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  1. madmari
    August 1, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Pete,
    Great job and very interesting post. I myself started in late May and my numbers are not that impressive yet but I am getting there. As I am a techie myself too I’ve been trying to see if I can automate some things. May I ask how these apps are written? If you ever need another user to test I’d love to take it for a spin.

    Mario

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    • Pete
      August 1, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

      Hi Mario,

      thanks for stopping by the website and it’s great to hear/see another new seller.
      It’s funny… being a techie we always want to automate if we can 🙂
      I’ve tried various language for the tools from LivecCode through to Python… it always seems like a lot of effort, so I started using VBA in Excel to get things moving and it started to work pretty well. Research on the term xPath to get going. xPath works well in Google Docs too.
      I moved on though to using ubot though. It takes a bit of learning but work well.
      As for testing… sure. When I have the apps stable I’d be more than happy to see what you think. Send me an email through the contact form or facebook and we can chat.

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  2. Wolfgang
    August 1, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    Hi Pete, I am new to Amazon F.B.A. and would like to set up Amazon.uk, I live in the canary Islands (Tenerife) and here we have no V.A.T. so I don’t have a V.A.T. number, do you know if I would need one to be able to sell in the U.K.?

    I did write to AmazonU.K. but didn’t get a reply.

    Than You.

    Wolfgang

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    • Pete
      August 1, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      Hi Wolfgang,

      Tenerife.. lovely place. If you are running your business from inside the UK or you live there then there is no need to register for VAT as long as your turnover for VAT taxable items is less than £81k in the previous year (or you expect to do more than this in the current year within the next 30 days). If you run your business from outside the UK and wish to sell in the UK then there is no option… you have to register for VAT.

      I doubt Amazon will help out much with this type of thing. They try every trick in the book to pay as little tax in the UK as they can and probably will not want to give any advice. Here is a web-page that gives the details.. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/start/register/when-to-register.htm

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      • Bob Willey
        August 1, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

        Here is a company that will assist in your getting a VAT # (the regular site can be confusing), they do charge for the service, but many people find that it is money well spent.

        With VAT I would always suggest people living outside the UK / Europe to use http://www.accordancevat.com/

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      • Wolfgang
        August 1, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

        Thank you very much Pete, it has taken me some time to get going, (private label product) but my first shipment to Amazon.com, should be there in about a week.

        Thank you for your help, that explains why I didn’t get a reply from Amazon, I would like to sell internationally, but intend to get my products moving in the U.S.A. first.

        I will read the article that you have pointed me to, and if you ever come to Tenerife, I would love to meat up with you (you have my email address now).

        Regards,

        Wolfgang

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  3. Tally
    August 1, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    Great post Pete! I’m just starting out and still learning. This is extremely valuable evidence based information.

    Thank you

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    • Pete
      August 1, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi Tally, thanks for stopping by and reading the post. Starting out on a new venture is great fun but can seem a little daunting at times when there are so many unknowns. Fortunately this business is pretty easy to set-up compared to most and I think it is hands-down the easiest way for people to start making money on-line. I’m not saying you don’t make money on-line already, just that from the many on-line ventures I’ve tried this method is proving to be the I wish I would have started with.

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  4. Bob Willey
    August 1, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    You are doing fantastic Pete! Glad to see that you are posting your results and journey. That will be an inspiration to many.

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    • Pete
      August 1, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

      Hey Bob. Thanks for the kind words. It’s much appreciated. I’ve got a long way to go before I can match the shopping cart photo’s you’ve been posting recently 🙂 With your help though… I’m getting there!

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  5. Eduardo
    August 1, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi Pete, the number from “Ordered product sales” is gross sales or net profit?

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    • Pete
      August 1, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

      Hi Eduardo, thanks for stopping by. All the figures that you see in this post are sales figures. I don’t intend to publish the actual profit I made from all the sales but to give you an idea all in all the profit will be around 50 to 60%.

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  6. Rob
    August 2, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    Hi Pete – saw your post on Facebook and popped over here to take a look at your website. Really impressed to see your progress in such a short time period. It is a great inspiration to see others from the UK making this model work. Be great to speak further at some point – maybe at the UK gathering for the screening of the conference that was being discussed..

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    • Pete
      August 3, 2014 @ 10:09 am

      Hi Rob, thanks for taking the time to read the article. It would be great to meet up and share ideas and get to know others. I’m not sure what progress has been made on the group screening of the conference. I spoke with Andrew the other week and it has been difficult getting a venue that can guarantee good internet reception as well as proving conference room space into the early hours. We discussed maybe meeting up afterwards for a day. The Autumn Fair is on at the NEC in Birmingham shortly after the conference; may be that would be an ideal time to meet-up …. we can go to the trade show and arrange a time to meetup. What you think?

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      • Rob
        August 3, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

        Hi Pete – thanks for the reply. Yes – I would love to meet at the Autumn Fair. I have already registered and was planning on going but was a little apprehensive about going on my own. Have not been to any trade shows before so it will be a new experience for me. I will add you on Skype and see what develops.

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  7. Colin Meaden
    August 3, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Hi Rob. Like yourself my wife and I are both starting on the FBA path. We have made a few sales but nothing like your impressive figures. It really is inspiring. Like Pete it would be great if the UK sellers could get together. We would certainly be up for meeting at the NEC.

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    • Pete
      August 3, 2014 @ 11:54 am

      Excellent. We definitely need to arrange a meetup.
      Here is my Skype ID: pete_m1 sent me a message and we can arrange something.

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  8. Gary Kind (@GaryKind)
    September 2, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    Great article Pete, thanks for sharing all the trials and tribulations!

    I know you’re a Udemy instructor (as am I) and I went through Alun’s detailed FBA course a couple of months back, considered it, explored some products and then parked it! You have re-ignited my interest in this.

    Thanks again

    Gary

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    • Pete
      September 2, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by the site Gary. FBA is definitely worth looking into if you a looking for an extra income stream. I’ve seen Alun’s course too, but don’t follow his method of doing things… just so you know.

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  9. Gary Kind (@GaryKind)
    September 15, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Interesting to know Pete, actually I’m in the UK too would love to hook up on skype for a chat about general FBA (not niche specific)/newstand publishing, perhaps I can offer some advice with Udemy, I have close 19K students and 10 courses. My skypeid is the same as my name!

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    • Pete
      September 15, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

      Hi Gary, Thanks for visiting the site. It’s great to see another UK FBA seller. I’ll send yo a Skype message and we can have a chat.

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  10. Ola
    November 17, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    Hi Pete

    My name is Ola. Thanks for posting your impressive midyear Amazon results on your blog page, I found your page through You tube. I am just about to sign-up for Jim’s course and also Amazon FBA

    If you don’t mind I have a few questions

    • Are you working on mostly UK Sales, or Amazon US, would you recommend one starts with the UK, and the gradually move to US Amazon
    • Also it seems like with Jim’s course, he recommends one goes to town looking for solid bargains, to prize up on Amazon, have you found this approach profitable or easy, or would you recommend the private label??, have use sometimes had to really dig around hard to find great bargains
    • Do you have any tools / software that you can recommend which I can use to query Amazons top selling products above the 100 listed??, it will be great to find out what is in demand, may be Jim course may recommend such software
    • Do you only sell products within the top 100 category
    • Within Amazon itself, have you had to do lots of optimisation, get reviews etc…to rank high and be found

    I am so keen to hear from you, I believe selling on Amazon is what I would be doing FROM THIS Dec and all next year

    Thanks, Ola PK

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    • Pete
      December 4, 2014 @ 11:20 am

      Hi Ola, sorry for not replying sooner. No excuse, just didn’t get round to it.
      Anyway I started to write a response and figured I’d write a new article for you answering your questions. Here’s a link to it… http://www.nichespin.com/dont-spread-thin-focus/

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  11. Joseph
    June 4, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

    Hey pete i am using fba here in the u.k just going through review process now to and had no sales and afew fba sales sent bussiness information n personal information how long until i get reactivated do you think thanks for your time

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    • Pete
      June 4, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

      Hi Joseph,

      Amazon are pretty responsive and I would think everything would be don within 7 day max. Keep checking your seller central account in case they request more information from you. I had lots of back and forth with them when I first setup. they are very particular when it comes to paper work.

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      • Joseph
        June 5, 2015 @ 7:19 am

        Ok Pete i will do thanks for your help and wish you all the best takecare.

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  12. Joseph
    June 8, 2015 @ 5:31 am

    Hi Pete,

    I have been asked to upload a electric mobile bill e.t.c which includes my business name of and registered address but the address is the same as my home address and only just got it officially set up and accepted on 02/06/2015 and don’t use it for any of those expenses just soley for amazon i was sent a letter with my business address on it from companies house couple of days after registering but that all i dont have anything else with my bussiness name on it help will be appreciated.

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    • Pete
      June 8, 2015 @ 8:36 am

      Best thing to do is speak with Amazon support and explain the situation. From past experience they can be very picky about this type of thing but it is best to speak with them directly and find out what they will accept.

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      • Joseph
        June 8, 2015 @ 10:59 am

        Ok will do so

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