June 22, 2013 - Started Amazon.com Seller Central FBA Account

It is possible for any USA citizen living in under-developed countries to earn thousands of dollars a month selling on Amazon.com.

The price of an umbrella outside the USA and Europe is U.S. $1,
while the going price of an umbrella in the USA is U.S. $10. 

As a world traveler, I can buy goods cheaply abroad, ship them to the USA, and sell them at retail prices to make great money. This means I do not have to buy in large quanities to start selling products at the same profit levels as a normal USA retail outlet. Actually, I can sell for less because I do not have to pay rent for a storefront.

Amazon Associates

Today is June 27, 2013, and I have until July 10 to send a few products to Amazon.com.

(On June 10, 2013, I fly to Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic. I chose to stop there because flights to Europe through the Dominican Republic are cheap with JetAirFly.com.)

Amazon.com Has the Worst and Best Business Model.

1. Amazon.com, in my opinion, offers digital nomads the WORST way of making money while living anywhere on the planet.

Amazon Assoicates

Take the example of my 10-year-old-plus page, Hobo Travel Gear. In 10 years, I have never received one dime from Amazon.com because clicks going to the Hobo Gear page cost me money. When a reader leaves the Hobotraveler.com website, we want them to leave by clicking on an advertisement that pays us a little money. Amazon Associates pays almost nothing. Then, why do I even bother to have their ad? It is where I place products I would recommend to any traveler; it is a service I provide to my fellow hoboes.

Link to the worst way of making money on Internet, Amazon Affiliates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

2. Amazon.com, on the other hand, offers digital nomads the BEST way of making money while living anywhere on the planet, in my opinion.

Amazon Seller Central

For 15 years, Selling on Ebay and Amazon Was Not Possible.

During my last 15 years of perpetual travel, it has never been possible for me to sell on Amazon.com or Ebay.com because I could not quickly reply to emails and so remain in good standing while living as a digital nomad.

FBA - Fulfillment by Amazon

Let Amazon Pick, Pack, and Ship Your Orders

You sell it, we ship it. Amazon has created one of the most advanced fulfillment networks in the world, and your business can benefit from our expertise. With Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) you store your products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Best of all, FBA can help you scale your business and reach more customers—in a 2012 survey, 64% of FBA respondents reported that their Unit sales increased on Amazon.com more than 20%, since joining FBA.

FBA is the solution I have needed! I am excited to put up my first products on Amazon.com. And what is really special is that I can sell what travelers really need yet still make good profits.

Based on my 15 years of perpetual travel, 99.99 percent of the products pushed by travel writers are products that would cause any pro traveler would say to you, politely: "This is silly travel gear." (Translation: “You're an idiot.”)

Members, log in now, and I will explain the first product I am trying to list, something that you need but cannot now easily buy in the USA.




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Gadget

Yes, I use a piece of the stuff to wash dishes. And, that photo is actually me showing how to carry a bar of soap.

I love this stuff, Scrub-net?

Good name for it. Andy

Ilovehobos

Ok, so how do you sell it ? Im guessing from last story you bought some bar-scan-codes to uniquely identify this product ? Do you have to package or is it already to go with just a stick on bar-code ?

Can I put any legal product in a bag,box,crate etc. and use these bar codes from GS1us.org to sell on Amazon ? Are the bar-codes expensive and how does it work ?

I think your onto something. Just took you fifteen years to get there. )

Chuck WoW

Gadget

How do you sell it?
No web site needed, no special knowledge, the Amazon.com system does the selling.

I believe the art is buying at way below retail prices.

This is the wonderful part, you do not need to buy bar codes. Establish an account on Seller Central, then find the thing that says add a product, and you will get all these warnings,
Is your product already listed.
Then you can find ones to piggyback on.

There is a book called:
Barcode Booty: How I found and sold $2 million of junk on eBay and Amazon, And you can, too, using your phone... by Steve Weber

HEY- Welcome back Chuck Wow, please tell the long-term members what you did, and that you will promise to not Chuck Wow on the site.

I did the GS1us.org thing to buy my own bar codes because I like to invent products and I am always outside the USA. Outside the USA I see products without a barcode, and to sell a product without a bar code you need to one.

You use the existing bar code, you do not need to buy bar codes.

I believe that only 1 in maybe 2000 users of seller central need to get way to buy barcodes.

Buying at way below Amazon retail is the goal.

This is arbitrage, making money on the difference, you do the hard work of finding truly cheap products. Then you buy many to sell, to the people that are wanting convenience.

For a kick, get on Amazon.com and search for Ziplock Bags. You will see that a person must really want the convenience to pay the prices offered.

This is similar to the 7/11 strategy, make it easy to buy, and the customers will pay 3 times the normal price, sort of the Duty Free buyers on steroids.

Go to youtube, and do searches for selling on Amazon, there are 100s of videos to watch. When you feel safe, then make the jump, but it cost nothing to join Seller Central and open and account.

This is truly a very small investment start up company, whereby anyone living outside the USA can truly do better than the ones inside. Why? Because all the products sold outside the USA are 1/3 to 1/50 the price. And in Europe, they pay even more than the USA.

Buy low, and sell high, like the stock market, but if you are good at math, this is a guaranteed win.

If anyone has a truly great idea on a great travel product, after I test it, I would sell it and give them the lions share of the profits as a finders agreement. Click on private message to write me.

Ilovehobos

Tell the long term members what I did ???

I got married to a beautiful Thai women who is also a cook. Best decision I ever made. I did not jump right into it because of all the horror storys about doing such a thing. But I knew her a 1 1/2 years before we married.

All things are well but over a year of marriage and she still has not received a visa to USA. Apparently Immigration is bogged down with all the illegal immigrants in the U.S.A seeking working papers and such that LEGAL immigrants are put in the back of the line. She doesnt even want to live in USA just wants to see me, see the sights, meet the family etc. but was not granted a tourist visa. ( You need to show a compeling reason to return to Thailand for a USA torist visa, *(House,Large Bank account,Large business, etc)

Basically the US government are forcing her to become a permanent resident so she can visit....crazy.

anyway she should be here by September and Hope we return to Thailand after Xmas.....

But about you selling this wash cloth from Africa, I am still confused. Your just going to send them a box of wash clothes to AMAZON and they are going to package,ship and send you the profits ?.....Were are the bar-codes ? The bar-codes you mentioned are for your Inventions ? How will they be tracked for shipment,picking,packing if no barcodes or does Amazon assign them a IN_HOUSE # code for a fee ?

Gadget

All items for Amazon need a bar code.
All items for Amazon need packaged.
You need to package them, obeying the rule of Amazon.com.
You need to put a bar code on the package:

Three way to do this:
1. Buy the right from another person.
(Note, if that person stop paying GS1us.org, I believe the bar code ends.
2. Buy your own from GS1us.org and pay the yearly fee.
3. Copy from a package of similar product, and hope you do not get caught.

Again, this is a business.

Do you know a product you want to sell?
If you cannot think of a product that is sold really cheap, that you can buy, this is sold on Amazon.com for 10 times more, then this is not going to work. Your have be a good buyer.



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