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What do you do? An intro to the blog, Amazon FBA and me

What do you do? An intro to the blog, Amazon FBA and me

It’s THE question that everyone that works online gets. Normally it’s from someone well-meaning, a cousin, your Mom, Your grandparents, your creepy neighbor who wants to “learn what you do”.

Over the years I’ve struggled to answer the question – partially because I’ve tried/done so many things. Explaining any of the following things I’ve done to grandma was difficult at best. I’ve done the whole Made For Adsense site building, Google Adwords advertising, Cost Per Action (CPA), I owned a free hosting site or two, dabbled in High Yield Interest Programs Ponzi’s(back when I was young and gullible), built cloaked gray hat sites, sold backlinks, did local SEO to sell leads to local businesses, built websites for local businesses – I’ve done all that – and more. Some of that stuff was hard to explain at thanksgiving – what I do now is not.

Today, I make money by buying stuff cheap and selling it to random people via Amazon. I’m essentially in a market where I’m the broker at the intersection of deal shopping, shipping logistics and e-commerce. Way easier to explain to Grandma simply saying “I sell things on Amazon”

Before I continue I should probably introduce myself. My name is Matt Colvin, I am a 32 year old Medically Retired 11 year Veteran and proud former member of the United States Air Force. I grew up in East Tennessee & joined the Air Force when I was 19 to see the world and I’ve had the pleasure to see a lot of it. My final duty station was in Tokyo, Japan and my wife and I would go back in a heartbeat if rent wasn’t so high/rooms so small.

As a kid, the internet fascinated me. AOL chat rooms, ordering free samples of stuff on the web, making friends that I have to this day. I helped my dad build computers and explored the internet.

When I was like 11-12 years old I was playing in the woods and digging through a heap of junk from where a house or trailer used to be and I came across an empty bottle that looked exactly like the one on the left “Simba Cola” – apparently it was a Coke version of Mt. Dew from the 60’s or 70’s. I decided the only rational thing to do was to try and sell it online – on the long defunct webauctioneer.com. I made something like $7 on it and I’ve been convinced that the internet holds amazing potential ever since then. My number one goal since I was a kid has been to make money online. I’ve done various things over the years online that have made me significant amounts of money like selling digital items from video games but the most satisfying thus far has been my current ventures selling via “Fulfilled By Amazon” (FBA). I simply find Hello deals, print out labels for them, send them to Amazon and they handle EVERYTHING from there. I don’t have to be a customer support specialist, ship items daily or anything like that. I really enjoy the hunt for good deals and the challenges that the Amazon process presents.

After leaving my last job as a government contractor for medical reasons I transitioned from doing this part time as a hobby to working on this full time with the goal of building a business that can replace the income from my old job.

The reason I created this blog is so that I can help people who are just getting started out selling via FBA and share some deals that are big enough for all of us to make something off of.

I look forward to interacting with ya’ll soon!

Matt

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