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Sometimes selling on Amazon can be frustrating, but we're here to help. Hosted by Full-Time FBA's Stephen and Rebecca Smotherman, The Full-Time FBA Show is a podcast focused on helping you grow your Amazon FBA business to a point where you can make a full-time income with only part-time hours. We'll talk about the best Amazon FBA strategies and hear inspirational stories from those who have succeeded in making a full-time income with Amazon. The podcast features fresh content, proven strateg ...
 
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Today on The Full-Time FBA Show, we follow up on last week's discussion on the topic of replens: items you can source and send to Amazon which sell so quickly that they continuously need replenishing. In this episode, we’re going to talk about four types of replens that you should be selling on Amazon; not specific items, but the types of items. Yo…
 
In today’s episode of the Full-Time FBA Show, we talk about how replenishables (or "replens" for short), can boost your sales and your profits in your Amazon FBA business. We kick off our episode by defining the term "replens" and unpacking what constitutes a good replen. Next, we talk about our 2020 top sellers and tell you why we think that Amazo…
 
Here at The Full-Time FBA Show, we get lots of questions from the Full-Time FBA community. What we have found is that often those questions are based on misunderstandings. In today’s episode, we'll address the three most common wrong questions that Amazon sellers ask, explain why they are wrong, and tell you what questions you should be asking inst…
 
On today’s episode of The Full-time FBA Show, Rebecca and Stephen reflect on their tour of an Amazon Fulfillment center before the COVID pandemic. In their conversation, they discuss what they learned and how it has impacted the way they do business. One of their major takeaways was the phrase ‘customer obsession.' Since then they have adapted the …
 
At one point or another, you are going to run out of sourcing money, but that does not have to mean you cannot grow your business anymore. In today’s episode, we hear about seven ways you can grow your Amazon FBA business that do not require any sourcing. From improving your product listing to advertising and spending time on your education and min…
 
Wholesale bundles have numerous benefits; to you as the seller, and to your customers. As someone who has been on the retail and online arbitrage side of things, as well as the wholesale and wholesale bundling side of things, our guest today has a lot of valuable knowledge to share when it comes to the positives and the negatives of these markets. …
 
If you are looking for creative ways to differentiate yourself on Amazon while turning an extra profit too, think about starting to sell items in bundles! Creating bundles is all about batching items that match each other thematically, and today on the show you’ll hear all of our tips around how and why you should consider implementing this strateg…
 
While there are many products and services available that claim to be necessities for starting a new business, it’s hard to know if you really need them, especially when you factor in the cost. After running a successful Amazon FBA business for over a decade, we have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and experience. We do, however, have some regre…
 
Competing with Amazon as a third party seller can be a daunting task. It’s easy to feel that the odds are stacked against you. After all, it’s a huge company with tremendous resources and control over crucial elements, like who gets awarded the buy box. While it’s often wise to avoid competing with Amazon, it’s also important not to let fear blind …
 
It’s that time of year, where we spring clean various areas of our life, from our kitchens to our closets, to our computers. Just like everything else, over time our Amazon seller account can become cluttered and overwhelming for a multitude of reasons. Most of the time it’s because there are other more pressing and profitable issues vying for our …
 
If you've ever tried manual online arbitrage (OA), you know that it can take up immense amounts of your time to find what you are looking for. On today’s show you’ll learn about a tool called Tactical Arbitrage which can, among other things, help you drastically reduce the amount of time you spend looking for items to resell. Rebecca has been using…
 
Today we dive into the topic of how to profit from selling seasonal items on Amazon. You might be wondering, what are seasonal items? Well, this category includes anything that isn’t usually promoted all year-round. From Easter eggs and Mother’s Day gifts to snow boots and bathing suits and everything in between, seasonal items (if done correctly) …
 
A race to the bottom isn’t the kind of race you want to win. By beating your competitors' prices to the bottom, you can ruin your chances of making good ROI. In this episode, Stephen and Rebecca Smotherman go into detail about “racing to the bottom” and discuss some of the best ways to avoid it. To kick things off, we first look at how racing to th…
 
When selling on Amazon, there are occasions you will struggle to move certain items from your inventory. This can happen for a multitude of reasons, and you can address this issue in a number of ways. In this episode, we share a few top tips for helping the process along and cleaning out those lingering items no one seems to want! From using Keepa …
 
In today’s episode, we are going to blow your mind with some incredible Amazon stats. Not only are they wildly impressive, but these facts and figures actually impact you as an Amazon seller and could get you excited about continuing to sell on Amazon. We start off by sharing some of the stats around Amazon’s popularity and supplement them with som…
 
Whether it is a business partner or your significant other, working with a partner can have a hugely positive impact on your Amazon business. In today’s episode, you’ll hear our advice for successfully working with a business partner, from communicating risk tolerance and prioritizing the personal relationship over the business relationship to mana…
 
One thing you can never get back is time. You need to manage your time wisely so that you can follow the quickest, most efficient path to success. Welcome back to another episode of the Full-Time FBA Show! We are excited about today’s episode, where we will be diving into some really nerdy stuff like time management, how to better use your time in …
 
Today we sit with Ian Bower, who has been selling items on Amazon that he sourced via wholesale companies for over five years. In the time that has passed, Ian has managed to scale his business and averages around $40,000 in sales a month. In this episode, we start off learning Ian’s professional history and what he was doing before he got into who…
 
Selling products wholesale on Amazon can seem like a daunting undertaking -- not only because it seems like there are so many people who are already doing it, but because there are pervasive myths around aspects of the wholesaling industry that make it seem almost impossible to get started. Dan Meadors joins us on today’s show to debunk five of the…
 
Wholesale is a great sourcing strategy to add to your FBA business. Kicking off our month-long wholesale series, today’s episode dives into some of the reasons you should add wholesale sourcing to your business. We talk about the tremendous return on investment wholesale provides, some of the advantages it has over online and retail arbitrage, and …
 
Returns are the worst. But did you know it can still be possible to make nice profits from your returned items? Today, we want to help you make the most of those items that get returned, and then share some of the different ways you can make a profit in these scenarios. Just because something has been returned by a customer, for one of many possibl…
 
Most Amazon sellers know that when you run an FBA business there will always be periodic times when sales are slow. This is inevitable, no matter what your strategy is, but there are definitely a few practices and habits to employ that will help you keep sales more consistent, as well as be less emotionally affected by slower periods. We decided to…
 
The relationship between time and money is always changing, especially in an Amazon FBA business. In the beginning, time seems to be more expendable than money, but as your business grows and becomes more successful, your end goal becomes finding more time so that you can focus on the most important tasks of growing your business. We’ve been there,…
 
There are many ingredients to becoming a successful Amazon seller. You need to buy the right products to sell, price your items competitively, learn and execute different sourcing strategies, and the list goes on… but today, we’re going to be discussing the one essential success strategy that nobody seems to talk about: Focus. By eliminating the no…
 
As we stand at the beginning of the new year, you might be asking the same question many others are: Is Amazon trying to get rid of third-party sellers? Spoiler alert: The answer is "no." While common frustrations like increasing Amazon fees, storage limits, and brand restrictions seem to make it harder and harder to sell on Amazon, there are actua…
 
If you want to create success for your full-time FBA business, then setting goals should be your first step. Today we sit with full-time FBA seller Jo Ann Zimmerman to hear her secrets behind effective goal-setting. We open the show by talking about how Jo Ann sets goals for herself, first by looking at where she is in the present moment, assessing…
 
We have so many great guests join us on The Full-Time FBA show to share their wisdom but the person who joins us today is extra special because he is Stephen and Rebecca’s son, Peter Smotherman! Peter is here for a "snack-sized" episode to share some of the pieces of wisdom he has been learning in his 8th-grade class called ‘Skills for Success,’ al…
 
During the most lucrative part of the sales year, many sellers leave Q4 with high profits but without a clear plan on how to spend them. Today we give you our top tips on making the most of your Q4 profits. Early in our conversation, we highlight how investing in time-saving tools and software can unlock greater productivity and profit. After touch…
 
Since December is one of our most lucrative sales months, today’s episode is devoted to helping your business end the year with a bang and not a whimper. We open by exploring why you should reprice your items, with host Stephen Smotherman sharing his liquidation repricing rules for offloading gift items and decorations. After touching on the benefi…
 
Many Amazon sellers avoid deal lists for the well-founded fear that items appearing on these lists will soon flood the market, leading to inflated competition and price drops. Today we dive into the issue and show listeners how, with the right list, they can make healthy profits with little to no competition. We open our conversation by exploring w…
 
There are a lot of factors that can make your full-time FBA business successful, but sometimes it’s the simple things that can have the biggest impact. In today’s episode, we talk about how gratitude can help your bottom line and why you should make it a pillar of your FBA business. As we discuss, by expressing this attitude, you have the opportuni…
 
Here are our best sourcing strategies you can use to turn bigger profits in your FBA business, specifically at this time of year. Christmas is just around the corner, and we all know how well toys sell this time of year, but today we will be casting our net wider and covering eight strategies you can use to help you capitalize in the second month o…
 
Many successful Amazon resellers are studying and strategizing for Black Friday sourcing weeks in advance, but many people don’t realize how profitable Black Friday can be by just sitting on your couch at home with your computer. In this episode, Stephen interviews Rebecca about some profitable strategies for Black Friday via online arbitrage (OA).…
 
A great way to make money through reselling on Amazon is to source clearance items for your business. But how do you make the most of this strategy and what are the things to keep in mind as you go about it? Never fear, we have you covered! In this episode, we give you all the best tips for sourcing clearance items in both retail and online stores.…
 
An Amazon account suspension is the number one thing that most Amazon sellers fear. Today Stephen interviews Lesley Hensell from Riverbend Consulting to help clear up some of the grey areas that could lead to account or ASIN suspensions. Lesley starts off the podcast interview by giving us some tips to help you manage risk when it comes to sourcing…
 
Sometimes it can be scary to think about actually hiring help in your Amazon FBA business. Expanding your business by adding more people can be a daunting process, with a long list of things to worry about. In today’s episode, we draw on our own practical experiences and share the best insider tips so you can overcome fear of hiring help for your A…
 
Sometimes the fear of making sourcing mistakes will actually lead you to making more sourcing mistakes. In today’s show, Stephen and Rebecca create a slightly different format where we present a few different scenarios that have to do with sourcing and what to do when faced with them. It's a little game we like to call "Should You Resell It?" We ta…
 
No Amazon seller likes it when their items start tanking in price. When prices go down, so do potential profits. On today’s episode of Full-Time FBA we dive into a 4-week Fear Series with the topic of how to tackle overcoming your fear of tanking prices. We go into how to avoid tanking prices and how to deal with situations when prices do in fact t…
 
Selling oversized items on Amazon is often overlooked, but in today’s episode we talk about the benefits, dispel some of the misconceptions, and provide some tips for selling oversized items for supersized profits. From saving on storage fees, knowing which oversized items are worth reselling, and finding the right packaging, to saving money on inb…
 
Q4 can easily be the most profitable 3 months of your Amazon selling year. In fact, some sellers say that their Q4 sales eclipse the sales from the first nine months combined. As Amazon sellers head into the final months of the year, we need to make sure we’re fully prepared, because it is the run-up to the biggest holiday selling season when milli…
 
Today, we tackle five major profit leaks that affect many Amazon FBA sellers, also giving you solutions that will increase your revenue stream. It doesn’t matter how big your Amazon boat is, if it’s got a leak, then it’s going to sink. We'll break down all of the hidden and forgotten fees that are stealing your profits and show you how to lower the…
 
Are you wondering whether selling Halloween-related stuff is even worth it this year? Well, Stephen and Rebecca are here to tell you that not only is it worth it, but it can also be a profitable opportunity! In today's episode, Stephen and Rebecca talk about some spooky, exciting, and awesome things you can do to grow your Amazon FBA business in th…
 
To remain competitive in the Amazon marketplace, it is imperative that you are constantly reassessing the pricing of your inventory. While some Amazon sellers choose to adjust their prices manually from time to time, Amazon sellers who are focused on achieving long-term success would rather rely on an automatic repricer to update their prices to re…
 
In this episode, we dive into the buy and hold strategy, which is basically buying products now in order to hold them to sell at a point in the near or distant future. Sometimes a reseller will find an item that is not profitable now (or that could be even more profitable in the future) and might be tempted to buy the items now to sell them some ti…
 
Making the transition from a retail arbitrage business model to a 100% wholesale model was not something that Dan ever envisioned when he first started selling on Amazon, but when Dan learned about the power of wholesale, he made the transition and has never looked back. As our first-ever returning guest, Dan talks about transitioning from retail a…
 
Wholesale sourcing does not have to be so hard. Most people who want to get into Amazon wholesale selling have met with the same old methodologies. But on today’s show, we’ll discuss a different formula for getting wholesale on Amazon right, which includes a simple, tried-and-tested model for reverse wholesale sourcing. Today, Stephen interviews Dy…
 
Amazon Brand Restrictions. It's something that a lot of sellers get frustrated about when they're trying to grow their Amazon business. Today's episode covers how you can increase your chances of getting approved to sell those restricted items, plus a whole lot more on the approval process itself. Of course, the title of this episode refers how to …
 
While you may have built your empire by selling on Amazon, today’s episode shows you how you can sell more by expanding to Poshmark — a marketplace for new and used clothing, accessories, beauty and wellness products, and even home goods. In today's episode, Stephen interviews Rebecca and they talk all things Poshmark. After explaining what Poshmar…
 
We can all agree on one thing: returns stink. Imagine the scene — you’re an Amazon seller diligently checking your inbox when you get that painful message; another customer is returning one of your items. It's never a fun experience. In this episode, we'll show you how to deal with Amazon returns so that each time you get one of those return notifi…
 
When most people start selling on Amazon they have visions of creating a sustainable income stream that will last them a long time, but few ever actually achieve that goal. In this episode, we are going to share our three keys to Amazon FBA success, plus some game-changing tips and tricks to help you with your Amazon business. The bulk of this epis…
 
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