A Honest Review of ASM
In this post I will be talking about the Amazing Selling Machines Amazon Private label Course and giving an “A Honest Review of ASM”.
First and foremost I need you to know that I am an affiliate marketer, that sells Retail Arbitrage on Amazon. You are already probably getting emails and notifications that the course is reopening. I am going to tell you why you should not part with $3,500 – $4,000 to take ASM in the 4th quarter of the 2014 selling season, so bear with me and read this whole post or watch the hangout video that will be embedded at the end of the post.
If you have never sold on Amazon before we need to discuss several things. First and foremost ASM is going to be presented and broken down in a way that makes it seem easy peasy. There is no easy button for Private Labeling on Amazon, if it was easy every experienced FBA seller would be doing it.
Secondly, we are officially in the 4th quarter selling season and for FBA sellers like my self this is the time to make bank, not the time to get lessons drip fed to you on private labeling once a week.
The amount of money the course costs should have you running for the hills. I don't celebrate the holidays, so I can only imagine what the cost of buying gifts for your loved ones can add up to. So not only does the creators of ASM want you to take a gamble on them but they want you to do it during the time of year that most people are going in to debt for the holidays for their families.
Now I said this was going to be an honest review of ASM, so the truth is there are people who have paid for the course and are killing it with Private Labeling. So yes you can succeed.
The course is structured in a way that you learn how to research products, contact suppliers, order products, have your labels created for said product so it is private labeled. They do teach you how to private label products on Amazon.
New To Selling On Amazon
But if you have never sold on Amazon there are some things you need to know:
This is a real business, which means it is governed by the rules of a real business that resides in the state or country you live in. Translation:
You will need a business license
Liability insurance – This is in Amazons Terms of Service
Capital – If you choose to give ASM $3,500-4,000 you still will need additional capital to purchase the product you are going to private label
Let's not forget getting approval in Amazon's newly gated categories – DVD's, Health and Personal, Beauty, and Grocery (a lot of examples you will see demonstrated for ASM will be in Health and Personal – Garcinea Cambogia, Best Vitamin C Serum)
Last but least who is going to teach you Amazon's rules? Yes Amazon has rules for their sellers. Amazon is very protective of their customers! Not to mention if Amazon decides to close your seller account because you did not follow the rules, your private label dreams and $3500 investment will go up in smoke.
Look I know why ASM sounds appealing to you. Let me give you some reasons:
You want to work from home and leave the corporate world behind
You want to get out of debt
You want to travel and enjoy life on your terms
You want to spend more time with your family
You want to help others in need
You have dreams and you hear people are killing it on Amazon
Stop buying into other peoples dreams and buy into your own! You don't want to buy into a $4,000 course only to find that all the promises of an easy button prove false it is hard work. Answer this honestly, how will you feel when you take $3500 – 4,000 from your family funds and then don't succeed? Can you afford that type of risk? Will you add extra stress to yourself during the 4th quarter which is usually a stressful time making sure your family has the best holiday ever? Yes it can be done, but will you be one of those who succeed and recoup your investment?
Remember you have to find a supplier for your product. You will have to find a product that has an amazing rank in a category you can sell in, or you will have to get approved in the gated category if that is where your product is. Being a brand new seller with no track record with Amazon, let me know how that goes for you, getting approved in a gated category.
Then you have to find a supplier and I am sure you will want a US supplier, why don't you go do a Google Search right now for a US private label supplier. Matter of fact I highly recommend you watch all the free training that Amazing Selling Machine gives while it is in re-launch. So you can put it into practice they truly tell you everything you need to know to find products to private label in their free videos that lead up to the launch.
Did you find a US private label supplier? Or did you find all the products you think would be great to private label on Amazon you need to source from China (check into the cost of shipping from china and customs). Look out for the curve ball it is coming straight for your head. Have fun finding liability insurance for products sourced out of the United States, you do want to be in compliance with Amazon's guidelines right? Don't get caught with your hand in the cookie jar and then beg Amazon for forgiveness after.
If you found a supplier are they asking you for a re-seller certificate, your liability insurance? Did you calculate the cost for ordering samples to make sure the product is of high quality? Are they willing to print your private label for your product and attach it to the product? Did you buy your UPC codes?
Now let's say you get your product to Amazon, now the work really begins because you need it to sell and get ranked. You are now competing with all the other sellers who have the same private labeled product you have. Did you create an amazing Product Listing? How does your products pictures look? Do they meet Amazon's guidelines? Let me share the perfect resource for you to create an amazing Product Listing. That resource is called “Amazon Advantage” by Karon Thacktson you can check out the Google Hangout Interview I did with her on my post entitled: Amazon Advantage – Product Listing Strategies to Boost Your Sales With Karon Thackston
Yeah, you won't be sharing the buy box with anyone, but if no one is buying your private label product will that really matter?
I am not trying to rain on your parade or be a negative nilly, you need all the facts. I want to show you another way. Just like a baby you need to learn how to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run with Amazon.
Should You Be Selling On Amazon
You better believe you should be selling on Amazon! Here are just a couple of reasons why:
You need very little capital to start selling on Amazon. Especially now since it is the holiday selling season and the amount of profit you can make is crazy pants! Just today I sold a Littlest Pet Shop toy I purchased for $4.99 at Toys R Us for $29.95 profiting $16.99. That is just the beginning once the hunt for the holiday toys little Cindy or little Jimmy want's hits, the profit will come to mamma!
Amazon handles all of the customer service so you don't have to, they don't want you contacting their customers. Or trying to take their customers off of Amazon to get the FREE PDF you are offering on your private label listing that lives on Amazon so you can get the customers email address so you can market to them other products that do not live on Amazon.
You do not need to private label your own products to sell on Amazon. Baby steps remember, you can start out with retail arbitrage, there are literally millions of products available on Amazon right now, many of them, you can sell. There are products in your area and online that you can buy at a low cost and turn around and sell on Amazon for a profit, just like the example I shared above. Clearance aisles, liquidation stores, thrift stores, and many retail locations all have discounted products that sell for a higher price on Amazon.
Walk later once you have mastered retail arbitrage you can jump in to wholesale, and more. There is always more then one way to skin a cat! Look there has never been a better time to start your own business selling on Amazon than now. Even though it is the beginning of the amazing 4th quarter selling season you can still reach your goals. Selling on Amazon FBA has made it easy and affordable to start a profitable business right under your own roof, I am doing it.
All I am saying is you don't need to go into debt to get a slice of the Amazon pie. If you are someone who has been looking for a business that you can run from the comfort of your own home, selling on Amazon FBA may be just what you are looking for!
Amazing Selling Machines Alternative
Ok, so you are probably wondering if I have an alternative course for you? A course that will walk you through setting up your Amazon Seller Account properly, a course that has an amazing support group. Yes I do I have a course that I can recommend. My coach is Jessica Larrew and her course is called ABC BootCamp. Matter of fact you can leave this post now if you like and go get your first lesson FREE.
Jessica's course is $497 which includes the private Facebook Support Group of other sellers personally trained by her. If you are hell bent on getting ASM I highly recommend you pick up her course, it will save you a lot of agony. Listen you know I love Jason ‘McBrainy' Fladlien and he is going to be very persuasive with his smooth silver tongue when it comes to ASM, so if you have a week moment and buy into ASM you will want access to Jessica.
Once you have gone through her main course she has several mini courses that you can add to your arsenal. If you where to purchase all of her courses it would cost you at the time of the writing of this blog post $602 way under a $1,000. Not even a 1/4 of what ASM is going to cost you. I am sure by the time this year is over she will have 3 more courses and I can bet you that they won't take her product line over $1,200.
FYI she did over $300,000 in sales last year. Not only that but since she started on her Amazon Career she worked her husband straight out of his job and they both enjoy being home for their adorable 4 yr old son.
Because of Jessica, I now have a additional stream of income as an FBA seller on Amazon, in addition to affiliate marketing and client work.
In conclusion, I am trying to save you from a “Bright Shiny Object” and give you another choice. Join me in the ABC BootCamp and turn the $3,500- 4,000 you would have spent on ASM into a new opportunity for you and your family.
I have included a couple of Jessica's other client's testimonials here and below them you will find links to all of her products (remember I told you I am an affiliate marketer – one with a clear conscious).
Jessica’s Amazon Boot Camp was the answer to my prayers. As a stay-at-home mom of two young kids, I was searching for a way to earn income while still being the primary care taker of my boys. Jessica’s Boot Camp provided the means, but more importantly Jessica’s example as an entrepreneur showed me that I was not limited to working for somebody else. I am now loving my new Amazon business, making money, and STILL taking care of my kids. Thank you, Jessica! – Eliza David
I was lucky enough to become a member of Amazon Boot Camp around the middle of May of 2014 when I was looking for an affordable FBA course. I never in my wildest dreams imagined what ride I had in store for me. Since beginning Jessica’s course and having the benefit of the ABC Facebook group, I’ve sold almost $3,500 worth of products on Amazon in 5 short weeks. The course is a step-by-step, take you by the hand, no fluff, actionable course. I’ve literally spent tens of thousands of dollars over the past 4 years trying to make money on the internet. I’ve finally found my way through Jessica’s course! – Stacy Harlow
Thank you for offering the Amazon Boot Camp. I started selling on FBA using the tutorials from Amazon, which were good, but it was hard for me to navigate through them to find out what information was most pertinent to my new business. I decided to invest in Jessica and Cliff’s boot camp and immediately knew it was for me. From helping set up the app on my phone to having “assignments” that helped me understand sourcing, this class gave me the information that best helped me start out and increase sales each month. The Boot Camp Facebook page alone has been worth every penny I invested in this class. My ROI (Return On Investment) for this class was about 2 weeks, so the value has more than paid for itself. Thanks, Jessica and Cliff – continued success in your business, too! – John Peterson
I would like to see you get your ROI on ASM in 2 weeks time when they are drip feeding you the course with one new module a week. Jessica holds nothing back you get access to everything immediately and organized from start to finish. I had my first shipment out with in a couple days of starting her course.
Remember I mentioned that Amazon has gated categories? Once you have proven to Amazon you are a team player and take the steps they require for you to get approval in these gated categories, you will be golden. Right now I am in a private course that Jessica has not launched yet to the public where I am learning how to get approval in the “Clothing” Category.
I hope that you see you have options and that you won't shrivel up and die if you don't buy the “Shiny Object” that ASM is. I said this already but it bears repeating: “Do Not Buy Into Someone Else's Dream, Buy Into Your Own!” Not to mention that you won't go to your friends or family to beg, borrow, or steal their nest eggs for you to sign up for ASM.
Now if I didn't talk you off the fence, and you still buy ASM then your best bet is to go with Jason Fladlien and Wilson Mattos of Rapid Crush and get their bonuses for ASM. They have a private group in Facebook called ASM Masters. The last time ASM was released people who had already purchased ASM re-purchased ASM through their affiliate link just to get into their group and access the bonuses they offer. (The link to Jason and Wilson is through Connie Ragen Green who will add an additional layer of support to you, she is someone dear to me as Jason and Wil are).
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