I made $30K last month on Amazon



I had become accustomed to Amazon publishing videos on youtube for quite some time and ironically, the google search algorithms must have put me as a huge Amazon fan. My ads and suggested viewings were all related to Amazon. Either that, or I needed to see Tai Lopez with his Lambo in his garage for the 94th time.

I then saw a new video about Amazon. How about selling other stuff? I used to sell books out of college about a decade prior but quit as physical book prices collapsed to pennies where people made money off shipping. I had a full time job, and the hobby soon became a pain. What did the new videos reveal?

Amazon FBA.

Fulfillment by Amazon is the breakthrough Amazon has found to win on price and margin. Instead of taking inventory risk, they let independent sellers send in inventory for them to sell, pack, ship, and any returns are the sellers risk. Amazon just takes a generous cut from brokering the deal that rivals their digital sales cut. The sellers then reverse auction prices to underbid each other with apps, and all of a sudden their prices beat Walmart’s because Billy Bob Inc got in a pissing contest with Sally Joe Inc over a jar of mayo.

Yep, it’s that big.

Anyways, I soon discovered after some light research just how littered the field is with promotional wunderkinds that can teach you anything and everything about the process for the low low low price of ________. (take your guess and multiply by insanity). I joined a couple groups. Paid one, and it was a scam from the get go. Advice: Most of them are scammers, otherwise they would be too busy scaling up with their business. This is the same reason why JK Rowling or Stephen King or James Patterson (oops) doesn’t peddle a “How to make millions by writing in under 30 days” courses. It simply doesn’t work. Only scamsters sell courses like that. On FB groups, they even have the stupid gimmick of posting motivation quotes on instagram filtered stock photos to build up likes, except it’s all business related instead of Elmore Leonard.

So I learned the old fashioned way (circa 2017). I watched a shit-ton of youtube videos and learned to source product. I began with thrift stores (which gets old fast) and garage sales (which is awkward and weird), to moving to retail arbitrage. I can probably write 500 tricks to making money on Ebay and Amazon now as there is a steep learning curve and even the paid scammers don’t know what they’re talking about. This is the thing. When you learn a secret in the reselling game, you basically lose when you tell others. Reselling groups are a highly secretive bunch now. There are seriously secret societies in America who work together to essentially bring the downfall of physical retail. Their partner/big brother is Amazon who has created an army of UPC scanners in stores from sea to shining sea.

There are courses that cost as much as $3000 for shit I learned in 8 minutes watching youtube clips. There is a $8000 course for private labeling that I learned in 50 minutes listening to a podcast. Nobody gives a shit. Some idiot will pay and people will fail and go broke just like gold miners in the Klondike. In the writing world, this is just like the mini-gold rush of people that made a business of formatting old books without copyright and posting them on kindle for a profit when the same book was free somewhere else. It is mind boggling the scamming that is going on in the veil of education and “life changing opportunity.”

This isn’t Tai Lopez pushing 67 steps in his mansion.

These are shady amateurs that basically would rather work from home pontificating obvious information with the “get 1000 people to pay you 1000 bucks” scam.

Here is my tip to Amazon. Join  bunch of FB groups, watch a bunch of youtube videos, and listen to a bunch of podcasts. The more you put in, the more you’ll learn. This is like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting … you wasted your money paying for education when everything can be learned for free.

Don’t worry, I’m not selling shit. No course. No youtube channel promotion or affiliate marketing. I’m just telling it how it is for free. Why? I don’t know. With my traffic at next to nil after my hiatus, maybe it doesn’t matter. The scammers always win. Maybe I just want all my 6 months of learning to be kept a secret. Maybe there are hundreds of people that all know the easy money to make and want it to be kept a secret so the party can keep going.

So where am I now?

I still have a full time career doing something else, but now dabble in Amazon FBA and ebay as a side hobby after I stopped writing, and just about reached the $30k per month milestone in March (Now over $37K in April) which is insane considering how little work I put into it.

IMG_1651.PNGMaybe Amazon is the future. Their drones will deliver me a cheeseburger in 5 minutes or less as they put fast food out of business after big box stores are obliterated from our suburban landscapes. Maybe we’ll end up like those fat kids in Wall-E with everything fed and delivered to us by robots. It’s like David Foster Wallace’s prediction for us. We are a species all about instant gratification. Maybe I need to just get with the program and self publish my stuff and let Amazon make me a boatload of cash on their platform.

The End.




1992 Marvel Masterpieces vs The Movies (Part 2)

This is a continuation of my series of the 1992 Marvel Masterpieces card set, which I consider to be the greatest comic book card set in history. I told my personal story on the last blog and set off to see how well the 1992 set predicted the look of the films.


Loki has been in three movies so far. The look is pretty close, however the movie version is less maniacal looking. The horns are there (although it looks more like ram horns than the card version) but the little dongle on top of the helmet is missing. I am unsure what is going on with the hands on the card (is that yellow paint or some really thin gloves? For the most part, it was a decent effort.

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Bishop was one of my favorite characters of X-Men when I was eleven years old. He was this badass that traveled from the future to try and prevent the horror of mutant armageddon. In the movie version of the same story, they created this dude that couldn’t look more lame. It was almost as if Bryan Singer didn’t give a shit and just aid “hey, just give the guy a gun and a red cape.” The Bishop from the card would have been so much better. It hinted that he was a little bit flashy but ready to save the world.


Ultron appears in the second Avengers movie. It appears as though the fit was pretty close to the 1992 card. I think the movie version (although in a nonsensical plot) looks much cooler and believable than the silver-surferish look on the card. The movie version is more diabolical looking.

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Hulk looks like a solid match. The hair is a bit more crazy on the card, but the movie has a more recognizable look. The muscles are ripping and the facial anger is noticeable. Hulk has appeared in 4 movies so far, and each time looked like I imagined in 1992.

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Dr. Strange was a character I didn’t pay much attention to in 1992. All I could tell is that he looked into some orb. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the character until the Dr.Strange trailer was released. It appears some effort was made to match the look. The movie version doesn’t quite have the gray hair and an over-the-top collar, but the goatee is in fact there.

1992 Marvel Masterpieces vs The Movies


I still remember when I saw this on the back of a comic book. Wow. When you are like 11 years old and a huge comic book fan during the peak of baseball card collecting, there was no better idea in the world than combining the two and making comic book cards. To me and my friends back in the day, the 1992 Marvel Masterpieces set was the set of all sets to collect. I still remember going to the store to buy them.

You see, nobody knew how huge of a hit these cards would be, so the stores didn’t pre-order a ton. So as kids, the only place to get them in a fifty mile radius was this grungy card store shop (remember those) where we would go in and some fat and smelly dude would eye you the entire time as if we would ruin his merchandise. I remember my first visit, there was a rookie Michael Jordan basketball card in the case for $50. My dad was like “Hey, what about that?” I shook my head in disdain. Nobody collected basketball cards. Marvel, now that was where the action was at.

So I plunked down $10 for 4 backs of this sweet set. I went home and opened them with my brother watching on and discovered we had just bought (co-investment opportunity, of course) 24 marvel cards, but didn’t hit the big home run which were hologram cards (the only time to admit as a boy to like sparkly things). Damn. I showed the other kids on the block and they of course had to buy some and before I knew it, I was smack dab in the middle of a ponzi scheme of some sort.

Each time I returned to the shop, the prices skyrocketed. Two weeks later it was $3 a pack. Then $3.50. Then $4. Then $4.50. The fat and smelly guy was raking in a good profit per box thinking the good times were never gonna end. (Ironically, these tactics kind of contributed to crushing the hobby. When all was said and done, I owned the entire set and all the holograms. I don’t know much it is worth, nor do I care. They are in a box somewhere in my house and represent a part of my childhood.

Thus, with the craze that Marvel comic book movies have been the last decade, I thought it would be funny to see how accurate the 1992 set depicted the characters that would eventually hit the silver screen the following 25 years. I plan to continue the series in the weeks and months ahead.

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Apocalypse was adapted pretty faithfully for the movies. His face is a little different, blue vs white, but the color and armor are pretty darn close. I don’t know if he can summon a green fireball in his hands, since the movie isn’t released yet, but hey, it sure looks pretty faithful to me.

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Sandman looked the part for a little bit. An attempt was made to match the t-shirt and hair color. The only problem was that after Spider Man danced on the tables and destroyed the franchise, the Sandman became the Sandmonster in an nonsensical ending.

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Hawkeye was just okay to me. The bow wasn’t as bad ass and just look at his arrow. Pretty damn weak in the movie. On the 1992 card, I could imagine that thing blowing up something huge. And what’s up with having no mask? Does the movie Hawkeye not care about his identity? Does he like the wind to flow through his hair? The movie fails a little bit in the mask department.


Professor X pretty much was nailed. There is no argument about that. They even got the blazer and tie going. If I was to nitpick, his wheel chair in the movie looks a bit more slick. But good on the film getting the look right.

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Red Skull is a little bit off. The card has more teeth and a skeletal look to him and the eyes filled up his entire socket, but nonetheless, the adaptation was pretty close. The more fleshy-red look was suitable to get Hugo Weaving’s acting chops to show up rather than some CGI bullshit.



Ice Bucket Challenge: Who Took Part?

Every so often while phenomenons sweep through the nation like wild fire.

The rubik’s cube.

The pet rock.

The slinky.

The Macarena.

In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge swept through the nation, freezing all the wild fire from the east coast to the west coast. Celebrities of all kinds participated in the ritual of having ice dumped over your head.

MATT DAMON (With Toilet Water)


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Not to be left out, business people got involved

BILL GATES (With Contraption)




Not to be left out of the attention, politicians of years past involved.

GEORGE W. BUSH (With Laura)


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SARAH PALIN (Turned Away?)




PAUL RYAN (In Mid Speech)


Not to be topped, athletes participated.

LEBRON JAMES (Where is the Ice?)





Look at the stats per http://blog.iconosquare.com/time-frame-viral-ice-bucket-challenge/

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This got me thinking. How many of the presidential candidates this cycle took the challenge in 2014? President Obama and Vice President Biden famously wrote a check instead. (President Obama gave $100)


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You can interpret the data as need be. The winner was clearly the ALS Association, raising $100 million since.



The Spring Collection: The Business of Political Apparel

2016 is a big election year. I’m staying neutral in the political debate. What I will comment on are some of the products available to sale. SNL needs to have some sort of fashion show for all of this stuff.

Hillary Clinton (shop.hillaryclinton.com) 

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What the heck is going on here? Unisex pantsuit t-shirt? Do they really think this will energize the youth of America? Do they envision people going door to door wearing this … and convince people to vote for her?

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A step up from the red unisex pantsuit t-shirt, but still, a yellow revolutionary shirt? That is so 1932.  One thing I did notice was Bernie at least priced his shirt a little better than Hillary.  Truly, a man of the people. People might deserve free-everything, but I guess that doesn’t include t-shirts.

Ted Cruz (store.tedcruz.org) 

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Is this the craziest primary ever? Nothing says conservative like a Cruz Christmas sweater. Only at $65, Cruz is obviously going for a smaller demographic. Nice strategy. Market segmentation at its finest.

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I guess some reason, this shirt didn’t catch fire. The trend continues with no other candidate with the ability to underprice Bernie. Just look at this picture. What does it even mean? Is there a warehouse full of these shirts somewhere?

John Kasich (store.johnkasich.com) 

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This one really cracked me up. Do you see it? Look close. Yeah … that’s it. THEY CAN’T EVEN DECIDE ON A PRICE! OMG. Did they have to focus group this thing? These products are usually to raise money for the campaign. Are profit margins really that thin? Maybe it has to do with the small detail that he doesn’t pay attention to the detail other candidates did by specifying his shirts as made in the USA.

Donald Trump (shop.donaldjtrump.com) 

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In a parallel universe, this might have made sense, but for obvious reasons, this picture a paradox in itself. This screenshot might need to go up in a history museum someday. At least it is only $20.

Conclusion:For all the power they would have as President of the United States, inspiring the American people, and leading the free world, you would think they could afford better fashion advisors, right?