Product Name: eSeller Profit Academy
Product Authors: Amanda O’Brien
Company Name & Contact Details:
eSeller Profit Academy,
Unit 3, Hainault Works,
Tel: 0208 597 0181.
Fax: 0208 597 4040
Wanted! 75 motivated volunteers to join my brand new eSeller Profit Academy.
Price: £947 in total – First payment is £197 then there are three payments of £250 to be taken at 30 day intervals.
Money Back Guarantee: 30 days
What Do You Get?
– eSeller Profit Academy course
– Live training workshop
– 1-2-1 support for a year
– Four webinars
– VIP Forum
Where To Buy: http://www.esellerprofitacademy.com/launch-offer/
eSeller Profit Academy comes from eBay expert Amanda O’Brien. It’s a complete training course that will teach you how to set up a successful eBay selling business.
What’s It All About?
eSeller Profit Academy is a training course for anyone who would like to set up a profitable eBay trading business. It takes you from choosing a niche through sourcing products to selling them on eBay, and also setting up your own eBay store. The course content is provided entirely online.
Do I Need Experience To Make This Work?
No special experience is required.
How Much Money Do I Need To Get Started?
You will need a certain amount of start-up capital, mainly to source products to sell at a profit. You could get started with £100 or so, though ideally you would have a bit more than this.
How Much Money Can I Make?
That depends on various things, including what you choose to sell and how much profit you make per item. The sales material states that the aim is to help you build an eBay business that is making between £3,000 and £5,000 per month. I would say that is a reasonable (and realistic) target income.
How Much Time Will I Need To Make This Work?
The course material is drip-fed over a six-week period, to stop students rushing through it. You will also need to follow the recommended step-by-step process, from choosing a niche to sourcing products and putting them up for sale. It is therefore likely to be several months before you are making a profit.
Will I Need Any Equipment To Do This?
Just a computer with an internet connection, and a camera for taking product photos (you could use a smartphone camera initially).
Value For Money?
Although this is a good-quality course, I do think that it is on the expensive side, especially as all the content is delivered electronically. If it helps you create a profitable eBay business I guess it will be value for money, but for this sort of money you need to be very sure you are serious about doing this and willing to put in the work required.
Does It Live Up To The Claims In The Promotion?
I would say so, although some of the content was not available for review at the time of writing. See my full review (below) for further discussion about this.
Quality of Customer Service
This is good. In my experience Amanda always responds promptly to emails. In addition, of course, the publishers, Canonbury, can be easily contacted by phone or email.
Review – 17/06/2016
eSeller Profit Academy is sold via its own dedicated sales page. You can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), but not by PayPal. Canonbury were kind enough to provide me with reviewer access to this course, so I can’t really tell you much about the sales process buyers experience. As far as I know there aren’t any attempted upsells, however.
Once you have completed your purchase, you should be able to log in to the members’ area. From here you can view the course content, along with various bonuses.
The content is organized into eleven “lessons”, each of which is further divided into a number of topics. The main lessons are as follows:
- Pre-training Lesson: an Introduction to eBay
- Finding a Hungry Niche Market
- Identifying Hot Products Within Your Niche
- Sourcing the Right Products and Negotiating the Best Prices
- The Essential Success Strategy for Your eBay Business
- Creating Your Dynamic eBay Store
- Creating a Powerful Product Listing
- Structuring a Killer Product Description
- Driving Unlimited Traffic to Your eBay Store
- Using Facebook and Twitter to Boost Your Profits
- Bonus Lesson – Advanced Selling Strategies
I should note that lessons 7 to 11 were not available for me to review at the time of writing. The website showed dates within the next few weeks when they would be published. I assume this is because the course has only recently been launched.
The content is provided primarily in the form of online videos. These are narrated by the author, Amanda O’Brien. Occasionally you see Amanda herself speaking, but most of the videos use a PowerPoint-style slideshow format, with screen captures where appropriate. Amanda is British and speaks slowly and clearly, so I had no problems understanding her.
In addition to the videos, you can download transcripts of Amanda’s commentary, and documents containing the slides used. I am always pleased to have transcripts of video courses in particular, as it makes it much easier to find specific items of information later.
At the end of each lesson, there is a quiz and a practical exercise to perform. The latter is designed to help you with setting up your own eBay business. Some resource documents (e.g. “Identifying Hot Products within Your Niche”) are also provided, in PDF and Word form.
Students can also join a discussion forum, which is set up as a private Facebook group. At the time of writing this was mainly being used by students seeking advice and feedback from Amanda, and to her credit she provided this in a timely and helpful manner.
Another important component of the course is the live training sessions. These take the form of online webinars, again run by Amanda. You can book a place on any upcoming webinars via the members’ area, and recordings of earlier ones can also be viewed there.
At the time of writing one recorded webinar (“ Your Essential Mindset for Success”) was available to watch. I also booked a place on the next one, titled “Dealing with Alibaba Suppliers: How to Reduce Minimum Order Quantities by 30% or more”, so I experienced the latter live.
Both webinars were quite short (around 30 minutes) but informative. Essentially they took the form of slideshow-style presentations by Amanda on the topic in question. In the live webinar there was a chatbox beside the presentation window, where those watching could post comments or questions. Some of these were simply greetings and chit-chat, but they also included some interesting questions which Amanda answered in real time via the chatbox.
I assume the actual presentation was pre-recorded, as Amanda didn’t refer to any of the chatbox questions in the presentation itself, and answering the quite searching questions in writing while simultaneously giving a flawless audio-visual presentation would in any event be very challenging. Then again, maybe Amanda is just a lot better at multi-tasking than I am! Joking aside, though, if – as I strongly suspect – the webinar presentations are pre-recorded, I do think this should be stated somewhere.
On the recorded webinars you don’t get a re-run of the chat box, but Amanda does helpfully provide a separate Word document listing all the questions she was asked and the answers she gave.
Overall, I thought the content provided in eSeller Profit Academy was very good. Amanda is an eBay PowerSeller, and has been selling online since 2005. She is also the author of a number of other courses and manuals about online selling, including eTail Academy, Find It Flip It Profit, and The Ultimate eBay Success System (all of which, along with various others, are reviewed elsewhere on the MMR site). She undoubtedly knows her stuff, and she writes (and speaks) very clearly and accessibly.
On the minus side, I do still feel that this course is expensive for what you get. It is a general introduction to trading on eBay, and there is already lots of information available about this subject, including plenty that is free online. If you want a step-by-step guide to making money buying and selling on eBay it may be worth considering, but there are plenty of lower-cost courses and manuals available, including some by Amanda herself!
It’s also worth noting that the approach described is very much the traditional eBay trading method, where you buy products from wholesalers and attempt to sell them on at a profit. I couldn’t see anything about drop-shipping, for example, or flipping individual items for profit (though it is of course possible that these subjects are covered in the later lessons, which weren’t available for me to review).
Finally, I wasn’t mad keen on the drip-feeding of content. Personally I would like to be able to view the entire course content straight away, if only to get an overview of all the topics covered. But I do understand that, as many students will be paying by instalments, the publishers may have compelling business reasons for not releasing all the content at once.
I am an admirer of Amanda’s work, and do genuinely think there is some good quality content in this course. I also applaud the amount of time and effort Amanda is putting in to answering students’ questions. Considering the course is delivered entirely online, though, I think the price-tag of almost £1000 is excessive.
As I said earlier, I guess even this could be justified if it helps you set up a profitable eBay business earning £3000 or £4000 a month. Before spending that sort of money, however, I would definitely want to spend some time checking out some of the other, less expensive manuals and courses that are out there.
Category: eBay & Amazon