Monthly Archives: October 2009

Have you met Napoleon?

No I don’t mean the little French dude, but Napoleon Hill. I first read about Napoleon Hill in a book by Paul McKenna. Napoleon Hill was born in 1833 in Virginia USA and died in 1970 following a long and successful career as a consultant to business leaders, lecturer and author. Napoleon Hill’s story is remarkable in itself. Hill was a reporter who was sent to interview Andrew Carnegie the Scottish steel magnate who had made his fortune after emmigrating to the United States. iphone 7 case Carnegie saw in Hill some of the qualities that had made him successful in business. cheap iphone 8 case online He challenged Napoleon Hill to interview the top 500 most successful business men and women in the United States and to write a book on his findings, and find out the “secrets” behind their success. iphone xs case outlet This took hill over 20 years to complete.

He published his findings in the most inspirational book I have ever read “Think and Grow Rich” published in 1937. iphone 8 case outlet The people interviewed are a roll call of American business at that time and include 3 presidents. “Think and Grow Rich” has been re-published many times since 1937. iphone 7 case outlet uk The current updated edition was first published 2003 and includes more modern examples of the Carnegie secret in action. outlet iphone xs case online However for me it is the 1937 version that is the definitive version and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

The Pareto Principle

I doubt that the name Wilfrido Pareto will be familiar but you will know the Pareto Principle under another name, the 80/20 rule. cheap iphone 8 case outlet The 19th century economist Wilfrido Pareto was the first to point out that the worlds wealth was split along 80/20 lines, with 80% of the wealth being in the hands of 20% of the world population and vice versa. cheap iphone 7 case outlet It is surprising how that principle applies in life, have you noticed that in any given task 80% of the task is accomplished in 20% of the time?

So how does this relate to your eBay or Amazon activities, well you will find that 20% of your product range will produce 80% of the sales. outlet iphone 8 case This is why it is so important to be on the lookout for new products all the time. outlet iphone xr case online As soon as you have found a hot selling product you will have the market place to yourself for a few weeks (months if you are lucky). outlet iphone xr case online So it is important to really hammer the sale of a new product before others catch on to it and the market gets saturated by competitors. cheap iphone xr case This also means weeding out the products that produce a very poor return.

Tech Support

Hi all, just thought I would share this with you, I read an earlier version of this about 6 years ago, but I got this in my e-mail today, updated and much better than the original.

Dear Technical Support,

18 months ago, I upgraded to Girlfriend 1.0 from Drinking Mates 4.2, which I had used for years without any trouble.

However, there are apparently conflicts between these two products and the only solution was to try and run Girlfriend 1.0 with the sound turned off. outlet iphone 8 case To make matters worse,
Girlfriend 1.0 is incompatible with several other applications, such as LadsNightOut 3.1, Football 4.5, and Playboy 6.9.

Successive versions of Girlfriend proved no better.

I tried a shareware program, Slapper 2.1, but it had many bugs and left a virus in my system, forcing me to shut down completely for several weeks.

Eventually, I tried to run Girlfriend 1.2 and Girlfriend 1.0 at the same time, only to discover that when these two systems detected each other they caused severe damage to my hardware.

I eventually upgraded to Fiancée 1.0, only to discover that this product soon had to be upgraded further to Wife 1.0.

While Wife 1.0 tends to use up all my available resources, it does come bundled with CookingPlus and Cleanhouse2008.

Shortly after this upgrade, however, I found that Wife 1.0 could be very unstable and costly to run.. iphone xr case outlet uk Any mistakes I made were automatically stored in Wife 1.0’s memory and could not be deleted. Iphone 8 case They then resurfaced months later when I had forgotten
about them.

Wife 1.0 also has an automatic Diary, Explorer and E-mail filter, and can, without warning, launch TurboStrop and Multi-Whinge.

These latter products have no Help files, and I have to try to guess what the problem is.

Additional problems are that Wife 1.0 needs updating regularly, requiring ShoeShop Browser for new attachments and Hairstyle Express which needs to be re installed every other week.

Also, when Wife 1.0 attaches itself to my Saab 93 Convertible hard drive, it often crashes.

Wife 1.0 also comes with an irritating pop-up called MotherInLaw, which can’t be turned off.

Recently I’ve been tempted to install Mistress 2007, but there could be problems. cheap iphone 8 case online A friend of mine has alerted me to the fact that if Wife 1.0 detects Mistress 2007, it tends to delete all of your Money before uninstalling itself.

Help requested please!

And the flip side…

Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in the overall performance, particularly in the Flower and Jewellery applications, which
operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 un-installed many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5 and then installed undesirable programs such as: Football 5.0, Rugby 4.3 and Cricket 3.0.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs; it simply crashes the system.

I’ve tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, to no avail.

What can I do?

Signed,

Desperate

Dear Desperate:

First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an Operating System.

Try entering the command: C:/ITHOUGHTYOULOVEDME to download Tears 6.2, which should automatically install Guilt 3.0. cheap iphone 8 case outlet If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewellery 2.0 and Flowers 3.5. But remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1.

WARNING: Beer 6.1 is a very nasty program that will create Flatulism 6.2

CAUTION: Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law. iphone xs case for sale This is not a supported application and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance.

Why Most Wholesale List Are Rubbish! Parte Dos

Having established that most wholesale lists are rubbish (I hope) what about other sources of supply?

The following are tried and trusted methods of obtaining stock to resell at a profit. cheap iphone 8 case outlet As with all things remember, RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH, check out the wholesale prices against those online, it goes without saying you should be looking for products that give you an excellent mark up on your buying price.

Use eBay itself, use wholesale, bulk or job lots as a search word, simply break up the package and resell at a profit. This is where the research will pay off, as you need to eliminate those items that are sold as a job lot simply because there is no profit in selling the items separately.

“Trade Sales” what you see is not always what you get. Make sure that these are genuine trade sales and not some outfit (cowboy?) masquerading as trade selling to the public. When I was in the computer trade I attended several auctions of computer equipment, these were advertised in the computer press and were a complete rip off. cheap iphone 8 case online Over 50% of the equipment was non working junk. How I managed not to bid on the lot of 50 non-working CD-ROMs I will never know, but someone did. iphone 8 case for sale I suppose it could have been the generous warranty of 24 hours, I will never know. iphone 7 case This stuff was auctioned at prices in excess of what you would pay legitimately at the computer fair at the leisure centre taking place at the same time only 10 minutes walk away.

Public auctions selling bulk, liquidated or bankrupt stock. iphone 8 case outlet A good source of stock, however many auctions take place on weekdays making it very difficult for those of us in 9-5 jobs to attend many. Two other problem are also associated with auctions, they are incredibly time consuming, waiting around for the lot or lots to come up to auction with no guarantee that you will win the auction. Each item needs a description writing for it and each will need a photo for the listing. This is a long and tedious process.

Would it be much easier if we could continually sell the same item over and over again? One description, one photo and sell the same time and time again.

Why Can’t I Make Money On Ebay? The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made By Newbie’s Part 2

Here is Part 2 of The 10 Most Common Mistakes by eBayers

  1. Poor description: The length of your description will vary depending on the item you are selling. Look for similar items that have sold using the eBay completed listings function and adapt the description for successful for successful listings.
  2. Expecting items to sell the first time: This is again part of the eBay mythos, put it up, it will sell. cheap iphone xs case outlet If you use the advanced search facility for your item you may well be shocked at how many similar items you are listing fail to sell. cheap iphone 8 case This could be down to a number of factors, such as the as the starting price, the time it was listed, the type of listing used and the category it was listed in. You may have to list it several times before it sells. Always use the relist facility on eBay.
  3. Choosing the best time to list: This is a bit nebulous as it depends on what it is that is selling. cheap iphone 7 case online If you are selling into a big market with lots of sellers, then listing several times a day with the auction ending at different times is probably the correct strategy. If you are working in much smaller niche areas (which I recommend) then having you listing finishing at 8-9 in the evening may well be the key to success. cheap iphone xr case outlet Choosing the best time to list is crucial to you auction success but it can only be gained by experience.
  4. Research: If you want to make a business from eBay then the most important thing is to research what you intend to sell, this may seem obvious but its great to have a fantastic idea of what it is you want to sell and then go about trying to sell it. iphone 8 case for sale The three most important tasks are RESEARCH, RESEARCH and RESEACH. It is only through research that we can find out what is truly selling. From that we can work out if our idea is worth a punt, so research your ideas first, second and third.
  5. Obtain your stock at the right price: If you wish to make a business of your eBaying then you will need to obtain stock on a consistent basis at the right price to make a profit. You need to sell the same stock at the right price in order to make a profit. Local wholesalers are a good start for finding stock to make a start, they are very good for sourcing non branded stock. You can also find stock that is similar to branded stock, your buy in should be quite modest but your margins should be excellent.
  6. Lack of persistence: This is the biggest killer bar none. How often have your heard “I tried it once but it didn’t work”. It took me nearly a year for my business to kick in; it was 8 months before I gained Powerseller status and make real profits. cheap iphone 8 case Only 5% of eBayers obtain Powerseller status. The ones that have persistence will find the rewards.

If you have not got a copy of my FREE report on profiting from eBay, Amazon and beyond you can get one from the link.

Credit Crunch Baby Boom Part 2

In the previous post I mentioned the advantages of using a local wholesaler in sourcing stock. However, there are some other alternatives.

You can also use magazines such as The Trader; many of the advertisers will have their own website. Disadvantages are that until you have the goods in your hands you will not be able to check the quality of the items. iphone 8 case outlet You may know someone who has dealt with the suppliers but if you are just starting out this is unlikely. iphone 7 case for sale You could ask to see samples first, but this is likely to be refused, suppliers get many such requests unfortunately most requests are not from legitimate traders.

So unless you have good reason, always choice the local wholesaler first. You may find in this day and age that the wholesaler will be reluctant to extend credit terms until you are an established customer. iphone 8 case outlet uk They will want to be paid on a proforma basis. Pay cash or use a debit card if you can, credit cards typically are subject to surcharge of about 2 ½ % which although it does not sound a lot, eats into your profit as does VAT and carriage charges should you have to pay them.

Things to factor in your costs. VAT, postage fees, packaging fees, eBay listing fees, final value fees, pay pal fees. Only then will you get paid. iphone 7 case So finding some means of reducing costs is a good idea. Padded bags can be bought cheaply from the 99p or £1 shops and offers a good source of supply to get started with. iphone 7 case outlet uk Vast savings can be made by buying in bulk from specialist packaging suppliers, again try local suppliers.

Credit Crunch Baby Boom Part 1

During the credit crunch one market is seemingly unscathed. That of the baby clothes market. This is a high volume HOT market. cheap iphone 8 case online It’s a market that I have little experience in. Ok, I know where they come from (I think) but after that what I know about babies I could write on a postage stamp.

On thing I do know is that they grow, fast. So there is a hot market for quality baby ware at a budget price. Brand names always draw a premium price, but in most cases you are recouping money that can be spent on lots of other items such as bigger baby clothes. cheap iphone 8 case I have some friends who constantly resell baby clothes that are too small and use the money to purchase replacement items.

What about selling new non branded clothing. Firstly obtain a reliable source of supply. Iphone 8 case My preference would be a local wholesaler, a search using yell.com will give you a wide range of choice within reasonable travel distances. iphone xs case for sale Using a local supplier has the advantage of being able to inspect the merchandise at close quarters. iphone xr case outlet uk You can also build up a personal relationship with the trader. cheap iphone 8 case outlet Traders will let you know their hottest selling lines, or what new merchandise they will soon have for sale. You should be able to buy very small numbers of specific sizes. Most wholesalers these days have very small minimum spend levels (typically £100).

If the wholesaler has a website you can use the website to select possible purchases, and then use the eBay advanced search to find similar items. The advanced search tool will allow you to see all the items sold in the past 30 days, the final price, postage price etc.

Product Review: Affiliate Marketing Know How by Mandy Allen and Steve King

Over the past few months I have been compiling an eBook on the best dozen start up home businesses for under $100, I have read report upon report on all manner of start ups including Affiliate Marketing. My email inbox is clogged up on a daily basis with links to reports I can download so having seen literally dozens of reports I did not think I would see anything new or different.

So when I first looked at this eBook I said to myself oh no, not another Affiliate Marketing eBook but to my complete surprise this eBook actually got my attention. outlet iphone 8 case online Anyway as I sat back and read Affiliate Marketing Know How I found myself drawn into the eBook soaking up all the information it was providing.

This information is common knowledge to most people and pretty basic information. However it was the in depth explanations, the how’s and the why these ways worked so well that I found truly unbelievable. iphone 7 case on sales Already I had so many ideas flowing through my head.

After reading on I found the information provided very helpful. I also found it so easy to visualize applying it to my business. You will find in this eBook a great step by step guide to learning how to become an Affiliate Marketer, where to find the best programmes, what the best types of products are and then how to sell them and how to keep your customer happy and coming back to you time and time again.

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Affiliate Marketing Know How has officially earned itself a place on my printed book shelf with pages bookmarked and pages highlighted for future projects to come.

Excellent eBook Mandy & Steve! Well done on a fantastic product. cheap iphone 7 case online I also know that Mandy and Steve will not receive a cent on this product! They will be donating the entire profits from this product to a very worthy cause world of whispers visit the site to see the work being done here. iphone 8 case outlet uk You can also give a donation to support the cause. cheap iphone xr case online

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Here is the link again.

My Amazon Challenge Part 1

How many times have you logged onto Amazon and seen the following message, sell you old purchases from Amazon and make………. cheap iphone 8 case outlet Have you ever done this? Amazons market place is where you can sell products in several different categories so you can list your entire eBay inventory and sell it on Amazon.

There are two different kinds of accounts:

Individual trading account as its name suggests and

Pro seller account which is for sellers selling more than 35 items per month

There are several advantages to selling on Amazon; firstly you ally yourself with one of the best known global brands, Amazon does not have the flea market image that eBay has. outlet iphone 7 case online You do not have to pay to list an item you only pay a fee when the item sells, and your postal charges are worked out by Amazon for you. iphone 7 case outlet Now you are unlikely to make money from your paperback collection so we need to look at a niche market that gives us more potential.

Academic, specialist and hobby books are a superb source of stock, these can be picked up very cheaply (often for pennies) in charity shops simply because they have no perceived value. outlet iphone 7 case online Use the ISBN number to search Amazon to see if the item you have found has a resale value. iphone 7 case outlet During the summer I am looking for lots of low cost ways to setup new income streams that I can test out.

So here is my challenge, I intend to invest £10 in buying books and reselling them on Amazon to see if I can get a return in these niche markets.

Dealing with bad eBay feedback and complaints Part 6

Yet more ideas on how to deal with the Awkward/Abusive buyer.

Answer all messages, question and e-mails promptly and courteously. iphone 8 case for sale Never repeat never react even if the sender is rude and never allow your follow up comments on negative feedback to get personal. Keep it factual and professional, these comments are public and posted for all to see.

What do you want the public’s perception of you to be? What about the buyer that rants and raves? Exactly!

Who are the biggest moaners?

Mostly the 99p to £2.99 brigade. Easy just refund their money you don’t need buyers like these. Nothing is ever good enough. These individuals enjoy the thrill of lengthy disputes which makes them feel important. Refund the purchase price but not the postage, this has cost you time and money, clearly state on your listing your returns policy, also remember distance selling regulations.

Are you bothered about negative feedback form someone like this? Thought not, it will make excellent reading. outlet iphone xs case online Important rules, always be polite and helpful in all correspondence answer it as quickly as you can. iphone 8 case on sales Certainly within 24 hours, this could be an auction that is to end soon. cheap iphone 7 case Delays can lose you the sale. If you cannot answer within 24 hours start by apologising for the delay. Offer outstanding levels of service.

Always offer a guarantee on each item state this in the listings and stick to it. iphone xs case on sales Show you have confidence in your product. The returns policy makes it very plain what your terms are, the buyer agreed to this when they bought the product. cheap iphone 8 case online

If in doubt just refund or replace it wont happen often but how you deal with it will set the tone for your future dealings.

Phew! It thought these posts would be rather short but I think I have covered everything I had to say, hope it wasn’t too negative, it wasn’t meant to be.