Why to take your business off of Amazon?

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Written by Ashton Deroy: So I finally sat down and started learning about the sales channel of Amazon.ca . What did I learn about this channel? I learned that this channel sucks if you are someone trying to make money off of it! It sucks because you are indexed closely with competitors, products you post are quickly buried & competitors can easily under cut your prices to take your share of the market. I mean it is easy to make these claims but lets talk proof. 

Products can be quickly buried in the indexes –

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 She has to compete with 1,126,075 other product listings and her book will  be buried depending on how recent it was posted & bids for pay-per-click promotion right from Amazon.ca. 

It pays to list for the market! – Because Amazon does the indexing they can make it unfavorably beneficial to sellers who want to pay Amazon to eclipse their own competitors. Especially with their pay-per-click campaigns that you can do right from the Amazon seller service. 

A lot of writers do campaigns on GoodReads  but honestly from a buyer’s perspective if you are not a hot writer. Who gives a flying F****? 

Competitors under cut costs, manufacturers obsolete their own products. These are the listings for weighted vests. Two of them are from the same manufacturer. Only one listing sells them for substantially less than the other under the index for Weighted vests. It is pretty crappy if you are paying for an indexing under that term and then not only does your product get buried by a higher keyword bidder but they decide to under cut your pricing by  a rounded 42% on the promoted listing. Basically with this process Amazon takes little to no responsibility to their sellers & manufacturers can release new, cheaper products to undercut your existing listings. 

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The last worry I have about an indexing like this for sellers, entrepreneurs and etc. Is that your competitors can see too easily what you are doing and then obsolete your postings. So say you have a bidder below you and you have ideal pricing. All the bidder below you has to do is check on the indexing and then change their pricing which virtually makes your pay-per-click purchase a waste of money!

(You can be top bidder in the index & get lower hits because your competitor is f****** you on price

Who do I think is ultimately benefiting from Amazon practices?

The company, the shopper & the common items manufacturers. Not the sales agents themselves! Why aren’t the sales agents benefiting? High competition in a toxic cluttered market with nasty rules on favorable indexing based on a bidding system. If you actually hear people talk about their amazon business they actually sound kind of like Multi-level marketing agents, in the sense they are buying from a common manufacturer, not likely making a living wage & having a useless sales channel. 

What is the solution? Take your business out of Amazon, put it in to a Shopify integrated Social media WordPress blog.

 

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Hidden pitfalls of selling on Amazon

Amazon fined 100,000 for misleading price listings.

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Jenny & the driver, 40 pages read.

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Ashton Deroy – This links to my Instagram page where I welcome readers to connect with me.

Jenny & the Driver – This links to the book I am reading on Amazon. I highly recommend buying it for $13.31 as the Amazon listed price. Sharron paints a picture of words with her writing. I personally enjoyed reading this book during times of high anxiety or before bed.

 

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Written by Ashton Deroy: Hey guys so I have to admit I lost this book Jenny & the driver. My dad always says to me, “don’t take things places you don’t need them.” This was another example of me ignoring that wise advice.

Currently the book is in Alana Skye’s Car.

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Ashton Deroy & Alana Skye at Canada’s Wonderland.

What happened to the book? I took the book to Canada’s Wonderland with Alana knowing most of the day we would stand in line waiting for rides so that I could read the book. I forgot I don’t do things like read when I am around Alana. Mostly we spent the day wandering, looking for a vegetarian food place & becoming delusional from low blood sugar.

However now that I have covered the book is missing! I did manage to read 40 pages and here is what I think of the book so far.

Review of the book: David is a very relate-able character for the reader. He grew up poor with nothing, went to college and got educated as an auto mechanic. He got a really good job as a driver where he got to live in mansion.

Jenny is a beautiful woman who is married to a man who is in a coma. David instantly becomes infatuated with her and the story progresses from there. Other than that in the book so far David has been bitten by a dog & has listened to the family he serves with/for sing terrible folk music.

I am really looking forward to reading this book more however in order for me to do that I will likely have to re-purchase the book. Unfortunately I kind of screwed up my plan to read & promote the book during this summer before my school workload comes in! Hopefully I remember not to lose things moving forward!