothing and accessories she likes and orders from vendors.
I started out selling used books on Amazon in 2002. I sold a lot two times a year, before the college spring and winter semesters August/September and December/January. I sold lots of textbooks. It was great. But it wasn’t enough to pay all the bills. It was a hobby …. until about 2011/2012.
My friend started with Facebook, then a business page on Facebook. Then she set up a GoDaddy shopping cart site. Her and her husband were struggling to make ends meet. She started selling handmade headbands, head pieces. She hired a model to model these pieces and set up a website to sell them.
Today, I pay my bills with the money I earn from a variety of products and goods I sell online. I first expanded into “collectible” or used toys and games — after selling mostly used books. Selling toys and game helped me grow my business.
These are different ways to sell products online. You can sell on your own from your own website, or you can start selling on eBay or Amazon. Doing arbitrage selling – buying a variety of things, which could be from retail clearance shelves, thrift stores or yard sales is one way to get started. But if you really want to make a go of it long term, you want to figure out private label or wholesale products that sell … and that takes a little more business savvy.
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about selling products online with retail arbitrage Chris Green’s book is a good place to start.
P.S.S. Also, I am available on a limited basis to help you or people you know with online marketing writing projects – in alternative health, selling products online, retail arbitrage and with a pre-med background — math, chem, biology and basic physics.
P.S.S.S This is an excellent product I am selling on- and off-line. As soon as I send one in it sells. When you see one from EditWrite — that is me!
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Many years ago, I had a friend who was a professional astrologer. One late Montana summer night many, many moons ago, he told me my Uranus on a mid-heaven in the 12th house in my chart meant I’d be universally known for my wit, but I’d always be behind the scenes. Only a few would know of me.
Since I’d be universally known for my wit, he said, I needed to work very hard — so I would not instead be known as a dim-wit.
I don’t believe in astrology; but I do work hard and smart I hope.
And today I’m going to share a couple of things I’ve learned thru experience, study and research that I believe are true:
Much of what I’ve learned over recent years revolves around great marketers — the likes of Jay Abraham, Mark Ford (Michael Masterson), Bob Bly and others.
But early on when I first started surfing the web and finding out about these things, it was my friend Cheri Walsh who shared the most enlightening info.
She wrote a lovely little ebook that she sold online and I bought in 2002. It was a how-to ebook about starting a small business and working for oneself.
I put it in into practice, and before I knew it, I had my own little business. I wasn’t getting rich mind you, but I finally was able to bring in about $1000 profit a month.
Cheri also told me about Ewen Chia — the world’s #1 Affiliate Marketer. Cheri was working on making her first million online, she told me, and Ewen had already done it. Cheri started out online at the same time as Ewen, and watched him do it. She believed, trusted and liked Ewen.
I titled this section WEBSITES. And I’ve been leading up to it.
What I remember about Ewen Chia early on, is what he said below in this paraphrased quote:
“My online business did not take off until I learned to make websites.”
It’s important that we know something about code, website design — HTML, CSS, PHP, and WordPress.
I checked out my HTML5 and CSS3 books this week from my local library. It’s the least I can do to be more successful — learn a little Code for myself and my clients.
As we get good enough — we can hire a web designer who is better than us, who wants to do this full time. But as head honcho in our businesses, we need to know best practices and be expert at all of it — to give instructions that don’t lose us money.
Visit my site often, sign up for my ezine — and watch how my website and online image improve as I learn professional website skills — self-taught or otherwise!