Update April 2017: ASM is not cheap, for sure. But it is a really good course, and definitely worth the price. It just re-launched as Amazing Selling Machine 7, then closed again after April 28 2017. I'll add a link as soon as they relaunch, but in the meantime, there are some really great options out there that are available, and have lots of success stories that have been produced through their programs.
These days, selling on Amazon FBA is a hot topic. One of the most popular programs available is called Amazing Selling Machine. It’s a great program, with plenty of good reviews online. But it sells for a whopping $3,500. And at that price, it leaves a lot of folks looking for a cheaper alternative to Amazing selling machine.
PLUS, they only open the doors from time to time, meaning there's mad rush to get in every year. Who needs that kind of stress, and who wants to wait?
The good news is that there are plenty of products out there to teach you how to buy products and sell them on Amazon. I’ve reviewed five of there on my site, and the cool thing is that they’re all a bit different.
So what I’m going to do on this page is give a short review of each product, explain a bit about what it teaches and what type of buyer it’s best for, and then you can click over to the full reviews to make your final decision.
I’ll also reveal to you how I make money online, which is a little bit different than what these Amazon FBA programs teach. I also sell stuff through Amazon, but I don’t need to source any products or purchase any inventory! I’ll explain more at the end, but let’s get to these FBA courses
Of these 5 listed programs, my favorites are these two. Click the link to skip to that part of the review.
Selling on Amazon’s FBA Program
This one was a surprise, in that the ebook is actually free. I mean, as an alternative to Amazing Selling Machine, you really can’t beat free.
It was pretty good despite being “just an ebook”, rather than the interactive courses and community you’d get with a product like ASM.
This product however focuses specifically on buying and reselling books. In my opinion, this market is a little competitive since it’s how a lot of newbies start out. Barrier to entry is low, so there’s a lot more people doing it. This book covers just one aspect of FBA and there's so many other ways to make money with Amazon's program, so I haven't give this particular book a very high score.
It's good stuff, but is not as comprehensive as the paid programs shown below.
However, tons of folks are still making money reselling used books online, so there’s no reason you can’t get a piece of the pie! If you really have $0 to spend on your business education, I’d start by reading this gem from Nathan Holumquist.
Complete Amazon Marketing System
This is a pretty unique product in that it comes in physical book form, which will definitely appeal to some readers. One big advantage to reading in this style is that you can curl up on the couch and read about business. That’s a fun evening for me!
The downside is that it can be really hard to find information, unlike with digital products where you can just hit “search” and find what you’re looking for. It also means that the books are not updated frequently.
Still, they contain VERY extensive information not just about Amazon FBA, but also about setting up your business properly from day 1.
This is one of the more inexpensive products out there as well, but it does not come with full support like other communities (see below) do. There are online resources though which Skip (Author) updates frequently, and you’ll also get emails about when he makes updates to his site and training modules.
If you prefer print, love independent learning, or are on a budget, this is a good product to check out.
Jim Cockrum’s Proven Amazon Course
This is probably the most popular and most well known alternative to Amazing Selling Machine. Comparing the price of $3500 to $300, and considering what you get inside Proven Amazon Course, this is definitely a course you need to consider.
There is A LOT of stuff inside the members area of PAC. There are written and video tutorials, and everything is covered from beginning steps, to finding inventory, to private labeling, and more.
But one of the biggest appeals of the course is that there is a specific section for international FBA. Though most of Amazon’s business is currently in the USA, they still have a huge international presence. That means there’s an opportunity to make money with Amazon no matter where you are in the world.
If you are not located in the US, then Proven Amazon Course is the one you need to buy. Of course, if you do live in the US, it’s still an excellent choice!
Another incredible feature of PAC is the thriving Facebook community of budding and successful entrepreneurs. I joined to check it out for my review, and had to turn off notifications because there were so many people posting questions, suggestions, and of course success stories.
Actually, I was surprised how many people were actually making good money. Seriously. There were a lot of people making money in that community, and willing to share their failures as well as tips for success.
This was probably the most active community of all of the FBA learning products I reviewed.
The only real downside to PAC was that the members area looks a little dated, and there’s almost too much information to consume. It was a little confusing to be honest.
But if you are serious about starting a business selling products on Amazon, Proven Amazon Course is one you absolutely have to check out.
Amazon Bootcamp v3.0
Price: $347 (Full) OR $197 (Videos Only)
My personal favorite of all he Amazon FBA courses that I tested was Amazon Bootcamp v3.0. There are some specific reasons for this, so keep reading why, to see if this course will resonate with you.
First and foremost, the video training inside Amazon Bootcamp was the highest quality of any of the products I reviewed. The owners (AKA The Selling Family) clearly put a lot of time into creating this course. So quality is HUGE here.
The second thing is that it’s fresh and updated. There have been several changes made since I’ve been a member, and the owners are actively keeping members informed of changes within Amazon and the world of FBA. Freshness is vital to keeping your business alive!
Probably one of the most important things for me however, was the the course was very linear. It was step by step. This is very important for newbies who will open some of these other FBA courses and think, “OMG. What the heck do I do now.” There was definitely a “baby step” feel to the training inside Amazon Bootcamp.
One other cool thing to consider is that there is also a community attached to this product. There is quite a bit of member activity, and the owners post as well. Community support is AWESOME, and was one of the main things that contributed to my own success with other business models.
The main downside to this product however is that it focuses on the USA. Most of you reading this post will be from the US, but a significant portion of people are somewhere else, and still wanting to make money through Amazon! While you can definitely use the information in the members area to learn the basics, some rules and procedures may be different in your country.
Amazon Bootcamp is my #1 choice for learning to sell on FBA.
New! AmaSuite 5
Price: $197 or $67 x 4
I'm currently working on my review of AmaSuite 5, which includes a bunch of different types of software to help you run your FBA business. You'll be able to get product ideas based on search phrases, Amazon reviews, and top product lists on Amazon. There's also software for AliExpress, that allows you to automatically download products onto your eCommerce store for dropshipping.
I received access to the program last week, have evaluated the program, and am very happy with what I found. I use some of Chris Guthrie's software on another one of my sites dealing with Amazon Associates, so am not surprised that this product high quality.
Though I'm not done with the full review yet (link coming soon), here's the quick breakdown of what's inside AmaSuite 5:
- high quality training videos
- casual, friendly, organize training method
- straightforward answers to basic questions
- step by step training for more complicated parts of building an FBA business
- 5 proprietary software packages to help you analyze products/competition
- 2 hours of Q&A from people just like yourself
The biggest upside to AmaSuite is the analyzation software for picking products and marketing your store to your buyers. One thing that made AmaSuite different was the focus on actually building traffic to your store other than just getting “the buyers box”. The main downsides are that the Facebook support group was not very active, especially compared to PAC or Bootcamp.
AmaSuite5 is also relatively cheap, with an option for monthly payments of $67. That's like a gym membership in some cities, and less than a cable bill (my basic cable/internet bill is double that!)
Full Review Coming Soon
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Proven Amazon Course VS Amazon Bootcamp v3.0
So my top two pics for learning how to make money with Amazon’s FBA program are Amazon Bootcamp and Proven Amazon Course. Both courses contain an excellent community for support, questions, and inspiration. Both have written and video training. Both don’t even come close to the $3500 price tag of alternative courses.
So what’s the difference and which one is best for you?
If you are located outside the US, get PAC. Simple as that.
If you are inside the US, here’s my breakdown.
Amazon Bootcamp is better for beginners to the business world, that want to focus on one single method of making money. If you have no experience, want a step by step method, and expect high quality training material, the this is the course for you.
If you are a bit more business savvy, and a little more of an independent learner, then consider Proven Amazon Course. Even if you’re new and just not afraid to dig in and get your hands dirty, this is a great option. There’s a boatload of knowledge in their members area, and the Facebook group is incredible when it comes to support and inspiration.
How I Make Money Online
Surprisingly, despite the fact that I reviewed these Amazon courses, the main method in which I make money online is through affiliate marketing. You'll notice some affiliate links on this page, which means I get paid a commission if someone buys a product through the links here.
Though the website you are on right now is about reviewing “how to make money online” products, you could essentially repeat this process for any topic. For example, I have another website about computer software, another one about beer, and a bunch of other small ones about funny topics like sprinklers or bluetooth headphones.
Essentially, any hobby or interest could be a website topic, and you can make money from it. All you need to do is be passionate about the topic, willing to do a little research, and write articles that help others make buying decisions.
You found this article about Amazon FBA products useful, didn't you? You searched in Google and found it, right? This process of reviewing and earning commissions from sales is how thousands of people are earning money online. I learned how to do this at a place called Wealthy Affiliate. They are currently offering their Starter Membership for free, which means you can join, build two free websites, and even go through 10 beginner lessons on how to make money through affiliate marketing…for free!
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