Update on SCOE event


Just got a neat email from the organizers of SCOE.  Not only can you schedule a 15 min appointment with an Amazon Account Rep, now you can register for a free Website Analysis by Portent Interactive, who will be at the event!

If you haven’t registered yet, I just got a coupon code I’m allowed to share. Only $25 but if you are going anyway – I’m all about not leaving money on the table! Just enter my name, Kat Simpson, in the coupon code box! See you there!

Home Run Guide – Did You Get Yours Yet?

Home Run Guide

Have you gotten YOUR Home Run Guide yet? Volume One was amazing. Thousands of buyers have made tens of thousands of dollars off the tips in there.

Well, Janelle Elms has done it again! Volume Two of the Home Run Guide is at the printer’s and due out soon. WHO gets early access and the best prices on HRG2? You got it, the owners of Volume One. So go get yours now at Home Run Guide if you don’t already have it. Below is the entire list of the Top Tips – one each from all the articles contained in the Volume One guide. I’ll keep you informed as we get closer to Volume Two so check out #1 to get ready!

Here are ALL your Top Tips…

  1. Something ugly from the 70’s worth money?  Read page 4


  1. Introduced at Chicago World’s Fair this highly coveted machine doesn’t even come with the name on the item.  But for upwards of $400 I’m guessing you are ready to learn more.  Turn to page 10


  1. Only in the Home Run Guide would it say, “half birds with heads’ are a good thing to buy.  For the prices the Expert author is talking about you had better turn to page 16 to find out what I’m talking about!


  1. Albeit this Expert Guide is but one page, but it’s also one of the guides that is getting a ton of comments about it.  Who knew they were worth $25?  Go to page 19


  1. Great breakdown of the grading system used by the Independent Online Booksellers Association.  Check out page 21 to make sure your books make the grade


  1. Do have any Little Golden Books with dust jackets?  You may be holding on to a Home Run! (I didn’t even know they came with a dj!).  Turn to page 28 to find out how to locate the edition of the book as well.


  1. Southern cooking is always delicious and now it’s profitable too.  Turn to page 33 before lunch starts.  At these prices you’ll be buying lunch for everyone.


  1. Be on the lookout for a mouse and a cake for an easy $90!  Page 46 has the recipe for Home Run Success


  1. Give it a gentle shake, a look through and let the lever spring.  Did you find a Home Run – check out page 51


  1. This Expert author writes, “Don’t worry if they’re dirty, because that can be fixed. To some extent stinky can be fixed, too. It’s even OK if the tread is worn off at the heels and ball of the foot.”  Find out how this is still a Home Run and some buyers even prefer them this way on page 56


  1. Where Blah is Bad – page 73


  1. Need help spotting fakes? Page 75 will head you in the right direction


  1. The most profitable section to start when thrifting for clothes – turn to page 86


  1. Find out what type of bag, with interior pen marks and a worn drawstring, sells for $150.  Find your answer on page 90


  1. Find out if it’s real by taking a flash photo.  Go to page 95 to find out what Home Run item we are talking about


  1. Want to know what miracle ‘must have if you are selling shoes’ dressing you need for out of the ballpark Home Run Shoes?  Page 100 will show you before/after photos of men’s soles that you will not believe! (and it increased her shoe price from $100 to $180 with this $5 product!)


  1. Home Runs come in small cases.  Learn what to pay in order to get your Home Run on page 103


  1. Find out what pen from a junk drawer was purchased for $1 and sold for a Home Run of $500.  Page 106 will share this story with you.


  1. The best place to find these $200 Home Runs is to look under things.  Find out what you are looking for on page 110


  1. I love that this Expert Author says there are no bad pieces, buy everything you can of this product!  Makes it much easier for me.  Find out what well-known collectible this is on page 116


  1. Jane, Betty, Rosie and Lill are Merrymaids whose tale (tail!) can be found on page $119


  1. At only 3-8” tall, these miniatures can command $100 or more.  Find out how to measure up on page 124


  1. Be on the lookout for this nondescript piece of plastic – Vince got $3000 for his.  Quickly turn to page 130


  1. School loyalty will bring you the big Home Runs with this deaf collectible.  Page 138


  1. This Home Run came from another seller’s lack of knowledge.  Learn your keywords for this unique collectible at page 169


  1. Great tip – the pencil test!  Easy to do in those Goodwill aisles.  Find out Lynn Dralle’s details on page 173


  1. Mistaking flatware for a motorcycle company?  You can let Lynn explain on page 185


  1. From dormitory dishware to elegant dinner services, this brand name can be a Home Run for you.  Read the Home Run on page 193


  1. Fabulous tips for cleaning and polishing the flatware you are selling on page 199


  1. SO many tips on this Home Run, from where to find it, to taking the photos, to marketing with the right keywords, and even details about shipping!  Start reading this great guide on page 205


  1. This purchase by your buyer is all based upon emotions – learn how to tug at their heart strings on page 209


  1. I know this one is a bit outside some people’s comfort zone, but I promise Bryan makes it easy by breaking each part down in this profitable Home Run niche area.  I never knew the fakes had 2 instead of 1 – page 215


  1. Not only can you hit a Home Run with these items, but what’s inside can be worth money too! Page 222


  1. It’s good to know that small can be a Home Run too!  Page 224


  1. Ah, great tip – you will never see this in any color but clear!  Easy way to spot the ones that aren’t real  Page 228


  1. Sorry Kat, but the color purple in this glass won’t bring in the big bucks – find out what will on page 231


  1. I had no idea of the difference between elegant glass and depression glass – wow, much easier than I thought!  Thanks for the tip on page 234


  1. OOOH, I want to find that bookend on page 253 that sold for $2500!


  1. Great tip on getting stains out so you can make it a Home Run on page 264


  1. Ah, the more it takes your breath away, the more it’s worth!  Page 27


  1. My two favorite subjects – coffee and Home Runs, especially when they sell for $1600!  Read how on page 275


  1. Thanks Jason, now I have the Tiki Room song stuck in my head…in the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki tiki room where this Home run just sold for $1466!  Page 280 to join in


  1. WOW – “EYE Love U” brings in $300!  Find out what Home Run I’m talking about on page 292


  1. I want to find a Home Run with liquid cavities inside them!  Page 295


  1. Did you know that 18K in the US gold jewelry market translates into 750 for the European system?  Learn more details about gold on page 298


  1. With gold hovering in the $1700 an ounce range, you will want to memorize this Expert Guide starting on page 301


  1. Sometimes Home Runs are so good, they belong in a museum!  Page 312 to learn more


  1. Watch your profit margins – you might do better selling the silver online then selling it for scrap.  Page 317 (and who knew that that jewelry from QVC was worth real money?  Apparently Carol does!)


  1. Great article on where to find clearance items at all the top stores (this will help you FBA’ers a lot!).  Page 323


  1. My favorite tip in this ‘getting ready to go find Home Runs’ guide is #10 – it’s amazing to me how many people don’t take advantage of this extra opportunity to expand their marketplaces.  I know Maryann does this!!  Page 327


  1. Who knew Shakira could be a Home Run?  Good thing our expert writer JaDeene did – check out page 331 for the full story


  1. Does negotiating for a lower prices (thus increasing your profits) make you a bit nervous?  Turn to page 334 to learn Top Tips from the Expert negotiator Tim, “Mr Customer Service” Chapman.


  1. Page 338 contains a powerful list of the Picker’s Tool List – the must bring along items to ensure your Home Run Success


  1. I had no idea that there is a rummage sale Home Run strategy – want to learn too?  Turn to page 340 for details


  1. Turning Tupperware into a Home Run doesn’t involve a party in your home – but it does involve knowing the ‘what to look for’s’ on page 346


  1. Did you know Pyrex made a set called Visions cookware – it’s amber in color and can bring in $200 a piece!!  Look in the kitchen and on page 349 for this Home Run


  1. This Home Run comes with it’s own ‘how to ship safely’ video – read more on page 352


  1. Finally, a Home Run that will cost .25-$1, is easily identifiable, can be found at garage/estate sales and commands prices that can consistently bring 1000% in profits.  Page 355 to learn about this Home Run


  1. Have you ever passed up those cute dimensional baking pans from Wilton?  After reading this Expert Guide you will be getting Home Runs instead of strikeouts if you read page 358


  1. Have you ever heard of “Nuts: Original Score from the Motion Picture”?  I hadn’t until I read this informative Expert Guide on all things having to do with Barbra Streisand.  Learn more at page 364


  1. A Home Run found in the attic – not in the attic, but used to create the attic and roof!  Check out what sold for $800-$2500 each! Page 373


  1. There is one CD of Frank Sinatra’s that you should always buy to make $75 – want to know what it is?  Head over to page 377


  1. Waterford makes Jewish ritual collectibles – did you know that?  Do you know which ones to buy?  Page 399


  1. What are the top 3 names in baseball gloves you should buy?  Check out page 407


  1. What item should you separate into 2 pieces and sell separately for the most profit?  Answer on page 409


  1. What do the names Schutt, Douglas, and Adams have to do with your profits?  Page 415


  1. You see these all the time at garage sale and goodwill stores – golf clubs – but do you know which ones bring in the big bucks?  You will after reading page 417


  1. You ALWAYS buy the ones from Germany, sometimes the ones from Japan, but never the ones from China.  Want to pay $15 for this item and sell it for $385?  Read page 423


  1. You’ll make great money on these items because they are free and dead!  Hurry over to page 428


  1. Do you know what a Chop Shop is?  Do you know how to use it with your garage/estate sale items?  Chris does on page 433


  1. I’ll take a Big Mac and a side of profitable toys with that.  Page 436


  1. What treasure do you find in the yard sale box with broken crayons, and a bunch of tiny toys?  Read page 441 to find out


  1. Looking for Zippy the Monkey since he’ll bring you $100-$300?  What?  You don’t know what he looks like?  Well page 446 does


  1. Always buy the Caterpillar Loader, the Barbie Lamborghini, Lightning McQueen, the Batmobile, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the Gravedigger.  Want to know more about this Home Run?  Page 450 has your answer


  1. If you want this up to $12,000 Home Run you have to check out her behind and then make sure she smells like crayons.  Page 452 will help


  1. This hot Home Run, where the boxes get top dollar too, should always be purchased if under $30 – as most will easily sell for $60.  Read conditions for these Japanese toys on page 465

The Education of an Author!

Create Space

As announced on this blog and the other blog I set up for my co-author Michael Rice, eCom Sales Tax, I recently published a book on the Amazon Create Space platform.

Thanks to the tutelage of Chris Green and his generous sharing of knowledge and time, although publishing the book was a learning experience, it wasn’t overwhelming.

We set the date for our book Launch as July 24, 2012 and I eagerly got all the information uploaded to Create Space so the book would be available to purchase by then. Surprisingly it was available earlier than that! So I actually ordered 5 copies for myself. They came a few days before launch day. It was so exciting and I’ll have to upload my ‘Book opening video’ soon.

However, when I logged on to Amazon I was very curious to see that even though I had what I thought were the only 5 copies in existence at this time, there were actually others selling _my_ book. How could this be?  One seller had it at almost $60 and since the cover price was set at $16.95, that at least made sense. If he sold one, he’d order a $16.95 copy from Amazon and have them dropship and he would make a large profit. But I couldn’t understand at all how other sellers had it for sale BELOW the listed price. In fact, I was SO curious I paid $19.65 (with shipping) to order one of their copies!

I shouldn’t have done that, I should have just asked my friend Bob Willey!  He explained to me on the FBA Radio show last Monday how it all works. It turns out the Bookstores (virtual or Brick & Mortar) can apply to become a wholesale purchaser with Create Space and then THEY can order my book, pay the wholesale price, and sell it for whatever they want. This makes sense as the book I ordered had ‘takes an additional 5 – 8 days to ship’ notice on it and indeed, it didn’t ship until 4 days AFTER I ordered it.

So now I am really curious about how all this works. My book started out, of course, with a Introduction to Sales Taxzero sales rank as no copies had been sold. When I ordered my 5 copies, it dropped to 600,000. Since launch day it has gone down as low as 21,000. It seems to me that to drop from 600,000 to 21,000 a LOT of books should have sold, right? Yet my create space account shows less than 30 sold!  Now I know a lot of Kindle copies have been sold as that sales rank went all the way down into the 13,000 numbers. But from 600,000 to 21,000 with less than 30 sales – really? Is that even possible?

So if these other sellers are purchasing at wholesale cost, how do I get paid for those? Surely they have to pay me something? How much? (Where did I miss THAT little blurb in the fine print. My friend Beth is right, I gotta start reading this stuff.)  It sure isn’t showing up in any create space records so far. I did get approved for a wholesale account and I’ve got an email in asking about this but ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice would say.

So, for research purposes, and because this is SUCH a Niche book, I am tracking the sales rank every day and I’ll keep you informed so we can learn together.

Here is another interesting thing I discovered today. Not only did I get my very first REVIEW (5 start – thank you AMAZBUYER) but Amazon LOWERED the price of my book. Yes, that is right, I set the price for the trade paperback at $16.95 and when I logged on today to check the rank it is now selling FROM AMAZON for $12.20. I immediately checked my Create Space account and all is the same there. I’m sure this is somewhere in the fine print? Where I give them permission to lower my price?  Hmmm, first wholesale buyers and now discounted prices. I’ve got some technical reading to do.

Check back for updates!


Cliff EnnicoI had the honor of speaking at the “eBay on Location” event in Denver, Colorado (www.ebayonlocation.com), on two topics of great interest to eBay sellers and e-merchants generally:

O  the “Legal and Tax Aspects of Your Business on eBay”; and

O  “Answers to the Most Common Business Questions When Selling on eBay.”

Needless to say, I got a ton of questions after each session.  Here are some “cutting edge” tax issues facing eBay sellers today, and how I responded.

Q:  “If I buy all of my eBay merchandise at a local retailer and pay sales tax when I purchase it, am I subject to reporting and paying sales tax on those items when I sell them on eBay later on?”

A:  The short answer to this question is “yes”.  Even if you pay sales tax when you buy the item, you are required to collect sales tax if you sell it on eBay to a resident of your state.  This shouldn’t be surprising:  after all, you pay sales tax when you buy a used car or secondhand clothing, don’t you?

What you are supposed to do in this situation is add the amount of sales tax for the item you bought to its “cost of goods sold”, which you then deduct from the sales price when it sells on eBay.  So, for example, if you buy something for $1 and pay six cents sales tax on it, the “cost of goods sold” of that item if $1.06.  If it sells on eBay for $2, your gross profit (before eBay and PayPal fees, and shipping/handling costs) is 94 cents.

Q:  “Do I have to pay use tax on the items I buy for my personal use, or just the items I buy for my business that I haven’t paid sales tax on?”

A:   A “use tax” is a tax on items you buy for your own consumption (not for resale) on which you did not pay sales tax.  So, for example, if you buy paper clips for your business at a local office supply store and pay sales tax at the register, you do not have to pay “use tax” on it thereafter.

If, however, you bought those same paper clips from an out-of-state vendor on eBay, you would not be required to pay sales tax on that purchase, and you would have to pay use tax to your state for the privilege of using those paper clips in a local business.

Every state that has a sales tax also has a use tax, and the rates are almost always the same.  Many states impose a use tax on individual, consumer purchases as well as business purchases.  Talk to your accountant to find out the rules that apply to you.

Q:  “I am constantly asked about taxes on consignment items.  Is it correct to say that if you buy an item for $10 and you sell it for $9, you have not made a profit, or do you have to claim that $9 as income on your taxes?”

A:  Consignment arrangements don’t work that way.  In a consignment, you take possession of the merchandise, but you don’t pay anything up front for it.  You then sell it on eBay for whatever price you think is right (or as dictated by the person who consigned you the merchandise, called the “consignor”).  When it sells, you deduct your commission (usually 50% of the sale price) and pay the rest back to the consignor.  At the end of the year you report ALL of your consignment commissions as income on your tax return, and send a Form 1099-MISC to each consignor reporting the total amount you paid to them (i.e. their share) during the year if it was more than $600.

Q:  “I am completely confused about the tax issues when accepting consignments from people in other states.  How can I possibly keep track of the sales tax with each sale if it happens to be sold back to that state?”

You are required to pay sales tax (1) in your state if the purchaser is a resident of that state, and (2) in each state where your consignor has a “physical presence” if the purchaser is a resident of that state.  So, for example, if I, a Connecticut resident, were to consign merchandise to you, you would have to collect and pay Connecticut’s 6.35% sales tax whenever one of my items is purchased by a Connecticut resident.

Most of your consignors, if they are individuals, will have a “physical presence” in only one state – where they reside.  If you are dealing with companies, that is called “drop shipping,” not consignment, and the rules get more complicated because these companies usually have multiple locations around the United States.  I have devoted entire chapters of my book “The eBay Seller’s Tax and Legal Answer Book” to consignment sales and drop shipping, and you will find the information there helpful.

Cliff Ennico (www.succeedinginyourbusiness.com), a leading expert on small business law and taxes, is the author of “Small Business Survival Guide,” “The eBay Seller’s Tax and Legal Answer Book” and 15 other books.


If you have questions about Sales Tax as an Amazon FBA seller, you need my new book! Introduction to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers

Back To School Bargains

BargainsAfter reading Lisa Suttora’s recent blog post about Selling Back To School Items, that has been a thought  running through my head often in the last couple of days.  So when I saw something in my local newspaper I decided to start this post and ask my readers to chime in.

Let’s talk about EXTRA bonus ways to save money when shopping for these items. We all know to watch for the sales from the big retailers, and use coupons, rebates and more but what about the EXTRA special deals some of them are running for (Back To School)BTS season.

For instance, did you know that Staples is running something called a ‘Binder BuyBack?’ All you have to do is take in an old binder and you’ll receive a $2 coupon on any binder you purchase.

Also, Walmart is running a special section for their deals – look for their88-cent section’ in all local stores!

Another cool deal is at CVS where they are offering extra bonus ‘Bucks’ in their ‘ExtraBucks’ program on any Mead and Crayola products. I’ve found this program to be really excellent with my retail arbitrage sourcing – just be sure to Watch those Expiration Dates!

My last special deal is about K-mart – they are doing something special for their ‘Shop Your Way’ program members. If you purchase $100 on select BTS items, you will get GAS discounts at your local Speedway station and FREE Flu shots!

Have you found a Special BTS deal? Please share!

Vendio Small Biz Award – Go Vote!

VendioWow!  I was so excited to see that I knew a company in the running for the Small Business Influencer awards this year! I voted for Kabbage in the Innovation category and now I find out another of my favorite companies is up for the award in the corporation category!

As far as I am concerned, Vendio could have also been in the innovation category also because it seems like every time I turn around they have added a cool feature to their offering! I’m still discovering stuff after working with them for several years.

So congratulations to Vendio – some of the nicest folks I know work there. I’ll be voting every day – Can I ask you to vote for my friends also?

Let me know if YOU know any of your favorite folks in the running too!

How To Negotiate Your First Consulting Agreement by Cliff Ennico

Cliff Ennico

“I was laid off last year from a corporate job, and after several months of rejection decided to set up my own consulting practice.

I have just landed a one-year consulting assignment from a very large corporation in my industry.  They have just sent me their form of consulting agreement to sign – it’s a 50 page monster with all sorts of legalese I don’t understand.

Can you give me some guidance as to the ‘gotchas’ that might exist in this contract?  Also, whether you think I should retain an attorney to review this agreement, and how much I should pay.”

First of all, congratulations!

Second of all, I think you should have an attorney review this agreement and explain it to you,  Even if you’ve read the agreement and think you understand it, there may be important provisions missing from the document that you would not know about unless you’ve lived with these agreements for a while.  After you’ve done a couple of these, you may be able to handle some of the negotiations yourself – in my experience the same issues crop up over and over again in these agreements.

Generally, there are two parts to a consulting agreement – the “statement of work” (SOW for short) and the actual legal contract.

The “statement of work” describes the services you will be responsible for, some things you will NOT be responsible for, a list of the deadlines (called “milestones”) you will be required to meet, a list of the work product (called “deliverables”) you will be required to produce, your compensation for services, and any special provisions relating to this particular project that may not be covered in your client’s general form of contract.

The SOW should NOT contain any legal provisions or language – anything like that should be in the consulting agreement.  There should also be a “traffic cop” provision in both the SOW and the agreement saying that in the event of a conflict between the general agreement language and the more specific SOW, the SOW will govern.

As for the agreement itself, here are some “gotchas” you should look out for.

Timing of Payment.  Most consulting agreements are very specific about the services that will be performed and the fees the consultant will be paid for his or her work.  You would be amazed, however, at the number of contracts I look at that don’t say anything at all about when payment is due!  This is how you will be paying your bills, so you need to know with 100% precision when your client will pay you.  If the client insists on being able to “review and approve” your invoices before making payment, make sure to include language that the review must be completed within X days, and that you have the right to stop working if payment is delayed for an unreasonable amount of time.

Insurance.  Most large companies will require you to maintain some form of “errors and omissions” insurance in case you foul up the job and they suffer damages.  Make sure the amount of coverage is reasonable, and that the client is not requiring you to obtain insurance that is not appropriate (for example, worker’s compensation insurance if you have no employees).  Also make sure there is a clause in the agreement saying you are not responsible for “consequential” (also known as “ripple effect” damages) as many errors and omissions policies will not cover you for these.

Indemnification.  Most consulting agreements will require you to indemnify the client for anything that might go wrong during the consulting assignment, but if you are working on the client’s premises, there should be an exclusion for damages caused by the “acts or omissions of Client, its employees and agents.”  They should be indemnifying you if one of their employees goes postal and attacks you while you are on the job.

Assignment of Work Product.  Any work you create for the client should become their property only after you have received payment for it.  Also, be sure to exclude tools, templates, form documents and other materials you have created yourself and use when performing services for all your clients.

“Noncompete” and “Nonsolicitation” Clauses.  A consulting agreement should never, ever contain a “noncompete” clause saying you can’t work for other companies.  As an independent contractor you must legally have the right to do so.  If the client insists on a “noncompete,” you should insist that the client identify the specific companies you cannot work for.

If the client asks for a “nonsolicitation” clause saying you can’t solicit their customers or employees for X years, make sure the clause is limited to customers and employees you actually dealt with while working for the company.

As for how much an attorney should charge you for reviewing a consulting agreement, one to three hours of his or her time is standard, depending on how many questions you ask and how much education you need.

Cliff Ennico (www.succeedinginyourbusiness.com), a leading expert on small business law and taxes, is the author of “Small Business Survival Guide,” “The eBay Seller’s Tax and Legal Answer Book” and 15 other books.


First ICE Conference in Atlanta

Congratulations to my friends John Lawson & Brandon Dupsky on their exciting news!  Here is the press release – Are you going?

Knight Owl Communications

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  Jacqueline Knight


Internet Commerce Trade Group to Host First-Ever eBusiness Conference in Atlanta

Internet Commerce Entrepreneurs (I.C.E.) is hosting the first-ever eBusiness Conference in Atlanta, GA. The event will bring together leaders in the field of Multi-Channel Marketing, SEO, PPC, Social Media, Merchandising and Cross Border Trade for a comprehensive overview of the rapidly expanding arena of internet commerce and retail trade. The Conference is scheduled for  October 5-6, 2012 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport Conference Center, 1031 Virginia Ave Atlanta, GA 30354.

“This year’s conference is particularly important,” said conference co-organizer John Lawson, and CEO of both ColderICE which provides eCommerce education as well as consulting to via ColderICE Media Group.  “As advances in eCommerce and online marketplaces rocket forward, online retailers are on the threshold of phenomenal growth and even traditional retail businesses are seeking ways to expand and increase their bottom line via the internet.

The conference is aimed not only at ecommerce company founders and other ePreneurs but any business owner, corporate CEO, President, Vice President, General Manager who is responsible for online marketplaces or is leaning toward online retail.  The conference will cover topics relevant to the pursuit of online success.

Industry experts predict that over the next few years, eCommerce is expected to undergo a profound change as technological developments and enhanced security measures in online payment systems and digital wallets pave the road towards mass acceptance of these practices. “The internet is like the Wild, Wild West,” says Brandon Dupsky, CEO, OnFair Inc. and conference organizer, “and eCommerce is that treacherous terrain that every business must learn to dominate if it’s going to survive the Tech Age.”

This year’s keynote speakers will be Colin Sebastian – Senior Research Analyst for Robert W Baird & Co. Colin will be covering the landscape of “The Internet, E-commerce and Digital Media.” Colin has been recognized as a top ranked analyst by Starmine and Greenwich Associates, and appears frequently in the financial and industry press, including CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times, among others. Rick Watson – Ecommerce General Manager with Barnes & Nobles – Rick has led companies in the creation of multi-billion dollar transactional ECommerce businesses. He has advised numerous early-stage Internet startups, particularly in ECommerce. He will speak on “What the Big Guys are Thinking: An “Off the Record” Perspective of Commerce for SMB’s and others. See the conference web (http://Events.InternetCommerceEntrepreneurs.com/) page for full details on speakers and agenda.

This year’s conference will be the first organized by Internet Commerce Entrepreneurs (I.C.E.). I.C.E. is a newly launched, ‘members only’ trade association designed by eCommerce experts to give eCommerce vendors, 3rd party marketplace sellers and traditional retail owners who market online, access to the very latest information, technology advice, software picks, insider marketing, SEO secrets, online sales strategies, customer acquisition information and a wealth of educational and development resources to help take their internet presence to the next level.

Additional Information Available on the Web
For more information on the conference, see the conference Web page at: http://Events.InternetCommerceEntrepreneurs.com/

For conference sponsor information
Contact Brandon Dupsky at at brandon@InternetCommerceEntrepreneurs.com or 402-770-7653


Introduction to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers

Introduction to Sales TaxIt’s here!  And I’m so excited! For the last 6 weeks both Michael Rice and I have been spending hours and hours writing, proofing and learning all about publishing a book! It’s been a long journey and we appreciate the patience of all who cheered us on and waited for us from our first anticipated publication date of March 15th, until today, July 24th, 2012.

ANNOUNCING the Publication of Introduction to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers

After you purchase your copy we hope you will agree with Michael and I that the wait was worth it.

We made the choice to publish the trade paperback as a full size 8.5″ by 11″. You can purchase this size on Amazon for only $16.95. This size is so that the forms we used from the states can be more easily viewed almost full size. Each has the comments and edits Michael added to show you exactly how to fill them out, what must be filled in and what can be safely left blank.

You can also choose to purchase a Kindle version for only $9.99. The benefit for this purchase is that all the links for the various state websites will be live and you can go straight to the websites you need to register with.

Yet another benefit for the Amazon Prime customer is that our book is available in the Kindle Lending Library so you can borrow a copy for a week for FREE. And a week should be enough to help you get all set up and ready to file.

So let us know what you think!  Comments here or reviews on Amazon are all appreciated!!

Michael Rice & Kat Simpson Announce Publication of Introduction to Sales Tax Amazon

Big News From Outright

outright logoWow! You cold have blown me away with a feather when I opened an email from my friend and colleague Laura at Outright today to hear about the news of their acquisition by Go Daddy.  Sure didn’t see that one coming, LOL.

I first learned about Outright when I met Kevin Reeth at the very first eBay radio party in Las Vegas. I was just getting started in podcasting and he was just launching Outright. I couldn’t find a Dr. Pepper in the entire Las Vegas hotel and he brought me a case!  What a sweetie. I was hooked and took the time to interview him and learn about his product then. I am so glad I did. What a great guy, Fantastic Product and wonderful company.

I was very reassured to read the email sent by the current president, Steven Aldrich and see that Go Daddy has no plans to change the product. After just getting through my first Multi-State Sales Tax filing (see eCom Sales Tax) only with the help of the Outright ‘Sales by State’ reports, I couldn’t imagine doing that again without their help!

If you haven’t checked out Outright – please do. It truly is an amazing opportunity to get your accounting finally up to date and know where you are. Or ‘Know Your Numbers’ as Griff would say. Hey, I wonder what he thinks of this news? What do YOU think?