Podcast Episode 189 – 3 Amazon Vendor Truths that No person Else is Going to Inform You


On this episode of The Full-Time FBA Present, we talk about three Amazon vendor truths that no one else will inform you. We first unpack how integrity is essential for us and the way we at all times goal to be trustworthy 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 onerous 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 as we speak!

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[0:00:01.8] ANNOUNCER: Welcome to The Full-Time FBA Present. In every episode, it’s our aim 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. Right now, we’re speaking about three Amazon vendor truths that no one else goes to inform you and we’ll speak about this with us as we speak is my spouse, Rebecca. What’s up, Rebecca?

[0:00:34.9] REBECCA: Hey there, I’m excited for a brand new episode and searching ahead to entering into this episode specifically, it’s a troublesome subject as a result of it’s going to convey up some issues that aren’t enjoyable to speak about however I believe that it’s truly a extremely good one to cowl so I’m actually glad that we’re entering 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 keep in mind.

[0:00:59.2] STEPHEN: Okay, okay, it’s a few truths and a lie and you must pick what the lie is. Effectively, the benefit of this episode is we’re not going to misinform you. We’re simply going to convey you the three Amazon vendor truths and we’ll try this in as we speak’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 critically 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 trustworthy with you, even when meaning lacking out on attainable methods to make affiliate commissions.

For instance, we’re approached typically by reseller-focused mortgage firms, providing us large commissions if we might inform our tens of 1000’s of followers to borrow cash by their firm however we merely can’t try 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 personal 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 try this and inform you that non-public label shouldn’t be a method we advise for newbie Amazon sellers, which is one thing we’ve accomplished prior to now, particularly in episode quantity 96. You’ll be able to return and take heed to that if you wish to test it out. We don’t suppose their personal label is unhealthy, it’s simply not an awesome technique in the event you’re a newbie, and particularly if any individual’s telling you, “You need 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 as we speak about three Amazon vendor truths that no one else goes to be telling you.

[0:02:40.6] STEPHEN: Once we say no one else, we imply we’ve by no means heard anyone else share these truths. So I imply, has somebody truly stated what we’re going to say? Perhaps however we expect this is likely to be the primary time that somebody is sharing these onerous 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 all the pieces 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 proper schooling and coaching, you’re going to have the ability to promote virtually all the issues that you just wish to promote however not all the pieces. 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 , it will get so unhealthy that you just discover out that you would be able to’t even promote the merchandise at a storage sale.

You thought you possibly can promote on Amazon and you may’t even give it away. You’ll be able to ask me how I do know this, from expertise. Yup, that’s proper. So there are different examples of occasions when Amazon sellers , don’t truly promote the objects 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 slightly, 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 in the event you let it, that discouragement can steal your pleasure of being an Amazon vendor and so in the event you 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 fallacious, how might I’ve averted this? What can I do to keep away from this case from repeating itself sooner or later?” and people classes from these conditions may also help 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 convey earlier than you as we speak is that Amazon goes to vary 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 working your Amazon enterprise.

Not many Amazon sellers come into this enterprise anticipating these modifications, so when a rule change or a charge enhance 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 an alternative of freaking out, what we actually encourage is discovering out extra concerning the tips 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 will not be as unhealthy as folks 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 delight 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’ll succeed and so that’s typically what it comes right down to while you see these rule modifications and charge modifications.

One of many issues that we educate in our teaching program is that anytime “unhealthy occurs” there’s at all times a possibility that we are able to discover to enhance our abilities. So if a achievement charge goes up 10%, then we have to enhance our sourcing abilities by at the very least 10% and that can make us higher at sourcing worthwhile stock that’s not impacted by that charge or if a model hastily turns into gated.

Then we simply have to pivot and discover, one, one other platform that we are able to use to promote that present stock, or two, discover different worthwhile manufacturers to promote on Amazon in order that gating of the model shouldn’t be the top of our enterprise. Are these options straightforward? Typically they’re and generally they’re not. This stuff actually do impression your enterprise however it is a enterprise and issues will not be at all times going to be straightforward.

If it had been straightforward, everybody could be doing it and also you’d be making much more cash than you’re proper now. We might be making much more cash than we’re proper now, it’s onerous. It’s onerous work however it’s worthwhile and profitable in the event you’re in a position to pivot in the event you’re in a position to work to seek out these silver linings.

So if there are any rule updates or charge modifications that actually impression you, come try 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 return out on prime.

[0:07:36.3] STEPHEN: One other benefit of promoting on Amazon, Amazon often doesn’t shock you and surprises you with these modifications. They announce their charge modifications , 4 to 6 months prematurely. They replace you on completely different tips or rule modifications very far prematurely so that you could sort of make the modifications or crucial pivots in your enterprise to – you’ll have the ability to handle these modifications and never be devastated by them.

[0:08:02.4] REBECCA: Now, they try 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 prefer to go over this stuff in our newsletters, in our Fb group, on our stay 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 possibly can come to us and we’ll find a way that will help you stroll by 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 inform you 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 sort of weary of sharing this reality with you as a result of a few of you’re going to 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 will we imply by this?

Effectively, we stay 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 instead. In Amazon lingo, that is referred to as a switcheroo.

In different instances, clients will declare they by no means acquired a package deal that clearly had supply affirmation and in an effort to get these objects totally free and in all these conditions, there are methods that you would be able to deal with them so that you just’re not cheated too badly. You realize, you simply have to observe up with these conditions and ensure issues are corrected.

Like regarding the switcheroo, you possibly can take photos of their removing order and open up a ticket with vendor help and clarify the state of affairs. Additionally, to make sure to use the phrase switcheroo as Amazon assistance will know precisely what meaning, and with reference to clients claiming they by no means received 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 all the occasions a buyer tries to cheat you, and as a aspect be aware, generally this stuff occur and the shopper’s not truly making an attempt to cheat you, they’ve simply made a mistake or they’re simply not knowledgeable within the understanding the state of affairs accurately.

There are going to be occasions when a buyer may attempt to cheat you nevertheless it’s so tremendous uncommon and so it’s essential to grasp that though it sucks, this retail theft is a traditional a part of doing enterprise and I do know that doesn’t take away the sting however it could possibly at the very least allow you to let go and never take issues personally. What it’s essential to do is figure these conditions into your enterprise 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 every now and then nevertheless it’s an essential one in order that we may also help 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’re in a enterprise the place you’re promoting stock.

Two, Amazon will replace one thing, their tips or their charges and it’ll impression your common enterprise patterns however you possibly can regulate and you may nonetheless come out on prime and achieve success and three, a number of 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 spoil you, you simply have to work it into your enterprise mannequin. So on all of those simply keep in mind, none of those conditions will kill your enterprise if you’re ready the proper method. A few of them may trigger you to pivot barely in your enterprise and even need to make some large pivots however keep in mind this: a bend within the highway shouldn’t be the top of the highway until you fail to make the flip.

I like that Stephen. Like Stephen stated earlier than, you possibly can take these onerous 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 methods to interpret these rule modifications or these tips as guideline updates, charge updates, as they arrive out, be certain you’re on our mailing listing fulltimefba.com to get subscribed to that listing.

We ship out a e-newsletter a few times per week and we attempt to just remember to’re on prime of all of this stuff and that you just get different data it’s essential to assist develop your Amazon enterprise, provide help to make a full-time revenue with part-time hours.


[0:12:31.6] REBECCA: Only a reminder as at all times, that you 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 all the 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 quite a lot of competitors, properly, is it actually so much? Is it an excessive amount of, do you have to transfer on, do you have to purchase it, do you have to attempt to resell it? We’ll speak about 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 will see that 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 common and useful Amazon FBA assets. Now, take motion on what you’ve discovered as we speak, so you will discover success at turning part-time hours right into a full-time revenue with Amazon FBA.