US Sales Tax Holidays: What Online Sellers Need to Know

Sales Tax Holidays 2016 State Map

This post is by Jennifer Dunn, Chief of Content at TaxJar. Throughout her writing career, she has specialized in demystifying tricky income and sales tax concepts for business owners. Connect with Jennifer at @TaxJarJenn.

“Tax-free weekend.” “Severe weather preparedness holiday.” Depending on what part of the country you’re in, you may see sales tax holidays crop up in your state from time to time. As a buyer, they can be a great way to save a few bucks on school supplies or a new, more energy-efficient washing machine.

But as an online seller, sales tax holidays can present a major headache. If buyers are buying school supplies from your out-of-state online store during the tax-free weekend, they’re going to expect a tax-free purchase. If you aren’t prepared, you may end up with some unhappy customers.

But before we get to how online sellers should handle sales tax holidays, let’s back up. What’s the deal with sales tax holidays anyway?

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Avoid These 5 Amazon Product Research Pitfalls On Your Path To Success

Amazon Product Research Pitfalls

This post is by Greg Mercer, the founder of Amazon product research tool Jungle Scout, and a solution for Amazon product reviews, Review Kick.

The formula to finding a perfect product to sell on Amazon is deceptively simple: find a product with enough demand, limited competition, and enough profit margin at the end of the day to make it all worthwhile.

Through my experience researching and launching dozens of products, I have learned many lessons the hard way. There’s no need for you to go through my learning experiences yourself. In this post, I will outline five mistakes that Amazon sellers make when they research products.

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How to Find a Private Label Niche and Product to Sell on Amazon

How to Choose a Private Label Niche and Product

This post is by Manuel Becvar, Founder & CEO of sourcing education site Import Dojo. Manuel has been living and working in Hong Kong for the last 11 years. He runs several businesses including a sourcing company and a private label business selling products on Amazon, as well as public speaking and providing online courses.

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

I have no definite answer for you today but I will break it down in two parts including a step-by-step example of how I select products. Hopefully you’ll get a few ideas!

We will look at:

  1. How to pick a product niche, by looking at your personal situation.
  2. How to pick a product to private label within your niche.

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How to Use Trademarks to Protect Your Amazon Private Label Business

Amazon Private Label Trademarks

This post is by Eric Perrott, a trademark attorney at Gerben Law Firm, PLLC, a firm founded by Josh Gerben. Eric has extensive experience handling trademark matters for Amazon sellers, helping clients have more than 1,000 infringing listings removed.

Whether you are white labeling or private labeling, it’s important that you understand the role that trademarks can and do play in your Amazon store’s success.

White labelers order unbranded goods from a manufacturer and apply custom packaging, while private labelers procure and offer products exclusive to their Amazon store. Both approaches allow sellers to build a brand and market products under that brand, charging a premium for their items.

Let’s take a look at a few trademark tips that these Amazon sellers can’t afford to ignore.

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Selling Media Online: Books, Music, Movies and Video Games

Selling Media Online

This post is by Brennan Burns, Senior Relationship Manager at Monsoon Inc. Brennan works with sellers to optimize their use of Monsoon’s ecommerce management software and grow their marketplace sales. He has been with Monsoon for 8 years, and worked previously in the media business with video rental chain store Hollywood Entertainment.

Media products – books, music, DVDs and video games – were some of the first products to be sold successfully online. It’s easy to forget that today’s 800lb gorilla of ecommerce, Amazon, built its business selling books then moved into other media products, before expanding to become “the everything store”.

A lot has changed in the media world in the twenty years since Amazon was founded. The digital revolution has caused turmoil, with innovative products and services like Spotify, Netflix and the Kindle hurting sales of physical products. A succession of new video formats – HD, 3D, 4K – has delighted technology enthusiasts but bewildered slower adopters. And industry associations have taken a hard line on piracy.

So digital media has seen most of the glamor, innovation and controversy in recent years. But outside of the limelight physical media is still going strong. Despite music being the first category to go digital, it wasn’t until 2014 that digital music sales grew to equal physical music sales. Revenues from paper books were up last year, but eBooks have hit a plateau. Then in areas like console video games, textbooks and used items, physical media still reigns supreme.

In this article I’ll take an in-depth look at selling physical media products online. I’ll talk about the kind of businesses who sell media and why people still buy it, current trends and challenges for media sellers, and the best sales channels.

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