UPC vs. FNSKU

https://youtu.be/SLm__9C6mJI

UPC vs. FNSKU

What is the difference between a UPC and a FNSKU and why do you need both to sell on Amazon? Watch this week’s video to find out!

Transcript:

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do I need both yes but why let’s talk

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about it

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hey welcome back for another episode of

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the bootstrap boutique or beginner’s

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built businesses I am glad you’re here

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today because we are going to talk about

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something that to students is a lot of

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people which is the difference between a

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UPC and an FN SKU and why you need both

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to sell on Amazon so what are the

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differences between an FN SKU in a UPC

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and why do you need those if you’re not

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going to just accept the answer that

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it’s because Amazon sets up a UPC well

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that’s the easy one that’s the one that

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we’re most familiar with it is a unique

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identifier for product there is a

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database gs1 that tracks in maintains

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UPC codes and who owns them and what

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products they’re tied to as FN SKU on

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the other hand is an Amazon specific

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identifier and that stands for

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fulfillment network stock keeping unit

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and FNS kg of how Amazon identify the

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product as unique to the seller sending

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it into the network a UPC is generally

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required for listing a product on Amazon

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and that’s when you use it as when

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you’re lifting your pallet when you’re

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setting up your product listing and one

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of the reasons for that is because the

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UPC has to be unique to each individual

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product so you can never reuse a UPC

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code and they want to make sure that

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what you’re putting in if you’re setting

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it up as a unique listing is in fact a

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unique product if you’re planning on

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only filling your products in Amazon and

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then the UPC only goes from that product

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listing it does not actually have to be

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on your product now an FN SKU does

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actually need to be physically on your

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product because it’s going to be scanned

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to take your items in and out of

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inventory in the Amazon warehouse a

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product should only have one scannable

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barcode we don’t want to be creating

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confusion and extra work for our friends

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in the Amazon warehouses that are

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facilitating the sell of our products so

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if you’re selling an Amazon then you

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should only have the FN SKU as a

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scannable barcode if your product does

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have a UPC on it it needs to be covered

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before it goes into the warehouse so I

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really hope that helps clear up some

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questions and confusion about what is

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the UPC what is the FN SKU and why do

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you need both to

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on the Amazon if you have any other

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questions about it feel free to leave

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them in the comments below and I will

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talk to you guys next week

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take care

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How Do I Get Suppliers To Work With My New Amazon Business?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns2L8U8s7MI

How do you get suppliers to work with a new Amazon Business?  In today’s video, I share a few strategies that have helped me find suppliers willing to work with me as a new business owner.

Watch to see how to get suppliers to work with a new business!

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what do you give me answer a question

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from another bootstrapper hey great idea

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do that today hey welcome back for

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another episode of the bootstrap

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boutique we’re beginners build

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businesses and I am glad you’re here

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today because we’re going to answer a

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question from another bootstrapper now

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this question wants to be a private

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message on YouTube and I answer the

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question to the person and then ever

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wrote back and said hey do you mind if I

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use this in a video in the future and

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they never responded so I’m going to

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give you the question but not their name

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just in case for some reason they don’t

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want it out there just just you know

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respect privacy subcision exactly tell

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me I could use it but here’s the

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question hi Megan thank you for your

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video is very helpful flattery is always

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welcome I’m currently in the process of

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reaching out the suppliers via Alibaba

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to source my product for private

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labeling however I am hesitant to reach

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out because I’ve read that suppliers

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prefer to work with established

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businesses to have major purchasing

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power do you have any advice on how I

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can convince suppliers to work with a

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brand new business Thanks

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I sure do let’s talk about baking it

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until you make it so this is a great

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question because if you put yourself in

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the shoes of a supplier who would you

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rather work with somebody that’s going

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to ask a bunch of questions and maybe

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only order 250 or 500 units or somebody

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that pretty much knows what they’re

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doing already and it’s going to order

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like 10,000 units at a time it’s not

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hard to see who is going to be more

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favorable to work with now does this

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mean that suppliers only want to work

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with large suppliers and will never take

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on a smaller order absolutely not and I

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would even hazard to guess that with the

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rising popularity of selling via FBA and

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in the private label ways that people

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are going about doing that and placing

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the test orders and then building up to

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larger orders from their that suppliers

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are probably becoming more comfortable

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with small orders to start now let’s get

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back to faking it until you make it

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here’s what I do not want you to do I

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don’t want you to lie I don’t want you

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to misrepresent who you are or what

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you’re doing but I do want you to

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represent yourself in the best light

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possible so you have the best chance of

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a relationship with the supplier that

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yes we’ll start small but hopefully it’s

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going to grow into a much more

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profitable fulfilling relationship for

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all parties involved so how do we

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convince a supplier to work with us well

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step one is to make a really good first

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impression in your initial email where

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you’re reaching out to ask questions

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about the product and see about getting

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a sample so let’s take a look at these

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two examples and you tell me who you’re

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going to respond to if you’re a supplier

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your supplier I am a new Amazon FBA

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seller and wants to launch my first

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product I’m hoping you could send me a

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sample of your fun roller please what is

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the least amount I can order if I like

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your product how much would that cost

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how would I pay you please respond and

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let me know if you can thanks Riley face

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Megan option 2 dear supplier my name is

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Megan and I’m the owner of downtown gem

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a company that specializes in selling

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gin accessories to home workout

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enthusiasts we are expanding our product

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line to include thumb rollers and would

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like to request a sample of your 14 inch

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foam roller for possible private label

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opportunities please respond to the

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following questions to see if it is

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possible for us to work together Thank

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You Megan John time Jim I mean I know

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who I’d rather work with

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I absolutely rather work with the person

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that’s got their mess together because

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the person in letter 1 sounds like they

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don’t really know what they’re doing and

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they’re going to cause you a lot of

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headaches you know how I know do I need

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to remind you about my supplier that

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told me they wouldn’t work with me

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anymore I’ll link it because it’s really

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still a little too painful to talk about

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go back to letter – I mean that is

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really the best way to present yourself

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while you are being totally honest about

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what you’re trying to do here you don’t

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need to tell us supplier yeah I’m doing

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ten million dollars and I’ve got five

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years in business experience if that’s

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not true if it’s true it absolutely

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builds credibility but if you’re first

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starting out don’t fall into your the

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site that you’re brand-new that is a way

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to get suppliers to not want to work

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with you and not take your small order

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there are some suppliers that are not

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going to respond to you there are some

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suppliers that are going to say yeah our

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minimum

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order quantity or moq is 10,000 units

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and we’re not budging on it that’s fine

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because they’re some I don’t say yeah we

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dictate your order here so you get your

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sample is fifty five dollars to ship it

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which is totally normal and you can go

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on from there you will find supplier

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that will take your small order when

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you’re just starting out so the second

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way to ensure that you’re able to find

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suppliers that will work with you is to

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contact a lot of them it’s okay to email

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10 15 20 suppliers because they won’t

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all respond to you or they won’t offer

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what it is that you want to sell so just

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cast a wide net and narrow down from

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there and that’s another way you can

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ensure that you will find somebody that

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wants to work with you

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I got a link in the description box

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below to a swipe file that you can use

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to contact suppliers it’s just kind of

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my own take on a lot of the other ones

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that are online you can absolutely go

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search email simple at descendants of

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fliers to request private label products

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or however you like to google phrases

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you probably don’t meet that many words

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that’s just well you guys have figured

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out by now I am a little worried but

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that will help you get started take it

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use it make it your own and happy

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sourcing I will talk to you guys next

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time get here

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Amy Hoang Does Amazon Her Own Way (and Crushes It!)

https://youtu.be/K7DBTUo8Uwc

Amy Hoang – multi-talented Amazon seller

In today’s video, I get the chance to visit with Amy Hoang and talk about how she got started selling on Amazon.

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you can do this alone but it’s so much

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more fun if you have some friends hey

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everybody welcome back for another

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episode of the bootstrap boutique were

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beginners build businesses I am so

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Weiser here because today we’re talking

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to Amy Tran Hong who is another Amazon

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seller let me tell you about Amy because

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she is so impressive she studied

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pharmacy in school she runs an Amazon

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FBA business as her husband she also has

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a small child at home that she is

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juggling all this at once she is a

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podcast woman sellers podcast

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she has a Facebook group dedicated to

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women sellers on Amazon FBA and she

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teaches a course called a light Raj all

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about using Aliexpress to source

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products of celery Amazon FBA I mean

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she’s a busy lady and she took time to

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talk to me and to share with us a little

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bit about her journey about why we think

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it is that women are less likely to

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start Amazon businesses which I just

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think is an interesting discussion and

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all kinds of other fun stuff so let’s go

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to the interview Amy thank you so much

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for being here today how are you I’m

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great

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thank you so much for having me yeah

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well I’m really happy that you’re here

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I’ve wanted to get you on for a long

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time because you know you and I we’ve

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got some things in common we’ve both

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been on step Vogler’s podcast that’s

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actually where I first heard about you

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and then I’m a member of your Facebook

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group the women’s sellers group and so

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I’m just really excited that you’re here

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today to share a little bit about your

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story and what what you’re doing so

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really glad you’re here why don’t you

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start off by telling us what what first

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catch is interested in its selling on

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Amazon FBA sure so I first started when

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I was in pharmacy school actually and I

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just wanted to make a couple hundred

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bucks to pay for books or for some

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expenses and it got it got bigger than

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that so initially I started with retail

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arbitrage and I always liked to shop so

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retail arbitrage was really attractive

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to me because it was like shopping but

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you get to make money so I was able to

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talk my husband into doing with me on

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the retail arbitrage like on you know

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the weekends or

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and so that was sort of like out date

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night yeah yeah so I became very

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rewarding but then it we kind of burnt

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out because there wasn’t something that

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we can scale I know a lot of people are

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really good at it and if they find way

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to scale retail arbitrage but cause it

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wasn’t the right fit and so then we

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moved into private labeling and we can

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talk more about that well that’s pretty

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much how I got started with Amazon and

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then eventually I got pregnant with the

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little one and so I was just like I have

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to find a way to make more money and

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during maternity leave I set a goal for

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myself am i I’m going to make so-and-so

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amount so that I can stay home a little

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bit more after I’m done with my

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maternity leave so that’s like my still

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reason nutshell yeah that’s awesome so

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you started off and you’re just like I

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just want to make a few hundred dollars

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a month or a few hundred dollars here

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and there just enough to cover expenses

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and then you start doing and you’re like

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oh but I can like make some more money

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doing this and it sounds like it just

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kind of snip off from there and you know

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you talk about starting a retail

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arbitrage I think that’s a really good

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place to start I’ve actually never done

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retail arbitrage I went straight into

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private label but a lot of people do

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that a lot of people start that way and

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you know I think if you’re concerned or

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you don’t want to put up like a thousand

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dollars or however much money into

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private label that’s a great way to just

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kind of dip your toes in the water so

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that that’s really cool it’s often that

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you were able to do that enough get to

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the point where you’re able to you know

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spend more time at home with your cake

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because I know that it’s really

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important to you wait what kind of

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problems did you have when you started

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because you know if you people that

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watch on Channel know I’m all about

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sharing the good bad and ugly so any big

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mistakes that you made along the way oh

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yeah I have the baby the bad and the

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I’ll chair I’m here one experience that

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I’ve had that almost pretty much ruined

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that for me almost no my first private

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label products I didn’t do too many too

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much research into it and so I just kind

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of jump in and then this author products

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about 500 units at about $8 each shift

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so it wasn’t like chump change but it

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wasn’t you know a huge amount that a lot

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of people whose getting started they’re

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like oh we have to put in 10,000 or

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20,000 dollars right are they and it was

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about 4,000 investment so that’s an for

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me with a lot so I invested that much

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and and then you know we were doing okay

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we were doing about maybe five units a

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day consistently leading up into prime

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day of 2015 when we just saw a spike in

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sales and we know it’s because prime day

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which is you know the Black Friday in

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women’s commerce right or Amazon so they

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promote the heck out of that day and we

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triple all fail so what I pull my

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husband up like I think we have

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something good here and so we went ahead

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and ordered more inventory and then

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afterwards the sales just plummeted to

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people who did about one or two a week

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if so yeah so we thought that we got

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something good and we reordered another

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huge batch of inventory and then we just

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had to you know kind of look at sales

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each week and say maybe you will pick up

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but it never did so we had to to liquid

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David so for us that was sort of like

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the initial challenge of you know

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finding the right product and knowing

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when to reorder so it was it was a big

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struggle perfect in the beginning

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because we didn’t know what we were

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doing was just kind of like jump

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straight in and didn’t do the research

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so I I stress out a lot that the product

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research is probably the most important

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step it’s that it’s fun – I think for me

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to find products or not they like to

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outsource that type of things laughs

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yeah that was one of my initial

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struggles

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yeah that must’ve been really scary I

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can see how your you say like that

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almost citizen because that that’s not a

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good feeling so you ended up having did

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you liquidate on Amazon or did you have

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them return inventory to you and fell on

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like eBay or something

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no I actually just slashed a price to

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almost breakeven I think we lost a

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little bit because it’s

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PPC we just left a price to get rid o

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from all the inventory yeah well that’s

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an important part too is like you can’t

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get too attached to your products right

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because that can happen or something

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that happened with the market or like

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Amazon can decide to sell on and you

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know it’s just like yeah the things can

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happen and then you’re just kind of like

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in a tough spot so that’s um that’s a

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big one so you know I would trade go

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sorry glad I don’t know I was just

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saying I try not to get too attached we

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did do the whole nine yard week we got

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special packaging we got a logo on the

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product we have to go to a community all

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that good stuff

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but if it wasn’t a product that has

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enough demand for the competition hmm

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you’re absolutely right you can’t really

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get too attached to your promises yeah

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so let’s talk a little bit about how you

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source products now because you do

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something a little different than like

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what is generally thought of for looking

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at private label and that’s you use I

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think Alibaba for sorry Alex Ali’s press

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pretty extensively just what can you

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tell us a little bit about how you

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figured out that method yeah absolutely

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so my husband and I we we coined the

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term Ali traj which is pretty much just

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reach our charge without express so

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initially we did use Alibaba like

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everybody else and we saw that it was

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tough too

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I guess it’s for people who have a

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budget it was really hard to just test

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products because they’re moq or a

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minimum order quantity was really high

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for the most part and so we wanted to

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find a way to test products quickly and

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make a make the turnaround time quick

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enough so that we can determine whether

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or not we want to go big with the

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product so we went to I’ll Express and

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we look for products using Jang Moscow

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to do the research and so that’s how our

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charge was born so it’s pretty much just

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trying to test products to see that it

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will make sales initially with very

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minimum advertising and giveaways and if

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it’s if it still sells with little or no

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giveaways or promotion then we know that

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with more than there’s potential for

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that product so I usually test about 200

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units from two to three hundred units

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depending on the price and then I just

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keep on you know doing more with

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different products and it doesn’t have

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to be in the same niche it could be be

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nice let me have if you can do a

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community that will be easier to launch

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products in the same niche but for us it

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doesn’t have to be so that’s how that’s

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pretty much the gist of all each charge

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something or something but you don’t

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understand no I think this for anybody

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that doesn’t know Aliexpress is it’s a

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little different than a leave oven that

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you can order like one product right as

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the Alibaba they might want you to order

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500 or something right and now they try

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so that’s one of the beauty of it the

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second duty is that you can literally

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order and get it shipped to Amazon

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within a week or two so it’s very quick

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as long as you have a good communication

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agent or somebody that you can trust

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over there and have them handle all of

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your products and your QA or QC which is

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a body control and punish and have it

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shipped to Amazon they do all the

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labeling and they do all the packaging

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and you know you pretty much just have

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to work off your computer which is

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really nice but honest especially if we

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have a little one it’s very hard thing

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so yeah so we’re really lucky and I

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stressed a lot about the agent there’s a

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relationship that you build which other

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agent is really important especially now

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when we’re in the middle of q2 but we

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have to start building that relationship

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now until we won q4 hips you get to

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order your products ordered and

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everything squared out yeah absolutely

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how did you find your agent yeah that’s

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a good question actually had to get this

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after a lot so I go onto Aliexpress and

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I look with a profit and then I put ask

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a question just like how you do in on

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Amazon and about 9% of times those are

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those people that you’re talking to our

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agents

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so you just have to ask the right

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question and are communicating then you

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kind of gauge to see if they work for

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specific manufacturer or they are

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independent and so once you get that

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idea then you can talk to them on a

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one-on-one basis like with what for apps

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whatever you know and and then you kind

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of gauge to see how they’re how responds

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that they are how their English is and

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that’s how I usually check out my agents

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and see if there’s some way that I can

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work with and there’s been time where

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you know I I didn’t like the agent

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because they they just didn’t work out

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for me but I found one that pretty much

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can source any product if I asking to so

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he he’s a general agent not just for one

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manufacturer yeah that’s really smart

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is that something you teach in your auto

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charge of course yeah it is it’s one of

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the things where I kind of walk through

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how to communicate and how to contact

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those those agents on that Express you

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can still do it on Alibaba too but a lot

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of times those agents work directly with

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the manufacturer so if you trying to

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launch product in a different niche it’s

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a little bit more difficult so that’s

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why I prefer Aliexpress yeah and so

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you’re always charged course that you

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have like I mean obviously sounds like

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you teach how to go on Aliexpress and

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find products but what else do you teach

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in that force what else do you cover so

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I do if so the LA charge course is

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geared toward people who are a beginner

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and they’re trying to learn the loops

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and how to get into Amazon so I start

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out teaching them about how to set up

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their account

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what to look out for so your account

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let’s get in trouble and I walk them

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through how to search products so how to

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research using jungle scout there are a

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lot of research tools out there

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I prefer John with scout and I yeah and

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then I showed them how to validate the

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product so it’s really important when

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you you look at the product and you’re

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like okay maybe this works maybe it

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doesn’t and you also have to validate to

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make sure that it sells and I also use

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jealous gal but Elsie

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camel camel camel I go through how to

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use different tools and how to come up

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with idea so a lot of times people get

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stuck on the product research stage and

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and so I kind of give them some ideas

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and then I go through the my metrics so

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I have a very specific metrics on how I

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find products and make sure that it’s

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like a home run but then I saw that

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people kind of got stuck with the home

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run products I’m like maybe you can find

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your first base second base product and

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kind of jumped in with like those low

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hanging fruits so that you can still

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make sales you know not so that you

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don’t get discouraged so then the I also

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teach them how to build that

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relationship with the your agent and

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then after you make your sales what do

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you need to do before those sales

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actually I teach them how to start a

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listing because a lot of times people

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have questions about how to create a

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listing tune and once you have your

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product on Amazon then the important

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thing is how to make sales so I should

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show them how to run PPC and you know

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although the whole nine yards so it goes

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from getting the idea getting started to

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launching a product to eventually making

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a brand out of your Amazon store yeah

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awesome so it’s a really comprehensive

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course then yeah that’s often and

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unfortunately it’s not open now so this

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isn’t a sale set but we’re going to get

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a link to your website so when it is

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open I can let people know about it if

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that’s something they’re interested I

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really think the ollie chart strategy is

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interesting and that’s probably

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something I give you some coaching on is

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how to just navigate Aliexpress because

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whenever I go on there I’ve played

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around with it some and I’ve sent some

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inquiries and actually ordered some

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products released a second product I

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want to launch from Ollie charge I was

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kind of using it as a faster way to get

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samples in a cheaper way to get Santas

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but you know I I just I don’t know I

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probably could use some help around

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there but you said something else that’s

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really interesting that I think is

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important for people to hear which is

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product selection is a place for a lot

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of people get stuck

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because people are afraid and I was

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afraid to and you were probably afraid

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too that you’re not going to pick the

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perfect product when you start and it’s

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just it’s really hard for your very

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first product out of the gate to be

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perfect you know to check every single

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box you can do it and people do but you

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know to me there’s value and just doing

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it going through launching a product on

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Amazon and you know maybe it’s something

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like you said you were selling five a

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day for your first product until prime

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day like that’s that’s pretty good for

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our first product I think um you know

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it’s just like it just you just got to

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try stuff and you’ve got to go out and

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do it

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it’s refine along the way so very cool

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another another thing that I hadn’t

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mentioned before that you and I have in

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common is on part of your Facebook group

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which has really focused on women’s

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sellers and Bernie ladies that are that

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are watching I would definitely

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recommend you check it out because it’s

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a really good supportive Amazon

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community it’s just like a nice place to

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be on Facebook but you know why was it

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important to you to create a women’s

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focus group on Facebook yeah so creating

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this woman sellers group wasn’t Adam it

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wasn’t my idea so I heard a quick an

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idea from a song yeah it was really kind

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of a coincident because I I noticed that

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a lot of the groups that are out there

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for selling on Amazon is now dominant

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and it there’s nothing wrong with you

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guys we love you and everything but I

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think a lot of times the woman would say

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they’re afraid to speak up and ask them

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questions they they just feel like

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they’re you know you know who am I to

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talk and when there’s a lot of guys and

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so one day I have somebody who inbox me

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and I don’t know who they are and this

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is after the UM the podcast on with the

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Scots house after I interviewed with so

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some somebody found me they inbox me

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they’re like hey why isn’t there a group

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just a woman sellers and then I just

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went ahead and I was like okay well I’ll

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create a group and then I’ll put it out

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there for every

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in the in the other groups who are

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interested and so I literally just type

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in you know if anybody interested in a

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woman fellers group and then I post a

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link what you know I got a mission from

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Earth and and then lo and behold I had I

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think by the end of the night we had

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about three or four hundred people in

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the group so it was it grew

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exponentially and and it’s a community

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where people can just you know be open

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and either supportive and I know that

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it’s kind of change both lives because

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they they go in and want one lady for

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example said you know just felt really

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lonely because she work from home and

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she just missed the office ceiling and

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so she posts a picture of where you know

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her workspace in the next day she post

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another picture of our workspace could

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if you’d be like Starbucks Oh outside

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yeah and a lot of people liked it and

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for that reason she did not go back to

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work and I was just like wow so she just

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needed like a community like somebody to

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you know feel like belong to and so I

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think that made me you know kind of

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realize that this there’s something

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going on here for you know this type of

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community for a woman sellers yeah it’s

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a great group I get a lot of value out

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of it there’s a lot of really high value

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conversations that happen in that group

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too and so I feel like I’ve learned a

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lot from from being there so I’m glad

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somebody inbox you and put the idea in

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your head that she’s with it that’s

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awesome

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but you know truly there’s a lot of

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men’s or male-dominated Facebook groups

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because it seems like it’s mostly guys

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that sell on Amazon I mean I don’t you

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know Europeana jungle Scout I’m a senior

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jungle scout and Greg marks are recently

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emailed out a survey that they did the

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results of a survey did you see that or

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no I didn’t infographic I’ll put a link

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to it in the description but they

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surveyed 3,000 sellers and they found

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like 70% of Amazon sellers of 3000 are

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men and I thought that’s really

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interesting because all the statistics

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you hear are like women are starting

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businesses at a higher rate than men are

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you know if you think about head see you

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think about that’s a pretty woman

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dominated platform and so I just do you

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do you know like what do you think is

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the reason that women are what less

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likely to start a private label business

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I think it’s because this type of

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business it’s you have to be very

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risk-averse so if somebody who jumped in

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they might be intimidated and so I think

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for us women were a little bit more

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careful and so we might think that is

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not something that’s sustainable and

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they’re more hesitant to jump in versus

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a male men they will come amend a man

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they were come in and maybe drop you

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know thousands of dollars to on a

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product and then more money on launching

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it and promoting it and so I think that

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it is intimidating especially for a

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woman who maybe it’s not supportive of

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her being an entrepreneur and so the

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thought just never crossed my mind

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anymore even though she was just

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interested in it and that’s why I think

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that you know there are women who are

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doing it kind of under the table and

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kind of hush-hush about it yeah so the

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woman that are I know people who woman

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who are maybe in the seventh Baker in

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terms of sales right now and they are

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very you know quiet about their business

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and so I think that’s the reason why

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maybe the survey there’s no fish less

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it’s a small amount of woman because

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they’re just not showy not to say that

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men are showy but they’re more likely to

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you know some kind of admit to that

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they’ve bad with business and there’s

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something they’re proud of yeah yeah

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that’s definitely true and you know

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efficiency because it’s it’s even true

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for like for my youtube channel the

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statistics for like 75 percent men which

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is surprising to me but like Amy said

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before we we love you guys for glad

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you’re here but it’s just it is a little

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a little surprising to me that there’s

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not more women that do this because

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especially if you want to run your own

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small business

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you want to be a stay-at-home mom is

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such a good business model because you

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can you could do it your nap time or at

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night after you know your kids go to bed

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or if you just want like a little side

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income like what I’m doing I mean it

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it’s just it is risky though and I think

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that’s what trips up a lot of a lot of

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women at least to start but it’s such a

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good model that I’m just constantly

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surprised by it yeah but it’s very it’s

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you’re right it’s very flexible and you

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can literally do it when your kid is

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napping or late at night or early in the

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morning just a couple hours a day is all

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that it takes and baby steps right you

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just do a little bit one thing at a time

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and for women especially for a woman

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with kids is something that they like

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for me I just wanted to make some more

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more money so I can stay home with my

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son and that will be enough to motivate

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most people just having that mentality

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and the motivation to you well I think

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that’s really all the stuff I wanted to

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ask you about and I really appreciate

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you taking time because we we actually

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behind the scenes full disclosure we are

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shooting this after our children have

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come to bed late at night so the point

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you can work it around your schedule so

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I really appreciate you taking the time

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Amy maybe you can come back when Ali

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taja goes live again and we can talk a

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little bit more about that and about

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what you’re teaching in that class yeah

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thank you for having me and I love what

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you’re doing you’re encouraging a lot of

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people to get started and sometimes if

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you know I have a podcast but face to

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face and seeing the person actually

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talking and what they’re doing really

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makes a difference so I’m glad you’re

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doing what you’re doing and again you

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know as mom’s I think we can relate to

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you know why we’re doing this and so for

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a lot of people I encourage you to get

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started if you can and it just takes a

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couple hours a day oh yeah that’s right

593
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and the woman’s father forecast that’s a

594
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really good resource you’ve had a lot of

595
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awesome interviews with some pretty

596
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impressive ladies so I’ve been enjoying

597
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listening to that also awesome thank you

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so much all right well thank you so much

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Amy I preach

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and we will talk soon okay yes

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absolutely

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bye-bye have a good night yep bye nice

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The Amazing Seller Meetup – Charlotte, NC

https://youtu.be/uunocjwo4Yo

The Amazing Seller

This week I’m sharing a little vlog I did for the Amazing Seller meetup in Charlotte, NC.  Enjoy!

Transcript:

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all right here we go that I am putting

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the car in reverse we are headed to let

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me not back in the tree told you to have

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waited for today

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headed to the amazing seller he s meet

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up and Charlotte I’m so ready to get

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there and meet everybody so it’s gonna

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be a really fun night I will talk to you

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soon all right here we go

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please hey welcome back for another

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episode of the bootstrap movie for

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beginners build business is that I’m

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glad you’re here because this week we’ve

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got Scott from the amazing seller here

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[Music]

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all right Scott what’s your favorite

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thing about selling on Amazon my

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favorite thing about selling on Amazon

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is that they do most of the work

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what’s the harvesting the hardest thing

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not for me after a lot of getting

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started but I also think meeting in

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themselves they can actually awesome

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thank you

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[Music]

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and you

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it was just such a good reminder that

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whenever you can go and meet people face

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the paper you should do that because

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there’s so much value in that this was

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such a good night I met a lot of really

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interesting people doing really

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interesting stuff and I’m so bummed I

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can’t go to the meetup tomorrow the

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workshop they’re hosting but I just

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can’t get the only common commitments

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but it was so interesting to learn about

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everybody in all the different places

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they are in the process of building a

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business on Amazon and all the different

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routes that people have taken to get

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here and things that they’re trying out

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and working on accomplishing so time

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well-spent for sure there’s somebody

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getting in the car many I’m sure he

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thinks I’m a crazy person but I really

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enjoyed it so much so I’m sorry I really

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hope this video was gonna be longer but

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it was way too loud in there for the

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audio to work we’ll be in such a good

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time so if you ever have a chance to go

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and do a live meetup you should

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absolutely take it even if you’re

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somebody like me that’s super

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introverted and I’m probably going to

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sleep like a rock tonight because being

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a lot of people just makes me very tired

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because that’s okay because it’s worth

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it and I know I learned a lot and I made

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some new friends I’m sure bill will be

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on the channel heckling me now telling

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me that I need to get back in stocks I’m

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killing my Amazon ranking which I

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already knew that but he told me again

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but yeah it was such a good night guys

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such a good night so absolutely if you

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have the chance to do a meet-up and get

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go do it I will talk to you guys next

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week

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take care

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because I’m losing Emily all right Scott

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favorite my favorite thing about

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Yamazaki

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what is the bleep favorite that i play

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my treat up already

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yeah what is the secret but you’re going

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to ask me though you have to do analysis

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real man oh well

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