Monthly Archives: February 2019

Private Label Selling: Roundup 2019

Our best articles on selecting products, finding suppliers, marketing, brand protection and what the future holds for the private label business

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Private labeling is where you buy a generic item and add your own branding. For some, the appeal of this approach is obvious – it can require little time and effort but be incredibly lucrative.

It’s certainly one of the most popular strategies for people who sell through online marketplaces, especially Amazon sellers.

If you’re looking for inspiration, we spoke to Will Tjernlund about how he sold $6 million of private label products fresh out of college, and Adam Hudson built sales of $1 million annually but only puts 15 minutes a day into the business.

There’s certainly a lot of success stories out there, but are these star sellers the exception or the norm?

For this roundup we’ve selected our best ever articles on the topic of private labeling. As an introduction, Will Tjernlund talks us through some of the biggest rumours and myths around private labeling.

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Finding Your Amazon Niche: 10 Ideas For Private Label Product Research

Success on Amazon often comes from selling in a niche with passionate buyers and fewer competitors. Here’s how to find your perfect niche.

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This post is by Manuel Becvar, Founder & CEO of sourcing education site Import Dojo.

How do you find a private label product to sell? This is the number one question I get asked on an almost daily basis.

There’s no one method that’s right for everyone. Instead, there are many different methods you can use to find the perfect Amazon niche and product.

In this post, I’ll explain ten of my favorite research methods. Take a look and find one that works for you! The first nine ideas are popular and long-established methods that still work well but in the last part I want to let you in on my preferred method for developing successful products today.

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Root Causes: The Key to a Successful Amazon Suspension Appeal

Understanding what Amazon wants when they ask for root causes can make or break your chances of reinstating your ASIN or account

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This post is by Chris McCabe, owner and founder of ecommerceChris, LLC, an Amazon seller account consultancy.

Misunderstanding the cause of complaints that led to an account suspension is one of the biggest mistakes that sellers make, when they write their own Plan of Action. It may seem trivial at first glance, but if you don’t get the root causes right, Amazon’s investigator won’t even bother to look at your POA.

When Amazon asks you for the “root cause that led to the complaints” they really mean that: the ROOT cause. Tell them precisely what lies behind the complaints which led to the notification, as closely as you can.

Don’t quote back to them what a buyer said, or repeat Amazon’s opening paragraph. Many sellers do that, but you have to step forward and show some analysis. Here’s how to look beyond the symptoms and get to the root cause that Amazon asks for.

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Importing Products from China: Roundup 2019

Our best articles on finding manufacturers, using Alibaba and other sourcing sites, ensuring product quality, and complying with regulations

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Importing goods for sale is a profitable business model for many online sellers, but it is complex and can be a minefield of problems from poor product quality to shipments being held up at customs.

Many things can go wrong in the import/export process. There are several examples in private label seller Danny McMillan’s nightmare story about importing a shipment from China. Danny also covers everything he learned from the situation.

Thankfully, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there to help sellers import products from China. For this roundup we’ve selected our best importing articles and grouped them into four sections:

  • Finding suppliers from China and beyond
  • To Alibaba or not to Alibaba?
  • Getting the best out of your suppliers
  • Product quality and compliance

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eBay Global Shipping Program: All Your Questions Answered

eBay’s Global Shipping Program allows sellers to access international customers and reach new markets, but is it the best option for sellers?

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International shipping is a complex activity. There are a multitude of considerations from customs duties and taxes, to long delivery time frames and flawed parcel tracking.

eBay’s Global Shipping Program (GSP) aims to make international shipping easy for eBay sellers. With GSP you only have to ship your product to a warehouse in your own country, then eBay takes over and handles international delivery to the buyer.

But how well does the program work? What are the pros and cons? And is it really the best way to ship internationally?

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