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Monthly Newsletter For FBA Sellers - Summary of November 2018

Why it’s time to cancel your Amazon Prime account - On Vox’s The Goods, writer Rebecca Jennings wrote yesterday about the slow and steady movement of people and organizations realizing that Amazon may actually be bad.

Amazon exposed customer names and emails in a ‘technical error’ - Some Amazon customers received an email from the company telling them their names and emails had been exposed due to a “technical error.”

Is Amazon's algorithm cashing in on the Camp Fire by raising the cost of safety equipment - Sudden and repeated price increases on fire extinguishers, axes and escape ladders sold on Amazon are seemingly linked to increased demand driven by California's Camp Fire.

Why Amazon Stock Is Up 29% in 2018 - The e-commerce giant's stock is still having a good year, but it's down 26% from its all-time closing high set in early September.

Top Liquidation and Clearance Websites for eBay and Amazon Sellers - We look at the best U.S. and U.K. websites for sourcing liquidation and clearance stock, with tips for buying profitable lots to sell online.

How Amazon's deal with Apple puts the hurt on small sellers - The new deal should benefit plenty of customers, but pulls the rug out from under many Amazon merchants.

4 Dirty Tricks Being Used by Amazon Sellers in China… and Worldwide - As selling on Amazon becomes an increasingly popular business, more and more sellers are turning to dirty tricks to get ahead.

Amazon is using its winning Marketplace strategy for its 'Our Brands' section - Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., has unlocked growth in his business by using a strategy that allows Amazon to be a platform for other stores, not just its own store.

Amazon Is Now Becoming An Advertising Titan - It’s no secret that Amazon.com is the world’s largest retailer, now commanding nearly half of all online sales in the U.S. But it is now also on the way to becoming “the next juggernaut” of online advertising, to the point that “its rise threatens to upend Silicon Valley’s ad titans and change the way business is done on Madison Avenue”.

Podcast - Global From Asia Podcast: Running a Cross-Border E-Commerce & E-Business Company - By Michael Michelini: Global Internet Businessman in China, Asia. Let’s dive deep into cross-border business, Hong Kong banking, Amazon FBA, ICO and more.

Amazon Updates

Amazon offers free shipping on all orders for the holidays - The National Retail Foundation forecasts holiday retail sales will climb by up to 4.8% compared to a year ago.

New Product Targeting for Sponsored Products - In a huge beta update, Amazon recently released extensive new targeting options for Sponsored Products. Here’s what’s new and what it means for you.

How E-Commerce Giant Chose Blockchain Over Bitcoin - Amazon was granted two crypto-related patents. While the American e-commerce pioneer, has not chosen to accept Bitcoin (BTC) and major altcoins as a payment option despite public interest and competitors’ experience, it has not ignored the subject altogether.

Amazon's treatment of sellers comes under scrutiny in Germany - Germany's antitrust authority has launched an investigation into whether Amazon is exploiting its market dominance in its relations with third-party retailers who use its website as a marketplace.

Articles & Tutorials

Podcast - 285 Chatbots for Amazon Sellers with Paul Harvey of Seller Chatbot - Germany's antitrust authority has launched an investigation into whether Amazon is exploiting its market dominance in its relations with third-party retailers who use its website as a marketplace.

Podcast - How to beat Amazon - Jon Fortt speaks with Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig on disrupting e-commerce and taking on Amazon in education.

Content Strategy Lessons From Amazon's New Holiday Toy Catalog - This year, Amazon kicked off the holiday season by introducing something that many will consider unusual for the e-commerce juggernaut: a printed toy catalog. Here’s why associations would do well to take a page from Amazon’s book.

Everything on Amazon Is Amazon! - The infinite retailer appears to be ushering untold numbers of stealth brands into your life, even as it plans to take over the East Coast. If you like Ween Charm, you’ll love Austin Mill!

Amazon Suspensions Roundup 2018: Horror Stories and How to Appeal a Suspension - Sadly, Amazon account suspensions are very common. Sellers often have misconceptions about suspensions and post incorrect advice on social media and seller forums. It is important to separate the facts from the myths in order to maximize your chances of being reinstated.