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The FBA Experiment (Part 2)

by Jackie Beck

The Fulfillment-by-Amazon Experiment, Part 2 A couple of weeks ago I decided to try selling on Amazon (using the Fulfillment-By-Amazon service, to be exact).

My first step was to do a little bit of research. I spent some time learning the basics of how it might work, and what I might purchase to resell on Amazon.

Next up was doing the shopping. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Make Money on 07.21.14 with 1 comment.

How to Recognize a Scam Before It’s Too Late

by Jackie Beck

Tips on recognizing a scamUnfortunately, sometimes it’s relatively easy to fall for a scam — and even easier to feel stupid if it happens, which makes it harder to stop the scammers because people don’t want to come forward. I was the victim of one myself once, and although I didn’t lose much money it still wasn’t fun.

Scams are so prevalent that the FTC puts out scam alerts to inform consumers. How can you avoid being scammed? Well, most good scams have certain identifying features. Avoid them by keeping an eye out for them.

Here are 9 hallmarks of a scam. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Money Management on 07.14.14 with 3 comments.

The FBA Experiment (Part 1)

by Jackie Beck

The Fulfillment-by-Amazon Experiment, Part 1I’m a regular listener to Pat Flynn’s podcast, and a while back he did an interview with Jessica and Cliff Larrew, who have a full time business selling on Amazon.

What she does is called Fulfillment-By-Amazon (FBA). I decided to dip my toe into FBA and report back here on my results for those who might be interested in doing the same. This type of retail arbitrage could be another way to make extra money.

Why FBA vs eBay?

Many years ago, I’d sold a few things on eBay. While it was exciting to make money on things, I hated packaging everything up and sending them out to individual buyers. It just did not appeal to me as more than an experiment, even though I know that even now some folks do really well with selling on eBay on the side.

My thinking with trying the Amazon route is that may have the appeal of finding bargain items to resell & make money on without the pain of shipping to individuals. (Although obviously there will still be shipping involved.) So I’m up for giving it a shot. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Make Money on 07.07.14 with 2 comments.

Going the Section 8 Route for a Rental

by Jackie Beck

Going the section 8 route for a rental propertyA couple of weeks back in my rental property update I talked about how I’d decided to go the Section 8 route for it. This post will talk about how that went for me.

For those not familiar (and I wasn’t really either) Section 8 is a portion of US housing law that allows for government-provided rental assistance to the low income families who qualify and are accepted by the program. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Rental Property on 06.30.14 with 2 comments.

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