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Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
10 minutes | 2 years ago
How EBiz Scams Affect YOU | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Everybody who decides to open a home-based ECommerce business is going to come across a huge variety of scams. It's unavoidable; there are literally thousands of people out there who will lie to you and try to cheat you out of tens of thousands of dollars. Learn what happens, how to avoid it, and what the true cost is. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Everybody who decides to open a home-based ECommerce business is going to come across a huge variety of scams. It's unavoidable; there are literally thousands of people out there who will lie to you and try to cheat you out of tens of thousands of dollars. They know they're lying. They know they're cheating. They know they could be prosecuted and sued for what they do. But the money is so good (for THEM) that they just can't resist. You're listening to this podcast, which means you either have an interest in STARTING an EBiz, or you already HAVE an EBiz. If you're just starting out and you haven't spent any money yet, you're one of the VERY LUCKY FEW who just might make this happen without getting screwed to a wall financially. If you HAVE an existing EBiz, there's a 97% chance it isn't making you any real money, and an unbelieveable 90+% chance that you've been CHEATED out of at least $15,000 dollars. Possibly as much as $35,000 to $40,000 dollars. I've been running my EBiz Insider Workshops online for nine years now. I've done nearly 800 seven hour Workshops with people just like you. More than 90% of the people who attend those Workshops have been cheated out of tens of thousands of dollars by some group of EBiz scammers. Yes, I said GROUP. EBiz scammers run in packs, like rabid wolves. They hunt TOGETHER to take you down for every last dime they can, and leave you lying in a ditch when they're done. Does that sound alarmist? Does it sound like a conspiracy theory? If you're one of the VERY FEW who hasn't been nailed by this stuff YET, it may sound like that. But to the more than 90% of those who listen to this podcast who HAVE spent money with these dirtbags, you KNOW, don't you. It couldn't BE more real. And it couldn't be more disgusting and discouraging. The minute you sign up for a Free Trial Website, an EBiz App or a Tool, join a Free Webinar, sign up for a mailing list, go to a hotel seminar, take adive from a public "Experts" Forum, etc., etc., these people HAVE YOU HOOKED. More importantly, they have your email address and possibly even your phone number, if you gave it to them. If you didn't, they'll try to look it up online through various phone book and location services. How do they HOOK you? THEY MAKE PROMISES THEY CAN'T KEEP. Please understand this: NOBODY can PROMISE you success. NOBODY can GUARANTEE that you'll make money. Not in any kind of business, not EVER. But these people will do that all day long. They'll show you websites that they claim make millions of dollars. Those sites are fakes that they own. They'll show you bank statements that have thousands of dollars in deposits coming in every day. That's nothing but Photoshop and a printer. They'll give you testimonials from people who claim to make tons of money from their "systems". Those people work for them. They're not real EBiz owners. They will absolutely GUARANTEE your success. Then they'll HELP you (yes, actually get online with you and HELP you) apply up for forty of fifty thousand dollars' worth of credit cards that you then MAX OUT with THEM, and they'll tell you it's okay because they PROMISE you'll make all that money back within a few months and pay off those cards. But it won't happen. They'll tell you it's okay to take a SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR MORTGAGE out on your HOUSE and spend it with them, because you'll make the money back in a few months. But it won't happen. I'm not just speaking in general terms here. Everything I've just said has ACTUALLY HAPPENED to people I've personally worked with in my Workshops, talked to over the phone or have met in person. ALL of it, with those actual numbers. Keep these following things in mind. Write them down. Stick them up with a fridge magnet. Ready? ANYBODY who tells you that Amazon, eBay, Affiliate Marketing, Template-based Websites, SEO Apps and Tools, Private Labeling, Importing from China, using AliExpress or Oberlo, outsourcing your marketing and graphics, OR that you'll make good money QUICKLY online in ANY way is absolutely flat-out lying to you. I WILL guarantee THAT. So like I said, better than 90% of the people reading this post have already been burned this way. If it's happened to YOU, I give you a TREMENDOUS amount of credit for even being here at all. Most people just curl up into a ball and sob for six weeks once they realize what happened, and then spend the next ten years trying to dig themselves out of all that debt working three jobs and selling half their posessions. If it has NOT happened to you yet, BE VERY AWARE that when you step into home-based ECommerce, you're stepping into a live minefield IN THE DARK wearing size 58 boots and pushing a thirty-foot-wide lawn roller right in front of you. If that sounds really scary, GOOD. It's meant to. The point of this discussion, though, is to talk about those who HAVE been scammed like that, and the effect that such a horrible experience has on you. It robs you of something far worse than money. Yes, even money in those huge amounts isn't as bad as the true cost of being a victim of these disgusting, worthless people. So does it rob you of that's even WORSE? Your self-confidence. Your self-esteem. Your trust in yourself and in your own decision-making ability. That's worse, because it goes much further than just the money. It affects your ENTIRE LIFE. Your personal relationships. Your family members. Your living situation. Your ability to support yourself and your family. Your ENTIRE FUTURE is forever changed by something like that. Most people who have been hit hard by these sickening scammers end up feeling deeply personally violated, and many end up suffering from years of depression and other psychological damage. The countless number of people I've had conversations with over the years who HAVE been victimized in this way tell me that they feel foolish, even stupid for allowing this to happen to them. If you're one of those people, you CAN'T put that on YOURSELF. You were LIED to. You were CHEATED. You were VICTIMIZED, plain and simple. The people who do this to you are very, very good at what they do. They know the psychology, they know the buzzwords, they play on your emotions and your desire to better your life, and they LIE. It's not the fault of the victim. It's the fault of the victimizer. I personally am a big believer in Karma. What goes around comes around. Karma can be a screaming banshee on a rocket sled when it needs to be, and I actually ALMOST pity those victimizers when it catches up to them. And it WILL. And I said I ALMOST pity them. Okay, if you can't tell by now, I get really fired up about this whole thing. It pisses me off. It disgusts me. It makes me wish I could sit those scammers down one at a time in a room with all the people they've hurt, and make them look those people in the eyes and REALLY SEE the monetary and phsychological ruin they create every single day. There are two reasons I feel that way. One is that I'm human just like everybody else. I've actually listened to those victims tell those stories, literally thousands of them, over the nearly 20 years that I've been trying to help people understand this business in different ways. It's taken it's toll on me, too. I've listened to people on the other end of the phone who are literally sobbing about all the money they've lost, about how horrible they feel, about how they don't know what they're going to do when their spouse or family finds out. That's no exaggeration, it's absolutely true. And it's heart-breaking to hear over and over and over again from so many people for so many years. The other reason is because this is MY CHOSEN INDUSTRY. I was here 25 years ago at the very beginning. I actually HAVE made millions in this business, because I don't just TALK about it, I DO all the things I talk about. And seeing these inexperienced talking-head slimebuckets who call themselves "ECommerce Marketers" but have never actually WORKED in this industry *EVER*, do so many bad things to so many good people is incredibly frustrating. It also ends up making me look guilty by association. It's harder for me to actually tell people the truth and help them because they've already been burned so badly and simply have no trust left to give. I've been called names and accused of lies I've never told just because I'm IN the industry, by people who don't know me at all and have never read or listed to anything I do! And you know what? I don't blame them. I don't get angry with those people. I understand how they feel, because I've talked to so many of them. Anyway, I'll end this rant with a really serious warning. BE VERY CAREFUL out there. I've told you what to look out for. It's no joke. If you've been victimized, it was NOT your fault. If you haven't, they're coming for you. Don't let them get you. If you'd like to hear the TRUTH about this business for once, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch you later!
12 minutes | 3 years ago
"Tax All Internet Businesses" - What You should Know | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Every couple of years, somebody somewhere does something that brings the idea of an Internet-wide sales tax back into the news here in the US. This naturally causes people to freak out left and right. Why? Because most people are seriously misinformed about why this might happen, how it might happen, and what effect it may have on home-based ECommerce businesses. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the TRUTH about ECommerce is WHERE WE LIVE. Every couple of years, somebody somewhere does something that brings the idea of an Internet-wide sales tax back into the news here in the US. Whether it's a court case against a large retailer, a State government looking to raise even more tax revenue they can spend inefficiently, or any number of other triggering issues, the idea of a nationwide Internet Sales Tax in the United States rears it's ugly head over and over again. This naturally causes people to freak out left and right. Why? Because most people are seriously misinformed about why this might happen, how it might happen, and what effect it may have on home-based ECommerce businesses. So let's set the record straight and look at this with a common-sense perspective instead of the intentional fear-mongering created for a variety of specific agendas, none of which are to your benefit as a business owner. I do have to state for the record that I'm not a lawyer or an accountant, so I'm not giving you legal advice here. This is my personal opinion based on what I've seen in more than 40 years in business overall. As a long-time business owner in various large industries, I have an experienced personal perspective that most HOME-based business owners DON'T have. The first thing you need to understand is WHY this issue keeps coming up. It's simple, really. Let's use an example. Somebody in South Dakota buys a product online. The website that sold the product to that person is based in Florida. Since the seller is in Florida, they're not required (or allowed, under current law) to collect sales tax on that South Dakota sale. So the buyer in South Dakota gets to buy something without paying sales tax. The government officials in South Dakota don't like this. "What?!" they exclaim. "Somebody who lives in our State actually bought something without paying US for the privilege of buying it?? How dare they!" This is a common theme with many US States. They complain that they're losing tax revenue because their residents are buying things from across state lines without paying sales tax to their home State. They would much rather have all of their residents buy things ONLY from stores in their own States, so they don't miss out on a dime of that sales tax. Well, that simply isn't going to happen as much as it did decades ago. This is the 21st Century, and things are a changin'. To be fair, though, you CAN see their point. Sales tax revenue is one source (out of MANY sources of tax revenue) that provides states with hundreds of millions of dollars that they use to maintain infrastructure, provide services to their residents, spend wastefully on ill-conceived projects, you know...like States do with tax money. But to BE fair, you have to look at the OTHER side of the issue as well. Business that reside in other States LEGALLY CANNOT collect sales tax for states they don't RESIDE in. So the ECommerce website owner in Florida couldn't collect sales tax from that customer in South Dakota even if they WANTED to. That's because in any State in the US, a business can only collect sales tax in a State that they actually have a PHYSICAL PRESENCE in. That's called a "business nexus". If the website owner in Florida ALSO actually had a physical warehouse or other presence in South Dakota, then that Florida website owner would be REQUIRED to have a South Dakota State Sales Tax license, and collect sales tax on sales made to South Dakota residents. But with home-based ECommerce business owners, that's virtually NEVER the case. Home-based business owners are licensed to collect sales tax in their OWN State, where they DO actually reside and have a physical presence, but they CAN'T collect it from residents of OTHER States. And of course it's not just South Dakota. That's only an example. We're talking about 45 STATES in the US that actually do have sales tax. So in order to collect sales tax on every sale that a home-based business owner makes in the US, that business owner would have to have a physical presence in ALL 45 of those States, and be licensed to collect sales tax in all of those 45 States! That will NEVER happen. THIS is what you're told that the Internet Sales Tax proponents want to change. You hear that they want to come up with some kind of Federal law that requires online sellers to charge sales tax in every State, and makes it somehow LEGAL for online sellers to charge sales tax in States where they don't have a physical presence. HOWEVER, even if the Feds DID somehow make it legal for that to happen, there are over TEN THOUSAND sales tax jurisdictions in the US! Sales tax rates change by State, County and often even Cities and Municipalities. States have a basic sales tax rate, and then Counties and Cities can add more sales tax on top of the State rate. So of course, they DO. Can you imagine, as a small business owner, having to figure out exactly how much sales tax to charge your customers all over the country in more than ten thousand sales tax jurisdictions? It would be literally impossible to do that on your own. So let's look at where we are so far in all this mess as it relates to a home-based business owner. FIRST, the Feds keep talking about requiring all online businesses to charge sales tax to all their customers and pay that tax correctly to the State where EACH customer lives. But SECOND, you CANNOT LEGALLY COLLECT sales tax from customers outside your State. And THIRD, even if you could, you could NEVER figure out on your own how to properly charge customers in all those ten thousand-plus jurisdictions (that, by the way, are constantly changing). All right, we've got that established. Now let's talk about WHY the States keep bringing this up, and the Feds keep talking about it. It's not YOUR business they're concerned with. This is a result of companies like Amazon and eBay, as well as national big-box stores. Earlier, I talked about what a busines nexus is. When a company has a physical presence in a State, they're required and licensed to charge sales tax to customers in that State. But when they DON'T, they're NOT. There are lots of big-box stores that DON'T have physical locations in ALL States, but still SELL to all States nationally online. These are companies that do hundreds of millions of dollars in sales every year. So you can see why the States are frustrated when they're losing all that potential tax revenue from the big-boxers who aren't physically in their States. eBay is mostly people selling to other people, but it's a LOT of people selling to other people. Strictly speaking, eBay sellers CANNOT collect sales tax outside of their own States, so there's that as well. Then there's Amazon. The online retail store that wants to swallow the world. Amazon DOES pay sales tax in all States for items that come from THEIR OWN PRODUCT INVENTORY. But they do NOT charge sales tax on products that come from the huge number of individual home-business owners that sell through Amazon's web site. That's a large amount of money. So this "Tax the Internet" push is always primarily about Amazon, and to a lesser extent, the big-box stores and eBay. It's NOT about YOU, the home-based business owner. As long as you don't sell on Amazon, which is a really bad idea to begin with for many other reasons. Still, you hear about it over and over again, and naturally it worries you. The talking bubbleheads on the news channels predict doom and gloom for small businesses, people who CLAIM to be internet gurus try to sell you useless solutions to paying taxes you still don't have to pay, and around and around we go. The LAST thing we need to talk about here is the fact that home-based business owners worry that people won't buy from them if they ever have to charge sales tax. That's ridiculous. Sales tax is a fact of life, and most online buyers don't even notice it. The very few who do are not the customers you want anyway, because they're bargain hunters and bargain hunters are a retail business's worst customer. So if you ever do end up having to charge sales tax, that means everybody else does too, and it won't matter to your sales. So here's the bottom line: 1. As a home-based business owner, as of this date you do not have to, and CANNOT pay sales tax to States other than where you are located. So you don't collect it for other States. 2. The Tax the Internet push is about the Amazon and the big-box stores, not about you. 3. If the Feds ever do find a way to tax all sales online, they will most likely exempt smaller home-based business that don't make millions of dollars a years. 4. If you DO somehow end up having to charge sales tax to all your customers, so will everybody else, so it won't affect your sales. In business, you'll learn over time that rules and regulations come and go. Things change. But the one thing that never changes is that business goes on no matter what happens, and yours will too if you don't let the changes freak you out. And if Tax the Internet ever DOES come to pass for home-based business, don't worry about figuring out the ten thousand different tax rates. Somebody will come up with a App that actually works and makes it simple. The State governments that want the tax money will make SURE of THAT. For much more highly experienced and incredibly insightful info about the ECommerce world, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at Chris Malta.com. Thanks for listening,
7 minutes | 3 years ago
Google Can't Teach You ECommerce!| Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Google is a search engine. It's not a business owner, and it cannot teach you how to be a business owner. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where you'll always hear the Truth about EBiz, even if it isn't as pretty as everybody else's lies. I spend a great deal of time teaching the ECommerce business to all kinds of people. Through my EBiz Insider Workshop, Educational material I've created, videos, podcasts, articles, EBooks and more. I've been doing that for most of the 25 years that I've been successful in online business. When I tell people about my Workshops, I tell them they can call me if they have questions about Workshop. I tell them that I answer my own phone, and I'll answer their questions. Most people's response to that is surprise. How could I possibly spend that much time answering the phone? After all, when I market my Workshops, those emails go out to a HUGE number of people. You might be surprised to learn that while I do get great response to the Workshops I've been running for 9 years now, I really don't get that many phone calls in advance. Why? Because people don't believe I'll actually answer the phone! Yes, they tell me that when they email me or come into the Workshop. They think that offer of a phone call is some sinister trick to get them to call into a sales floor so that some fast-talking salesperson can sell them a whole bunch of gargage. I understand why people think that way. Pretty much every marketer in the ECommerce space does exactly that when they offer a phone number. I don't play that stupid game. I answer my phone myself, and I answer people's questions. Anyway, the reason I mention it is because when I do get calls, SOMETIMES it's really obvious that I'm talking to someone who thinks Google can teach them ECommerce. These are people who don't have questions about my Workshop specifically, like what do we discuss (we discuss EVERYTHING!), will they get to ask questions (of course they will), and so on. No, the people I'm talking about start asking me a laundry list of questions about Ecommerce. Basically what they're saying is "What do I do first?" I'll tell them the first thing they need to do is set up a legal business before anything else. Then it's "What do I do next?" And I'll tell them they need to learn proper Market Research in order to figure out what to sell. Then it's "What's next?" And "What's after that?" And "Then what?" And all through that series of "what's next" questions they're asking, I can hear them typing on their keyboards in the background. I know what they're doing. These are people who are trying to get me to give them a step by step laundry list of the things they need to do to build an online business the right way. Then they figure they can type those steps into Google, read some random articles and blog posts, and set up a business successfully on their own without any help. People who do that are fooling themselves, and it's harmful. They're going to waste unbelieveable amounts of time trying to slog their way through all the bad information, fake tools, scams and other bogus E-blabber they're going to find in the search engines. I can tell you from long experience that this is a rabbit hole that'll take them YEARS to climb back out of. They will NEVER get a business going that way; not successfully. How do I know that? Because I've taught THOUSANDS of people the RIGHT way to build this business in my Workshops over the years, and HUNDREDS of those people have told me that they took a deep dive into that same 'self teaching' rabbit hole and spent years trying to find their way out. Google cannot teach you how to start and run a successful business! There are several reasons people do this, so let's talk about those for a minute. 1. They just got laid off, don't have the money to pay for real help, and need to start a business quickly to make money. If that's the case, they need to go look for a job, and quickly. No matter what the bubble-headed New-Ru's out there want you to think, this business is NOT fast, and it's NOT easy. It WILL take time, hard work and a good deal of learning. 2. They've been scammed in the past by the HUGE number of dirt-bag EBiz marketing thieves online, and refuse to ever trust anybody ever again. I understand that. Probably more than 90% of the people I've taught this business to have been cheated somewhere along the way, before they found my Workshop and other materials. They don't want to get scammed again, and they're resigned to just trying to figure it out themselves. 3. There are people out there who don't understand the value of real information. They believe all information should be FREE; they feel entitled to it, and think that just because search engines exist, everything you find there is real. I've been in business overall for over 40 years; since I was a young teenager. I've busted my butt to get where I am. I've lived through the learning curves, the successes AND the failures, and that 40-plus years of experience is something I paid DEARLY for. I've learned things in that time that you'll never find in the search engines or in all the books you can possibly read on the subject. All that experience and knowledge is tremendously valuable, because it allows me to teach people to cut through all the crap and get straight to the core of what they need to know to do this right. Learning how to start a business from a successful, experienced business owner is worth a LOT. Let's look at this another way. If you wanted to become a plumber, would you call a local plumbing company, ask a whole bunch of questions about how plumbing works, look up details on Google and then run around taking plumbing jobs? Of course not. The very first time you flood somebody's kitchen (which will likely be your very first plumbing job!) will be the END of that particular fantasy. ON THE OTHER HAND, if you go to SCHOOL for plumbing, who are you going to be learning from? A PLUMBER, that's who. Somebody who already knows the trade and has spent years working in it. Let's look at other examples. Who teaches people to be Doctors? Doctors do! Who teaches people to be Lawyers? Yep. Lawyers do. No matter what you want to do in life or in business, you learn it from someone who already knows how to do it. Google is a search engine. It's not a business owner, and it cannot teach you how to be a business owner. So, while you have to be EXTREMELY careful about who you listen to, please understand that free info on the search engines will never teach you how to build and run a business. When you're ready to learn how to do this, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at Chris Malta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch you next time!
8 minutes | 3 years ago
Business Insurance - Do You Need It? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
I often get this question in my EBiz Insider Workshops: Do I need business insurance for my ECommerce business? Well, if you ask an insurance salesperson, the answer will always be a resounding YES!...because you're talking to an insurance salesperson. In reality, things are a bit different. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Business Insurance - Do You Need It? Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where there's no such thing as too much truth! I often get this question in my EBiz Insider Workshops: Do I need business insurance for my ECommerce business? Well, if you ask an insurance salesperson, the answer will always be a resounding YES!...because you're talking to an insurance salesperson. In reality, things are a bit different. Keep in mind that I'm not a legal professional, so this isn't meant to be legal advice. If you want legal advice, talk to an attorney. My advice in this area comes from more than 40 years of actually owning and running businesses, and is my PERSONAL OPINION, from me to you. There are times when I've had business insurance, and times when I haven't. It depends on the circumstances. The most common type of business insurance is Liability Insurance. An insurance salesperson will tell you that you need this in case somebody gets sick or is injured by something you sell, or somebody is injured on your business premises. In MY businesses, I've had offices where my employees work and where potential customers and other people come to meet with us. I have ALWAYS had Liability Insurance for any office space I've ever had where other people work or visit. On the other hand, if you own a Home-based business, in my opinion you can rule out Liability Insurance for your business premises. You will NOT have your internet-based customers traipsing in and out of your home. They'll be buying from you online, and won't even know where you LIVE. So the chances of one of your customers being injured on your business premises by tripping over your cat or slipping on a patch of ice on your front porch is NIL. Won't happen. Another potential liability is one of your customers getting sick or being injured by something you sell. When it comes to that scenario, follow these simple rules: 1. NEVER sell anything that people eat, drink, put on their skin or feed to their pets. 2. Never sell anything that EXPLODES. I've never carried Liability Insurance on any of the sites I've had where I've sold physical products online, because I've always followed those rules. Is it possible that someone could hurt themselves with other products you sell? Sure. There are a lot of idiots out there. If you sell clothing irons, and some guy tries to flatten the hair on his arms using a hot iron, that's gonna hurt. If somebody has a knot in their shoelace that they can't untie and tries to cut through it with a Skil Saw that you sold them, THAT's gonna hurt. So you really can't protect yourself all the time against every stupid human trick that the species can conceive of, and there are a LOT of them. However, it's also very unlikely that anybody would try to sue over something like that, or ever be successful if they tried. Let's look at more likely scenarios. A lot of the products that are sold in the US these days are made in China. With such lax regulation in Chinese manufacturing, there's always the possiblity of lead paint, cheap, brittle plastic that breaks easily and can hurt someone, or any number of other product problems that relate to largely unregulated manufacturing processes. This is yet another reason in a long list of reasons NOT to buy products directly from China. Forget importing directly from China, forget using ridiculous systems like AliExpress or Oberlo, etc. Check out my other Blog Posts and Podcasts for more info on all the reasons that those are such bad ideas. The point here is if you're going to sell products online and you (a) want to deliver safe, quality products to your customers and (b) greatly minimize any need for Liability Insurance, ALWAYS buy from reputable US-based Wholesale Suppliers that are licensed by the products' manufacturers. Generally speaking, even if products are MADE in China, reputable US Wholesale Suppliers do NOT import the cheap, dangerous stuff. THEY don't want that liability either! Also, if somebody DOES get hurt using a product you sold them and YOU bought it from a reputable US source, any legal action is much more likely to go after that SOURCE instead of your home-based business. Liability lawsuit attorneys look for the people with the mega-deep pockets, like the Manufacturers and Suppliers. In all the time I've been in this business I've never known or heard of a home-based business owner who was sued over a product liability issue. The only exception that I'd caution you about is if a product you sell is suddenly subject to a product safety RECALL, and you keep selling it ANYWAY...that would be a problem. Your Supplier will notify you if any of their products that you sell are ever hit by a safety recall. If that ever happens, remove the product from your site IMMEDIATELY. When it comes to wondering if you need Liability Insurance, the question you're asking is related to RISK. If you pay attention to what I've told you here, you have a MUCH LOWER level of risk than the insurance salespeople want you to THINK you have. This is obviously a decision you have to make for yourself. I'm not telling you to ignore risk factors in your business, or to ignore legal or insurance professionals. I'm just warning you to be careful about falling victim to to hysterical sales practices that are designed to make you THINK that you need something more than you actually do. Again, just my humble opinion after 40 plus years in business. I also mentioned that there are other reasons to carry business insurance. Specifically, there are two other types of insurance that businesses use regularly. The first is Property Insurance. Let's say you're selling on eBay or Amazon and you have $20,000 worth of wholesale product sitting in your garage, along with your shipping materials, postal scale, etc. Suddenly there's an electrical fire or a flood or some other disaster that destroys your property. FIRST, allow me to mention that you should not be in this situation in the first place, because you should NOT be selling on eBay or Amazon. Both those platforms have miserable profit margins, are extremely difficult to work with, etc. More on that in my other Blog Posts and Podcasts. Second, if you ARE in that situation, your Homeowners Insurance will cover your home and personal property, but may not cover your business property. So that IS a reason to consider business Property Insurance. Or you could just get away from eBay and Amazon and build your own website, like you really should be doing. The second other type of insurance is Transit Insurance. This again relates to your actually handling bulk wholesale products yourself. If you're buying loads of wholesale products locally and shipping them to a fulfillment center, for example, insurance companies offer Transit Insurance in case those products get lost or damaged in transit. Of course, UPS, FedEx and USPS offer insurance for exactly the same thing, and in my opinion I would take advantage of that instead of buying blanket Transit Insurance coverage. Again, just my opinion! Just remember that a Business Insurance salesperson is always going to try to scare you into buying as much coverage as they can, whether you need it or not. While you might opt for some type of insurance for your business if you really feel the need to, you can't bubble-wrap your whole life, so don't go overboard. For much more tremendously insightful ECommerce information, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch you next time!
11 minutes | 3 years ago
Setting Up Your Business Name | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
There are a lot of mixed-up perceptions out there about what you should name your business and how you should register it. That can cause you a lot of problems down the road. If you do those five things, you'll be fine. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the only thing that can hurt you is MISSING an episode! There are a lot of mixed-up perceptions out there about what you should name your business and how you should register it. There are, of COURSE, all the EBiz "Nurus" out there who tell you that you have to spend tons of money to let THEM register your business for you in some other state and spend thousands of dollars to do so. Please don't listen to the Nurus. In case you don't know what a Nuru is at this point, it's one of the thousands of so-called ebiz experts who pop up out of nowhere and claim to be an ebiz "guru". Then you check their domain names and find that they've been around for a grand total of 3 months, but they have tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of supposed ebiz education to sell you. Nurus are fake, and they lie. Don't listen. So, let's talk about the truth when it comes to setting up and naming your business. First, I have to state for the record that I am not a lawyer or an accountant, so what I'm telling you is not to be treated as legal advice. These are my experiences and opinions after over 40 years in business. If you want legal advice, talk to a lawyer or an accountant. My lawyer and my accountant told me I had to say that. (See? I get legal advice from lawyers and accountants too!) With that being said, here are the facts...as I've experienced them over and over again...when it comes to setting up your business within the United States. I'll get into what you should do from other countries in a few minutes. First, always set up your business in your own State. The State you RESIDE in. Nurus will tell you to set up in Nevada or Delaware or Wyoming to take advantage of amazing secret tax breaks, and other such drivel. While there are some differences in corporate law in those states, as a home-based business those differences aren't going to matter to you. Make no mistake; you're going to pay taxes, and you're not going to escape that fact no matter where you set up. When you grow to the size of Adidas or Disney, okay, you might want to consider some of those Nevada, Delaware or Wyoming, but until then keep it simple and keep it local. It's MUCH easier to deal with a business setup in your own state, and it's much less expensive to deal with your Accountant when your business is in your own state. Nurus only feed you that crap sandwich because they want you to think you need their VERY EXPENSIVE help. They'll charge you THOUSANDS of dollars to do something that doesn't COST thousands of dollars (they pocket most of that cash). Then they'll tell you that you need to pay for their ongoing "accounting services" to manage your magic, tax-free company. Again, it's a lie. In some states, Accountants can set up your business. In other states, an Attorney is needed. In NO state is it necessary to throw armfuls of cash at a Nuru. Second, DO NOT do this yourself. You're setting up a business entity that interacts with both state and federal governments. While you CAN simply download forms and file a business in any state in the US, you should NOT do that. If you do it yourself and you make a mistake, most of the time that mistake won't be found at first. By the time it catches up to you, possibly even years later, you could find yourself owing penalties and fines that could cost you all the rest of the money you're going to make for the REST of your life. Governments LOVE penalties and fines. Like I said, though, do NOT listen to a Nuru either. You need to locate a well-known and trusted Accountant or Attorney NEAR WHERE YOU LIVE. Not in some other city. Having the ability to easily meet in person with the Accountant or Attorney who manages your business filings is a huge advantage. Third, SHOP AROUND. The fees for setting up businesses are set by your state. The costs you pay for your Account or Attorney are set by the ACCOUNTANT or ATTORNEY. Some are WAY more expensive than others, for exactly the same work. Don't be afraid to come right out and ask what they charge, and then shop around till you find that balance between a reputable professional and the fees they charge. Remember, the initial business setup isn't the only fee you'll pay them over the life of your business. You need to make sure you get a good hourly rate on your accounting and legal advice, because you WILL need more of it in the future. Fourth, consider the type of business entity carefully. The legal professional you choose will give you advice on this. My PERSONAL advice would be to go with a Limited Liability Company, known as an "LLC". There are 3 main types of business entities that can work for a home-based business. A "DBA", also called a "sole proprietorship" is the one that most people choose. It's quick, it's cheap, and it's easy. HOWEVER, with that type of business, your personal assets are exposed. That means that if you ever do have any serious legal issues with your company, the men with the black ties and the calculators can show up and take your car, your house, and clean out your bank accounts. It's NOT worth the risk, no matter how small the risk may be. The next business type is called an LLC, as I said. You can think of an LLC as kind of a half-way step between a sole proprietorship and a full-blown corporation. It has those legal protections in place for your personal assets, but it's not as complex or costly as a full corporation. It was created in Wyoming in 1977 and has spread across all the US states since then. The LLC, as I said, protects you in many ways without costing as much or causing as many complications as a Corporation. It's my business entity of choice and is inexpensive to file and run. An LLC also allows you to write your own agreements and "by-laws", so to speak, as to how that business will be run within a loose framework, which makes it very flexible. The third general business type is called a Corporation. A full-on Corporation has many forms. They are all expensive, complicated, and cost much more to maintain. Personally, the ONLY time I would recommend a Corporation to someone is if you're going to have a business partner. A Corporation offers you more detailed remedies against a partner who does you dirty in some way in the future. I've been involved in several partnerships over the course of my decades in business. I hate to say it, but I have NEVER had a partner who didn't try to screw me out of money at some point. Some of them succeeded. It doesn't matter who the partner is. They can be the most trustworthy person you know, a lifelong friend, even a family member. PEOPLE GET WEIRD AROUND MONEY. Money changes people in ways you'd often never expect. If you're going to have a business partner, I would STRONGLY recommend that you talk to your legal pro about a full-on Corporation and a VERY detailed partnership agreement. Other than that, out of those three basic business types, my personal recommendation will always be an LLC. Fifth and finally, DON'T SCREW UP THE NAME. I see new ecommerce business owners doing that all the time. How can you screw up a business name? Well first, you could name it something that you personally think sounds really cool, like "The Purple Unicorn Company, LLC", for example. When you're in business, you must remember that something YOU think is really cool could look really silly to some other people. You don't want your business name to be something that could be a negative for any of your customers IN ANY WAY. Second, you could name it for the product niche that you THINK you're going to sell. So, if you call it "Milton's Baby Shoes, LLC", what happens if that product line doesn't work out in your research, or if you decide to sell in additional product niches down the road? People who might at some point buy a metal detector from you are going to scream "FRAUD!!" when they see the name "Milton's Baby Shoes" on their credit card receipt. Then they're going to complain to their bank, your merchant company is going to get a credit card chargeback, and you have a whole big nasty mess to straighten out. If that happens often enough, you could actually lose your merchant account. That's the thing you use to collect money from your customers. Kind of important. The best thing you can possibly do is to choose a generic business name. "Smith Enterprises, LLC" is JUST FINE. You're not going to have a domain name for the business name. You're not going to have a web site for the business name. The only place people will see it will be in your website's copyright notices, and credit card receipts. Your actual product sales web site will be called something different, and that site name will be OWNED by your business. So, ignore the Nurus, stay local, consult a legal pro in your area, strongly consider the LLC (unless you have a partner), and keep the name generic. If you do those five things, you'll be fine. I mentioned earlier that I'd talk about starting a US business from outside the US. This is a smart thing to do, because it makes it much easier to sell to the HUGE US market. In that case, you ARE going to want to use an online service but stick with either LegalZoom.com or MyCororation.com. They're reputable, and they'll walk you through the process. Although most people don't know about the things we've talked about here, this is still EBiz 101-type information. If you want to get to EBiz 10,005...check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at Chris Malta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch you next time!
6 minutes | 3 years ago
Liquidations - Good or Bad? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
There are a lot of so-called EBiz "gurus" out there who tell you that you can make a killing online buying and selling liquidated products. They tell you that you can buy them for pennies on the dollar, then turn around and sell them at retail on eBay, Amazon, and so on. To most people who don't have a lot of experience in retail, that sounds pretty exciting. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the only thing separating you from the TRUTH about ECommerce, is everybody ELSE in this business! There are a lot of so-called EBiz "gurus" out there who tell you that you can make a killing online buying and selling liquidated products. They tell you that you can buy them for pennies on the dollar, then turn around and sell them at retail on eBay, Amazon, and so on. To most people who don't have a lot of experience in retail, that sounds pretty exciting. To those who DO have experience in retail, however, buying and selling liquidations is about as exciting as putting on a $3,000 pair of Christian Louboutin sneakers and accidentally stepping in a mud puddle. First, you have to understand that there's a lot of risk involved, even if the "liquidation" price seems low. Liquidated products (also called “secondary market goods” to make the whole thing sound a little less horrifying) come from lots of sources. They COULD (rarely!) be factory overruns that never left the manufacturer or last year’s models that were never sold at the retail store. Much more likely, though, they're customer returns to big-box stores, used products such as old computers or other outdated electronics, incomplete or damaged scratch-n-dents, etc. It's hard to tell what you're actually getting, because the descriptions of the ORIGIN and CONDITION of the liquidated products are often vague, or even flat-out misleading. There are lots of web sites that advertise liquidations, acting as brokers. The web sites themselves, though, are simply paid advertising platforms. No matter how good their reputations, they do not control the actual liquidation sales themselves. Most don’t even check out the legitimacy of the liquidators advertising on them. That’s on your head; you’re the one who has to make sure you’re not getting burned when you buy. You could easily end up with a "waste factor" of 20 to 30% or more. "Waste" means products that are damaged, dented, non-functional, dirty, torn or generally useless for one reason or another. Of course the damaged boxes that contain the waste will almost always be hidden out of sight in the middle of the pallet you buy. On top of all that, always remember that liquidated products are liquidated in the first place because nobody ELSE could sell them at retail! Second, if you're buying liquidated product pallets, you're most likely trying to sell those products on eBay or Amazon. If you've been told that selling on EITHER of those platforms is a good idea for a home-based business owner, go get some of those $3,000 Louboutin sneakers and look for a mud puddle. At least that won't be as disappointing as finding out that there are no profit margins left for home-based business owners on eBay or Amazon. (For more info on that sorry state of affairs, check out my Podcasts and Blog Posts on eBay and Amazon). Third, no matter where you try to sell liquidated products, the fact that you're carrying physical inventory is going to hurt your business. Selling online SHOULD be a situation in which you NEVER actually touch a product. You should NOT be storing, cleaning, packing and shipping somebody else's leftovers one at a time for a miserable profit. That's NOT an effective business model. Fourth, the only people making any real money in liquidation are the brokers. The ones you buy the pallets from. The bigger brokers buy TRUCKLOADS of liquidation pallets all at once at REALLY low prices from big companies that couldn't sell the products for one reason or another, SIGHT UNSEEN. They do NOT inspect those individual pallets. Then they unload them on YOU at a profit without even looking at them, and YOU'RE the one who gets to deal with all the heartache of trying to sell that junk at something approaching an individual profit margin that MIGHT get you a beer and a bag of chips if you're lucky. Look, if you're going to be in business, BE IN BUSINESS. Forget about the gimmicks and all the other crap that sounds too good to be true. It IS too good to be true. Get away from eBay and Amazon. Learn how to plan, research and start your own website, where you actually are your own boss. Sell NEW products that people actually WANT from legitimate manufacturers and wholesalers. Use drop shipping so that you don't have to invest any money or handle the products physically. That's how the people who make money in this business actually make money in this business. Anybody who tells you different is lying to you. Simple as that. For much more no-holds-barred real life EBiz information, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time!
6 minutes | 3 years ago
Site Templates: Should You Use Them? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Anyway, here's a fun fact for you. If you want to build a product sales website, you cannot simply use an e-commerce website template straight out of the box, and ever expect to make any reasonable number of sales. And yet, guess what? There are tens of thousands of them out there. Why? Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris malta's EBiz Insider podcast, where the information is so good that even the family pets will set up and listen! It’s true...our dogs sit here and stare at me all the time when I'm working. Or more they just need to go out. Anyway, here's a fun fact for you. If you want to build a product sales website, you cannot simply use an e-commerce website template straight out of the box, and ever expect to make any reasonable number of sales. And yet, guess what? There are tens of thousands of them out there. Why? Because EASY. I say this over and over again in my podcasts, my articles, my books, my workshops, my blogs, my ECommerce courses...I repeat it so often, because it's so important. Whenever anybody tells you that anything in business is EASY, they're lying to you. They just want to get into your wallet, and telling everybody that everything is easy is like having the master key to every wallet on the planet! So because EASY...every day more and more people get suckered into the idea that they can take a pre-designed website template full of random pretty pictures, slap some products on it, and start selling like there's no tomorrow. No, no, NO. This business is retail marketing. When retail marketing is done online, some of it is based in technology, yes. Hence websites. But about 90% of retail marketing, both offline and online, is based in Psychology. That's what marketing is. Psychology. If you don't understand the psychology of retail marketing, you need to find someone legit who's willing to teach you. That's not easy, because there's only a very small handful of people in this business who are legit. Like me, for example. This is important, because this stuff really is make-or-break, seriously. Here’s just one of the many things you need to understand about retail Marketing in relation to psychology. We'll focus on this one because it relates to website templates. Demographics. I’ll bet you've never heard that word from online con artists like Richard Cranium and his amazing Circus of Online Easy, have you?. People like that don't even know this stuff. And if even if they did they wouldn't teach you, because when you know what you're doing, you don't need their silly little over-priced “apps, tools and amazing systems”. So anyway, demographics. It's not enough to just put products out there on a website with random pretty pictures, not by a long shot. What you really need to know is who is buying those products. Why? Two reasons. 1. You cannot sell the same product to all age and gender groups successfully at the same time. No professional marketer ever tries to do that. 2. Different age and gender groups respond to different styles marketing. So in order to be successful, you need to know the age and gender demographic of the people who buy the most of your product. Then you need to know what style of marketing that particular demographic responds to. And then, you need to modify the style, Graphics, typography, messaging, and social phraseology that you use to attract and communicate with your potential customers. Look, I know that sounds all fancy and stuff. It really isn't. Owning a business isn't EASY, but this stuff isn't rocket science either. It's just learning the details, like anything else in life. But it does illustrate the fact that you will never find a pre-designed e-commerce website template that is already built exactly right for the combination of the products you sell and the expectations of the demographic who buys them the most. Fancy, pretty website templates are created by graphic designers. Graphic designers are not Retail Marketers. They're GRAPHIC DESIGNERS. Don't get me wrong here. It's good to use a website template. There's so much coding in them that you don't want to build the site completely from scratch yourself. However, any website template you ever use for an e-commerce store will have to be modified visually and structurally to be an experience that your consumer demographic will respond to and buy from. This means people like the bubbleheads on all the TV and YouTube commercials who bounce up and down and say things like “I just built a professional website in ten minutes with Stix!” are not going to be helpful to you. Not EVER. So remember, templates in general are good, but putting them online straight out of the box is BAD. If you want to learn a lot more about how this business REALLY works, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at Chris Malta.com
7 minutes | 3 years ago
What Happened to eBay? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
From the late 90's into the late 2000's, eBay was actually a decent place to make some money. It was just people selling stuff to people, and all was right with the world. Unfortunately, Meg Whitman left eBay in March of 2008. That's when eBay started to slide downhill. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where you heard it here first, because you definitely won't hear it anyplace else! Let's talk about the question that more and more eBay Sellers are asking more and more every day: What happened to eBay? To do that we have to start with a little history lesson. From the late 90's into the late 2000's, eBay was actually a decent place to make some money. It was just people selling stuff to people, and all was right with the world. I was very involved with eBay back then. I was an eBay Developer Partner. I was a speaker at their national "eBay Live!" conventions. I spent years as a regular guest on eBay Radio. When eBay wanted info and content on Wholesaling, they called me. In about 2006, they asked me to write a book about how to find stuff to sell on eBay, and I did. It was published by McGraw-Hill and is still in bookstores today, although I would not recommend it now, because eBay has gone seriously downhill since about 2009. I firmly believe that the driving force behind all the things that were GOOD about eBay in those days was Meg Whitman, eBay's CEO back then. On her watch, the eBay Partner Program was created. eBay Educators were trained and certified to help potential sellers. Outreach programs for disadvantaged people who wanted to start a business were created. The eBay Radio Show began. The "eBay Live!" national convention was created. The 'eBay Bible" was written. I met Meg Whitman at the eBay convention in Las Vegas in 2006, when I was there as a speaker. Very smart person, and very interesting to talk to. Unfortunately, Ms. Whitman left eBay in March of 2008. That's when eBay started to slide downhill. eBay is a price-driven marketplace. It's like a flea market, actually. Everybody who shops there is looking for deal and bargains; they all look for the lowest price. That was okay when it was just people selling to other people back in the glory days. That marketplace tended to correct itself with respect to general pricing. After Meg Whitman left and the new management took over, it seems that the people running things got greedy. It started to look like everything was about earning more money for eBay in any way possible, even if it was at their Sellers' expense. The 'eBay Live!' conventions were shut down. The training and partner programs were shut down. eBay University was shut down. Regulations got more regulatory. Customer Service got less customer servicey. Fees went up, more and more each year. eBay stopped backing up their sellers as much as they used to during problem resolutions, and started siding with the buyers much more often. Sometime in about 2009 I was contacted by eBay and asked if I would work with one of their groups, to teach them how wholesale companies operated and how to properly communicate with them. I figured, "Great, eBay wants to learn more about how wholesale works!" That couldn't be a bad thing, right? So I did what they asked. Later on, I learned what they had really been interested in. They had started a project which, if I remember correctly (don't quote me on this) they internally called the 'Enterprise Project'. They basically opened a back-channel into eBay and began contacting wholesale and manufacturing companies, and invited them to come in and sell directly on eBay. Under assumed Seller names, so that nobody would know who they really were. In other words, eBay was no longer just people selling to people; it became more and more about wholesalers selling to people, but it seems that most people didn't know that. To the best of my knowledge, this practice still continues. The effect is that eBay has been flooded with wholesalers who can sell at much lower prices than individual eBay Sellers can. That's a terrible thing for eBay Sellers. In fact, more and more eBay Sellers are complaining that they can't find cheap enough wholesale sources of products to beat their competition on eBay and make a profit. Those Sellers blame their wholesalers for that. The reality is that eBay Sellers simply can't compete against other 'Sellers' that they don't realize ARE wholesale companies. As I said earlier, eBay has always been a price-driven marketplace. People looking for the lowest prices. Searching for what they want, then clicking the "Sort By Lowest Price" button. So of course eBay Sellers can't compete, because the wholesalers will always have the lowest price! It's important to understand that the worst place you can possibly put a home-based retail business is squarely in the path of the most bargain-hunting consumers. That's a given no matter where you're selling because home-based business owners need realprofit margins (at least 20%) to sustain a business, and 30 to 35% to grow that business. That doesn't happen often in ANY bargain-hunting, price driven marketplace. Add direct wholesalers into the mix, and you can forget it. At this point, in my experienced opinion, eBay is no longer a place where a home-based business owner can make any significant money. YET...there are HUNDREDS of "Make Money On eBay!" programs, books, tools and systems out there, many that sell for thousands of dollars, run by sniveling weasels who know they are lying to you. There are OTHER programs and systems that tell you that eBay should be a PART of your online business, along with Amazon and your own Website. Anybody who knows this business knows that's post-digestive dog food, because price-driven marketplaces like eBay and Amazon do NOT mesh with properly marketing-driven businesses like Websites. But the weasels lie to you and sell you that junk for college-tuition-level money anyway. Don't you believe them. For bargain hunters who SHOP on eBay, things have gotten BETTER. For the home-based business owner who tries to make a serious full time living SELLING on eBay, it's game over. For more home based business info you just won't learn anywhere else, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at Chris Malta.com Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
Importing From China: Good or Bad? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Apparently China has somehow become a place that defies the general rules of Economics. Products are made at Amazing Low Prices, sold at Amazing Low Prices, and you can get them to your garage, your basement or a Convenient Storage Unit Near You at Amazing Low Prices. (Sigh). Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where business owners learn to be business owners, and scammers are scared, as they ....darn well better be. Okay, here we go on another Magical Mystery Tour. Apparently China has somehow become a place that defies the general rules of Economics. Products are made at Amazing Low Prices, sold at Amazing Low Prices, and you can get them to your garage, your basement or a Convenient Storage Unit Near You at Amazing Low Prices. (Sigh). A while back, I sent one of my business partners and several of my employees TO China for two weeks. Guangzhou Province, to be specific, which is a port area where a LOT of manufacturing goes on. Their mission was to determine whether it would be reasonable for us to begin large scale (not small-scale home-based business level) importing from China. We were looking at several product lines, but I'll just use one product line and one specific product as an example. You know those camping chairs with the aluminum legs and canvas seats that you can fold up and slide into a nylon bag and take with you wherever you go? Those were selling for $12 to $14 per unit retail in the US at the time. If we bought them in bulk in China, we could get them for $3.12. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? But wait...there's more. To get them at that price, we would have to buy at least a container load of them. A "container" is a railroad car. That's a lot of chairs. Before we even bought anything at all, we would have to hire an Agent in China that we could trust (good luck) to look after our sourcing interests there. Then the order would have to be placed, and we would have to wait 2 to 3 months for the order to be manufactured. Manufacturers in China do not make all kinds of stuff ahead of time, store it in warehouses and then sell it. They don't lay out that kind of effort and capital expense ahead of time. It's made to order, and that takes time. Then our trusty Agent in China (good luck) would have to inspect the product, and then get it to a shipping port to be transported to the US. That's ocean shipping, as in big ships that travel over the ocean. You can't FedEx a railroad car. Then we'd have to consult the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule to determine how much we're going to pay in Import Taxes to bring our chairs into the US. Then we'd pay Customs Fees at our Port of Entry into the US, then hire a trucking company to transport our chairs to whatever warehouse we would be paying for in order to store all those camping chairs. Once we added up all those costs, it turned out that it would actually cost us more than $9.00 per unit to buy those chairs in China, get them to the US and store them so that we could (hopefully) sell them all. Now, I'm no theoretical mathematician, but to me it sounds like $9.00 is a whole lot more than $3.12. On top of that, it turned out that we could actually buy those chairs already imported into the US by other really big existing importers for about $7.00. So what would be the point? We'd be better off buying them in the US. All the (expensive) steps I described above that come after "this costs $3.12 in China" are the steps that Slippery Dan and the band conveniently LEAVE OUT of the information they sell you for thousands of dollars. Their #1 chart-topping hit only has one verse..."This costs $3.12 in China!" It's just not the whole lyric, not by a long shot. What you need to know is that there are already lots and lots of very large import companies in the US that have the money and the infrastructure to import billions of dollars in Chinese-made products into the US at VERY low prices (because they buy HUGE quantity) and then sell them to you at wholesale for less than it would cost you to deal with China directly on a small-business scale. So please, for the sake of your kids' college fund, DO NOT buy in to the fantasy that you're going to get tons of dirt-cheap products if you buy direct from China. The chuckleheads who tell you that are just trying to make you think business is EASY to they can upsell you on their 'Amazing Systems' and 'Foolproof Tools' In some cases, they're actually trying to get you to pay them thousands of dollars to TAKE YOU ON A TRIP to China with so you feel like you've accomplished something. They're going to pocket most of that money while they slow-boat you there and leave you in a seedy hotel witha couple of trips to a trade show. On a home-based business scale, buying from China successfully is just a flat-out lie. Want the TRUTH about ECommerce? Check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com.
7 minutes | 3 years ago
Amazon: Should You Sell There? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Amazon is a great place for LARGE companies to sell products. Not so much for home-based business. Can you make SOME money on Amazon as a small business? Sure. You can also make SOME money collecting old soda cans. It's just not going to be a full time living. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the truth prevails, and the scammers fail. Let's talk about the whale in the goldfish bowl for a little while. Amazon is a great place for LARGE companies to sell products. Not so much for home-based business. Can you make SOME money on Amazon as a small business? Sure. You can also make SOME money collecting old soda cans. It's just not going to be a full time living. Most people are familiar with Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon). That's where you send wholesale products into an Amazon warehouse, and they basically take over the sale. They sell the product, handle the shipping, customer service, returns, etc. When something of yours sells, you get paid a (small) profit. Just like eBay, Amazon has it's fees (lots of them!), and as a small business owner who can't get those big bulk wholesale price breaks, those fees will hit you hard right where the sun don't shine. Like eBay, Amazon is price-driven marketplace. Most people who shop there are looking for bargains, and that's a bad place for a small business to be. The profit margins are too small. There are other issues too. Amazon can "gate" a product on you with no notice, and often does. What does that mean? Let's say you send 30 Sony DVD Players that you got in a liquidation lot (which is another bad idea, more on that in another podcast) to Amazon FBA so they can sell them for you. Then let's say that a little later on, Sony decides that they're tired of Amazon sellers selling their products at discount prices. Yes, that happens all the time. Big manufacturers have to maintain a certain price point for their products in the overall marketplace. Otherwise, the products become devalued (which means they're PERCIEVED to be worth less than they really are) and then the big-box physical stores refuse to sell them. Why? Because big-box stores have lots of overhead. Employees to pay, parking lots and buildings to maintain, mass media advertising to shovel out, etc. They have costs. If enough people see that Sony DVD Player selling online for $50 when a big-box store has to sell it for $75 to make a profit, the big-box store is going to stop selling it. That's bad for Sony, because the big-box stores are still their bread and butter. So the big-boxers go screaming to Sony that they can't compete anymore, and Sony goes screaming to Amazon (AND all of Sony's wholesalers as well) that the product can no longer be sold at a discount online. That's one reason (among many others) why Amazon "gates" a product. They tell you that you simply cannot sell it anymore. So then, you get to pay for Amazon to ship your unsold DVD Players back to you so that you can store them in your garage until the mice chew the wiring out of them and they become dumpster-food. The worst part is that gating can apply to entire brand names as well as entire categories of products. Gating is a fairly common complaint, and can cost you a lot of money if you have any kind of reasonable investment in the gated product, brand name or category. Another problem a lot of small Amazon sellers complain about is that Amazon will push them out of the "buy box" in favor of larger sellers. Amazon watches their sales metrics with an electron microscope. So let's say you send some product into Amazon that starts selling like crazy. When Amazon realizes this (about a nanosecond after it starts to happen) they go on the hunt for larger companies that can send lots more of those products into their warehouses at cheaper wholesale prices. If and when they find one (which they almost always will), you get spanked like a rented mule and sent into Time Out while the Biggie McBiggerson Wholesale Company gets Featured on Amazon for that product instead of you. Is it wrong of Amazon to do that? NO. It's their site, their platform, and they have every right to locate large suppliers of products that can fill their customers' needs better than your small business can. They also have every right to Feature whatever they darn well please. It's not much fun for you, but there's really nothing to be done about it. Then there are all the tools that people use to study their competition (you) on Amazon. Amazon sellers are constantly checking out and copying their competition, which makes it easy for people with a little more money to swoop in and out-compete you as soon as you hit on something that actually sells. Now, competition is a normal part of any marketplace, but it's just way too easy to get hammered like that on Amazon. Add to all of that the other problems and pitfalls (just too numerous to list here) that even people who push Amazon FBA and Amazon Stores admit to, and this is not a good idea for your home-base business. You'll spend most of your time trying to outfox your competition, dealing with tons of rules and regulations, and selling at profit margins that home-based businesses really can't survive on. When you try to work within a business framework like that, you're really not running your own business. You're being told what you can and can't do by a big company, you're getting shafted on your take-home pay, you're working far too hard for far too little money, and the ground shifts under you unpredictably every other day. Isn't that what you were trying to get away from when you started your own business?? Amazon is best left to the big wholesalers and manufacturers that it was designed to work with. And yet, there they are...the Evil Clowns who swear to you all day long that you're going to make a fortune selling on Amazon in just a few weeks if you'll only pay them $35,000 for their 'Amazing Amazon Coaching'. Puh-leeeze. If you REALLY want to learn this business from someone who's been successful in it for more than 25 YEARS and will NOT lie to you, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
9 minutes | 3 years ago
The EBiz Gold Rush (Not!) | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
If you've decided to get in on this by starting your own home-based ECommerce business, the first thing you need to know is that you're going to be walking through a minefield in the dark. With a blindfold on. Hands tied behind your back, forced to hop on one foot. Be prepared! Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the truth will open your eyes wider than a Lasik surgeon can. There's a 21st century gold rush going on, and it isn't on the Discovery Channel. If you've decided to get in on this by starting your own home-based ECommerce business, the first thing you need to know is that you're going to be walking through a minefield in the dark. With a blindfold on. Hands tied behind your back, forced to hop on one foot. And dizzy. Does that sound like an exaggeration? IT ISN'T. When I first started in this business way back in 1993, things were whole lot simpler. Even though the 'consumer internet' was brand new and we were feeling our way along learning (and inventing) new things every day, at least nobody was trying to sabotage us on purpose. Today it's a whole different ball game. It seems like everybody with access to a keyboard, a bag of Cheetos, a YouTube account and a complete disregard for basic human decency claims to be an "EBiz Guru" of some kind. There are thousands of them. Yes, I said thousands, and I'm not exaggerating. 99% of these people couldn't muster enough brain cells in one place long enough to tie their own shoes, but oh, they're EXPERTS in ECommerce! Yeah. Ok. Apparently all it takes these days to be an 'expert' in ECommerce is a keyboard, a bag of Cheetos, a YouTube account and a complete disregard for...well, we've covered that ground. They claim to be experts, then they sell you absolute garbage 'apps', 'tools', 'systems', 'information', and 'coaching' for tens of thousands of dollars. It's not just the Grinning Ninnies who've blanketed YouTube with crapstorms of stupid, either. Many of these putzes are doing hotel seminars and national conventions. Speaking to crowds of hundreds of people who hang on every slippery word and scribble reams of notes as if they're going to magically pick up on that one hidden amazing secret that'll allow them to get out of there without spending any money [cue the hilarious laughter] and go home, start a business with no money, no learning and no experience, and get rich by next Tuesday. By 3:30 PM, so they have time to get ready for dinner. After all, we wouldn't want starting an online business to be inconvenient in any way. I hate to say this, but it's not just them. It's you as well! They're heartless, disgusting con artists, yes. But a con artist needs a willing "Mark". (The "Mark" is the target of the con, in case you're not up on con artist lingo). If the Mark isn't willing, the con doesn't work. So if YOU are the Mark, (which you absolutely are, the moment you sign up for that first 'free lesson' or 'free trial') YOU have to be willing to believe that it's possible to get rich by Tuesday (no later than 3:30 PM) with no money, no learning and no experience. And if you DO allow yourself to believe that even for just one minute, you might as well fry an egg, grab a slice of cheese and pop yourself in the toaster, because YOU are the Breakfast Bagel that these jack-wagons are going to chow down on every morning before they even get dressed. No matter how many of these swamp lizards paddle up to your door, the only way they can hurt you is if you believe that starting a real, live business that makes actual full-time money is EASY...or...can be bought from somebody else on easy credit terms. Starting, building and running a real money-making business online is NOT easy, and you CAN'T buy 'tools, systems and apps' that will do it FOR you. Not EVER. Let's face it, in life we want things to be easy. Easy is better than hard. However, life being life, that ain't gonna happen. But the knuckle-draggers who have been trained to think that cheating people is actually a smart business method KNOW that we want easy. So they serve it up to us like a three-scoop bowl of ice cream and give us a giant spoon. The only problem is that they charge thousands of dollars a scoop, and when the bowl is empty all you end up with is an empty bowl. Which you could have gotten for a dollar at the Dollar Store, if all you actually wanted really was a bowl. If you've read any history or maybe watched the History Channel once in a while you might remember learning about the great California Gold Rush of 1849 (which actually started in 1848, but hey, facts get fuzzy when people get greedy). During the years of that gold rush, the people who actually made much more money much more consistently were the people who were smart enough to go into the retail business, not the "Gimme a shovel, I'm gonna get rich by Tuesday" business. Hoteliers, store owners, butchers, restaurateurs, etc. were the real gold rush winners in 1849(8). There were actually very few miners who made "fortunes", and the vast majority of them were the few who actually knew how to mine gold. But those facts (which were known at the time) didn't stop the shipping and transportation companies 'back east' (and even in other countries) from screaming at the top of their lungs that you could pick gold up in the streets in California, and all you needed was a really expensive ticket on their ships and wagon trains. Huh...guess they made a lot of money too, right? This is no different. The thousands of needle-heads who know that you don't know how to mine gold charge you tens of thousands of dollars for a ticket on the Secret Train To The Gold Fields. They'll put you in a first-class seat so you can relax comfortably while you eat your ice cream. They'll give you all kinds of fancy-looking gimmicks to play with that flash and spin and have buttons that bleep when you click them. They'll tell you about all the magical ways you can summon your own personal Unicorns (which don't actually exist; sorry!) that will fly around scooping up people to buy from you. They'll promise you a Secret Code to the hidden Trans-Pacific Matter Transporters (that don't actually exist) that will make huge loads of incredible products from China appear in your garage for mere pennies on the dollar (which isn't actually true). They'll show you amazing-looking web sites that they claim make quadrillions of dollars per second (but actually don't). They'll show you heart-felt testimonials (that they wrote themselves, but don't ask that question!) from others (themselves) who are all giddy and tingly about their Amazing Systems (that don't actually work). They'll show you "Actual Bank Statements" (that they actually spent entire minutes of their lives creating by pecking away at Photoshop with their stubby little fingers) that PROVE that their "Amazing Systems" have made millions of dollars for themselves and other giddy and tingly people (only they actually didn't). THE ONLY THING THEY DON'T DO is actually teach you how to mine gold. The thing they never tell you (but should be easy enough to figure out) is that the Secret Train To The Gold Fields is powered by your money. That train doesn't run on a wood-burning boiler or diesel fuel. It runs on your CASH. Picture somebody at the front of the train tossing shovel-fulls of your hundred dollar bills into the flaming maw of an old-fashioned steam boiler fire-box, laughing maniacally. Not a pretty picture, is it. The minute your money is gone and there's nothing more to shovel into the fire-box, that train's emergency brakes automatically kick in. The Conductor stomps over to your seat, unceremoniously tosses you out the window into the desert, and the train screeches off down the line shoveling other people's money into the fire. So now you're sitting in the desert, broke, nowhere near the actual gold fields, and you have no idea what to do next. And you still don't know how to mine gold. So get off the train, come to Chris Malta.com and check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. I've been a REAL successful gold miner for over 25 years online. I'll show you where the gold REALLY is. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
12 minutes | 3 years ago
Paid Advertising – Do You Need It? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
There’s a very good reason why the Fake Gurus tell you to use paid advertising, even though they know perfectly well that for home based business owners paid advertising is a huge flushing toilet the size of Niagara Falls, only instead of flushing water it flushes your cash down the drain. The Fake Gurus don’t care if that happens to you, and it will happen to you if you use paid advertising. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT We have a saying around here at “The People Who Know What We’re Doing Online” clubhouse, and it goes like this: “People who use paid advertising are people who don’t know how to MARKET”. This refers to home-based business owners, and if you use paid advertising now or have used it in the past, don’t take that personally. All it means is that you’ve gotten bad information from the fake 'ebiz gurus' that have told you to use paid advertising. That’s not your fault. There’s a very good reason why the Fake Gurus tell you to use paid advertising, even though they know perfectly well that for home based business owners paid advertising is a huge flushing toilet the size of Niagara Falls, only instead of flushing water it flushes your cash down the drain. The Fake Gurus don’t care if that happens to you, and it will happen to you if you use paid advertising. They need you to use paid advertising, though (which is why they tell you to do it), because the "systems, tools and wealth programs" they sell you are so uniformly horrible that they only way you’ll ever make a few sales using them is if you actually pay for advertising on TOP of using their horrible tools. This is really all about psychology. Again, the Fake Gurus know the "Magical Mystical Success Tools" they sell you are junk and won’t work. But they also know that if you use paid advertising, you will make a few sales (with a TOTALLY DIFFERENT marketing method…called paid advertising). If you start to make a few sales, then you don't realize that the "Magical Mystical Success Tools" are junk because hey, you made a few sales while you were using those tools (AND, don’t forget, paid advertising!). Psychologically they know that those FEW sales will make you feel that the junk tools DO work, but for some mysterious reason you’re not making enough sales. They'll blame that on you, telling you that you need to buy more of their tools. See, if you ever complain to the Fake Gurus about their horrible tools, they can say, “Well, since you made a few sales, our "Twenty Thousand Dollar Cornucopia Of Excellent Tools At Amazing Prices DID work, you’re just not using them right. So since you're such a dumb-ass, you need to buy our Supersized Marketing Incredo-Pac; that’s only another ten thousand dollars and the few sales you’ve made so far will multiply like rabbits on an island that only rabbits live on!” (Which, of course, they won’t. Rabbits never live on islands that only rabbits live on). See how that works? The few sales you’ll make with paid ads (which, by the way, will cost you more than you earn in profits!) will give you a false IMPRESSION (that’s a paid advertising joke…get it?) that the horrible tools work, then they tell you that you just need to buy more horrible tools to amp it up into more sales. As a home-based business owner with a limited budget and a pile of junk tools and information that frankly just suck, using paid advertising is like buying a new car, and then having to buy another new car to push the first new car with, because the first new car doesn’t run. Would you ever do that? Of course not. You wouldn’t buy the first car if it needed another car to push it because it doesn’t run. I know what you’re thinking (or at least I’m taking a reasonably educated guess). I’m guessing that you’re thinking “Hey, all those big box stores use paid advertising. Paid advertising is all over TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, bus stop benches AND the internet! So how can paid advertising be so bad??” (If you weren’t thinking that, you are NOW, right?!) Okay, let’s talk about the difference between big companies who have hundreds of millions of dollars to flood consumer markets with tons of advertising, and small home-based businesses that don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. There, we just talked about the difference. Small home-based businesses can’t afford to blanket half the known universe with paid advertising. It’s not cost-effective, at least not when you’re starting out. So how, then, is YOUR web site supposed to rise to the top of a search engine, or ever be found ANYWHERE in a search engine against all those big companies that have a gazillion dollars set aside just for lunch money? Well first, let’s dispel a myth here. Many people have been told that your web site ranking gets better and better when you pay the search engines more and more money for advertising. FALSE. Flat out, unequivocally, never-ever-happens FALSE. You CANNOT buy your way to the top of a search engine, period. So how do you get your web site to outrank all those big-box stores? Yes, it most certainly can be done. You just have to learn a thing or three. THE SEARCH ENGINES NOW RANK SITES BASED ON AUTHORITY In the covered-wagon days of the internet, you could have a web site that had tons of different pages on it, EACH of those pages selling completely different things. That was back when the search engines were much simpler. They only understood nouns. Being simple and basic as they were, they used to rank web pages on each page’s individual merit. In those days, if AllTheStuffYouNeed.com’s web site had the word “Squeegee” on their Squeegee sales page 24 times, and BobsCratesOfVariousStufs.com’s Squeegee page had the word “Squeegee” on it’s Squeegee sales page 36 times, BobsCratesOfVariousStufs.com WINS. YOU GO, Bob! Yes, of course, it wasn’t quite that simple. But that was a lot of how ranking worked back then. Now, (starting with Google’s big ‘Panda Update’ in 2011), search engines are much more sophisticated. They understand Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Adjectives and lots of other word-types that you probably forgot about ten minutes after you got out of school. I know I did. They also look at fussy little things like Grammar and Syntax. The most important part is that they now look at an entire web site as a whole, not just as a loose collection of individual pages. When a web site is a serious source of authority for one thing and one thing only, Google looks at that web site with unabashed adoration in it’s googly little eyes. It LOVES that web site. It writes that web site poetry, sends it flowers, and hopes it can take that site out to dinner and a movie on Friday night. Okay, I know I got a bit carried away…but I think I made the point. So the way Google operates NOW, a web site that is a focused source of authority on one subjct will ALWAYS naturally rank very well in the search engines. Big-box store web sites and sites like Amazon and eBay have horribly scattered authority. They have tens of thousands of product pages that are not related to one another as one subject, and cannot rank well in a search engine on their own. So what is a huge site or big-box store to do? Hmmm…how about paid advertising? Big-box stores NEED paid advertising. And I’m not just talking about paid advertising online. I mean paid advertising everywhere. Those big companies would come to your house and paint an ad on your cat if they thought they could get away with it. They need physical-world mass-media advertising because they need their scatter-shot web sites to already be know to consumers ahead of time, so that consumers go there directly when they shop online. SO THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF SUCCESSFUL SITES. 1. Sites that are big-box stores like Home Depot and Target, and bargain-hunting destinations like eBay and Amazon. They pay for advertising all over the place, online and in the physical world. They can’t rank well NATURALLY because their pages are so scattered among so many subjects that Google just can’t get an authority handle on them. But their paid advertising causes lots of people to go directly to those sites without ever using a search engine, and that’s what they need. 2. Sites that are small, home-based, very tightly niched sources of authority for one subject, and one subject only. When built and marketed properly, those sites can easily out-rank the big-box stores and mega-bargain stores all day long. SO WHY DON’T YOU SEE THOSE SMALL SITES AT THE TOP OF THE SEARCH ENGINES ALL THE TIME? If what I just told you is true, how come you see so many big-box stores (and Ama-bay) at the top of the search engine results so often? It’s simple, really. Very few people know how to create real authority with a search engine. When a search engine can’t find a site with real, focused authority in a given search, it defaults to other ranking factors like size of the site, how long it’s been out there, how many links, etc. Why don’t more people know how to do that? That’s simple, too. If more people knew how to actually market a site with authority to a search engine, they wouldn’t need Fake Guru's horrible tools and systems. And the Fake Gurus' horrible tools and systems are a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. That’s right, I said the B word. Most of those lousy fake marketers out there work together in some form or another, whether it’s passing your personal information around like a bowl of potato chips at a company picnic or getting together to build new garbage info-products like rusty sculptures at a junkyard art festival. They’re part of an extended fat-cat conglomerate of liars and thieves who work with each other to prevent you from finding out the truth. If everybody knew the TRUTH about online marketing, the bad guys would be o
9 minutes | 3 years ago
Free Shipping – Should You Offer It? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
"Free Shipping" doesn't exist. There's no such thing. It's a myth. Somebody ALWAYS pays for shipping. In the 25+ years I've been making money online (and in my 43+ years in business overall) I have never come across a shipping company that ships for free. Have you? Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT "Free Shipping" doesn't exist. There's no such thing. It's a myth. Somebody ALWAYS pays for shipping. In the 25+ years I've been making money online (and in my 43+ years in business overall) I have never come across a shipping company that ships for free. Have you? In one of my EBiz Insider Workshops last year, I had a person who had been a UPS Driver for 17 years. I asked him if he ever worked for free. He said no. I was not surprised. Covering the shipping cost of a product to an online customer happens in one of three ways: 1. The seller pays for the shipping, which comes out of their profit margin. 2. The buyer pays for the shipping, which gets charged to them during the purchase. 3. The seller pays for the shipping by HIDING the shipping cost in a higher product price, which still means that they buyer pays for the shipping. Then of course sometimes, there's a combination where the seller hides SOME of the shipping in a higher product price, and charges the buyer a lower 'flat rate' shipping price. Any way you ship it, there is NO such thing as actual Free Shipping. You know that, I know that...hey, even our dog probably know that. She's pretty smart. Free Shipping has a cost. Always. Small business owners cannot afford to cover any of that cost out of their profit margins (which is the only way to offer Free Shipping). Fake Gurus who tell you that as a small business owner you must offer Free Shipping are simply trying to feed you a plate full of ship, so to speak, and are expecting you to pay them for the meal. Like so many other things in sales, Free Shipping is a gimmick. Sales gimmicks are the last resorts of people who don't know how to actually market products. Let me repeat that LOUDLY for those in the back row who are playing games on their smart phones and not paying attention: SALES GIMMICKS (like Free Shipping) ARE THE LAST RESORTS OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO ACTUALLY MARKET PRODUCTS. Fake Gurus do not know how to actually market products. They only know how to feed you plates full of ship, and (ironically) charge you for delivering them. Small business owners who do know how to market products charge shipping to their customers all day long, and their customers pay it without a problem. So let's talk about some of the things involved in actually marketing a product properly. 1. Choose a product market that's profitable and has room for competition. Market Research (when done correctly) is the process of finding products that (a) sell well, (b) are not overly competitive, and (c) fall within certain price ranges that make a product worth selling. The Fake Gurus will tell you to 'sell something you like', or 'test products to see what sells'. That's why they're called Fake Gurus; both of those ideas are ridiculous. This isn't about selling what you like. It's about researching what sells well and has room for competition, and then learning to love that product. A good retail salesperson is a die-hard evangelist for the product they sell. If they're not, their lack of enthusiasm in their Social Media efforts will rat them out in a heartbeat and kill their sales before they begin. 2. Understand how people search for the product. A good marketer knows that Keyword Research is, well, KEY to marketing a product. Researching every possible word or phrase, whether closely or distantly related to the product line, and then using those words and phrases properly in marketing makes all the difference. Marketurds and Midiots won't even mention Keyword Research to you most of the time, and it's absolutely critical to do it, and do it right. 3. Develop a deep understanding of WHO BUYS the product. You CANNOT sell the same product to all age and gender demographics at the same time. No professional marketer ever even tries to do that. Not even the big kids at the multi-million dollar Ad Agencies on Madison Avenue. Every product line has a 'sweet spot' where the highest concentration of customers for that product exist, and it's a marketer's job to find that sweet spot and understand it. When you figure out who the customer is that buys the most of your product most of the time, you've found the money in the product line. Demographic Research then tells you things like how to talk to them, what color palettes work for them, whether they prefer to see a lot of text and less imagery, or lots of imagery and less text on sales pages, what style of graphics and typography we should be using, and many, many more critically important things. When you understand the Demographic, you know how to present them with an extended marketing message that strikes an irresistible chord with them, and if that's done right they'll buy from you immediately even if they have to walk to the Moon and pick up the product themselves. But again, Fake Gurus know nothing of these processes. These are real world marketing tools, and the Fake Gurus aren't interested in the real world except as it applies to emptying your wallet. 4. Sell in the right places. If you were going to build a lemonade stand on the sidewalk and sell cups of lemonade to passers-by, like kids do in the summertime, would you rather build that lemonade stand in from of The Dollar Store, or in front of Macy's? People walking into The Dollar Store are bargain hunting. They're trying to save money. You might get a nickel a cup for lemonade once in a while in front of The Dollar Store. However, you'll get a quarter a cup for lemonade all day long in front of Macy's. In the PHYSICAL retail world, LOCATION matters because the FOOT TRAFFIC matters. Higher end retail stores are built in physical locations that have a higher-income DEMOGRAPHIC per capita because that's where the money is. The same thing happens online. People who are shopping on eBay, Amazon, WalMart.com, etc., are bargain hunting. Those people will most often be price-comparing, because they have a need to save money. In those places, Free Shipping DOES have an impact, and so does price. When you sell in places where people shop with a bargain-hunting mentality, you have to lower your price to the point where your profit margins are so low you couldn't see under them with a microscope, and that's no way to run a business. You need to place your business where the money is; where people are searching for products based on the quality they want rather than the price they can afford. That is and always will be your own web site. People who shop the search engines for products are NOT going directly to eBay, Amazon and WalMart. They're searching for the PRODUCT, not the PRICE. The number of people who search Google and other search engines for products vastly outnumbers the people who bargain hunt directly at eBay, Amazon, etc. If you learn proper Market Research, Keyword Research, Demographics, and sell in the right place with a clear understanding of marketing, you'll make a lot of money and you won't need to even think about offering Free Shipping. The next time some Fake Guru tries to sell you a plate full of 'free ship', hand them a spoon and tell them to eat it themselves; you're not hungry. Want to learn how things really work? Check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. I'll teach you 'til you beg for mercy.
5 minutes | 3 years ago
Automatic Product Feeds: Good or Bad? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
There are serious problems with automated product feeds that nobody seems to want to tell you. So I'll tell you, because I don't want you to have serious problems with your online business! Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT When you have a web site that sells products online, sometimes you come across Automated Product Feeds from drop shippers and other wholesalers. This means that your supplier automatically loads your web site with products, descriptions, prices, quantity available and so forth. These automated product feeds are updated on a regular basis so that you don’t have to manually add products, manage prices and descriptions, etc. For people who are new to online business, this looks like the Holy Grail of ease in product management. BUT, there are serious problems with automated product feeds that nobody seems to want to tell you. So I'll tell you, because I don't want you to have serious problems with your online business! THE FIRST PROBLEM is that people tend to take the ENTIRE product feed and put it on their web site. That often means hundreds or even thousands of products on a singe site. It also means products on that site will be unrelated to each other. For example, a drop shipping / wholesale product feed might carry everything from sporting goods to jewelry to clocks to baby buggies. That’s really bad. Why? Because a web site that has more than one specific product line on it is next to impossible to get ranked in Google (the most important search engine) or any other search engine. These days, search engines look for web sites that tell one story about one thing. If you’re going to sell baby buggies, you need to sell ONLY baby buggies on your site. If you’re going to sell sporting goods, pick ONE type of sporting goods product (baseball bats, for example) and sell only that. If you mix products that a search engine sees as unrelated to each other, you have far too wide a mix of keywords for a search engine to rank you well for any ONE set of keywords, and nobody will ever find your site. If nobody finds your site, no sales. THE SECOND PROBLEM is that automated product feeds give you the descriptions of the products along with all the other info they put on your site. That seems like a good thing, but for your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) it’s actually a bad thing. Manufacturer and wholesalers’ descriptions of products are almost always short and factual. For good SEO, and for good sales conversion, your product descriptions need to be personalized. They need to be very descriptive, contain the right SEO Keywords for that product and page, and give people a warm fuzzy that matches the overall look and personality of your site. When you simply take the descriptions directly from the automated product feeds and don’t re-write them to do all those things, you lose a very important part of your SEO, and a very important part of your sales conversion (turning visitors into buyers). So let's say you use an automated product feed, and you DO re-write your descriptions to be both more SEO friendly and conversion friendly. In a few days, that product feed is going to UPDATE, and it's going to RESET all your product descriptions back to the original text. In other words, it'll wipe out all your changes and you'll have to do it all again. And then AGAIN in a few more days when the feed updates again...well, you get the picture. For these reasons, there's simply no good reason to use automated product feeds of ANY KIND. Not for a small business. The big-box stores use them all the time, because the big-box stores do NOT need to personalize their product descriptions and rely on SEO. They rely on the power of their real-world BRANDS to bring in traffic. As a small business owner, you can't spend millions on real-world advertising, so you need every advantage you can get in the search engines. That means that your product descriptions become a huge part of your marketing, and automated product feeds will kill your SEO all day long. Most of the time, the things that SEEM the easiest in this business turn out to be the worst things you can do. Automated product feeds are a prime example. Learn LOTS more about ECommerce! Check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com.
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Free Trial Websites | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
The idea of a Free Trial Website is purposely misleading, and here's why. When you start a REAL online business using a Website, the Website is actually the LAST thing you do, NOT the first. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where you CAN buy EBiz Scammer Pinatas in the gift shop if you like! The idea of a Free Trial Website is purposely misleading, and here's why. When you start a REAL online business using a Website, the Website is actually the LAST thing you do, NOT the first. There is a certain amount of learning that needs to be done before you jump into this business. Then there's a certain amount of Market Research, Keyword Research, Graphic Development, Site Pre-Design, Marketing Material Development, Demographic Research, Social Media Setup and SEO Development to be done FIRST. THEN you get the Website and start to put it together. If that sounds like it's just too much for you, you should not be considering an online business. If you're not willing to learn and work, you're never going to make any money in any business of any kind. If you are willing to learn and work, read on. Very 'reputable' companies will offer you Free Trial Websites. All the big ones you see on TV and online do this in one form or another. The problem with that is that they know there's a lot of other work to do first, but they don't care and won't tell you. As long as they can get you hooked with a Free Trial and then start marketing useless "apps, systems and tools" that make it all sound EASY to you, they're doing their happy-dance because they've successfully connected your wallet to their bank account on a monthly recurring basis, and they'll keep stringing you along for as long as they possibly can. That's disgusting. I once had a man attend my EBiz Insider Workshop who told me that he had started four Websites in a row that had each failed. I felt bad for him until we started talking about the details. Then I felt even worse for him. He told me he had let Shopify talk him into a 2 Week Free Trail Website. He started the Free Trial, slapped some random products from Oberlo on it (oh, boy), didn't make any money in 2 weeks, so he shut it down. Then he started another Shopify 2 Week Free Trial, slapped some random products from Oberlo on it, didn't make any money in 2 weeks, so he shut it down. Then he started another Shopify 2 Week Free Trial, slapped some random products from Oberlo on it, didn't make any money in 2 weeks...well, I'm sure you know where this story is going at this point. He said he did that four times in 2 months. I think I was probably speechless for almost a full minute, which, as you can tell, is rare for me. But you know what? This WASN'T HIS FAULT. This is the level of absolute insanity that these sick, greedy con artists tell people to in order to cheat them out of money. He was TOLD to do that by some skeechy online marketing hack who charged him thousands of dollars for THAT kind of advice!! You're never going to make any real money online in 2 weeks. Or in 2 months, for that matter. Not money that counts. This take patience, effort and time. The people who most often become the worst victims of all these misleading cons are people who are in a hurry to make money. An online business, or any other kind of business, is not a quick solution to a short-term financial shortage. It's going to take time, patience, effort and SOME money. Please remember that. There are a FEW (not MANY, but a FEW) highly experienced business owners out here who actually care more about being honest than we do about making money. If you want to see that strange concept in action, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch you next time.
5 minutes | 3 years ago
BEWARE EBiz Coaching! | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
If you've been approached by somebody who wants to charge you a butt-ton of money to put you through ECommerce Training or Coaching, close your eyes immediately. Looking too closely at that 99% of those particular Gorgons will turn you to stone, just like in Greek mythology. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the truth isn't optional; it's a daily requirement. If you've been approached by somebody who wants to charge you a butt-ton of money to put you through ECommerce Training or Coaching, close your eyes immediately. Looking too closely at that 99% of those particular Gorgons will turn you to stone, just like in Greek mythology. Then run the other way, preferably with your eyes still closed. You can't be too careful; you might catch a reflection in a mirror on your way out of the room. You can tell who the bad guys are by the words they use, the questions they ask and the promises they make. Here's a list of the seven worst red flags in ecommerce marketing. 1. If buzzwords like Easy, Wealthy, Amazing, Secret, etc., etc. are part of their name or presentation, run away. Those marketing buzzwords are purposely used to fool you, and anybody who's willing to fool you isn't your friend. 2. If they attempt to ask you anything (and I mean ANYTHING) about how much money you earn or savings you have available, or ANYTHING about your credit rating and credit cards, run away. That's called "Pre-qualification". They're trying to figure out how much money they can squeeze from you. The very small handful of reputable people in this business do NOT pre-qualify. 3. If they tell you it's okay to spend lots of money on their stuff because you'll earn it back quickly, run away. That is a LIE. 4. If they show you images of bank statements of people who have supposedly made money with them, run away. That's a sure sign of hack marketing tactics. Photoshop can simulate the appearance money, but it can't actually print money. 5. If they show you Testimonials from people who talk about having made specific amounts of money or claim to have made money quickly, run away. That's a Marketing Gimmick and a LIE. 6. If they show you Websites that are supposedly owned by people who have made lots of money with them, run away. They're fake. People who actually make money with their Websites NEVER want potential competitors to see them, because they can be copied. 7. If they tell you they're going to connect you with their "Manager" to talk further, run away. That's sales code for "Now we know you have money, we're going to bring in the Closer and take it from you". It's very important to understand that whenever you have these phone conversations with these people, you're talking to a sales floor. That same salesperson you're talking to will be selling ECommerce junk in the morning, Make Money In Real Estate junk in the afternoon, and Make Money In Forex Trading in the evening. They don't care. They'll sell whatever they're told to for as much as they can get. They'll even sell the exact same thing to one person for $2,500 dollars and to another for $25,000 dollars, depending on how much money they determined those people have during pre-qualification. SERIOUSLY. It doesn't matter to the salesperson or the "Coaching or Training" company; it's all junk that costs them nothing anyway. You really should write those 7 points down and stick them to your fridge or something. Real EBiz mentors and trainers are extremely rare, and every time you talk to somebody who claims to be, there's a 98% chance that they are NOT. If you want the TRUTH about EBiz, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. I've been making money in this business for over 25 years. Only a VERY small number of people can say that. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Private Labeling: Yes or No? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Here's another favorite of the "let's screw the sheeple" crowd. This is usually presented as a component of the Amazing Amazon Business they're going to cheat you how to build. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the only thing you have to worry about is anybody ELSE you might listen to. Here's another favorite of the "let's screw the sheeple" crowd. This is usually presented as a component of the Amazing Amazon Business they're going to cheat you how to build. They tell you that you need to get "unique" products into the marketplace and create your own brand with a "Private Label" because it will be impressive and cool and people will buy lots of it and love you. NO. First, let's think about the concept of "unique". On the Internet, people search for things they know about. They know about those things because of something called Consumer Awareness. Consumer Awareness is created by the manufacturing companies that make products. They do it by spending tens of millions of dollars in real-world mass media advertising. They have to do that. If they don't, the big-box stores won't carry their products because consumers won't know about them and they'll be harder to sell. Yes, it's a thing, and has been forever both in the physical world and online. Make sense so far? So, "unique" products are by definition..."unique". That means there is NO general Consumer Awareness. Most people don't know about them. They're new and unique. Here's a news flash for the Scam Boys. The internet is based on Search. So is Amazon. So is eBay. The only way a consumer can find a product is if they search for it. That means they have to know what it is. If it's "unique", they don't know what it is, and will never search for it. That means you can't make any money with it. DUH. Now let's talk about the "Private Label" thing. Labeling is about branding in the Real Business World. Brands are created to instill confidence in consumers, so they will keep coming back to the brand and buy it over and over again because if the brand is built right, consumers TRUST it. It takes years and tens of millions (sometimes hundreds of millions) of dollars to create a brand strong enough that large numbers of consumers will trust it enough to make it worthwhile to manufacture and sell. Slapping a sticky label that says "Joe's Coffemakers" on a cheap product from China is NOT creating a brand! Which would you rather buy? A Joe's Coffeemaker, or a Cuisinart Coffeemaker? See what I mean? This whole Private Label thing was created by some skeezy marketer somewhere as a way to make you feel cool because you "own a brand". It has ZERO value in the retail marketing world. They'll charge you tens of thousands of dollars to "teach you" how to create that brand. For all that money, you get told to slap sticky labels on cheap stuff from China, and you end up NOT owning a brand. You own some sticky labels, a bunch of junk from China and a miserable future trying to get rid of that cheap crap that you "Private Labeled". Don't do it, please. To learn to start a REAL online business that actually makes a full time living, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at Chris Malta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Outsourcing For Your EBiz | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
Outsourcing is the favorite buzzword of all the online scammers under all the slimiest rocks on earth. Why? Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the truth about ECommerce WILL set you free. Outsourcing is the favorite buzzword of all the online scammers under all the slimiest rocks on earth. Why? Because everybody thinks everything should be EASY in ECommerce. After all, that's what all those "ECommerce Experts" say, right? They WANT you to think this is easy. It gives them the perfect excuse to get you all excited about making a million dollars by next week, and then they can sell you pure garbage info instead of going to all the trouble of teaching you what you REALLY need to know. Writing your own articles, blog posts and social media material? You don't have to do that...outsource it to India or the Philippines for a buck an Article! Building your own Graphics for your site and marketing? You don't have to do that...just get it done on Fiver or 99 Designs for a few bucks a pop! WRONG. This business is RETAIL MARKETING. A critical part of Retail Marketing is building a BRAND for your Website. That means that everything your marketing says has to be said with a CONSISTENT VOICE. It means that every graphic on your site and in all of your marketing has to be shown in a CONSISTENT STYLE. When you own a Website, which is by far the best method and most profitable method of online sales, your customers are going to find you in a variety of different ways. They're not just going to do a search in Google every time. They might hit your Facebook Business page first, then go from there to your Blog, then from there to your site, for example. There are lots of different points where a customer might contact your brand. If those points of contact don't all look, sound and feel the same, your site's brand WILL NOT work. If your brand doesn't work, your site doesn't make sales. So 'outsourcing' is out of the question, because every time you outsource something, you're going to be dealing with a different writer or graphic artist. Unless you want to pay them to be exclusive, but that costs a fortune. Here's what happens when you deal with different individuals on these outsourcing sites all the time: When you outsource to different graphic artists over time, you'll be dealing with abstract artists, impressionists, classical artists, cartoonists and so on. The graphics across your site and marketing with be a horrifying kaleidoscope of mis-matched imagery. If you close ONE sale, you'll be lucky. When you outsource to cheap writers, they simply search your Subject in Google, take someone else's article, and run it through Article Spinner software. That software spits out several different versions of the original article simply by shifting words around, and then they'll send you the one that reads the least horribly. The conversation is fractured, there's NO SEO value and it simply won't make sense to your readers. That's not marketing. In fact it's the complete OPPOSITE Of marketing. If you're going to own a business, you need to OWN your business. That means you need to learn it, understand it, and know how to run it. If you don't, you won't make money at it. Don't fall into the "outsourcing makes it easy" trap. It's just part of a cheap con, nothing more. Turn around and RUN away from any online marketer who tells you to outsource; it's a sure sign that they couldn't care less about what happens to you or your business. They just want to get into your wallet by making you think everything's EASY, nothing more. Writing your marketing content and working with graphics is NOT hard to learn, and you NEED to learn it. So learn something. Check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
AliExpress, Oberlo and Other Disasters
AliExpress is something that highly questionable marketing gurus like Richard Cranium And His Amazing Wealth Machine (and many others) will tell you is a great way to get products drop shipped to your customers directly from China (sigh) at low, low prices (sigh). Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the truth is NOT negotiable. If you haven't heard of AliExpress yet, good. Do your best not to hear of it. If you have heard of AliExpress, run far, far away from anybody who tells you it's a good idea. If you're actually using AliExpress, you have my most sincere sympathies. Really. Okay, okay...I brought it up, I know. So now even if you haven't heard of it I have to talk about it because someday you would hear of it and you need to be protected. AliExpress is something that highly questionable marketing gurus like Richard Cranium And His Amazing Wealth Machine (and many others) will tell you is a great way to get products drop shipped to your customers directly from China (sigh) at low, low prices (sigh). Let's look at this point by point. 1. There is no way you can know whether the supposed 'drop ship supplier' in China is real. Chinese companies are not subject to the kind of regulation we have in the US and other countries. You run a huge risk not having your orders delivered at all. 2. You're dealing with companies who will very often foist cheap imitation junk products that often don't even look like their product pictures off on your customers, which results in returns and a bad rep for you. 3. You can't return products to most of these companies, because (a) they often won't accept them, and (b) if they do, it will often take weeks to get it done. 4. If you get cheated, you lose your money, period. There is NO legal recourse between the US and other countries, and China. 5. Having something drop shipped from China takes WEEKS. 3 to 6 weeks on average. Do you really think your customers are going to wait that long for you to deliver their product orders? Look, you can't make this stuff up. It's real. I can't even count how many people I've taught and mentored who have already been nailed to a wall dealing with these people, for the exact reasons I mention above. As a home-based business owner, China is not your answer to product supply. Not EVER. Yet again, the idiots who claim to teach you all this "amazing" eBay, Amazon and Website stuff will tell you to use AliExpress. Why would they do that when they know it doesn't work? Because it sounds EASY, and everybody wants EASY. We talked about that earlier. Another part of this lunacy is called Oberlo. Oberlo is the creation of the geniuses (please not the sarcasm) in the Marketing Department at Shopify. Oblero is simply a way to connect your Shopify Website to AliExpress and populate that site automatically with products drop shipped from China, in a way that hides the fact that you're actually working with AliExpress. I checked a Thesaurus to see how many different ways there are to say "stupid". Here are the results most pertinent to what Shopify is trying to foist on you with Oberlo: Dull, dumb, foolish, futile, ill-advised, laughable, ludicrous, naive, senseless, shortsighted, simple, rash, thick, unintelligent, brainless, dense, dim, doltish, dopey, half-baked, half-witted, idiotic, imbecilic, insensate, mindless, moronic, nonsensical, out to lunch, pointless, simpleminded, slow, stupefied, thick-headed, unthinking, and witless. Keep in mind I'm not referring to YOU if you're already using that monstrosity. I'm referring to Shopify's utterly un-caring marketing people. Oberlo is just one of the tons of unnecssary and ridiculous "apps" that Shopify tries to sell you along with their ECommerce Website packages. The sad thing is that the Shopify Website Platform itself is actually really GOOD. It's just all the other junk (like Oberlo) they try to sell you that is so well described by all those words above. Shopify's marketing team, like all the other EBiz hacks out there, want you to think everything is easy so that you keep paying for their Website platform for years while you try to figure out why nothing is working, when in fact it's not working because instead of actually learning this business properly, you bought into their ridiculous "easy apps". Using AliExpress or Oberlo is all of those words I mentioned earlier. I'm not going o repeat them because it makes me a little dizzy. Just don't fall for it, please. For lots more honest info about ECommerce, based on my over 25 YEARS of experience in this business, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch you next time.
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Retail Arbitrage - Good or Bad? | Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast
If you think it's a good idea to waste all your time, gas, and energy running around to retail stores all week long looking for individual bargain products that you then have to package and ship to Amazon to hopefully get resold on FBA for an artificially jacked-up price (cheating your own customers) before Amazon figures you out and suspends your account, please raise your hand. Be sure to Subscribe to the Show! Find much more TRUTH about ECommerce on my site. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Welcome to Chris Malta's EBiz Insider Podcast, where the only thing that gets in the way of the truth is a bad set of speakers. Let's talk about this little gem that the bad guys like to call "Retail Arbitrage". If you think it's a good idea to waste all your time, gas, and energy running around to retail stores all week long looking for individual bargain products that you then have to package and ship to Amazon to hopefully get resold on FBA for an artificially jacked-up price (cheating your own customers) before Amazon figures you out and suspends your account, please raise your hand. If you raised your hand, please start this podcast over again and listen more carefully. I'm betting that you didn't raise your hand, though. When you hear it in plain english like that, the ridiculousness is unavoidable. I KNOW there are a lot of people who TELL you that this is a good idea. The absolute morons who tell you that either don't know the first thing about the retail business, or are lying to you with a big, fake grin on their faces. Personally, I believe it's the second choice, but it is true that there is no lack of morons in the internet "guru" space. So it could be either one. No matter which one it is, don't let them suck you in. "Retail Arbitrage" is a phrase that was simply invented by an unscrupulous online marketer several years ago to make it sound like it's a thing. It isn't a thing. It's a lie. Look, the word "Arbitrage" is a term that's used in the financial world, and generally refers to people who buy and sell on the world securities, currency and commodity markets. Here's the actual dictionary definition of Arbitrage: The simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency, or commodities in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same asset. Notice there's nothing there about "retail". Yes, the word "commodities" could be loosely interpreted to mean physical retail products, but only by someone who doesn't understand commodities. Gold is a commodity. Grain, precious metals, electricity, oil, beef, and natural gas are all commodities. An Easy Bake Oven that you have to chase all over town to find on sale and then overcharge for on Amazon is NOT a commodity. By definition, "Retail Arbitrage" doesn't exist. It's a fake con-artist buzzword, it's a waste of your time, money and energy, and it has a "glass ceiling". That means that you only have so much time in a given year to schlep around retail stores pointing your iPhone app at stuff on sale, and when you use up that time, that's all the money you're ever going to make at this. Glass ceiling. Any by the way, don't let any of this blithering ninnies tell you that it works better if you buy liquidation lots either. Here's another definition for you...most products that are "liquidated, and "liquidated" because nobody else could sell them! Just don't do it. You'll be way better off. For much more amazingly truthful and insightful information about ECommerce, check out my FREE EBiz Insider Video Series at ChrisMalta.com. Thanks for listening, and I'll catch ya next time.
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