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* Amazon Central / Re: This is new...
« on: Yesterday at 09:53:55 AM »
We're in the sandwich generation.

We've spent the better part since Feb 5th in Gainesville at the VA - Shands for my father.
BTW, if anyone ever would like to donate to an excellent program:
Fisher House Foundation

And before that, it was my husband's mother that we helped.

Blessed to be able to help them both my father and my beloved mother-in-law who passed.

You will find what you need, it's hard and requires many hours but in the end you will find what works for all.

My father is a veteran and many of his benefits helped with in home care and maybe some of those might help you.
I found in home care for my father via VA...hopefully that will help you.

My biggest disappointment was I found that many VA benefits had been cut since October of 2018 by 50% which made helping him much harder.
His designation is: Catastrophically Disabled
So sad that we promised our veterans and then promises were broken.

Your rule is similar to mine, if I'm expecting a phone call from Amazon then I will answer.
99.9% of my cases opened with Amazon state handle via email.
* Amazon Central / Re: This is new...
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:32:11 PM »
I have my phone set for only peeps added to my favorites list (on phone) can call after 9:00.

The reason I did that?
Ohhhh...allow me to tell you.

Amazon called me, mind you all in one night... 4 times!
After 11:00PM my time.

Had it been an issue that was very important, gotta answer right now...I'd have been thankful.

Was it?

No more.
Called the next morning to complain.
Don't know if it did any good...doubt it.

After that, only family gets thru to me after 9:00.

I still think it was a beta negative phone call.
It was their Amazon Warehouse issue.
<rolling eyes>

* Amazon Central / This is new...
« on: March 15, 2018, 03:09:32 PM »
I'm not sure if it's just me...
I received a negative feedback the other day.

I promptly received a PHONE CALL from Amazon.
I wasn't available so Amazon left a message.

The message stated:
We wanted to make you aware that a customer has left a negative feedback.
Please sign into your account and share your side of the product fulfillment.


It was fulfilled by Amazon and immediately removed once I notified them.

Has anyone else received a phone call?

I received a neutral day before yesterday on a fulfilled by Amazon.
No phone call and no removal once Amazon was notified.

I agree with hubster, he states a neutral (3) shouldn't count towards a positive or negative in our seller metrics/health report.
Especially when the wording of the feedback is a postive experience.
Goodness, I can remember wayyyyy back when and it being .10.
Rather than have the items sent back or destroyed, it was an easy choice to decide to let Amazon just keep in inventory.

Newbies gonna beeeyatch.
Thanks for posting.
Fees, Glorious Fees!
<eye rolling>
I've seen conflicting reports.
Some areas are doing better and some areas are doing worse.
I have been watching the stock though.
* Amazon Central / Re: Slow Sales Thread
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:43:00 PM »
It's been my normal ebb and flow.
I'm not sure if alot of the sellers are newbies...
They tend to think it should be all about the constant cha-ching.

Nothing out of the ordinary.

Not a ho
Read The Article in Full: Amazon Just Announced a New Whole Foods Perk for Some Users


In its latest discount roll-out since acquiring Whole Foods in 2017, Amazon announced on Tuesday it will offer 5% back to some Amazon credit card holders.

In conjunction with Whole Foods and Chase, Amazon has announced it will give 5% back on Whole Foods purchases made with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card and 3% back for the non-Prime version of the card.

Amazon has been slashing prices and offering deals and discounts since it took over Whole Foods.

* Amazon Central / Amazon FBA Checklist Manual (Step-by-Step)
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:34:54 AM »
Pretty Pretty Good List for anyone looking to start an Amazon business or to sharpen up your presence as a 3rd party seller.

Hey Reddit!

I have created an Amazon FBA Checklist that breaks down the frameworks of what it really looks like to get started selling on Amazon FBA! I've been using a modified version of this for a while now, but I decided to officially make a new one with more details so I can share it with everyone. This checklist will serve you as a basic guideline for the entire Amazon FBA process, and it has helped me countless times.

If you like, you can download this entire PDF for free here (disclosure: it links to my site to download), however, you can find the entire text below, which should be good enough to copy and paste it into a Word Document for personal use!

I am working to make this PDF better, so please let me know what helped you or what you would like to see more of in the comments.

Wishing you all the best,


Note: Link to download pdf isn't used.
Visit the Reddit post here to download the pdf

1 - Product Research
Step A: Idea Generation
Amazon Best Seller’s List
Retail Store Exploration
Amazon Movers and Shakers
AmazonBasics by Amazon
Amazon Storefronts
Amazon Product Sub-Tiers
“Customers Also Bought” Section
eBay Trending
Shopify Stores
AliExpress Weekly Best Sellers

Step B: Find Product Demand
Jungle Scout
Unicorn Smasher
Google Trends
Google Keyword Planner
999 Cart Track Method
Step C: Research Competitors
Analyze Competitor’s Reviews
2 - Product Sourcing
Step A: Find Product
Step B: Order a Sample
Pay for Sample
Evaluate Sample
Step C: Pay Your Supplier
Wire Transfer
Alibaba Secure Payment

3 - Choosing a Supplier
Step A: Evaluate Suppliers
Supplier Message Templates
Negotiation Message Templates
HubSpot CRM
Supplier Criteria
Accepted Payment Methods
Alibaba Status (i.e. Gold)
Supplier Verification
Language Quality
Supplier Reputation
Sample Quality
Response Rate
Supplier Type

4 - Legal
Step A: Patent Search
Google Patents
U.S. Patent Search
Step B: Trademark Search
U.S. Trademark Database
Step C: Business Entity
Refer to Setting up a Business
Step D: Legal Labels
Suffocation Labels

5 - Pricing
Step A: Determine Pricing
Amazon Revenue Calculator
Amazon Fulfillment Fees
5X Rule
Determine Minimum Profit Margins

6 - List an Amazon Product
Step A: Set up Amazon Seller Account
Choose a Seller Name
Create Amazon Seller Account
Add Professional Seller Plan ($39.99/mo)
Amazon Seller Central App
Step B: Take Product Photos
Virtuous Graphics
Step C: Get UPC Code
Buy a GS1 UPC Code
Step D: Create Amazon Listing
Product ID (UPC)
Product Name
Brand Name
Product Variations
Upload Product Images
Product Description
Key Product Features
Keywords & Search Terms
Dimensions & Weight
Step E: Create Shipment
Amazon FNSKU Barcode
Amazon Shipping Labels
Select Single Amazon FBA Warehouse
Step F: Place Order
Negotiate Costs
Determine Appropriate Quantity
Step G: Freight Forwarders

7 - Viral Launch
Strategy #1: Product Discounts / DealSites
Strategy #2: Amazon PPC
Determine Maximum ACoS
Automated Campaigns
Manual Campaigns
Strategy #3: Outside Paid Acquisition
Facebook Ads
Google Adwords
Pinterest Ads
YouTube Ads
Strategy #4: Launch to Existing Audience
Facebook Review Groups
Twitter Hashtags
Real life (get creative)
Sharing with Email List
Strategy #5: Build an Email List
Landing Page
Facebook Ad Lead Gen
Product Giveaways
Create Coupons
Optimize Keywords

8 - Review Automation
Amazon Early Reviewer Program
Amazon’s Top Reviewers
Email Follow-Up Campaigns
Feedback Genius
Social Media Reviews
Analyze Your Reviews

9 - Super Optimization
Amazon Marketing Services (AMS)
Advertise on Top Seller Listings
Keyword Optimization
Pricing Optimization
Product Optimization
A|B Test Pictures
Keyword Sourcing
Reorder Reviews
Remove Negative Amazon Seller Feedback
Lightning Deals
Bundle Products
Brand Registry

10 - Setting Up a Business
Step A: Choose Your Product Structure
Recommended: LLC
Options: Sole Proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, LP, LLP
Step B: Pick and Register Your Business Name
LegalZoom LLC
Step C: Get Licenses and Permits
Step D: Choose Your Accounting System
Refer to Taxes
Step E: Set Up Your Business Location
Recommended: Delaware, USA

11 - Building a Brand
Branding Basics
Determine your brand’s target audience
Define a branding mission statement
Research brands within your industry niche
Outline the key qualities & benefits your brand offers
Create a great brand logo & tagline
Form your brand’s business voice
Build a brand message and elevator pitch
Let your brand personality shine
Integrate your brand into every aspect of your business
Stay true to your brand
Facebook Page
Facebook Group
Instagram Profile
Create a Pinterest Account

Create a Twitter Account
Create a Website
12 - Taxes
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

13 - Automation
Virtual Assistants
Automated Processes
Outsourcing Product Research
Manage Supply Levels & Automatically Place New Orders
Amazon PPC
Keyword Research
Data Analysis
Customer Service

14 - Non-US Sellers
International Credit Card
US-based Phone Number
US EIN (Form SS-4)
Free U.S. Bank Account: Payoneer
Get a U.S. Mailing Address
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon adding crypto currency to payment methods?
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:23:56 AM »
Two very good choices on your part.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon adding crypto currency to payment methods?
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:14:00 PM »
Could be used for their apps/games.
We recently bought a new 10" Fire.
Downloaded games.
Found that once level was achieved, you can only go to next tier by buying coins.
Why not let us buy the game with all the flipping levels?
Whaddya think? Could be tied in.

BTW, games have been deleted.
Could sideload games from Google Play but <rolling eyes> C'mon Amazon.
* Amazon Central / Re: $21 billion reason Amazon wants to build its own UPS
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:10:45 PM »
* Amazon Central / Re: $21 billion reason Amazon wants to build its own UPS
« on: February 18, 2018, 10:56:09 AM »
I swear to goodness, most of mine come USPS.
* Amazon Central / Re: Unpacking and its Prime economy
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:25:54 AM »
It's one of the better articles I've seen in the last year
* Amazon Central / Re: $21 billion reason Amazon wants to build its own UPS
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:25:06 AM »
Your deliveries to you are mostly UPS?
Mine mostly come USPS and then UPS.
* Amazon Central / Unpacking and its Prime economy
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:50:03 PM »
Unpacking and its Prime economy
How Amazon's focus on fast shipping in the United States, customer loyalty and new technologies combined with aggressive expansion into other industries continues to pay off.

Good compilation of stats

* Amazon Central / Amazon Updated FBA fee preview now available
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:51:38 AM »
Updated FBA fee preview now available
Feb 5, 2018

You can now compare your current FBA fulfillment fees with the new rates that take effect on February 22, 2018. To preview your estimated fulfillment fees, you can use the FBA Revenue Calculator or the Fee Preview report.

For more information on the 2018 U.S. FBA fee changes, go to

As many of you know, I'm slowly backing off the amount of biz that I do with Amazon.
Closing in on retirement.
Anyhooo... I've sold so much self-fulfill that it does make me think I should be moving in that direction. Or at least half warehouse/half self-fullfill.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:48:56 AM »
Where in the world did you find that image?
One blog post.
One addition to my shared sites. (right hand column)

Anybody else?
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