No doubt that title alone will mean a lot of marketers are going to be promoting it.
After all, who wouldn’t want to get their hands on the ‘easiest system ever’, particularly if they have struggled to make money online before?
The obvious and burning question is, does the product live up to the promise of the title?
Having been through the entire training, the answer is yes… and no.
I’ll explain what I mean.
The method is certainly ‘easy’ to implement, if by ‘easy’, we mean ‘simple’.
It can be summed up in one sentence…
Find a product on Amazon, list it on eBay at a higher price and pocket the difference when someone buys.
(I am not giving anything away here because this is stated in the sales letter.)
Let’s take a random example…
You find a bottle of vitamin C tablets that is selling well on Amazon (this is an example mentioned in the training).
Let’s say the Amazon price is $10.
You now create a copy of the Amazon listing (amended as necessary) on your eBay account.
You set your price at (say) $14.
When someone buys from your eBay listing, you in turn buy from the Amazon listing, using your customer’s details for the delivery name and address.
You will have to pay eBay selling fees and PayPal transaction fees.
These will vary but will be around 14% of your selling price i.e. $1.96.
Let’s call it $2 for neatness.
Your profit is then $14 (your selling price) – $10 (cost of the product) – $2 (fees) = $2.
That may not sound like a lot, but all you had to do to ‘earn’ it was place an order on Amazon.
In theory, this can definitely work.
In other words, buying low and selling high.
As I’ve shown with the example, it’s mechanically very simple to do.
But ‘simple’ isn’t necessarily ‘easy’.
Here are the potential issues I have with the method…
(1) You have to find products on Amazon that will actually sell on eBay at a higher price.
It seems to me that this is at the very core of the method.
However, there is very little help provided for this step in the training.
Essentially, we are told to go to the Amazon bestseller list and just pick something with a low ‘impulse buy’ price, virtually at random.
This might not be a big issue, if you could test out lots of different products.
(2) As a new eBay seller, you will have limits placed on your account.
These will vary, but it could be that you are only allowed to list 10 different items with a total selling price of $500.
So you do not have the luxury of taking a ‘shotgun’ approach where you list lots of items and wait to see what sells.
Further, these limits tend to only be raised when you start making sales and you have provided good customer service.
Unless you are lucky with your initial choice of products, it could potentially take you a long time to find something that sells.
(You put 10 products up for a two weeks or a month and, if they don’t sell, try another 10, and so on.)
The training does suggest ways that will help to get your limits raised, but ultimately it boils down to sales and reviews.
Which leads to…
(3) eBay sales will depend on people being able to find your listings when they search for the type of products you are selling.
This, in turn, depends on things such as the age of your account, your previous sales and the number and quality of reviews you have received.
All of these factors will work against you if you have a new selling account.
And, in a Catch-22 situation, they can only be mitigated by actually getting sales and reviews.
Let’s suppose for a moment that your potential customers will not check your prices against Amazon.
I accept that some will but a large number won’t, especially if you focus on low-priced impulse buys, as the training recommends.
However, you still have to compete with other eBay sellers listing the same or similar products.
Why would someone buy from you when there are other longer-established eBay sellers with a stack of positive reviews selling at the same (or even marginally higher) prices?
The answer is they won’t.
So you have three alternatives…
(a) Find products on Amazon that aren’t being sold on eBay.
This is entirely possible, but not very likely if there is money to be made from them.
(b) Use search terms (or ‘keywords’) in your product title that other sellers aren’t using.
Again, this is possible but will require a lot of research.
(The course does cover a few resources that may be of help here, but there is little training on how to use them effectively.)
(c) Undercut the competition on price.
This is the most effective route but means that you will be selling at breakeven or even at a loss to start out with.
(Other eBay sellers may be buying wholesale direct from suppliers, whereas you will be buying ‘retail’ from an Amazon seller who has already added their profit margin.)
The bottom line is that it is probably going to be a bit of a slog to get some momentum going on your account.
I have no problem with a bit of hard work if you can look forward to ample rewards for your efforts.
However, this leads me to what I consider to be the biggest issue with the method…
(4) When you make a sale on eBay, your customer is going to receive their order in a box with ‘Amazon’ all over it, with a receipt from ‘Amazon’ inside it and from a business and shipping address that isn’t yours.
Worse, unless there is a gift option on Amazon, they will also get a receipt showing the lower price you paid for the product on Amazon.
To be fair, the training does acknowledge this.
However, it is just to say that “most people will not care that the product comes from Amazon and will not bother to look at the receipt”.
Where customers do complain about price, the suggested solution is to offer to refund the difference and, if that doesn’t work, ask them to return the order and issue a full refund.
Perhaps it is the case that most of your customers will not have an issue and that refunds will be small in comparison with sales.
But I find this an unsatisfactory way of doing business.
Plus, it only takes a few unhappy customers to leave negative reviews on eBay to seriously damage your ability to run this business, especially if they refer to the cheaper prices on Amazon.
But let’s suppose you avoid these issues.
There is still another concern…
(5) At least initially, you are not going to make much money with this.
You are buying these products from a source that already has a profit margin built into the price.
So there will be a limit to how much of a margin you can add on top and still make a sale, especially if (as suggested) you start with low-price impulse buys.
True, later on, with a seasoned eBay account, you should be able to sell higher-priced items that will allow you to add a higher margin.
But it’s going to take some time and effort to get there.
Until then, I don’t think you can expect to make much return for your efforts.
On that issue, I would point out that the sales page for the course does contain a lot of ‘proof’.
However, these are revenue or sales figures.
The actual profit will be a relatively small percentage of these figures.
Well, the method is a sound one in theory, since it is based on the proven arbitrage business model.
And I have to say that you do get a lot of training for your money.
(There are 45 videos, although most of them are a few minutes long.)
I have no doubt that it is possible to generate a good income from this method, eventually.
However, it may be ‘simple’, but it is far from ‘easy’ to succeed with, due to the issues I have described.
But the decision is yours.
If the method appeals to you for its undoubted simplicity and you are prepared to work through the initial obstacles, you can get the full details here…