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Do Amazon Sellers Have to Pay U.S. Sales Tax? And Other Sales Tax Questions

Before reading this, I need the obligatory “I’m not an accountant, lawyer, or anyone else resembling a professional” preamble.

Sales tax is becoming a huge question for Amazon sellers so more and more sellers are asking whether they need to collect sales tax or not. Most of the sales discussion seems to be dominated by many of the large accounting and sales tax collection software packages out there which have completely biased opinions of sales tax collection requirements.

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Amazon Social Media Codes – What Are They and How Do You Use Them?

Amazon has just released Social Media Promo Codes for most sellers (they had rolled this out with a smaller number of sellers earlier in the year).

So what exactly are Amazon Social Media Promo Codes and how do you use them? We’ll address everything you need to know about using Amazon Social Promo Codes here.

What Are Social Media Promo Codes?

Social Media Promo Codes allow you to create coupons and pages that you can direct traffic to from outside sources,

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Is Dropshipping Dead?

At EcomCrew we’ve had quite a few interesting discussions about Drop Shipping in the past several weeks. The basic discussion revolved around the question  of whether drop shipping is a dead business model or not. Our feelings aside, drop shipping as a business model is still heavily promoted as a reliable ecommerce business model and continues to surge in popularity.

So this leaves us the question – is drop shipping a dead business model?

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How to Ship Full Containers (FCL) from China Direct to Amazon FBA

Once your shipments get large enough and you’re shipping full containers you may start to consider shipping full containers into Amazon FBA. If you’re shipping LCL you may want to ship to Amazon FBA as well.

One of the things I strive for as much as possible with my new company is having as lean and quick shipping and logistics as possible, and shipping direct solves a lot of that. In this article,

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Where to Find Suppliers Outside of Alibaba

If you’ve ever been trying to source products from China, you’ve almost certainly used Alibaba. Truth be told, Alibaba is the Amazon of Chinese suppliers. But much like you use Amazon for almost everything but not everything, the same is true for Alibaba. It works most of the time, but not all of the time.

In this post we’ll reveal some of the  places to look for products to import from China outside of Alibaba.

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Amazon FBA’s Largest Ever Fee Increase Coming in 2018 – How Will it Affect You?

Updated: March 5, 2018 with Amazon’s new storage fees.

Each year around Christmas Amazon brings millions of people joy throughout America with the joy of cheap Christmas gifts for all. And each year they bring terror to Amazon Sellers – Amazon FBA fee increases.

Amazon has just announced their new FBA fee increases effective February 22, 2018. As seems to be predictable with such fee increases, Amazon has structured the fee increases (either deliberately or not) so that the fee structure for 2018 cannot be easily compared to 2017 fees.

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How to Rank Items & Keywords Well on Amazon: Statistics & Analysis

We all have our opinion of what works well for ranking when selling on Amazon and what doesn’t. Rarely though has anyone tried to take an objective statistical approach to it.

In this article, I reviewed over 1000 listings on Amazon to try to determine some common characteristics that high ranking and low ranking items have. What are the factors you can address to have your product keywords rank well?

I looked at the easiest to measure (and control) variables of pricing,

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Guide to Attending the Canton Fair and Trade Show in 2018

Updated in February 2018 with up to date information about visiting China and the Canton Fair

This is part of our Visiting China for Trade Shows & Business Portal.

If you’re thinking about attending any trade shows in China, the Canton Fair is the mecca for importers, and every year over 180,000 buyers make the pilgrimage to Guangzhou to source products from over 60,000 Suppliers.

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How I Develop and Launch Dozens of New Products a Year

Last spring, I started on a goal of trying to recreate a million dollar brand within a year. Part of my strategy was to try and launch as many products as possible and as quickly as possible. In this post I’ll detail exactly how I go about launching dozens of products a year, on my own.

Recently Mike shared his product launch strategy which a lot of listeners and readers have taken an interest in.

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