On this episode of The Full-Time FBA Present, we focus on three Amazon vendor truths that no one else will let you know. We first unpack how integrity is essential for us and the way we at all times goal to be sincere with our viewers, earlier than revealing the three truths that Amazon sellers have to know, together with useful assets that will help you alongside your Amazon vendor journey. We share our experiences and encourage listeners to view these laborious truths as alternatives to be taught and develop. By means of this candid dialog, you’ll hear invaluable insights and recommendation to assist flip part-time hours right into a full-time revenue. Hear right this moment!
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Episode 189 Transcript:
[0:00:01.8] ANNOUNCER: Welcome to The Full-Time FBA Present. In every episode, it’s our purpose that will help you flip part-time hours right into a full-time revenue, promoting virtually something on Amazon. Now, your hosts of the present, Stephen and Rebecca Smotherman.
[0:00:21.5] STEPHEN: Welcome to episode quantity 189 of The Full-Time FBA Present. At present, we’re speaking about three Amazon vendor truths that no one else goes to let you know and we’ll discuss this with us right this moment is my spouse, Rebecca. What’s up, Rebecca?
[0:00:34.9] REBECCA: Hey there, I’m excited for a brand new episode and looking out ahead to stepping into this episode specifically, it’s a tough matter as a result of it’s going to deliver up some issues that aren’t enjoyable to speak about however I believe that it’s really a extremely good one to cowl so I’m actually glad that we’re stepping into it.
[0:00:52.9] STEPHEN: yeah, me too. Have you ever ever performed the sport three truths and a lie?
[0:00:56.5] REBECCA: Oh no, it’s two truths and a lie
[0:00:57.0] STEPHEN: Is it two truths and a lie? Okay.
[0:00:58.3] REBECCA: I can’t bear in mind.
[0:00:59.2] STEPHEN: Okay, okay, it’s a few truths and a lie and you must select what the lie is. Effectively, the advantage of this episode is we’re not going to mislead you. We’re simply going to deliver you the three Amazon vendor truths and we’ll do this in right this moment’s episode of The Full-Time FBA present.
[0:01:11.3] REBECCA: Three truths and no lies.
[0:01:16.7] REBECCA: One of many issues that we take most significantly right here on The Full-Time FBA present and within the Full-Time FBA teaching enterprise is our integrity and easily put we’re at all times going to be sincere with you, even when which means lacking out on attainable methods to make affiliate commissions.
For instance, we’re approached usually by reseller-focused mortgage corporations, providing us huge commissions if we might inform our tens of hundreds of followers to borrow cash by means of their firm however we merely can’t do this whereas on the identical time, telling you that we don’t ever counsel utilizing debt to develop your Amazon enterprise or there are occasions when non-public label gurus need us to advertise their programs that price $10,000 or extra and we’d get an enormous fee.
However we merely can’t do this and let you know that personal label will not be a method we recommend for newbie Amazon sellers, which is one thing we’ve accomplished prior to now, particularly in episode quantity 96. You may return and hearken to that if you wish to test it out. We don’t suppose their non-public label is unhealthy, it’s simply not an important technique for those who’re a newbie, and particularly if anyone’s telling you, “It’s best to pay $10,000 and I’ll make all of it straightforward for you.”
So integrity means so much to us and hopefully, it means so much to you as properly. With that in thoughts, we’re going to speak right this moment about three Amazon vendor truths that no one else goes to be telling you.
[0:02:40.6] STEPHEN: After we say no one else, we imply we’ve by no means heard anyone else share these truths. So I imply, has somebody really mentioned what we’re going to say? Perhaps however we expect this could be the primary time that somebody is sharing these laborious truths with you and it’s some truths that you just have to know. So let’s leap proper into it with Amazon reseller reality primary, you’re not going to promote every thing that you just attempt to promote.
Most Amazon sellers don’t even take into consideration this. It’s a actuality that many people have to know and perceive and settle for. Now, with the fitting training and coaching, you’re going to have the ability to promote virtually the entire issues that you just need to promote however not every thing. The reality is, there’s going to be unsellable returns, you particularly as a beginner, you’re going to purchase stock that’s by no means going to promote and also you simply find yourself having to do a removing order and generally you realize, it will get so unhealthy that you just discover out you can’t even promote the merchandise at a storage sale.
You thought you might promote on Amazon and you’ll’t even give it away. You may ask me how I do know this, from expertise. Yup, that’s proper. So there are different examples of occasions when Amazon sellers you realize, don’t really promote the gadgets that they suppose they’re going to promote. It’s one thing that’s going to occur. Now, I’m not telling you this to discourage you however moderately, to encourage you.
You see, it’s regular for there to be conditions the place you don’t promote one thing that you just assumed you had been going to promote. Some Amazon sellers, particularly newbies can get actually discouraged after they don’t promote one thing and so they’re now caught with undesirable stock, and for those who let it, that discouragement can steal your pleasure of being an Amazon vendor and so for those who occur to have stock that you just’re not in a position to promote, guess what? You’re regular.
Simply ask your self, “Okay, what can I be taught from this case? The place did issues go incorrect, how might I’ve prevented this? What can I do to keep away from this case from repeating itself sooner or later?” and people classes from these conditions can assist you attain the success that you just’re on the lookout for in the long term and the way you shouldn’t repeat these errors and the Amazon vendor that learns from their errors, they’re going to be a profitable Amazon vendor.
[0:04:37.1] REBECCA: The second Amazon reseller reality that we wished to deliver earlier than you right this moment is that Amazon goes to alter or add a rule at a while or one other that would doubtlessly impression your backside line. Amazon updates their guidelines or updates their charges on a regular basis and for every rule or charge replace, there’s a possible of upsetting your regular patterns for operating your Amazon enterprise.
Not many Amazon sellers come into this enterprise anticipating these modifications, so when a rule change or a charge improve happens, these are the sellers who’re simply going to freak out, and freaking out is one thing that we simply by no means encourage that you just do right here at Full-Time FBA. You’ve most likely heard us say that dozens of occasions however primary, don’t freak out.
As a substitute of freaking out, what we actually encourage is discovering out extra concerning the pointers or the charge updates to out what’s actually occurring. We do that so much in our Full-Time FBA Fb group and we’ll additionally share our perspective on why issues should not as unhealthy as individuals suppose they’re.
We at all times attempt to discover the method that exhibits how Amazon is doing issues in a method that can assist us all in the long term as a result of that’s actually what’s occurring. We pleasure ourselves on at all times discovering the silver lining and even the earnings that include that silver lining. Amazon needs us to succeed in order that they are going to succeed and so that’s typically what it comes right down to whenever you see these rule modifications and charge modifications.
One of many issues that we train in our teaching program is that anytime “unhealthy occurs” there’s at all times a possibility that we will discover to enhance our abilities. So if a success charge goes up 10%, then we have to enhance our sourcing abilities by not less than 10% and that can make us higher at sourcing worthwhile stock that’s not impacted by that charge or if a model unexpectedly turns into gated.
Then we simply have to pivot and discover, one, one other platform that we will use to promote that current stock, or two, discover different worthwhile manufacturers to promote on Amazon in order that gating of the model will not be the top of our enterprise. Are these options straightforward? Typically they’re and generally they’re not. These items actually do impression your small business however this can be a enterprise and issues should not at all times going to be straightforward.
If it had been straightforward, everybody can be doing it and also you’d be making much more cash than you might be proper now. We might be making much more cash than we’re proper now, it’s laborious. It’s laborious work however it’s worthwhile and profitable for those who’re in a position to pivot for those who’re in a position to work to seek out these silver linings.
So if there are any rule updates or charge modifications that basically impression you, come take a look at our tackle the updates, they’ll be posted within the Fb group, fulltimefba.com/fb is the place you’ll discover that. More often than not, we’ll present you that silver lining or share how we’re making a pivot to come back out on high.
[0:07:36.3] STEPHEN: One other benefit of promoting on Amazon, Amazon normally doesn’t shock you and surprises you with these modifications. They announce their charge modifications you realize, 4 to 6 months upfront. They replace you on completely different pointers or rule modifications very far upfront to be able to form of make the modifications or crucial pivots in your small business to – you’ll be capable of maintain these modifications and never be devastated by them.
[0:08:02.4] REBECCA: Now, they do this however they’re additionally very well-known for burying the lead of their emails. Once they ship out these notifications, they don’t at all times make it actual clear what they’re speaking about and in order that’s why we wish to go over this stuff in our newsletters, in our Fb group, on our reside movies.
So be sure to’re signed up at fulltimefba.com to the e-newsletter, be sure to’re within the Fb group. When these updates come out, you may come to us and we’ll have the option that will help you stroll by means of these notifications to see what are they really speaking about as a result of it’s not at all times straightforward to inform.
[0:08:34.4] STEPHEN: That’s proper. So the third Amazon reseller reality that different persons are not going to let you know is that a few of your clients are going to attempt to cheat you.
[0:08:44.3] REBECCA: Boo.
[0:08:45.8] STEPHEN: Sure.
[0:08:45.7] REBECCA: It occurs. It does occur.
[0:08:46.9] STEPHEN: It does, and we’re form of weary of sharing this reality with you as a result of a few of you will hear, “Most of your clients are going to attempt to cheat you” and that’s not what we’re saying. We’re saying some and to be extra exact, possibly one or two clients are going to attempt to cheat you and what can we imply by this?
Effectively, we reside in a damaged world and there are individuals who merely attempt to cheat the programs to their benefit and that is true with some Amazon clients as properly. Some examples are clients who will purchase one thing brand-new after which return a used merchandise as a replacement. In Amazon lingo, that is referred to as a switcheroo.
In different instances, clients will declare they by no means obtained a package deal that clearly had supply affirmation and with a purpose to get these gadgets without spending a dime and in all these conditions, there are methods you can deal with them so that you just’re not cheated too badly. , you simply have to comply with up with these conditions and ensure issues are corrected.
Like regarding the switcheroo, you may take photos of their removing order and open up a ticket with vendor help and clarify the scenario. Additionally, to you’ll want to use the phrase switcheroo as Amazon assistance will know precisely what which means, and with regard to clients claiming they by no means obtained their merchandise, Amazon ought to both reimburse you if it was an FBA order after 45 days if the merchandise was not ever returned to the warehouse or if was returned, it’s going to return into your stock so that you’ll see it in your stock.
Now, you’re not going to have the ability to repair the entire occasions a buyer tries to cheat you, and as a facet be aware, generally this stuff occur and the client’s not really making an attempt to cheat you, they’ve simply made a mistake or they’re simply not knowledgeable within the understanding the scenario accurately.
There are going to be occasions when a buyer may attempt to cheat you however it’s so tremendous uncommon and so it’s vital to grasp that despite the fact that it sucks, this retail theft is a standard a part of doing enterprise and I do know that doesn’t take away the sting however it might probably not less than allow you to let go and never take issues personally. What that you must do is figure these conditions into your small business mannequin. All retail shops work this into their enterprise fashions and we have to as properly.
[0:10:45.0] REBECCA: So this wasn’t a enjoyable episode, we do these now and again however it’s an vital one in order that we can assist you to grasp these three truths, these three vendor truths higher. One, you’re not going to promote all of your stock however that’s regular and to be anticipated when you find yourself in a enterprise the place you’re promoting stock.
Two, Amazon will replace one thing, their pointers or their charges and it’ll impression your common enterprise patterns however you may alter and you’ll nonetheless come out on high and achieve success and three, just a few of your clients, a only a few of them may attempt to cheat you however that’s tremendous uncommon and it’s additionally to be anticipated.
Don’t fear about it although, it’s not going to be something that can damage you, you simply have to work it into your small business mannequin. So on all of those simply bear in mind, none of those conditions will kill your small business if you’re ready the fitting method. A few of them may trigger you to pivot barely in your small business and even should make some huge pivots however bear in mind this: a bend within the highway will not be the top of the highway until you fail to make the flip.
I like that Stephen. Like Stephen mentioned earlier than, you may take these laborious conditions and see them as a possibility so that you can enhance your abilities and simply get higher as a vendor, and once more if you wish to be the primary to know learn how to interpret these rule modifications or these pointers as guideline updates, charge updates, as they arrive out, make sure you’re on our mailing checklist fulltimefba.com to get subscribed to that checklist.
We ship out a e-newsletter a couple of times per week and we attempt to just be sure you’re on high of all of this stuff and that you just get different info that you must assist develop your Amazon enterprise, show you how to make a full-time revenue with part-time hours.
[0:12:31.6] REBECCA: Only a reminder as at all times, that yow will discover the present notes and the transcript for this episode at fulltimefba.com/189 as a result of that is episode quantity 189. You’ll additionally discover the entire hyperlinks that we talked about on this episode at that hyperlink.
[0:12:46.6] STEPHEN: Subsequent week on the present, we’re going to reply the query, “How a lot reseller competitors is an excessive amount of?” You’re outsourcing, you see that there’s a whole lot of competitors, properly, is it actually so much? Is it an excessive amount of, must you transfer on, must you purchase it, must you attempt to resell it? We’ll discuss that subsequent week on The Full-Time FBA Present.
[0:13:06.4] ANNOUNCER: That’s all for this episode of The Full-Time FBA Present. So head over to fulltimefba.com/podcast, the place you can find the present notes and hyperlinks from this episode. Whilst you’re there, subscribe to our e-newsletter the place you’ll get a number of free downloads of our widespread and useful Amazon FBA assets. Now, take motion on what you will have realized right this moment, so yow will discover success at turning part-time hours right into a full-time revenue with Amazon FBA.