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Stop Refreshing Your Stats!
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What do you do? An intro to the blog, Amazon FBA and me
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Doubling your money, courtesy of Best Buy!

Stop Refreshing Your Stats!

First of all – let me make something clear here. This is as much a reminder to myself as it is a challenge to you.

Today Amazon Seller Central and the Amazon Seller app aren’t showing your sales totals for the day and almost every FBA group on Facebook that I follow as well as my WhatsApp groups have had multiple people asking about it. Amazon knows that there is an issue and they are working on resolving it. You also can see your pending sales so you know that the FBA money is still rolling on in if you look close. (HelloProfit is still working too!)

The amount of time that has been wasted today with people freaking out about not being able to see their stats reminds me of back when I built automated AdSense websites which, for the most part was a numbers game. A common problem people would have is that they would build a bunch of sites – have a ton of traffic and then things would start to trail off because Google realized the sites were of low value and stopped sending traffic to their sites. The standard response and motivational speech that we started using amongst ourselves was to “STFU and build!” – referring to making more sites to replace the lost traffic.

That’s what I want to tell you today. Shut up and build your business. Stop doing things that aren’t going to impact your bottom line and concentrate on things that will. Stop refreshing your stats every five minutes and work on finding that next product to sell at a profit. Keep grinding!

Stop doing things that aren’t going to impact your bottom line and concentrate on things that will. Stop refreshing your stats every five minutes and work on finding that next product to sell at a profit. Stop getting distracted by Facebook. Stop worrying about the things you can’t control and start concentrating on the things you CAN control.

Shut Up and Build!

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

Doubling your money, courtesy of Best Buy!

Sorry folks – the deal in this blog post has expired. That said, it’s something that will likely happen again and I’ll be sure to let you guys know when it does!

Hi folks! Sadly this deal is about to expire (September 26th FOR NOW) but it’s a GREAT deal that Best Buy does a couple times a year. This is the first of (hopefully many) “Sourcing Hacks” posts that will help your money go further. I originally posted this in a couple FB groups on 9/12 as my “birthday gift” to the members of the groups.

Want the Cliff Notes version? Best Buy is giving $50 gift cards out to anyone who brings in ANY working tablet. Details below in the form of my original FB post.


 

Hi folks! This is my birthday gift to you!

Best Buy is currently doing a promotion where ANY WORKING TABLET that you trade in will give you a $50 gift card and a $50 coupon for one of the new galaxy tablets. The coupon is worthless (to me anyway) but the gift cards present a unique opportunity.

Now. Get on craigslist, Ebay, Aliexpress, Cowboom, Your local FB “for sale” group and/or whatever website you can think of to find cheap tablets. The cheaper the better obviously, with a couple notable exceptions – the tablet must NOT be a Nook, Kindle E-reader or Boogie Board – the tablet must turn on and there can’t be any cracks on the screen. THAT’S IT!

The promotion goes through 9/26 so I suggest that you make sure you know it’ll get to you in time for you to trade it i. If for some reason you don’t get it on time then don’t sweat it too much – Best Buy does a variation of this deal every six months or so.

The best thing about this deal? Best Buy sells Ebay gift cards.

So you can buy those with your best buy giftcard (tax free) and then source pretty much anything with it via Ebay at basicly 50% off if you can find a $25 tablet. I personally source a lot of stuff from Ebay AND got in on a tablet sale on Aliexpress and bought twenty tablets for only twenty-five bucks each so this is a huge deal for me.

I spent $500 up front and traded in 25+ tablets when I was out doing other sourcing and it Netted me over $1,000 in Ebay gift cards! Best of luck to you all and if you have any questions let me know.

Here are a few links/sources you may find useful if you decide to do this.

The original Slickdeals post on this deal (where I found out about this promo, highly recommend keeping an eye on this site for deals worth flipping)

Best Buy page for the promo (READ the fine print)

AliExpress (look for US shippers only if time is of the essence)

These AliExpress tablets were on sale for $25 and were the ones I bought twenty of, keep an eye on them – may drop down again.

Cowboom – this site is basicly Best Buy returns (which I find ironic and amusing as a source for this)
Here’s a couple current deals
$25 tablet – http://www.cowboom.com/product/1568396/
$30 tablet – http://www.cowboom.com/product/1542919…


Now for the fine print and caveats.

  • Technically, you are only allowed to trade in TWO tablets per person. Having traded in almost Twenty-Five of them during this promo alone I can tell you that that is a PER STORE limit, some stores will even let you do a second transaction with another two – all depends on the person at customer service
  • If you buy “no-name” tablets for the promo, go prepared to argue with some nitpicky customer service reps. They have a generic SKU they can use and will need to process the tablet as being RECYCLED. Some customer service reps will point out that the fine print says “Not all products are eligible for trade-in” – That said, in both fine print AND not so fine print it says ANY TABLET. Even in stores where the manager showed up and tried to argue that because it wasn’t in their system it wasn’t eligible I was able to do the trade in by politely and firmly pointing out the “Get a minimum $50 gift card for trade-in of any working tablet.” language and encouraging them to process the tablet as a recycle.

That’s it! I’ve been sourcing off ebay and had the bonus of having turned $500 of sourcing cash turned into $1k worth of ebay gift cards. Next time this promo goes live I’ll post linking to this page to let you know when to get in on it.

Happy Sourcing!

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