Reliable Education Review: I Bought Adam Hudson’s Course

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This is my FULL Reliable Education review. I am a student of Adam Hudson, and my entire Amazon journey is detailed here, from beginner student to Amazon seller. There are also some excellent FREE bonuses available right now below which will be of value to you.

Reliable Education review

So you’re looking at Adam Hudson’s Reliable Education program.

I purchased this program in October 2015.  Since then the community has risen to 10,000+ students.

Back then it was just a few of us in this Facebook group.

Created by some dude with ridiculously shiny teeth.

(Sorry Adam, but they’re a bit too white in there…)

I didn’t know Adam personally, but I knew this Amazon business model was real.

I bought the course and was seriously keen to get started just like you.  

Yep – my own dollars to invest into my education. No free rides.

Because I’m on a 10,000 mile journey.  

Not a “Let’s all get rich quick in 5 minutes” type of journey.  

I’ve seen that shit before, and it does my head in.  

I mean – you’d have better luck with a lottery ticket.  

Than to think those sort of opportunities actually exist.  

But with Adam, this was something different.  

I saw something that was real and tangible.  

And he didn’t want to BS me either.  

He says business isn’t that easy.  That building a business takes time.  

He even says it will be challenging and take some big dollars.  

Finally – someone who actually speaks the truth.  

That’s why I liked about Adam. That truth element.

It didn’t take me much convincing. 5 minutes and I was in.

I knew Amazon was very much on-trend. A genuine opportunity.  

One that has tens of thousands of people banking some coin.  

So I got started with a mission to build an income. 

How did I go? Well, let’s take a journey together.

Some background on me

For 10 years I’ve been on this greater journey and have done a lot figuring things out.

I’ve also invested $40,000 on courses, seminars and conferences since 2009. I’ve taken action with all of them.

I’m no financial planner (Hello ASIC!) and my opinion is based on being a Reliable Education student. This review has zero input from the Reliable team.

My blog has been a passion project for many years. Just like you, I’ve always had an open mind to new opportunities.

My reviews come with sincere honesty

You’ve probably searched for Reliable Education review or similar on Google and I’ve popped up.

I’ve taken the time to write this because I wish to share my results and there’s plenty of people who would love to hear about my experience as an Australian student.

It’s best to find 10 minutes of uninterrupted time to be reading this from start to finish, plus another 15 minutes to read the many comments.

While I’m a student who has now created an Amazon business, I also run this blog as a hobby in addition to an existing unrelated business and have a young family. My lifestyle is one of limited time and I apologize in advance for any grammar or spelling errors.

I’m no stranger to reviewing products and services online, and will be happy to tell things as they are. Here’s a review of a piss-poor Sydney based training company which through the power of my blog, ultimately shut its doors.

And in this review of a well known seminar company, I encourage attendees to be highly cautious when attending. So what is my honest opinion of Adam and Reliable Education? Well, let’s get into it.

Reliable Education: The review of the course

The RE course (some call it the Academy) features seriously a lot of content.

I’ve done other Amazon courses since joining Reliable Education (by personal choice) and Adam’s content is still superior.

I invest in other courses because I do like to get perspectives of other successful Amazon sellers. I’m paired with the financial means to do so since now having my own Amazon business.

Now the course is only 30% of the program.

The other 70% is made up of other aspects.

The live events, networking, charity trips and coaching.

Then there is the community. Oh man…THE community!

(I could talk all day about how epic these people are) ✌️

Like, I’ve made dozens of awesome friends. The type of people you’d want to hang out with that lift you up. You’ll enjoy that experience once too you’re in.

But the course is the core element – the initial education.

World-class education to build an Amazon business.

Ideally suited for the motivated individual.

The type that’s actually committed to actually do it.

You know – learn AND apply….not just binge-learn.

So let’s open up the inside. 

Inside the course

When you join, here is what you’ll see on the inside:

Starting with the Reliable Education course

Following this introduction video, there are the core course contents.

Course Modules 1 to 8

In addition, there is the Resources and Inspiration section.

Resources and Inspiration (Watch these after)

The Reliable Education Amazon course teaches the following topics:

  • Effective business planning (based on Adam’s real experience)
  • Finding great products through numerous ways (Not just Alibaba)
  • Creating epic packaging that creates life-long customers
  • Dealing with Chinese suppliers and the language barrier
  • Calculating profit margins accurately, and not just sales
  • Safeguarding yourself against Chinese supplier scams
  • How to sell on Amazon Australia (But trust me, start in USA!)
  • Creating a winning product that sells for years to come
  • How to protect your intellectual property from knock-offs
  • Building an Amazon business the right way that can be sold for a 7 figure amount in the future (this part I loved the most)

The old vs new Reliable Education training

Adam got some flack for the old course. Yep, it was outdated in some parts plus it was mostly shot with home-style videos.

Look – I liked it and so did many others, but not everyone was impressed.

In case you’re wondering, this is what it originally looked like:

Inside the Reliable Education course
Inside the Reliable Income Academy Course
Inside the old Reliable Education Academy. Bleh…a little dated.

Today it’s a lot different. It’s actually world-class with a vastly improved user experience:

This is the New Reliable Academy Dashboard with brand new content

That’s like going from Windows to Mac.

Or in other words, from 1996 to 2020 in one hit.

Adam’s going from living-room-style videos (which were still great actually) to a professional studio setting with superior sound quality. Super winning!

Let’s unpack the content because you want to see what you’re actually getting.

Module 1: The beginning of your journey

Reliable Education Course Module 1

The 1st module is an introduction into the world of Amazon, but more importantly, lessons on success. In fact, Adam spends the bulk of the time focused on setting yourself up for success.

There are 31 video lessons here and it took me a few hours to go through.

Lessons of Module 1
The induction module (Aka Module 1) of the Reliable Academy

Across these lessons, you’ll notice that Adam’s vast business experience really shines through. Yes, you’re not jumping into Amazon training right away but don’t skip these vital lessons. They will get you through the tough times.

Module 2: Setting up your FBA business

Reliable Education Course Module 2

Oh, here we go! The meat and potatoes of getting started with the Amazon business side of things, right there in Module 2.

Lessons of Module 2
Module 2 where Adam gets straight into the content.

Currently, there are 32 videos in this module. That’s a few hours of content.

I mean, we’re still on Module 2 now. There is another 6 modules to go, plus the bonus sections and mindmaps. Attending a Reliable Education Summit is another experience altogether.

Module 3: Product research

Reliable Education Course Module 3

Lemme guess….you want to skip straight to Product Research. My suggestion: don’t skip ahead. You really need to prepare yourself with Modules 1 and 2.

Expanded lessons of Module 3
An entire module dedicated to Product Selection!

With 22 videos, it is shorter but the average video length is longer. Expect to take several hours and lots of notes here. In fact, you’ll probably have to go through some of these videos a 2nd time as it can be quite analytical.

Module 4: Product Ideas

Reliable Education Course Module 4

This is one of my favourite modules. I’ve found hundreds of great product ideas from this and even created a fantastic guide ‘101 Products to Sell on Amazon’ which is free. More on that later.

Expanded lessons of Module 4
Adam has another entire module dedicated to product ideas.

While Adam has been to the Canton Fair (as well as myself 3 times now), it’s Wayne Butcher that takes you along for the journey. This is great as Adam’s overly white teeth are starting to send some of his students blind by this stage. 😅

But really, it’s a good change of pace and the videography from these particular lessons are fantastic.

Wayne has a corporate background that resonates a lot with students given the high calibre of people on the inside.

By now we’re halfway through the course. Even once you’ve finished the course, you have the bonus content.

Still with me? I hope so!

Module 5

Reliable Education Course Module 5

Unlike the product ideas and research stage, this is a bit boring of a Module for most people. See – Shipping and logistics terminology put most people to sleep regardless of who presents it. You will need to know this content though and I was totally fine (my background is national logistics which obviously helps).

Expanded lessons of Module 5
OKay I won’t lie to you..you will get a bit bored in this module. 🤪

Wayne is back again! Now Amanda gives away a lot of great content here, but there is a slight upsell. It’s to her more advanced course with documentation.

Look – they don’t push it hard and represents good value (I also bought it) but honestly, I launched my 1st product without it. That documentation really helps my confidence in placing bulk orders nowadays.

Let’s keep pushing through. We’ve still got another few modules left.

Module 6

Reliable Education Course Module 6

Adam is big on design and branding. With now 30% of sellers on Amazon being Chinese, competition has increased. One thing that China isn’t well known for is innovation or customer experience, let alone their brand names or packaging.

Expanded lessons of Module 6
Reliable Education is all about Product branding. Hint Hint: How cool is their own branding!

This is a shorter module which is great because some of those prior modules are extensive. It’s fun and there are fantastic elements on building a product from scratch as I have.

There are some great guest speakers such as 99Designs which I have used several times now for logo design. Reliable Education and Adam have a huge focus on branding, especially where their own training exceeds expectations. RE in itself has become a brand.

If you’re curious, Adam Hudson sells homewares on Amazon which explains why he is all about creating packaging and branding. Your aim is to separate yourself from other Amazon sellers by having much more than just a brown cardboard box.

Module 7

Reliable Education Course Module 7

Argh! We’re back to boring shipping now and some technical terms. You’ll need to put your logical thinking cap on for this series. This module alone is why people can’t figure out Amazon on their own, because free advice out there is cheap and could send you down the wrong path.

Essentially as this is one part that you can’t afford to mess up with.

Expanded modules of Module 7
Okay so you are likely to get a little bored again with this module.

One thing to note is another guest speaker – V-trust.

In the old version of the academy, Adam was recommending KRT Inspection because he used them with no issues. That was odd as I already knew V-Trust is the market leader in global product inspections, so I just used them instead. It’s great to see them in the new version.

If you go to the Canton Fair (and you should!) then you’ll see these representatives on every corner. They’ll inspect your product in the factory (and take literally dozens of photos on your behalf) before it leaves China. Saves you a trip over there!

Module 8

Reliable Education Course Module 8

Right! The best part. When you finally get a product on Amazon and it starts selling. In these lessons, Adam, Keith and Greg go into the analytics of a successful product listing.

Expanded lessons of Module 8
The last training module is seriously fun and engaging.

There are almost 40 videos here. Like, no stone unturned here! Quite clearly Adam’s mission is to get your product SELLING, not just for sale.

Again, a massive upgrade from the past version of the training program. His PPC training in the past was a bit ‘Meh…this is kinda average…’ in my experience but it finally has the deeper elements of setting up a PPC campaign.

We’re finished with the course (“finally” you say…). It’s a pretty in-depth training course after all.

There is a sense of angst once it’s done because now it’s time to actually do the work. This isn’t fairy dust…you need to IMPLEMENT.

But wait! There’s more. We forgot the bonus modules. 😜

Bonus Modules

Now, there are numerous bonus modules. They get a lot of praise actually, especially the Mindmaps. If you’re an analytical person who needs the step-by-step, then this is for you.

Likewise, there is a lot of other bonus video content but I’ve already spilled plenty of beans here. Here’s an overview of what you’ll get:

Adam Hudson Amazon Course Bonus Modules

I don’t want to go inside and spoil the extras. Like a friend who doesn’t want to spoil the end of a great movie. 😄

You’ll have to get inside and see for yourself the hours of additional content.

Trust me, worth every dollar! As a parent, see 12-year old Sam’s talk on stage is my favourite.

Reliable Education: The review of the Summits

The great thing about the Summits is that they are for students only.

Just like the high course price, the tickets to these events aren’t cheap either.

(I mean, certainly nowhere near the price of the course, but at a price that maintains that high calibre nature).

That translates to, quite literally, keeping the riff-raff out. Even with the higher numbers, RE as a company strives to main that high standard.

The magic happens at the live Summits.

  • Where you meet other students.
  • The chance to form Masterminds in your local area.
  • Where you can see the real success stories.

The Summits are what I really look forward to. Want to read some notes? I’ve taken plenty of them which you can read here to give you some insights.

They go for 3 days for up to 10 hours per day, going deep into content and strategies ideal for both beginner and intermediate Amazon sellers. Worth every dollar in my opinion with minimal upsells.

I’ve also met dozens of students personally at Summits who have joined Reliable Education through my referral link. Not only that, but also on Reliable Foundation team trip. Yep – I’ve done that too (Read my experiences here).

Quite clearly I’m a big part of the RE family.

Who takes the RE course?

I’ve met dozens of students in the academy, and have plenty more to meet. Many of those who have left comments at the bottom of this review are now students who I look forward to meeting. 👍 For you, the person reading this, I look forward to meeting you too!

Some occupations I have come across include:

  • Those in the education space such as teachers, lecturers and tutors
  • Employees in the corporate space, such as leadership, management and accounting
  • Business owners, both online and traditional offline
  • Tradies including builders, plumbers and electricians
  • Those in logistics such as truck drivers and warehouse workers
  • Employees in the retail, hospitality, events and tourism sector
  • Parents. The vast majority of students are parents, working to create a better family lifestyle.
  • Retirees and teenagers. Yes! There are dozens of these as students too.

Of course, that’s not an exhaustive list at all. And as you can see, it’s quite a broad group of people there.

Your current occupation, past education and experience aren’t really indicative of your ability to win on Amazon. It’s a mindset and cashflow management game more than anything.

What you need is a winning mentality

This course is designed for those who have a winning mindset and also can put in the work. If you understand that Reliable Education isn’t providing a get-rich-quick scheme and does require some capital, then this is for you.

For those busy with an existing business, career or family, this can be for you if you have some hours every week to allocate around your responsibilities.

If regularly complaining and holding a losing mentality is what defines you, then this course isn’t for you and you’re best off sticking to your current financial plan (or lack thereof 🙄).

For those who think you’ll do the course and then carry on in life doing nothing, then this course isn’t for you and please consider something else.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ll tell things as they are.

If you currently are or you’ve been in MLM before with understanding the challenges and want something easier, then this is for you. Equally so, if you hate those network marketing schemes that recommend selling to friends and family, then this is for you.

If you believe a 6 figure income online through creating a real business is possible in 2 to 5 years, then this is for you. I like to state conservative time frames. There are dozens of students who have reached success much sooner.

Where Reliable Education can improve

No course is perfect and each will have their own downsides and room for improvement. Simply sharing the good points about Adam’s course would not be cool unless I shared some bad points too. Well, I prefer to say room for improvement.

The 1st improvement

The course includes modules featuring veteran importer Amanda Clarkson and she is also a speaker at the conferences. Unfortunately, she and her husband Matt Clarkson previously taught eBay training courses & seminars.

Some people thought their courses weren’t so valuable. To see them in Reliable Education creates some frustration with a small group of students. I have no doubt that Matt and Amanda are great speakers, and I praise their Importing modules which are excellent.

The 2nd improvement

The second point I wish to raise is that the optional Platinum Partners program, which is a 5 figure investment after completing the course. It doesn’t quite offer that much value in my opinion, plus there are mixed reviews and some criticism within the community.

Trust me – you would do just fine without it as the Reliable Education course does give you EVERYTHING you need to sell on Amazon at the base level. This is something that I really praise as most training programs just tease you with information to get you to spend more. Not here.

The RE course is a one-time investment and does not hide information. But then if you wanted to hang out with the big sellers and do some more intensive training, then go right ahead. I would even join if I had a spare $50k in the bank account.

The Platinum Partners program is much less than $50k. Now, if I just had less than $15k like most people reading, keep that money to launch yourself on Amazon, and upgrade later down the track. That’s just my honest opinion.

A final improvement

My final point is that some people come in with unrealistic expectations. This is because they see the shiny lights and well-edited videos, not the headaches you have to go through as a business owner.

Look – the course doesn’t do the work for you. There’s no spoon-feeding and unfortunately no phone coaching apart from the welcome call, though the Facebook community is extremely helpful.

It’s just that some people jump in to do the course, expect RE to find them a winning product, and the money rolls in.

That isn’t going to happen. Please….that is NOT going to happen.

The course guides you on how to best find a winning product through a range of excellent sources, as they have for thousands of current students. I mean: Look at the course content above.

Some people expect spoon-feeding, and this isn’t the course for those people. Mentoring is only offered at the (completely optional) Platinum Partners level.

I honestly don’t believe you need mentoring or Platinum Partners, at least to get started and into a profitable position on Amazon. Most people pass on the offer, including some of Adam’s top students.

Today I’m still not a member of Platinum Partners, I was never mentored, and I’m doing just fine. I had no prior experience. The course and the Facebook community is your mentor.

Other courses out there promote “Look at us! We’ll mentor you personally!” but please really do ask them what that mentoring is. A course that includes just a 1-hour long chit-chat on the phone isn’t really mentoring.

And if someone else is promising to do all the work to find you a winning product to sell on Amazon, wouldn’t they just launch it themselves if it’s that good? Some food for thought…. 🤔

Like I said, I’ve done other courses. Adam’s set the standard here. He’s really looking for the self-motivated student, the person who’s willing to back themselves and get in the trenches. Just as thousands of his students are doing right now.

A word on pricing

Now I’ve done other courses since Reliable Education. Only because I choose to, and not because you need to.

One course is enough to cover all the bases. It’s just important that you choose the right one.

Because Reliable Education is high calibre. Its students are results-orientated achievers.

And doesn’t seek to have the riff-raff on board.

(You can click the X button now if that’s you, it’s cool…)

By taking other courses, I’ve seen what’s out there.

It’s quite evident that Adam’s built the best course.

But it’s not a cheap course, that’s for sure.

And you know what? Amazon isn’t a cheap business either.

I hate the other courses that say “Get started for $400!!!!”

Yeah, the biggest bowl of BS soup you’ll ever see.

In fact, there is a Shopify chick in Australia.

Maybe you’ve also seen her with Facebook ads.

Now I respect her because she has serious results.

That is several 6 figure Shopify stores. Very impressive!

She’s even been awarded by Shopify themselves.

But her ads say “I got started with $24!” Yeah….right.

That’s all it costs to register a domain name for 2 years.

You can’t even get a sample shipped for less than $70.

A real business on Amazon is going to take some serious coin.

We’re talking $5,000 USD minimum here. $10k is even better.

Adam’s students very often have this (and much more).

He didn’t build Reliable Education for cheap people.

And it’s quite evident that Amazon isn’t a cheap business.

Expect to keep pouring money in, month after month.

If you expect to see some results. This is my experience.

Adam’s pricing is set for motivated individuals and business owners.

Because if you’re in business, you’ll know everything is expensive.

The course price is often less than your bulk inventory costs.

Often less than your shipping costs (Up to $2,500 USD a container)

Even less than your trademarks and patent pricing ($4k thank you…)

I can’t stress this enough: THIS IS NOT A CHEAP BUSINESS.

But it is a real business. One that can literally change your life.

10,000 people have still found a way in.


If you’re struggling with the program cost, then you have two options.

  • A) Decide if Amazon is the right vehicle (You can pass on this, and if you have limited capital, you should definitely pass on this.)
  • B) Hustle and grind to get the money together (Like…work for it)

Most won’t like B, but that’s what it might take. In fact, that’s just what I had to do

I dropped my living expenses a lot. I also sold on eBay for 18 months.

And for that period, I really didn’t have a life.

Instead of an expensive car, I drove a cheap one.
(And I still own it! 220,000km and counting! 😃)

Living the minimalist life really helps.

I got housemates to offset the cost of living.

When I flew to China, I’d just go economy.

I simply decided that I wanted to win. That this Amazon gig was right for me.

But of course, there are many that want the prize.

And they want it without making some initial sacrifices.

Especially in a world of instant gratification.

And if that’s you, then this journey might be a struggle.

So Adam made his course any cheaper, he might as well give it away.

Because you just won’t find this high level of quality education anywhere in Australia.

Why I like Reliable Education so much

There are many reasons why I love RE and happen to be a poster-child success story. Now, let’s look at my 7 core factors:

  1. The course content is now very professional. These aren’t home-style videos but run with a professional team in a studio-setting. Previously the course had some missed content and was a little outdated (was still 95% great), but the team has really pushed hard in mid-2019 to make this the world’s best Amazon course.
  2. Its students are go-getters. I’ve taken several Amazon courses and I’m involved with several other communities. Often there are those who are unlikely to even start or are just buying that fuzzy feeling on the inside. Instead, RE is a high-level program designed for those who really strive to build a business.
  3. Plenty of success stories. This ties in with the calibre of students. The community has a very high ratio of people that do ‘make it’ compared to other courses. Because if you’re spending several thousand dollars on a course, you’re pretty well serious about building a real Amazon business.
  4. Firm rules about negative people. There is a strong ‘no dickhead’ policy here. If you like to kick tyres, mess around or want to complain about something which adds no value, then this isn’t for you. There are plenty of cheap Amazon courses that might better serve you instead.
  5. The Facebook group is incredible. You can ask the right questions, search through to find existing questions and answers, plus see progress updates from other students just like you. Most importantly, celebrate the success stories that thousands of other students are sharing every single day.
  6. It’s a business course, not just Amazon. Since you’re not just selling a few products on Amazon, but are actually building a real online business. I personally love the content on building a real 6 or 7 figure business, through systems, processes and outsourcing with teams.
  7. Live events take it to a whole new level. Because this isn’t just a course, but a community that wants to help you succeed. The live events are a must-do event where people like Ita Buttrose and John Howard have spoken before, and a place you’ll connect with other students and form Masterminds.

There are more, but you get my drift. This is a rock-solid program that has changed my life.

If you feel that RE is right for you…

Fact: Reliable Education does have a very high calibre of students.

It’s typically those who not only have the hunger for success but also quite commonly the track record of prior success in business or other ventures. More importantly, they possess a compelling reason to create an online business via the Amazon FBA platform.

Over 50 students have chosen, after reading through this review, to use my referral link below since 2017. Some have started selling on Amazon already.

Most people by now are already almost ready to join the course as you may be, and if you have found great value in what I’ve offered, then please utilize my affiliate link here.

The cost of the course is the exact same regardless of you going direct or through myself. I’m cool with either option you choose.

I have recently decided to offer FREE email support plus 2 excellent bonuses to those who sign up through my referral link. Please keep reading to find out about those bonuses.

Adam has genuinely become very successful at Amazon FBA to the tune of 6 figures monthly.

He has dozens of students and friends in the 5 figure monthly range. I’ve met several in person and I’m well on the way myself. I look forward to sharing the stage with him at some point in the near future.

My progress with Adam Hudson’s course

Update July 2017: I went live on the 15th of June and have since then I’ve generated 7 organic sales with no reviews, under 1 million sales rank. I’ve generated milestones for the next 3 years and with another shipment on its way. Thanks, Adam and the team at Reliable! P.s. A few people have started reaching out to me via my blog, thanks for the connection! 🙂

Update August 2017: 40 sales and counting! Unfortunately, I hit a stumbling block – some products were somehow lost in transit and never arrived to Amazon FBA, I am in the process of trying to receive compensation. All business and investments come with a degree of risk, but I’m still taking steps forward. My largest ever shipment is dispatching on Monday.

My Adam hudson results in 2017
$4,000 AUD / Month after 6 months of starting.

Update December 2017: The proof is in the pudding!

Here’s a screenshot direct from my Amazon Seller Central App dated today the 18th of December. Click to enlarge. Just over $3,000 USD per month ($4,000+ AUD) at a 41% margin. I’ve found an excellent product and most students typically achieve margins in the 20% to 40% range. This is fantastic compared to property and shares. So in roughly 6 months since I had posted my first update, I have reached a solid part-time income. In 12 to 18 months I can see this turning into a full-time reliable (pun intended) stream of income. For now, though, I’ll happily keep my existing business to reinvest profits.

2018 results

Update February 2018: Just crossed the $5,000 USD per month mark or around $6,300 AUD per month and margins are still strong. No real issues with inventory or freight, just trialling different prices and looking to add new products. I’m working on creating a new private label brand and product base in the coming months. Both screenshots look different as I upgraded from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone X in January (late Xmas gift to myself).

My Reliable income results in 2018
$6,300 AUD per month on the 27th of February 2018


Update June 2018: Business is going strong, no real issues. With one product I am hovering in the $5,000 to $6,000 USD range with around 50% of that being profit.

Update December 2018: Business has really had no growth but no decline either, which is fine as I just have the 1 product, with another launching in March. I posted in December 2017 that in 12 to 18 months I would be full-time, which 12 months on (today) I’m almost there but not. Likely I’ll hit it by mid-year though! December was Rhino season at Reliable Education and I got addicted to the Facebook group seeing numerous everyday people enjoying their first $100k USD sales month’s on Amazon. No BS. A strong reason this happens is the massively increased Christmas spending in the US, hence ‘Rhino Season’ happens in December for Reliable Education students.

I didn’t see any difference in my sales as I don’t sell a product that you would gift to someone. These students would be doing $30k to $60k per month any other month, which still isn’t a bad result off a conservative 20% margin. How many investment properties would you need fully paid off to profit at $8k per month, or even $5k?! 🙂 (US Dollars by the way!)

2019 results

Update February 2019: This review and my experiences with Adam Hudson’s course has grown over the years. It was the first Amazon course I ever did, but not the only course I did. Some of you have seen other Amazon courses, and so I’ve written a separate post comparing all the courses available in the marketplace.

You can find that here: www.workwithjoshua.com/a-complete-list-of-all-amazon-courses-available-in-2019/

Update March 2019: A sales update since I haven’t done one since December and some of you were begging. 🙂 Now I’m at the holy grail of $10,000/month AUD. Note: I also now sell on eBay, and certainly when I add that income into the mix, I’m slightly beyond a full-time income.

Now, I’m not a massive seller making $200,000 per month and driving a Ferrari. But these results are relatable and attainable for most people reading this, provided you understand there is some expenses and work involved here.

Reliable Education My Results 2019
March 2019: My results. 42% margin.

Note: I have now stopped showing income reports as it creates an expectation of “If Josh can do it, so can I” but I have pre-existing skills. I don’t want you to be reliant on an internet blogger and recommend that you do your own research and decide if this is right for you.

My journey with RE

What I have experienced in this journey

Nice fancy sales screenshot aside, I want to share with you what I’ve learned and experienced.

I started this journey in late October 2015.

I finally went live with my 1st product in early June 2017. 

So we’re talking approximately 18 months here. The average student does this in 12 months.

I lacked the capital because it takes a lot, both starting and ongoing.

Remember – this ain’t a cheap business to start.
(But that reduces your competition a lot)

I hustled to make it happen because I wanted this.

In April 2018 I quit my job for the very last time.

It actually coincided with Reliable Education’s 3rd Summit.

So it was quite fitting to have this outcome. 

But I actually loved my job. I could’ve stayed for years.

And this is what I recommend, to have a good job first.

Because you need a good solid foundation to build on.

It’s going to take a few years to quit your job after all.

Now my journey wasn’t easy. It wasn’t fast either.

It certainly wasn’t cheap either (Dare I say that again?)

I’ve since lost money 3 times on Amazon. “Oh shit” you say. 

Yeah, 3 times I’ve been knocked down.

  1. Product samples that were totally shithouse ($500 totally wasted)
  2. A shipment that was delivered, but Amazon said it didn’t come ($3,000)
  3. Launching a product in a super competitive niche ($7,200)

Damn…$10,000+. Can you handle that? Losing $10,000….

Now truth be told, I’ve made a lot more than I’ve lost.

I’ve taken action consistently to make more good stuff happen.

But I’ve also poured in tens of thousands of dollars.

Trips to China. Trademarks and patents. More product launches.

And with 4 years into this 10,000-mile journey, I’m still warming up.

Literally – I’m not going anywhere, my friend.

I’m right here on the journey with you. I’ll still be here in 10 years, I believe with significantly bigger results.

Today I haven’t attained whizzbang crazy results, because you only get out what you put in.

And I’ve always struggled with the capital side of things.

You know those big Reliable Education success stories? I know most of those people personally.

Their results are genuine, but they worked. More importantly, they had deep pockets.

They knew what it was going to take to make it happen.
(That is…a shitload of money and belief in their product)

That’s all it is. I mean – really. That’s it.

Create an epic product. Believe in it. Go all in.

The biggest challenge

This brings me to highlighting the biggest challenge with Amazon FBA.

It’s just an expensive business model and from my experience, it’s very challenging if you don’t have much in the way of capital. I touched on that in the previous paragraphs actually.

Too often I see people joining courses like this in the hopes of solving their money problems. After a few years, they have made little to no progress.

Given the expenditure, Amazon itself isn’t a business model I would recommend to those who are doing it tough or need to save up for the course.

Instead, consider Uber, Airbnb, digital marketing, Airtasker, using Upwork or even going to work for an Amazon seller. Lower upfront expenditure and much lower risk.

This isn’t the only business model out there guys.

Common support questions I receive about the Reliable Education course

Also, dozens of prospective students have been asking questions about Reliable Education as per the comments which are shown below. Some have also been asked via email and to me in person, so I thought I’d compile a list of the more common ones.

Please remember that any specific questions to Reliable should be addressed to them directly.

Q: How long does the course take to complete?

A: It’s extensive, and as most people are already juggling a few responsibilities, it will take a few weeks. I’ve done the course twice and considering it a third time as Adam keeps adding more excellent content.

In mid-2019 the course went through a major revamp, though the course in the past was still very good for content.

Q: How much do I need to get started?

A: Realistically, $5,000 to $10,000 USD would be a great starting point. I understand the course cost may take a dip into the savings pool.

At the pace that is recommended, the first order won’t be placed for at least 3 months time up to 12 months even, allowing time to build a larger capital base. Some have managed to start with less, as have I, but this isn’t typical.

Q: What are your thoughts on ASM?

A: This is a US-based competitor to Reliable Education with more success stories. I am still working through this training course, so I cannot provide a clear and concise review about the content as I have done here for RE.

What I do know is that you would have to travel to the US to do their live boot-camps (I’ve done one trip already), have a much lower pool of fellow Australians to stay on track with.

The price of that course is $5,000 USD, but it also has almost 30,000 students. That said, this is the God-father of Amazon courses. It remains my #1 recommendation for those in the United States and Canada.

While I’ve helped quite a number of students learn more and get started in this community instead of RE, it’s really for those with a much larger starting capital base. Especially as the course cost is high plus the cost and time to fly over to the US from Australia, NZ and the UK. The bulk of students here in this course are North Americans.

By comparison, I receive tiny commissions from Reliable Education but I’m much happier to recommend this better priced course. It’s one that I can trust to deliver results to those in Australia, NZ, SE Asia, the UK and other parts of the world.

I feel Reliable offers a lot more back-end support too, you can call the team on our time-zone with their headquarters located in Burleigh Heads QLD.

Q: I’m interested in paid coaching. Are you providing that service?

A: After hitting a full-time income, this is a common request and one that I’ve chosen not to offer, as I don’t really think it’s necessary to get started on Amazon. I’m sure I could perhaps make great money doing this. After all, I also do have some great knowledge and experience with Amazon and eCommerce in general.

At the same time, I can’t offer mentoring if I honestly believe that almost everyone will be fine without it. As I’ve said, the RE course and FB community is your mentor.

However, I do provide unlimited email support / mentoring in a general nature for those who sign up using the referral link I provide here. This actually adds no extra to the cost of the course for you.

The Reliable Education provides a welcome call so you can ask direct questions should you need it, plus the excellent Facebook community and live events. The course is extensive and you’ll unlikely need paid coaching upon completion.

I would be open to working with existing businesses/brands looking for someone to launch and manage their product(s) on Amazon.

Q: With so many people learning about how to sell on Amazon, won’t we all be competing with each other?

A: Right now there are hundreds of million products on Amazon and 300 million Amazon buyers, each who own hundreds of products each. This would take an awfully long time to happen (if it ever did!).

Most people who sign up for an Amazon Seller Account never actually sell anything.

Reliable Education tends to attract actual action-takers, and many of its students have started selling on Amazon. Entrepreneurship is full of quitters. As long as you can keep your head up and make every step forward, competition is quite unlikely.

There are some niches that perhaps aren’t recommended due to mass market saturation and common-sense, such as iPhone covers and fidget spinners.

Q: How often are the live events?

A: Twice yearly in different cities. The July 2018 conference was held at Gold Coast Convention Center and it was HUGE with 1,500 students! Ita Buttrose was the guest speaker here.

The March 2019 in Brisbane was even bigger with an estimated 2,100 students. John Howard was the guest speaker. I remember when it was just 7 of us in a tiny little Facebook group…those were the days!

Q: Do you have to visit China for sourcing?

A: Not quite, I haven’t personally and I know Adam didn’t go to China for the first 3 years of his Amazon business. All sourcing can be done via Alibaba and associated websites.

Edit: I wrote those first 2 sentences prior to going to my first Canton Fair experience in late 2018. Now I would say it’s highly recommended and saves a lot of time.

Flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide can be had for easily less than $700 return, $300 for a good hotel (3 nights) and the Fair is free.

Some Reliable Education students get together and organize group Airbnb’s for nightly networking and strategizing after the Fair. There’s a real sense of community with the course, this is something I really love about RE.

Q: What do you think of comments on internet forums?

A: Most people are looking for a reason not to join Adam’s community, and I applaud that these comments are online. The Reliable Education Whirlpool comments are from those with no first name, no last name, no face photo, no location and quite simply strangers on the internet. Who are they? Competitors?

On the other hand, I’m putting myself completely out here in the open. My first and last name, my location and photo. Real. Raw. No sugar coating.

I paid my own money to join the course. Then, I put in the work and capital and I got results. I also don’t claim RE is perfect either, as no course is perfect.

It is the best Amazon course that I have done, paired with a strong community.

A further 10,000+ students are on board the Amazon journey, and you’ve found merely a few that didn’t think it was 5 stars.

I was an active member of that forum through 2004 / 2005. Bragging rights – I had the highest feedback rating ‘Incandescent’ as I helped a lot of people.

Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of negativity and sceptical people all around the forums. I walked away in 2006.

It’s tough to find motivated people on an internet forum, especially Whirlpool.

You can destroy someone’s business really easily.

Go create some fake accounts. No name, photo or accountability.

Find your competitor…then boom! Write some nasty comments.

Just fake some bad experience you had. Aint no moderator going to delete that stuff.

It will make you feel better. No proof that you’re a genuine person.

Now, not a single person can confirm that they’re a real student.

Then if you were to write a comment, you’d be seen as a company rep.

It’s almost like an unwritten rule that you can’t write anything positive anywhere on Whirlpool.

So you can’t win either way.

While that’s happening, thousands are inside the RE community and building their businesses right now.

They chose this tribe. The type that gets results.

This comes down to one thing: Choose your tribe.

The high pedigree of Adam’s students is very evident.

Find those who you resonate with and hang out there.

That could be RE or Whirlpool.

Two very different tribes.

Two very opposite ends.

It’s your choice.

On a lighter note

The comments have some truth. That I will respect.

The course content was getting old but had a massive revamp.

Then Platinum Partners is expensive (and not even needed).

And the course has some of Adam’s known connections.

But these are great services, so you don’t waste time shopping.

Or have 10,000 people asking “Who can do high-quality photography?”

Because you’re on a journey that depends on rock-solid services.

If you resonate with a few internet comments more than all the information, content and hundreds of reviews provided, then please don’t join this Amazon community of now 10,000+ happy students. This isn’t for you. I’m serious.

Some people would benefit more from watching on from the sidelines. It’s 100% OK if you choose that path.

Are there gaps in the content?

Yep, some minor parts and the course continues to improve.

Their biggest course update has just launched! Also, I’ll give you my own list of 1,000 products to sell on Amazon if you’re struggling to find something to sell.

Can you ask questions?

Absolutely. Just be smart about it. Very likely it has already been answered in the course or Facebook group already.

Do I allow negative comments?

Absolutely. But there are very few to be found below. The vast majority of people are very happy with this program.

Do you get support?

Yes – the community is extremely friendly and helpful. You’ll also get a welcome call to ask questions. I also provide email support.

It’s true that the work won’t be done for you. We’re big adults now, not children that need spoon-feeding anymore. Sophie Howard is a good alternative if you need a hand to hold.

You’ll need to be resourceful to use the high-quality RE content, tools and resource-rich community posts provided to build an Amazon business.

Adam has almost 20 staff members. If you don’t like that Adam is a well-paid educator, then build your own course.

Why don’t people do that? Because it requires a lot of work, which is why there are so few people teaching this business model.

I’ve pretty much filled the minor gaps with Reliable Education. It’s a rock-solid program, I just went a step further for my genuinely motivated readers like you here.

Q: Surely Adam’s making a small fortune selling teeth-whitening products on Fulfillment by Amazon?

A: I’m sure he is! 😂

Thank you for reading the most in-depth review of Adam Hudson and his Reliable Education Academy. If you do have any more questions, then please comment below.

Also, do set aside 15 minutes to read through the existing comments that have come in from around Australia and the world.

Your FREE Gift, from me to you…

As a thank you for your commitment to read this far, I’ve decided to gift you a copy of my guide “101 Products to Sell on Amazon” which shows the sheer vastness of what you can sell online. You’ll discover products you’ve never considered that are being sold online right now and making many people a full time income.

Initially, I was going to offer this only to those people who signed up to the course through my affiliate link. I quickly decided that I really need to earn that trust with you, and that minimal commission that goes with it.

So firstly, this guide is free for you right now to access. The best part is that you’ll go straight to the PDF ✌️ without any frustrating opt-in forms and the marketing spam that comes with that.

You can access the guide directly with this link, you’ll have to set aside another 15 minutes for this one! It’s 35mb in size so please be patient as it downloads. I really packed it full of content and ideas for you.

Update: I am the original author of this guide. Unfortunately, some “gurus” have overlayered their own branding and called it their own. 🙄 (Like…seriously?!)

Anyway, simply follow these steps:

  1. Watch this new free video series to sell on Amazon
  2. Download now and read the book directly here in PDF

Be sure also to read the hundreds of comments and questions that have been shared below within this review down below, plus the numerous praise that I have received for helping people begin their new journey on Amazon.

Some bonuses available for you

If by now you feel this program is right for you, then I’ve got a few bonuses that you’ll receive should you choose to use my Reliable Education referral link provided below.

Reliable Education free guide
You’ll receive this guide featuring 1,000+ product ideas if you use my referral link. The choice is yours!

Bonus #1

A free copy of The Ultimate Amazon Product Discovery Guide which is a fantastic resource I created over hundreds of hours of deep digging in the gold mine named Amazon. It contains 1,000+ products as a reference guide. All ready for you to do your own research using the knowledge you’ll gain from the course.

With this consider that I’ve done some of the groundwork for you. I mean, even that previous 101 Products PDF guide would’ve been helpful and give you some light-bulb moments.

Bonus #2

Free email support anytime during your Amazon journey, even 7 years from now. I’m in this for the long-haul and I’m still right here since 2011, and more than 3.5 years after starting the Reliable Education journey and putting in some work.

Yes – I enjoy a great income, yet it’s still early days! I also go to the Canton Fair often and would very much welcome the opportunity to network. I could not think of a better place to meet other committed students!

Bonus #3

A direct source to factories. Instead of taking a wild guess with factories, I’ll provide you 2 excellent resources that you can start using today. Want to know the exact Factories that manufacture for Patagonia? Tefal? Toshiba? Lululemon? Bosch? Adidas? Maxwell Williams? These companies and their worldwide shipments are on a public database.

These 2 resources I provide collaborate that data, and present it in easy-to-read information. From here, you can contact and use these factories to make unique products of the same high quality. Just quietly, I don’t think Adam himself knows about this one… 😉

Bonus #4

A $100 donation from me to Destiny Rescue who are based up on the Sunshine Coast. With my little referral fee, I will personally make a $100 AUD donation. Destiny Rescue works tirelessly to free children from the dark world of human trafficking and child-sex slavery, and provide them with a brighter hope for the future.

I truly and humbly believe in giving, as you can see from my review and blog here. It takes $1,500 AUD to free a child, for every 15 students, that’s 1 child that I can rescue. As a parent myself, I’m aiming for 10 children rescued by late next year.

My personal thank you

I want to thank you and really appreciate your focus for reading this far. The support means a lot!

If you found value through this honest review of Reliable Education which did cover both the good and the bad, then please use my affiliate link right here.

Again, the price of the course is exactly the same to you. The recommended software for product research is Zonguru which I believe is excellent, though there are cheaper alternatives out there with less features.

A discount on ZonGuru

Again, should you feel that I’ve earned a Zonguru commission on top of RE, then you may use this to ZonGuru link with the small monthly cost of the software being the same to you.

I was recently able to score everyone a 50% discount off the 1st month with a 7-day free trial.

Using both my referral links is optional of course. It’s just that you’ll be receiving bonuses from me personally if you decide to use my RE link, plus you’re able to read the initial eye-opening guide that’s already available here.

Both RE and ZonGuru are quite obviously a real win for you, with no increase to their respective prices.

My closing thoughts

I’ve covered Adam Hudson’s course very extensively in this review. I do hope it’s been of value to you.

I did cover the good and the bad quite fairly and I simply want to give you the facts – my opinions, my experiences and my results as a student.

Adam’s minimal referral program doesn’t change my thoughts or opinions at all.

You are most welcome to go directly to RE or through another person’s link.

Chances are that you’re already under a referral link from someone else, a link from weeks or months ago.

They’ll get the little commission when you join the course since there are others promoting Adam’s course on emails, social media and other online advertising methods.

By the way, I am the only person on Google – IMRhys and Ippei aren’t real students.

I’m out here in the open. Being 100% transparent and honest. With a few excellent personal bonuses thrown in too! Again, the choice is yours.

My Cliff Notes are:

  1. Taking Adam’s course and selling on Amazon changed my life
  2. It’s not easy, nor is it pitched by RE as being easy. This takes work
  3. If you desire world-class FBA training and community, then this is it
  4. I hope you’ll have the courage and motivation to step in and join me
  5. ….but only if you’re genuinely committed over the next 3 to 5 years.

I look forward to connecting in person at one of Adam’s live events in the very near future, or over in China for the Canton Fair.

Once you’ve gone through to the other side, please email me via the contact page or drop in a comment below. This way can get those bonuses to you right away! You’ll also be helping my mission in helping to end child trafficking.

For more information on my philanthropic pursuits: https://www.workwithjoshua.com/destiny-rescue-partnership

Finally, you are also welcome to drop a public question or comment below. Your email address won’t be seen publicly.

Onwards and upwards!

Reliable Education FULLY Reviewed
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4.7

Summary of Adam Hudson's course

This is a complete summary of this massive review, all broken down into bit-sized chucks. This is based upon many factors, including my direct experiences and success on Amazon. This is how I rate Reliable Education’s course created by Adam Hudson, and I’m sure almost every student who has been through the Academy will agree!

488 thoughts on “Reliable Education Review: I Bought Adam Hudson’s Course”

    • Hi Ron – Yes there is. The primary one is called Platinum Partners as I’ve mentioned above and Adam himself says you don’t need it. If you feel you need more intensity and regular workshops, and potentially build your business faster on Amazon, then it might be a good choice for you.

      The coaching upsell only came about since numerous students were asking to work with Adam on a closer basis. For me it was unnecessary as Reliable Education really gives you everything you need with the course and the optional 3-day seminar to build a successful Amazon FBA business.

      Their software is recommended, as you’ll need a software tool anyway to find a product. ZonGuru is Adam’s but JungleScout is a great alternative. I’ve compared the two here: https://www.workwithjoshua.com/junglescout-vs-zonguru/

      Then there is Amanda’s importing documents and the product photography services, neither of which you need to get started. Adam has these on offer so you know they are vetted for quality.

      Hope that helps!

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  1. Hard working Registered Nurse / Midwife who also just became qualified as a Cosmetic Nurse but not competent or experienced yet.
    Wanting to get out of Nursing.. Very well respected in my field and intelligent.. very good at crossing T’s & dotting I’s.. I can always see what others miss.. Im told I should have been a Lawyer lol..
    My partner is a web designer..

    Help please
    Thanks
    Donna

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  2. How come it is nearly impossible to get how much the course costs? Considering it’s no bs logo? Can you tell me please?
    Cheers

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    • Hey there – the Reliable Income course cost is $2,700 and someone can correct me if I’m wrong? I signed up over 2 years ago now. There isn’t an upsell from here, apart from Platinum Partners which you don’t need at all, unless you want to work closely with Adam and his team.

      Please note: you can sign up to the course with a partner, such as husband/wife or genuine business partner, and split costs 50/50. The live events are quite affordable just to cover room hire, food and miscellaneous expenses. I’ve already earned thousands of dollars in profit on Amazon and which repaid the course costs several times over, but more importantly, I’ve learned a skill that provides a lot of leverage to create a business and a lifestyle that works in my favour.

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    • Yes USD, which is actually about $3,250 AUD now, I’ll get in touch with the Reliable team for a definite answer. Admittedly, the course cost should be much easier to find so I can understand your frustration everyone. ASM (short for Amazing Selling Machine for those reading) is actually slightly better at this time, though with very few Australians compared to RE.

      Adam and ASM do teach very similar concepts. Adam did do an Amazon course back in the day to start his FBA business which was actually an early version of ASM.

      I’m not so biased, so do check out ASM8 which has its doors open right now but it closes next week, and won’t be open again until April next year (which will then be ASM9). The obvious downside is that you’ll have to travel to the USA for the live events, as opposed to Adam’s current twice-yearly seminars in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney.

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  3. I note on the Reliable Income Facebook page, all the comments cease as of 15 October and are unusually 5*. He’s got some great free content, but I’m keen to find out from anyone that has signed up recently whether (a) the methods you are provided still work and (b) whether because with Amazing Selling Machine and Reliable Ed. competing in the same methods, this is crowding the seller space with the same idea? Have we missed the boat?

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    • Hello Michael, the recent twice-annual Reliable Education conference was held on the 13th, 14th and 15th of October. I couldn’t make it this time around and I can imagine Adam might have asked for reviews for his business, most likely on the Saturday? I’m only guessing as this would address the influx of reviews on that one day, and since the team have been super busy these last few weeks, the comments/updates have ceased for that reason.

      With at least 20 million products on Amazon and growing, and with continuous expansion into other countries, I’d say competitor saturation is unlikely. I’d also like to hear from someone who recently signed up for the course and how they’ve found it so far.

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      • I signed up 2 months ago and it was well worth the cost. About $2,500 AU. I am getting close to importing some products from China. so I can’t comment yet about selling.
        There is a closed facebook group which is very postive and has strict rules with posting. There are a lot of very positive, successful people in the group.
        I had purchased 2 previous Amazon courses and this is by far the best. I love the Australian slant to it and lots of Australian students.
        It is not a get rich quick scheme. It will take time, dedication and some money to be successful and this is also what they teach in the course.
        Hope that helps.

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        • Hi Jenny, I’m interested to hear how you’re going with your business since you posted. I’m seriously considering doing the course. I’d love your feedback.
          Therese

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        • Hi Jenny, would you mind sharing which other 2 courses you’ve done? Were they rubbish or just not as good as the Reliable one?

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          • Hi …I’m about to join and I too would like to know how too Jenny. Any feed from back from anyone who has recently started the course who be most appreciated. Thank you Jackie

        • Hi Jenny,
          I’m thinking of purchasing the course. So the course it cost about AUD 3250/= and will also require about AUD 15000/= in start up capital? Is that correct?

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  4. Thanks for the article. I have spent the day watching Adam’s videos. I didn’t plan to sell on Amazon, instead, I have been focused on building niche sites. However, as part of that, I have found a product that I really like that sells well in America but isn’t available in Australia. I have tracked down the original manufacturer and am thinking….is it time to give it a go?

    I got a redundancy about 4 months ago….trust me, I was thrilled. I am so over corporate, so Adam’s talk of burn out etc really resonated with me. I have spent the past few months getting my health back and thinking about my future….what I do know is that I don’t want to go back to Corporate….

    Having a marketing and finance background, so I did appreciate the no BS factor.

    After reading your review, I am off to read the book Primed and contemplate joining the course. Thank you.

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    • Thanks Margaret! I really appreciate the feedback and I can imagine Adam’s story of burning out resonates with a lot of people.

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  5. Thanks for the insight!

    I currently run an online ecommerce website here in Oz and together with having two young children, I don’t have a lot spare time (although I wish I did!)…what I’m try to gauge is how much of a time commitment having an Amazon business is? From what I hear, one need to spend between 10-20 hours when researching/sourcing a product…and I’ve heard only half an hour a day once its listed and at the Amazon warehouse, to simply manage it…Is this right? If not what would you say is accurate time expectation to put on it?

    Thanks!

    Rob

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    • Likewise Rob, finding spare time with young children whilst running an online business is a juggling act in itself! I’d say 10 hours per week is sufficient, and there is minimal housekeeping once live, unless you are managing numerous different SKUs or a high volume of sales (which is a great problem to have!).

      I recently created a JV with another person who has recently sold a business and together we are creating a new private label brand on Amazon separate from my existing FBA business. As she has a significant amount of free time and I have very little until early 2018, she’ll be doing the upfront work and I’ll be doing the back-end work once live. That’s one example of leveraging time / resources if spare time is scarce.

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      • Ok 10hrs per week is do able!

        Also Joshua can you clarify wether or not Adams course cover best practices for product selection and how to go about private labeling?

        Thanks again!

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        • Hello again Rob, absolutely – the course has a solid amount of content focused on product selection. Of course you won’t be told exactly what to pick, but how to pick and why. And private labeling is also covered in depth.

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  6. Hi Joshua, just wondering what the start up costs are for the business? Aside from the course, how much capital would you need to start an FBA business using the Reliable Education model?

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    • Hello Ren, Adam states $5,000 to $10,000 and most students have invested that much to begin. It is still a very low cost way to create a business, especially one that provides an extreme amount of flexibility. I have started with a lot less and some others have too, but it isn’t the norm.

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  7. Hello, I have been working on starting my Amazon since I first heard about this last May (through Adam!). I have my product and just working out some fine details with the manufacture. Is there a lot more worthwhile content beyond product selection and white label brand creation? What other topics/ information would I be gettig from this course?

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    • Hello Melodie, congrats on making a solid start on your Amazon business! There sure is more in the course, you’ll learn about quality control, shipping, product page creation (on Amazon), marketing, PPC advertising, brand protection and review campaigns. There’s of course more, but that’s some topics off the top of my ahead that Adam covers in solid detail.

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  8. Hi Joshua – what is the affect with Amazon opening in Australia? Do goods get shipped to Australia? Or does it still go to USA?

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    • Hello Christine. The affect of Amazon opening in Australia is HUGE! In 23 years of their existence, they had the biggest launch day in history this week with the Australian launch. Amazon US and Amazon AU are for now remaining separate, so you’ll place orders on Amazon AU where the listings and fulfillment have been created/dispatched by Australian based sellers.

      In the near future I see Amazon shipping goods to Australia themselves for sale in the domestic marketplace utilizing their vast fulfillment center network. For now though, you will have to continue to order on Amazon US and pay the high shipping costs, and approximately one billion dollars is spent by Australians each year on the US marketplace. A good percentage of Australians already know, like and trust Amazon.

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  9. Josh, can you clarify for me please.
    To work with you we purchase reliable income package, do that, the seek you out as a mentor.
    You sound like the ideal person as a mentor and believe me, I will need one.
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Mary.

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    • Hello Mary and thank you for your comment. Yes – I am more than happy to provide mentoring and support via email to anyone who chooses to purchase the course through my referral link which is provided above.

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      • Hi Joshua
        I am on the verge of signing up with Adam .. I have been wary so have checked out other similar Amazon Entrepreneurs but so far Adam comes up best and no BS pun intended.
        However, I am impressed with your knowledge and straightforward answers so it brings me to the same question as Mary that you would be available for mentoring and guidance as I have never done anything like this before so need that extra boost of confidence!
        Sheila

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        • Hey Sheila, I’ll definitely be available as I have been for 20+ people who have signed up through my link provided. The mentoring via email would be keeping you on track and helping you stay accountable, helping you stay confident throughout the journey. For more technical questions, the Reliable team will always be there to help out.

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  10. Hi,

    I was originally quoted $1997 USD for the course and now they’ve added another $500 USD onto the price recently. I only just finished getting the original money together for the course. Is there a way of paying just the $1997 still? It’s around $2500 AUD (I’m Aussie) and now with the additional $500 usd it’s around $3300 AUD.. was really hoping to sign up as soon as I had the money together.. let me know if there’s a way around the price increase guys.

    Reply
    • Hey Jake, great question. You may be able to join the course with a partner (girlfriend/wife) or a business partner to split costs 50/50, but please check with the team at Reliable Education first as to their current rules. The course does require some capital to pay for the first and subsequent shipments, so please keep this in mind. A reasonable first order should cost $5,000 to $10,000 AUD and take between 15 and 90 days to be live on Amazon and begin the sales/marketing process, which is where the lessons learned in the Reliable Education course really shines!

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  11. Hello Joshua,

    Thank you for providing some updates on your Amazon business journey. Congratulations on your sales activity!

    It gives me more confidence that I have made the right decision and a journey worth taking action on…

    PS: Do you have some suggestions on how one can source for a JV partner in this business ? also how one declares the income they receive from Amazon ie for taxation?
    Very new to this

    Reply
    • Just following up on this comment publicly, Ratha contacted me via email right after she posted this comment so I responded to her questions on there. JV Partners can be found through the Reliable Education community and also through your own network. Ratha joined the Reliable Education academy through my affiliate link (thank you!) and I had the pleasure of meeting her recently at a Reliable Education Summit. 🙂

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      • I Joshua, It’s Debbie here. I am wondering are you in Sydney? If yes, will it be possible to have a meet up with all the people who have sign up through you.
        So we can learn and grow together ?
        How do i get in touch with you after once i sign up with Reliable Education through you?

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        • Hello Debbie, thanks for the message. I’m on the Gold Coast, but do travel to Sydney often. Sure – you’ll be able to drop me a message via the Contact page on my blog.

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  12. Hi Joshua

    I’m very new at this. When I’m online, I keep seeing Adam Hudson advertising Amazon, and there are his webinars, so I signed up for 23/1/2018.

    Trouble is, I don’t know where to go on 23/1/2018. I mean, that webinar is on the internet, so what is the link? I need a link to get to that website.

    Thank you.

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  13. Hi Joshua,
    Thanks information provided on you’ve provided on your site – most helpful, and appreciate the no BS fact as well.

    I’m just about through the 4th video (of the 4 free video series), and am booked for the webinar this Weds 24th Jan – looking forward to it.
    I understand all the concepts put forward by Adam (RE), and have and sounds do-able. I come from a scientific services/consulting background with skills in project management, project admin, logistics, and financial management and I have an excellent eye for detail (being somewhat ‘OCD’; so my skill set could easily be transferred to something like this. Probably, cant do the course yet, as I would need to build up the necessary capital – looking at least $10K plus course cost.

    Just a couple of queries, that I’m not sure if you can answer, but would ask my accountant anyway (down the track). Would Amazon sellers be required to have ABN’s for their Amazon FBA business? Including being registered for GST?

    In regards to joining up for an Amazon Premium account paying $40/month flat fee – would this be best done just prior to launching one’s first product, or are you required to start an account sooner? My concern is that if one joins up for the premium account first and if one isn’t selling any products for 9-12 months – then we could be paying nearly $500 for nothing. Just trying to conserve cash!

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hello Garth, thanks for your comment. Sounds like you’re on the right track by setting realistic goals and can feel you’ll go far in this business. Regarding your ABN question, of course I’m no accountant and would recommend you seek professional advice. That said, Amazon US does not require you to have an ABN number which is advantageous since you could look at being structured in a way that minimizes your tax exposure. Some sellers opt to move to tax-free countries, though this does open a can of worms.

      For the Amazon Premium account (known commonly as a Professional Seller account), you do not need to pay the $40/month for this account unless you are paying more than $40/month in fees for it to be viable. For now just choose an Individual (FREE) account until your 1st product is live and producing enough sales in a month, then you can upgrade to the Professional account instantly within minutes.

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  14. Thanks Joshua.

    Would I be able to have you as one of my mentors once I get all my ducks lined up and do the course? I had already viewed with great interest the 4 free videos that were provided by RE when I registered for the Webinar for tomorrow (Weds 24Jan).

    Look forward to hearing from you
    Cheers

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    • Absolutely! I provide free mentoring for those who sign up to the course with my referral link provided. Numerous students have taken me up on the offer already.

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  15. Hi Joshua,
    the affiliate link takes me register for the 4 part free training video series – I’ve already seen the 4 videos. Is there another way without registering again for the free training ?

    Thanks

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  16. Hi Joshua,
    Is it a given that if I go ahead, purchase the course, select a product etc that Amazon will absolutely allow me to publish my products on their website???

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    • Hello Brooke, yes that’s correct. As long as your products do not break any violations, copyright restrictions or you’re selling in a restricted category without prior approval. I have not heard of anyone’s product being rejected apart from these reasons.

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  17. Hi Joshua

    Given the attractive profit margins, why aren’t manufactures (especially in China) cashing in on it by factory outlets, selling directly to consumers via Amazon? Is there a chance that they will take this opportunity and squeeze the middle players out?

    Peter

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    • Hello Peter, excellent question! The truth is that many manufacturers in China are already selling on Amazon FBA direct and started several years ago. For some reason, they all sell in the sub $20 category, the items typically found in department stores and discount variety stores. There’s very few if any that sell in the medium and high price brackets. Other Amazon courses also recommend starting in the sub $20 product range, where competition is fierce and margins are slim, though turn-over rate is significantly higher.

      There’s plenty of Amazon courses are geared towards those with slim bank accounts, where as Adams’s is geared for those who are prepared to make the investment into a solid product for the long term. It’s for this reason that Adam recommends to aim for higher priced products. The manufacturers also haven’t quite understood the Western consumer either, especially in terms of product design, presentation, packaging and after sales support.

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  18. Hi Josh, Thank you for your time in replying to the many questions. I’m keen to sign up using your referral link as I value your offer of email mentoring. I’d like to partner up with someone on the Gold Coast to split the cost US$2497 (February 2018) to become business partners.
    Do you know of anyone?

    Reply
    • Hello Linda, I really appreciate that – thank you! ☺️ Currently I don’t know of anyone who is seeking a business partner, though dozens of people do read this Reliable Education review everyday so it’s likely someone will respond to this comment within the next week or two with interest. Please do consider that the upcoming annual Reliable Education Conference in Brisbane is coming up on April 13th to 15th, and tickets are 95% sold out already. There’s 1,000 students flying in from all across Australia and around the world too, and many who have already gone live on Amazon. An event certainly not to be missed!

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  19. Hey Joshua, I’m based in the UK and am wondering if the content and advice provided within the course relates to setting up in the UK/other European markets also?

    I currently run a small services business and am looking to set up a product based business using amazon. Whilst I’m setting it up I want to be sure I don’t lose focus on revenue generation in my existing cash cow – would you recommend allocating time in chunks or would a consistent daily approach serve me better?

    All the best,
    Dan

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    • Hello Dan – great questions! The course content very much will relate to both UK and European Markets, especially as Adam himself has expanded to sell in both of these markets as well as numerous students too. Of course, the US Marketplace is where the the best opportunities are to be found. Working in focused chunks are probably best when starting out, as myself and probably many others have never worked on Amazon every single day. But I assure you that we would still be obsessively checking our daily sales stats on the App! 🙂

      There are delays with suppliers responding to emails, Chinese New Year factory closures, factories that have long lead times and if you choose sea freight instead of air freight, expect a 6 week wait to be live on Amazon. A consistent daily approach would naturally be adopted once you reach a full-time income.

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  20. Great advice Joshua, really appreciate it!

    Just a couple more questions if I may…. would you suggest signing up through you and receiving your mentorship would position me to be more effective? If so, why? What are the benefits for you (affiliate commission etc) ?

    Thanks again and look forward to hearing from you.

    My Best, Dan

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    • Hello again Dan, yes signing up through me does equate to a minimal commission and a chance for me to give back to the community. I’ve got a real obsession with Amazon & eCommerce and I’m always keen to help anyone out, you’ll get unlimited email support should you need it.

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    • Hey Alex, I’m not sure on the current cost of the Platinum Partners program and it’s best to get in touch with the team. Briefly, there are more focused workshops that are held much more regularly, working with Adam and other Amazon experts in an intimate setting. The team would be able to advise about what’s precisely involved.

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  21. Hi Joshua,

    I am looking to sign-up for the Reliable Education Amazon course by Adam. This will be my first time going into business. I have no experience whatsoever in selling. The reason I want to try amazon is because of the low capital required to start it rolling.

    Is this a good course for people like me?

    Also, what do you think about having your own website and selling on other platforms?

    Thanks

    Murph

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    • Hey Murph! Thanks for your comment and it’s great that you’re seriously considering joining Reliable Education. The course does cater to both those newbies with no experience in eCommerce, and those who have already been in the trenches for a while. Getting your Amazon business off the ground may cost up to $10k, but significantly cheaper than most physical businesses.

      Adam teaches in the course how to branch off to Shopify and other platforms to generate greater sales volume once your FBA business is established, and I highly recommend this path. In fact, I started selling on eBay just 5 months ago and have created a $5k/month revenue stream already!

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      • Great! Looks very promising! Thanks for your input Joshua.

        There have talks within my circle of friends that getting a mentor is advisable. Personally, I think the course would be enough as long as the student is driven. What is your say on that?

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        • A mentor is definitely a great idea if you feel you need one, yet the course is definitely COMPLETE in that it’ll get you from A to Z without you scratching your head. The course mostly attracts highly driven achievers who stay on track by just networking with fellow Amazon sellers in Adam’s community, both online and offline. And of course, if you need an accountability partner then feel free to signup through my referral link above, of which 20 students have signed up with in the past 7 months.

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  22. Good morning Joshua
    I am about to buy the course using your link as I love the idea of a mentor. 🙂 But I have a very simple question. Can you tell me how much have you invested so far and how much profit have you obtained? I am talking about real profit, not just sales. Thanks in advance for your answer.
    Maria

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    • Hello Maria, excellent question that I’d be asking any potential mentor. I was able to start with less than $200 to get my feet wet which did earn me a great profit, and eventually put in around another $3,000 + course costs. I haven’t invested anything else since as I’m simply reinvesting what I earn. I just looked through my profit/loss statement and I’m at $12,856 profit today (not sales) having gone live around June through last year, and will definitely close out my 1st year on Amazon with more than $20k in total profit as I’m starting to gain some real momentum.

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    • Hello Maria, an accountant would best answer this question. My simple understanding of the ATO rules is that all income earned is taxable no matter where you reside or where it is earned (i.e. online vs offline). Through Amazon you are creating a legitimate business and solid income stream after all. Different structures I guess could minimize taxation and everyone’s situation is different. I submit a quarterly BAS statement and it’s best to speak to your accountant to find what would work best for you.

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  23. Hi Joshua,
    I’ve just watched Adam’s four videos. I was very impressed with him as he seems to have a very honest and personable approach to teaching this business. I am getting my ducks in a row and will join through your link as I appreciate your honest comments as well.
    Is the payment plan available when joining through your affiliate link?
    Also, a question about products. How does Adam obtain the Villeroy & Boch plates that he sells? Surely they are authentic and he does not have them made through any old factory in China? I’m not asking you to give away his insider secrets but the reason I ask is that the product that I am thinking of selling is already available online so would I then be a reseller on Amazon??

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    • Hello Anney, thank you and I appreciate your feedback. Yes you are welcome to use the payment plan. Regarding Villeroy & Boch, Adam is simply using this as an example of what can be sold at a strong price point when presented and packaged well, and he does not sell this product personally. He does sell mostly high end homewares, all sourced from China at a very high quality.

      You are indeed welcome to find a product that’s already available online and simply sell it on Amazon if the numbers work. The RE course is focused around private-label and products can be either off-the-shelf, off-the-shelf with some modifications to create uniqueness or complete new from scratch with patents. My preference is the later but Reliable Education students have found success with all 3 options.

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  24. Hi Joshua
    Thank you for your in depth reply .
    It’s highly appreciated and has some what eased my mind on the area of Qualty control.
    I’d very much like to join the academy ASAP and look forward to having chat about operations with you .
    Cheers
    Brendan

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  25. Hi Joshua,

    I was on the fence deciding to go for RE course, but after reading your posts and all of your comments made my mind clear.
    I would really appreciate if you can become my mentor. Not sure if the link you posted above still valid, please send me the current reference link for register RE course.

    Cheers,

    Reply
    • Hello Daniel, thank you for your comment and I appreciate you confirming the affiliate link is valid. I’ve checked them just now and they are still working. I’m looking forward to being on hand to keep you on track with your Amazon journey as a mentor and the Reliable team also provides excellent technical support.

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  26. Hi Joshua
    I’d also
    Like to sighn up using your link.
    I’d also be grateful and would highly appreciate it if you could be my mentor in this ?
    Cheers
    Brendan

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      • Hi Joshua
        How are you ?
        I’m getting my ducks lined up and about to pull the trigger on this so looking forward to joining and learning all I can .
        I’d like to ask you what the new rules in Australia will mean for Amazon sellers .
        From what I here the US Site will be blocked .
        I’m quessing there is a way to get around this ?
        Particularly to monitor sales do resaeach etc
        I only want to sell products from the US site to the US anyway ( bigger market ) OR will customers in Australia be able to purchase my products from the Aussie site if I choose ?
        Slightly confused ..
        Thanks in advance .
        Brendan

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        • Hello Brendan, it’s great that you’re ready to head to the start line. Yes I heard the news and my understanding is that the US site will be open for browsing, though orders would be redirected to the Australian site if the exact same product is available. Let’s say a camping axe is available on the Australian site for $82 AUD and in the US it’s selling for $29 AUD + international shipping of $15 + GST, Amazon is trying to prohibit these sales in order to grow the Australian market. There are ways that customers can get around this by using proxy services still, but as a seller I believe the impact will be advantageous to help Amazon properly set up shop here.

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          • I just wanted to add that it appears Amazon will be totally closing orders to Australians due to the GST laws, as opposed to simply redirection as I initially thought. I don’t believe it will hinder research, as the site will be open for browsing. There are 3rd party companies that will still assist in getting your items to Australia. This will commence July 1st.

    • Hello Jocelyn, yes any help you need is done via email or Skype/phone as necessary to keep you on track once you’ve finished the course. I’ve had another person already sign up from the UK last month. 🙂

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  27. Hopefully this isn’t a fake blog with made up comments, but I will check back to see if my questions are answered. Adam mentions in his 4th video that you get access to his contact in China who will organise your shipment to Amazon. Is there only one contact you get and how can you even be sure that he will fulfill his end of the bargain, plus what do they charge? There seems to be more than one person you would need in China to help you with everything.

    Also, Adam talks about having great photography and packaging to make your product stand out, but how is the packaging of your product and brand related to the factory in China making your product – are they responsible for creating your packaging as well as making your product?

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    • Hello David, I assure you this my real blog that I created 4 years ago and all comments are from real people and mostly Australians. Sorry for the delay in response as I was visiting family interstate and I chose to go without internet access.

      There is one recommended contact for freight forwarding but you are free to choose whoever you feel most comfortable with. Adam would only recommend a service that is rock-solid and many have used the services of this forwarding agent. You may wish to get in contact with them to find out what they charge, I recall last time it was at normal market rate but with a greater safety net knowing that they also look after Adam and the many other RE students.

      When having a factory create your product, it’s normal for them to create packaging for you and this is generally included in the quotation. What Adam is alluding to is that factories are not packaging specialists, and the packaging would be very basic at best. Thus, it’s best to find a specialist packaging manufacturer to work with, who can create outstanding packaging and have them ship the packing to the factory who is creating your product. Neither factories or packaging manufacturers are photographers, so the final step is to find an excellent product photographer as it’s your photos which create the best sales conversions.

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      • Thanks for getting back to me and proving the honesty of your blog. So is it only one freight forwarding contact you get from Adam? Are you on your own when it comes to quality control and ensuring your product is packaged well? I watched a really good video on youtube from junglescout which basically summed up everything you pretty much need to do in order to sell your products online. It goes for about 46 mins. I was wondering though, if you have seen this video, what else could Adam offer in terms of knowledge?

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        • Hello again David, yes just one freight forwarding contact which is a company with multiple employees and it’s easy to find an independent quality control specialist yourself. I have not seen the JungleScout video but I would imagine it would cover everything briefly from A to Z, especially at 46 minutes it would only be touching the surface. To put that into context, the JungleScout video would be a Ferrari brochure, and Reliable Education would be owning the actual car.

          There is many, many hours of content that Adam has put together which covers every step of the journey in detail plus multiple interviews from real sellers, some of which are successful Reliable Education students. If you don’t feel 100% sure that Adam and Reliable Education is right for you, then I would recommend seeing what the US-based competition has to offer. As you’re probably aware, JungleScout has their own Amazon training and other platforms such as A to Z Formula and Amazing Selling Machine could better serve you.

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  28. Hi Joshua,
    Lots of information to consider.
    I wanted to know more without watching Mr Hudson’s videos first, you have provided that window.
    I have a few things to arrange and sort and then will be in touch.
    Gracias Amigo

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    • Hello Tuco, excellent! Adam’s book Primed is an excellent alternative if you want to skip the videos. I look forward to being in touch soon.

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  29. Hi Joshua, what do you believe is the benefit of selling on Amazon compared to eBay, considering fees and market capitalisation?
    Regards.

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    • Hey Brendan, excellent question and I’m surprised no one has asked this one before. A bit of background: I started selling on eBay just 9 months ago after I had started selling on Amazon FBA, I hadn’t really sold any physical products online prior to this. I am now a Powerseller and enjoy scaling my eBay business but it does have disadvantages. The inventory for my eBay business is all sourced locally in QLD and NSW.

      The fees to sell on Amazon FBA are higher, though being paid in US dollars is great as it makes this fee comparison mostly equal for us Australians given the exchange rate. The fees can be reduced through using a 3rd party logistics company and stepping outside of FBA, though FBA and the Amazon Prime program are very much favoured by US customers for the speed of delivery, customer service and no-fuss return policy. I find eBay is 90% hobby sellers and 10% professional sellers, whilst Amazon is almost 100% professional sellers and has a much higher standard to adhere to. The opportunity to capitalize on markets is huge on Amazon as you can easily compete with the big brands, whilst not having to invest into additional warehouse space, staff and other associated costs that come with scaling a traditional physical products business. Adam’s book Primed shares more on why Amazon is a better choice if your desire is to build a sustainable eCommerce business that doesn’t require a physical location.

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  30. Hey Joshua, very interesting read. Thank you so much. I am wanting to sign up for Adams course after watching all his videos and his live webinar last night, but thinking now I may as well go through your link. If you can help mentor me as well that would be great. Will hopefully do this very soon, within the next week. Look forward to hearing from you and starting this journey. Many Thanks, Katie

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    • Hey Katie, sorry for delay as I was on holidays without internet access and my FBA business continued to make sales. That is excellent news! Please reach out via email once you do to say hello. Thanks! Joshua

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  31. Hi joshua. So once set up, what will be your tasks in running this business besides re-ordering more inventory? ie do you need to handle warranty issues, customer didnt receive their purchase etc.

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    • Hello Eric, great question! Amazon generally takes care of your customer service and returns for you. People tend not to contact you on Amazon and go direct to Amazon themselves, as most customers simply believe they are ordering direct from Amazon, unlike eBay. So your daily contact with customers will be minimal, but if you are pushing through higher volumes and customer contact increases, then you can outsource your customer contact to a VA or a service such as ZonSupport.

      Re-ordering inventory, inventory forecasting (i.e. making sure you don’t run out of stock in the future) and listing improvement will be the main tasks though the time commitment for these will be minimal. Most students would continue to build their brand by sourcing more products, as the research, sourcing, packaging and marketing process for each new product gets easier as time goes on.

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  32. Hi Joshua,

    I have registered the course and in the stage of finding product and dealing with suppliers. There is one silly question but hopefully I can find the answer here.
    What would be the delivery address to ship to Amazon FBA US? Do I just find the FBA address that I want to ship ?

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon. The the shipping company is waiting for my answer to give me a quote.

    Kind regards,

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    • Sorry, I just found the answer from Google. Amazon will tell me the shipping address after having a shipping plan.

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      • Hello Daniel, thanks again for choosing to use my referral link recently – appreciated! Yes it is true that Amazon will give you a shipping address after creating a shipping plan, but if you’re chasing quotes for now then creating a shipping plan is a little while off. I can’t recall the recommended action in the course for when this issue arises. I personally have just used Chattanooga TN Fulfillment Center for quotes as quite commonly that’s where Amazon eventually tells me to ship, and when Amazon has requested a different Fulfillment Center, the freight price luckily hasn’t gone up.

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  33. Hi 🙂

    My husband and I are super keen on joining this community. I was wondering do we both have to individually join or can we join as partners? If we can get a reply to this question quickly it would be appreciated as we would love to attend the summit at the Gold Coast at the end of July.

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  34. Hi Joshua,
    Seems like my affiliate link to you did not go through in the purchase when I signed up a month or so ago…was this page that actually convinced me to sign-up so sorry about that stuff up on my side.
    When are you going to Canton Fair? I’m considering Phase 2/Phase 3 cross over.

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    • Hello Julian, that’s all good! I’m looking at Phase 1 only as I’m looking at the hardware niche as I have a JV with another Reliable Education student. I’m currently in homewares niche on my own. In April I’ll likely do a two-phase crossover like you are.

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  35. Hi Joshua, thanks for your review of the training courses! I watched Adams video last year but wasnt able to make the time investment the, but am able to now! And am impressed by your support and knowledge and would like to work with you as well! I am US based, have opened an amazon store here, found a product and a supplier and got stuck from there. I am relocating by marriage to Aus soon and wondered if I can sell in both markets with a US store? Then my fiancee/soon to be husband, can open an Aus store based there? Your thoughts?

    Reply
    • Hey Christine, that’s great to hear! Amazon US and Amazon Australia work the same way, especially as Amazon Prime is available for Australians as from today. You do however need to have 2 different seller accounts, and this is no issue as it takes just a few minutes to create a new seller account in Australia. Yes – you will pay two separate seller fees if you opt for a professional seller account for each, but this professional account isn’t necessary until you’re making a minimum 40 says per month and the cost is minimal versus potential earnings. You can sell in both countries no matter where you are. Hope that helps!

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  36. Hi Josh,
    I’m considering enrolling in Adams course after watching the initial four videos though am wondering what might set his course apart from a course offered that is a little less expensive such as the one offered to set up an e-commerce business by Steve Chou?
    Thanks Josh
    Tania

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    • Hello Tania, the two courses are in very much different leagues. Steve’s course could be more effective if you’re only looking to keep things basic and complete a course online about selling on Amazon. Adam’s course has local live events, local support, a super supportive Australian FB community, frequent course content updates and already taken by thousands of Australian students with excellent feedback, and you’ll probably find dozens of students in your area. Yes – the course is more expensive but the value for us is significantly higher.

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  37. Hi Josh,
    Thanks for your super quick reply. I believe Steve also offers the support of an international FB community and one on one support. There are also student testimonials stating that his course is also excellent value. He clearly lists what one can expect to learn in each module too do it’s hard to compare as Adam doesn’t provide any clear detailed topic information on what we can expect to cover other than what he briefly touches on in his videos.

    I guess I’m saying I’m still unsure. If there are any other comparisons/differences you can tell me about it could help me make this decision.

    Thank you!

    Tania

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    • Hello again Tania, it’s great that Steve offers one on one support. Given there’s 4,000+ students who have taken the Reliable Education course, I think this would be a difficult one for Adam himself to offer. What I can recommend you do is to sign up to both courses at the same time, then claim a refund on what you feel is the lesser of the two courses when compared for value (as opposed to the dollar amount). I’m not sure on Steve’s refund policy, but Adam’s is rock-solid in terms of a 100% money-back guarantee as he’s seeking happy and successful students for the long haul.

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  38. Hi Joshua,
    Thanks so much for your insights and helpful advice. We have been looking closely at purchasing the RE course. One question; everywhere we turn we see nothing but super happy customers and newly minted Amazon sellers making money. Surely there must be people who have done the course, but have not been successful. How many people have done their money? Adam himself says that naturally he can’t guarantee success, so what is the percentage of people who are unsuccessful? How many people do the course and get as far as putting their products on Amazon only to find they don’t sell?

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    • Hey Glenn! I haven’t really heard of anyone who has done the course, sent products to Amazon and hasn’t sold anything even after thousands of students. If this does happen, you drop your price down to sell through the inventory and get your capital back, and source another product. Your 3 months has then been a free education on the entire process and your future product will be quicker and easier to find, and you’ll learn from that mistake surely.

      The significant amount of super happy customers is exactly what Adam and Reliable Education want, and it’s what inspired me to write this blog post last year. The only percentage that I can provide is that Reliable Education is sitting at around a 93% customer on-board rate, and the 7% are all given refunds. This is due to either a student not being happy or not being a good fit for Reliable Education.

      You’ll receive a phone call upon enrollment and if they aren’t happy that you’d be good for this, then it’s proposed that you don’t continue and the 100% refund is given. I’ve never heard of another company ever taking this approach before, but they are certainly only after action-takers that want to build this. You are creating a real business that requires capital, work, some sacrifice, some frustration and you will experiences some challenges along the way, but there are many fruits ripe for picking!

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  39. Hi Joshua,

    Very informative review on the RE course and loads of comments (and your prompt replies and updates). I am wondering, with thousands of RE students on-board, why there isn’t a ‘reliable review’ from any other student (but yourself). Is it some kind of understanding or contract between you and Adam? 🙂
    (not sure if someone had already asked this question as I didn’t read all comments)

    I have attended a couple of live Master classes (webinars) by Adam (incl the latest one last week). 50% of the Webinar content is the same in each Webinar and he added a bit of new stuff in the latest webinar (which is about some kind of mind mapping of the course). I guess these live webinars are for new people who are interested in the course. At the end of the webinar, he offers free upgrade of some sales tracking software and some other freebies (which I do not remember now). Are these freebies and free software upgrade only for those people who buy the course right after the webinar? Or is it available for people (like me) who may consider to buy the course at a later time (through your affiliate link) ?

    Regards
    Suresh

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    • Hello Suresh, great question! There isn’t any contract or anything of that nature between me and Adam, I don’t work for Reliable Education. In fact, I’m not even a friend of Adam at all.

      I’m just a student who has done the course and has been impressed with both the course content and my success in a relatively short period of time, and Reliable Education has a referral program yet I’d likely have this review up with or without the program there. Anyone can just write a review about the course as well and I’m still surprised that no one else has, apart from the hundreds of genuine 5 star reviews on the Facebook page. It’s just about impossible to create fake 5 star reviews on Facebook.

      I guess there’s very few Australian bloggers in Australia, and to be honest my blog is more of a hobby than an income source. I’m really not sure about the freebies that Adam is offering in the Webinars as I haven’t watched these myself recently, since I am a student who joined the course in the early days but I do use Zonguru which is great software. If you get in touch with the team I’m sure they would be able to help you out with those questions! 🙂

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      • Hello Joshua,

        I was just pulling your leg. 🙂
        Thanks for the prompt reply. I will contact the RE team to seek advice.

        I have just finished reading Adam’s book … PRIMED. This is an excellent read and gave me more insight into Amazon FBA business and how the RE training course would look like.

        I felt that it is more convincing and promising if one reads this book (PRIMED) first and then goes through the free videos (from Adam) and then attend the sample Master class (webinar) and then (if time and money permits) attend the RE Summit (which is now open to non-students).

        I prefer to do a solid ground work before entering into a serious venture like Amazon FBA business.

        Thanks again and hope to meet you sometime in the near future.

        Regards
        Suresh

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  40. Thanks Joshua. Your reply certainly puts things in perspective and we totally agree with your sentiments about what is required to make a business work.

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  41. Hi Joshua
    Recently I caught up with an old friend of mine
    And it turns out he is also interested in joining !
    It got me thinking is it possible for both he and I to to join together as business partners ?
    I ask this respectfully , if the course is payed for as partners and then decide for what ever reason we would like to go it alone as seperate entities would we both have equal access and opportunity or would one of us have to pay for another round ?
    ( just thinking worst case senario so all bases are covered before joining thanks )
    Hoping you
    May be able to clarify
    thanks
    Brendan

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    • Ps
      I’d also like to point out that we are both legitimately considering going in as partners .
      From experience though , sometimes things don’t always work out the way you
      Want or expect .
      Anything can happen.
      So what are the guide lines in terms of remaining a member if you
      have paid half each ?
      Would we each half to pay another half to continue separately ?
      ( Jesus I sound cheap lol )
      Cheers
      Brendan

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      • Hey Brendan, great to see you back on the blog and this is a great question and funny one at that! Sure – you can definitely join as business partners as confirmed by Reliable Education if you have the intention of working together to build an Amazon business, as can husband and wives or long-term couples. I understand that in the future you might part separate ways but this would be very likely after completion of the course.

        And if it did happen to split, you’ve already got the knowledge and I guess Reliable Education wouldn’t know that you’ve decided to go separate ways. That comment in itself shows that I don’t work for them 🙂 I am just a fellow student too! I believe the course can be accessed for up to 2 devices and they don’t have to be in the same household, as long as the business partnership is genuine. You guys will be just right!

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  42. Hi Joshua, very informative review of the training course. I attended the RE webinar held this week and I was close to signing up. After reading your review this has helped my decision to take the course. I’ll be signing up using your affiliate link and looking forward for the support/mentoring you can provide.

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  43. Hi Joshua, over the last month I’ve done the research on RE and given it a lot of thought. Your review and the questions you answered have clinched it. I sense it is going to be quite a journey. A little nervous (and excited), I’m ready to sign up via your affiliate link and look forward to the mentoring you have offered.

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  44. Hi Joshua
    Just to confirm sorry I know you have already answered but $3,200 + course cost was all you needed to start up? Im just wondering how this is possible, looking on the Alibaba site products may cost $3-7 to make with minimum orders of $1000 then there’s shipping cost with all these other shipping fees and Amazon costs etc, Im only asking because obviously you know away around this?
    Also I was wondering if I live in Australia and wanted to sell on Australian Amazon is that possible when doing this course? and if so can products be made in Australia or is the RE course specific to selling on American site with Chinese manufacturers.
    After course cost how much I invest is up to me?
    Realistically speaking how after I complete course would I be able to start selling?
    Can I add something of my own idea to an existing product?
    Lol sorry about all the questions but thank you in advance

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    • Hello Helen, sorry for the delay in responding as I have been away in the US. The cost cost + $5,000 to $10,000 is ideal to begin with. Let’s use an example of a cost price of $8 per unit which sells on Amazon for $45. If you order 500 units, you’re at $4,000 and then lets say $1,000 total for shipping to get to Amazon. The Amazon fees will be deducted from your final sales, so you do not need to put money aside for this.

      You can start minimally and instantly using AliExpress and order 1 unit or 20 units, you will pay more per unit but it’s a great way to learn the process. AliExpress are retail products so you wouldn’t be able to use your own packaging, your own design or logo. But certainly with Alibaba you can take an existing product off the shelf and add your own idea to it which will make it unique to the marketplace.

      You can definitely use the course to sell on Amazon Australia, it’s effectively the same now with the recent launch of Australia’s own Fulfillment by Amazon program. You can source locally in Australia or from China, both are fine. The time taken to launch after finishing the course has a big variation, 18 months for me due to personal circumstances but some people are live within 3 weeks if they choose off-the-shelf product + air freight as opposed to private label or a unique product created from scratch and sea-freight.

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  45. Hi Joshua again, have you heard of Mike Jackness and Dave Bryant they have a website called EcomCrew they are very good and give out great advice just wondering what your thoughts on them are thanks

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  46. Dear Joshua,
    I have seen Adam’s video’s and read this interesting blog from A to Z. It looks like all and everything is coming from China only, but i am wondering what your thoughts are for selling voluminous goods like (mid-high quality) furniture in combination with FBA, not exceeding the maximum sizes and weights for FBA. Personally i am afraid that the storage costs that Amazon will charge me, will become too high. So is FBA actually more suitable for “small” goods?

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    • Hello Richard, great question! I am currently looking at outdoor furniture, and certainly there are many sellers making a good profit via FBA with oversized goods based on what I’m tracking. Most courses do focus on smaller sized items to sell on Amazon but in my opinion, if the numbers on the oversize item stack up, the product is simple enough and the supplier is responsive, then it’s one I’ll highly consider.

      I see 3 distinct advantages with oversize. 1) The oversize fees automatically scare most newbie sellers. 2) There’s a higher cost to invest, and most people don’t want to invest $10,000 for their first product. 3) There isn’t as much on the marketplace as compared kitchenwares.

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  47. Hello Joshua, Like a number of your other readers, I am from the UK. Do you know if Reliable Education has a significant following over here and whether Adam does any live events in this country? I’d like to form a group with other Private Label entrepreneurs but don’t want to have to travel too far so that we can meet regularly. Thanks, David

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    • Hello David, I’m not really sure on the exact numbers of UK-based Reliable Education students, you are welcome to get in touch with them to find out accurate numbers and to help form Masterminds and social groups. I am not sure if Adam is planning a UK conference this year but hopefully he does with the numbers growing monthly.

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        • You’ll find quite a few other UK students in the Facebook group, and the Reliable team will be able to help you regarding any planned UK events. 🙂

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  48. Hi Joshua. I’ve beening educating myself on ways to create passive income through selling services online for quite a while now. Got bitten by the 4 hour work week bug. Pondering over when a product will come to mind that will provide me the incentive to get my arse into gear! Lately I’ve been thinking I just need to take some form of action. And I think this course is that action. A great starting point. Look forward to having you as some form of mentor and will jump on board now via your link. Scott.

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  49. Hi Joshua, I’m just wondering how it works with tax in Australia. The videos talks of 30% profit as an example (before tax I think) but how much would a new small business then have to forward to the tax man. Does it make a difference if you reinvest the profits to buy new stock?

    Thanks and apologies if this is a real newbie question 😉

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    • Hi Nevin, good question for an accountant as each person is different. You will have to pay tax though I’m personally except from paying tax in the USA (and I imagine most other sellers are too) and 2 of the most popular options are Sole Traders and Company structures. There’s numerous accountants out there who specialize in foreign-earned income to give the best advice. 🙂

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    • Hi Shelly, yes there’s numerous other sources mentioned in the course like DHGate, Global Sources and Made in China. In fact some of the best finds are on these other sites. You can throw into Google ‘Alternatives to Alibaba’ which provides plenty of options to source products that haven’t hit mainstream yet.

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  50. I see that there is reference to some software called ZonGuru. Are there on going fees that must be paid to use this? More broadly, what on going fees are charged for Reliable Education’s support and access to the education and support? How long does access to the course material last?

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    • Hey Peter, there’s no expiry to the course materials. Buy it once and use it forever. There’s no ongoing fees for education and support, again it’s a one-time cost. Yes there’s ZonGuru which is a great software platform however there’s others out there, costs do vary between each of them. Some people won’t need any software to find winning products whilst others will need it, hence why it’s an additional add-on.

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    • Hello Peter, yes the software is called Zonguru, you don’t need to purchase the course to use the software and pricing information is available on their website. There are other software providers out there like AMZTracker and JungleScout that have very similar functionality.

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  51. my experience is not pleasant

    I have always working on how transit from my busy business to a lifestyle business, I spot amazon could be a opportunity and quick enroll into program call ” reliable Education”, which are promote aggressively in Australia, I have complete 1/3 of the programs, I still have no clue how to find product, but here what I got

    in the 1/8 of the program I have been upsell to use their product selection software Zonguru, compare to jungle scott it is very expensive

    in the 2/8 of the program I have been lightly sell of using their marketing service “amazing hustl” owned by zonguru

    in the 3/8 of the program I have been upsell by them to buy $ 998 ” import mastery” from one of their affiliate.

    i haven’t finish the program, no sure how much more is waiting for me.

    since I haven’t learn product selection from them , I decline all the offers

    Ecommerce Freedom is much better

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    • Hi Jason, I’ve not heard of ECommerce Freedom before, and they have 0 reviews on their Facebook page? Sorry that your experience wasn’t as pleasant, everybody receives the exact same course so I’m surprised by your comment. Certainly you can pass that feedback on to RE.

      I do recommend Jungle Scout and some others here in other comments when compared on pricing alone, though I think Zonguru is excellent software too if you’re not super tight on your budget. The Import Mastery course by Amanda Clarkson is one that is truly optional, and is a key negative in the course that I outline in my review, so I certainly agree with you on this one mate. The section on Product Selection really places the responsibility on the student, and for many this is no problem but for some it can be a challenge. I especially found it hard as I lack inspiration, until I really started digging hard for products.

      I felt some other students may have this struggle too, and I have written a guide covering 101 totally different products that you can sell on Amazon right now which will really help you with product selection and open your eyes to possibilities. It’s free in PDF format for everyone who reads about my experiences, and is down the bottom of my review and your email address isn’t required. Then there’s a massive guide covering 1,000+ products for those who use my referral link afterwards. Hope this helps!

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    • Hello Raelene, I’ve never heard of Sophie Howard or her Amazon Seller course and I know just about all the Amazon course providers. I just Google’d her, seems quite genuine and she’s Kiwi, so could be a great option if you wanted some face-to-face contact in New Zealand, mind you there are 100’s of Kiwi’s who have taken the Reliable Education course too. 🙂

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  52. Hi Joshua,

    We are also looking into Reliable as future proofing for myself and my wife.
    We would appreciate your view on this topic.
    In the past we have been involved in a few of this type of course / program and it appears great at the start.
    Then they begin with the….you will need to have this program, or you will need to upgrade if you want real wealth (earning potential), and don’t forget the Marketing program !!
    I have noticed that Zonguru is an “add on cost”.
    How many other “add on costs” are there ??
    Is there a Marketing “add on” ??
    Thank you in advance.

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    • Hello Roy and Nicola, thanks for the great question. Yep – I’ve done these courses before and there’s always some up-sell involved. As Adam owns Zonguru, I think it’s natural for him to recommend that software package. It’s an Add-on yes, but I just used the trial period and didn’t continue, it was enough for me to find a product and launch.

      There is a marketing add-on but you don’t need it, and I certainly haven’t used it, but it’s there if you want it. You’re likely to just get a lot of organic traffic from Amazon anyway. The only cost for me to launch and reach a great part-time income has been the course, which is a one-time cost. You can find free software packages such as Keepa, CamelCamelCamel, JungleScout and Unicorn Smasher to do research into products if you don’t want to upgrade to Zonguru. There’s probably other services for marketing your product out there too.

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      • Hi Joshua,
        Appreciate your reply.
        Once we make the decision, we will join through your link.
        Having someone to give pointers will surely help.
        Thanks again.

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      • Hi Joshua,
        Thank you for the abundant and detail write-ups. I landed here after reading your write-up on Sophie Howard. It was really helpful to decide which course to choose. I plan to sign up using your affiliate link. I just have two questions, I know you answered those question before but it was in 2017 and 2018. Hopefully you can give me some updates.

        1) Can I bring my sister for the course and we split the aud2497 course fee 50/50?

        2) it’s 2019 and considering the rise of costs, is the course fee + aud5000 still enough to get a decent start?

        Cheers.

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        • Hi Joshua! Finally another Joshua here. Thanks for the great feedback.

          You’re welcome to split costs 50/50 with your sister as many people have done this. Certainly makes the course cheaper, and you can even do this with Platinum Partners, but you’ll unlikely need this extra mentoring program. The course and community is excellent. Yes $5,000 minimum on top of course costs is still recommended, I’m planning to launch a jewellery product soon for $700 just to show what’s possible.

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  53. hi josh,
    i’ve been sitting on the fence for this for quite awhile now (like 6 mths?), i’m just wondering what research tool do you use? you’ve mentioned you used zonguru only within it’s trial period, what about after? and what about now, if you’ve changed again?
    cheers!

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    • Hey Sean! Great to hear from you, and remember they offer a 100% refund if you’re unhappy. I use CamelCamelCamel, Keepa and Jungle Scout for basic research. I did have a 2nd trial of Zonguru off a friend’s email address, but don’t tell them I did that… 😉 ha!
      The cost of a Zonguru paid membership is quite small really for the data it gives you compared to the competitors I mentioned, I just don’t need it currently and will likely sign up early next year when I’m ready to build another brand on Amazon.

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      • Hey Sean, thanks for your comment and I’ve heard of neither of those two names so they may just be starting out as teachers. Upon Googling it seems that Brock’s course geared towards wholesale as he’s got an interview with Larry Lubarsky? Larry (aka WatchMeAmazon) is great and is my favourite Amazon wholesale content producer, and he’s releasing a course soon purely on wholesale (not private-label / private-branding like Adam teaches) so I’ll be keen on reviewing that course.

        Mind you it’s still USA-based and not Australian, and the logistics of wholesale within the US without being physically there might be trickier than dealing with China, India, Indonesia etc. Regarding Brock & Helium 10, on the surface it doesn’t look like I could compare them apples to apples with Reliable Education (6,000+ Aussie students and growing), so far the only other course that comes close is Amazing Selling Machine which again is geared towards those in the US.

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  54. Hey Sean, same here! Would you consider sharing Course fees with me? Josh- are we allowed to do this? And would you be willing to mentor the both of us? 🙂

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    • Hello again Raelene, I think their rules are that it needs to be either an established business partnership, an intended future business partnership or a family relationship such as husband/wife. It’s a good idea to check with the team though. And of course, I’m more than help anyone regardless of whether they’re running solo or as a team! 🙂

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  55. Hi Joshua, I’m keen on taking the course. Is the Amazon data mining tool ZonGuru included in the course? If not, what tools does RE provide in researching for what products to sell?

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    • Hey Andy, thanks for the message and great to hear that you’re keen to start your Amazon journey. Zonguru isn’t included as some students will need it and some students won’t, however there is a free trial available for the software and I found that just using the trial was enough for me to find a few winning horses. The cost is quite reasonable ($15 per week) but Adam often throws out better deals for Reliable Education students.

      If you have a business partner then the cost is very minimal. There are other alternatives like Jungle Scout, Sellics, SellerPrime, Cash Cow Pro (what a name!), Seller Legend and Asinspector that are available too, plus a few others I’ve mentioned in other comments.

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  56. HI Joshua,

    it took me almost an hour to read all the comments and your honest reply. ( that’s why i spent an hour!), i didn’t know about ur affiliated link.
    But i was planning to join RE since last 2-3 weeks. and i have been to Adam’s live event with Gary vee in Auckland few weeks ago.

    from then i was searching about RE and watched those 4 videos as well, and registered to webinar in December as well.

    so of course now i will definitely go through ur link. ( max. in 15 days)
    -after paying course fees,+ 3 to 5 grand will be enough to start??-just a basic question.
    and after start selling i can reinvesting that amount. what do u suggest?
    – i m based in New Zealand at the moment, so still i can go for RE right?
    Thanks and see ya in 15 days in in ur affiliated link.
    cheers!!

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    • Hi Hemang, haha it does take a while to read! ☺️ Dozens of really good comments, and hundreds have read my blog before making the decision to join. I attended Gary’s event too in Brisbane recently which was the day prior to Auckland. Regarding your questions, yes you could get away with 3 to 5 grant to start, and I’d use 100% of your profit to reinvest at least for the first year.

      Some people can take an income from day 1, but their situation is different and they are likely putting in say more capital into launching a few products right away. There’s dozens of Kiwi’s joining RE every week, I’m sure you’ll find quite a few fellow students in Auckland.

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  57. Hi Joshua , I have been thinking about getting into an online business for sometime now. Personally I love wheeling and dealing as I get a real buzz off it. Having viewed Adams 4 videos he comes across as a likeable guy especially for a salesman. I keep asking myself should I be sceptical ? Adam does mention hard work is required and last time I checked nothing great is achievable without it. Will I dip my feet into this course ? Yes I will because without any knowledge of online selling I need to invest into this to invest into me. I will certainly be buying this through your link as back up support could be very helpful if I require it in the short term. Thank you for this blog , it has been a long read but most helpful.

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    • Hi George, thank you for your comments. I like you’re realistic approach, you’re the ideal student that Reliable Education is catering towards, especially as you can clearly see that it’s hard work that will get you across the line more than just merely taking the course. I look forward to helping you out where I can!

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  58. Hi Joshua,

    First of all, Thanks for taking the time out to write a detailed review and answering all the questions in comments. It really gives a much better idea and confidence about the course and the journey ahead.

    I first saw your post and few comments and half made up my mind, then after few days watched the 4 introductory videos of the course and got so carried away and booked immediately that i forgot to use your referral link. I dont know how many times I have kicked myself over once I realised I signed up without your link.

    Anyways, just wanted leave a note and thank you for your time and effort 🙂

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    • Hello Suhas, haha no worries at all. I’m really glad you’ve made the decision to jump on board with the course, affiliate link or not. Hopefully I can catch you (and many other students here) at the next Summit in March.

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  59. Hi Joshua,
    Where can I find the details to register for the March summit? I am still waiting for the Facebook community access.
    Thanks

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    • Hey Suhas, not sure why that could be, maybe you’re not on their email database yet as a student? You can just call or email the Reliable Education team and ask for the registration email and FB group access. 🙂

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  60. Hi Joshua ,

    Jimmy here, British living in Spain with wife and 2 kids .

    Great read, read the lot, amazing you take the time to respond to everyone and in such detail, for the most part a very selfless act, I can see it sits well with your audience including myself..!

    I’v been researching for months now with regards to Amazon FBA across all markets, I have come across many different courses and mentors / coaches etc. the likes of –

    Derrick Struggle

    Jay Kaching

    ASM

    Taner J Fox

    Jungle Scout

    The list goes on and on and on…. you catch my drift…

    I have a few questions as I’m pretty much sold on Adam and the RE team, as far as I can tell he seems to be the most well known with a real background and online presence . ( I will also use the link you provide hopefully not for mentorship but to simply support the cause, as I feel you have definitely earned it ) . Here goes with the babble –

    1. Why does everyone always specifically turn to China for manufacturing and product.? I know there are opportunities in Turkey, Malta, India ….. to name but a few. Which logistically for Europeans can be much more simple and stress free, if the deal is right.? I know with such long haul shipping you really have to be up on your Trade Terms / INCOTERMS. I see you mentioned Sea and Air freight, what about the new Silk Railroad direct from China to Europe .?

    2. Amazon rules for sellers. I’v heard of so many horror stories with regards to Amazons ever changing rule book and what can and can’t be done, restrictions being put in place etc… weather it be for wholesale or private labelling. In your opinion do you feel this will impede the sellers as time goes by ? Have any of the changes effected you directly in your endeavours .?

    3. Who you advice to list the products in as many places as possible and not just FBA .?
    i.e your own website, eBay, Wish, Shopify etc…

    4. With regards to the course and product launch factoring in a contingency you would need around $10,000 – $ 15,000 which is probably around my actual net worth is this something you would still suggest to run with .?

    5. If I could commit to around 30 – 40 hours a week on the course and launch etc what do you think would be the time frame from to start seeing some real profits. ?

    Sorry for grammar and spelling I’m sure it all makes sense and would like to thank you in advance if you do find there time to reply to my loooong post..!!

    Best Wishes ,

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    • Hi Jimmy! Wow – congratulations on writing the biggest comment my blog has seen to date. I’ll share your enthusiasm with my biggest reply!
      There’s one or two coaches / mentors on that list that I hadn’t heard of yet, but the rest have been in the marketplace for a while. It’s great that you’ve really done your research into each of them before choosing the one you feel is right for your journey, as not everyone’s journey is the same and Reliable Education (or simply selling on Amazon) isn’t right for everybody. I’ve found that over time only ASM can be compared fairly to RE, but the higher price-point and overseas events is a real disadvantage if you’re an Aussie which most students reading my blog are. I wonder if there’s any alternative FBA course providers in Spain? RE now has students from 60+ countries, I’m sure Spain would already be on that list too. I know there’s dozens from the UK.

      I really appreciate your comments regarding my blog and follow-up comments too, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions in order. 🙂

      1. China produces 60% to 80% of the worlds consumer goods and a significant amount of what’s readily available to purchase on Amazon. Almost everything from brick-and-mortar department stores is from China, plus most of what you’ll find at your local hardware store, automotive store, office supplies store and low to mid range clothing stores. Dozens of ships arrive at US ports every week direct from China, and I imagine most return empty. China is not only cheap, but in the last 20 years has very much improved upon quality almost to a European-standard. So end consumers are now purchasing goods that have a higher perceived value without the price tag, and China has the widest range of goods that can be manufactured than compared to other markets hence why the Canton Fair is the world’s largest trade fair. There’s nothing wrong with looking at other countries, and Adam does recommend looking at countries such as India, Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines and Thailand where you might find niche products that no one else is looking at. Even South America (i.e. Mexico) could have potential and massively reduced freight costs. Additionally, Australia could stack up well, after all we already export fruits, vegetables, wine and other commodities around the world via air and sea freight. At the end of the day, it comes down to whether the whole deal stacks up. Does the factory check-out as reputable? Is the quality up to the required standard? Can they produce this product of yours for the next 5 to 10 years? Can they produce similar products so you can build out your brand? Most importantly, will you get your minimum 30% margin based taking into consideration all costs? China often can easily meet all these requirements. It’s a numbers game, a relationship game and a long-term game. Amazon Europe is a much smaller marketplace, and though it has potential, it’s best to start in the US for the sheer volume of click-buy happy customers.

      2. It’s true that Amazon continues to amend their rules to protect sellers, and I can understand this as a concern for new sellers though I’ve never been affected apart from stranded inventory one time which was easy to fix. If you’re abiding by the Amazon rule book and not breaking anyone’s trademark or patent, then any issues I imagine can be resolved quite easily. Adam’s Facebook group has numerous in-depth posts by fellow students on this exact topic actually, once you’ve joined the group then have a search through. It’s my belief that private label which is what Adam teaches is the safest route as opposed to wholesale, again provided you’re selling original designs. I believe Amazon continues to tighten the grip as there have been some bad apples in the past and is a marketplace designed to help both buyers feel totally satisfied, and sellers feel totally protected. I wish eBay was more proactive about protecting sellers.

      3. The course does have some information on how to sell on other platforms and especially towards transitioning to your own Shopify store in the future to reduce fees and have greater control over the customer experience. eBay when paired with a 3PL company can emulate the Amazon FBA platform experience as a seller, albeit the eBay platform has much less in the way of buyer traffic. The course also features content on social media. At the end of the day, RE is a course on how to sell on Amazon, and Amazon does more sales than the next top 20 other marketplaces combined. So best to learn the 800 pound gorilla first and take your experience to other smaller marketplaces if you feel you ever need to, and the learning curve will be minimal. I began selling on eBay just a few months after launching on Amazon and I found it very easy, and it was a completely different product category.

      4. I wouldn’t suggest using every single dollar left in your bank account for your first product, or at any stage during your Amazon journey. Psychologically, it won’t make you sleep well at night. Do what you can to start with just $5,000 if possible and save some cash for contingency. I’ll throw you a simple example of a product, let’s say Pink Dinner Plates 4-Pack. You could potentially land these at Amazon’s front door with 500 units with that budget, maybe even 1,000. Again, pure example of what’s possible with your budget having recently and personally looked at dinner plates which have a low manufacture price as a future product idea and not taking into consideration any margins, competition and other factors.

      5. 30 to 40 hours per week is HUGE! I think my best week was 12 hours. You’d be in a 1% club of students who have that much time available haha. In fact many successful students had such little time available to get started, it seems the less time you have the more you’re willing to put in the work with the time you have, though not always of course. Time frame for profits? That can be a real piece of string. You could go live on Amazon as a seller next week by air-freighting some products fresh off the shelf, or take 2 years to create a remarkable product range that would be hard for others to emulate, and you’ll potentially dominate your particular selling category. If you need profits tomorrow to live off, then you’ll suck away any chance of scaling your Amazon business to a 6 figure salary and beyond. Do your best to reinvest every single dollar of profit for the first 2 to 3 years, then let those big pay-days flow through. Keep your job or existing business for now, and keep that cashflow coming in every week. Remember mate, it’s a long-term game.

      Sorry as well regarding my grammar, occasionally I miss words or double-up without ever realizing. But this has been fun Jimmy, I love conversing about Amazon and eCommerce! 🙂

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  61. Hi Jason.
    Thanks for your page and for answering everyone’s questions. My question has to do with the technology side of things. Can you comment on whether there’s a minimum system requirement to run the reliable education course and also the analytics programs that are recommended? If everything we use is largely online my laptop would likely cope but if there’s a large bit of software to download or a lot of working memory needed I think the old girl may struggle and I’d have to upgrade. Just want to have my ducks in a row before I start but also want to save my capital for getting started not waste is needlessly in trinkets 😉
    Cheers
    Ush

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    • Hello Ush, thanks for your question – I haven’t had that one before! The course is simply online and if you can watch YouTube without issues on your computer, then you’ll have no issues with the course. There’s no software to download as Zonguru is also online and runs through Google Chrome, my basic Mac from 2015 runs it no worries even with several other Applications open. I’d say it’s likely you can even watch the whole course and use Zonguru on a Tablet, both aren’t too resource-heavy. Very wise thinking to save your capital for inventory! Any other questions then let me know. 🙂

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  62. Hello Joshua
    Can you please tell me how much the tickets are to attend the summit in 2019?
    also if there is anyway to purchase prior to buying the course with Adam?

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    • Hello Tracy, I’m really sorry for the delay over this Christmas period. Busy busy! The cost is around $600 from memory which is significantly cheaper than RetailGlobal and the ProsperShow, both of which aren’t catered events and the former only has elements of Amazon and the later requiring a trip to Vegas. The RE summit is only for students of Reliable Education.

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  63. Hi Joshua

    Someone mentioned the RE course is getting a major upgrade in early 2019, do you know about this? I’m about to join up, should I wait or just go ahead anyway? And maybe get the updates because I’ll become a member?

    Thanks a lot
    Paul

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    • Hi Paul, great question! Yes Adam said on a recent student webinar that there is an major upgrade coming, there’s lots of new filming to be done through January and February, and I’m guessing the updates will arrive in March / April.

      I’m 99% sure being how good RE is as a company, that those course updates would just be passed on to all the existing students, so the old videos would be simply be replaced by new videos. So signing up now gets you a head-start as the current content is still good, I know technology changes but I don’t there’s much to update as the core skill-set of selling online hasn’t changed much over the last 5 years.

      You’ll also be able to attend the March 2019 Summit, and if you want you can do the course again with the new videos for some contrast. Might be a good idea just to make a quick call or email RE prior to signing up just to be sure though.

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      • Hi Joshua

        Just to let you know RE have replied to me and confirmed that, quote ”you get access to all Academy content for lifetime” so great news. Thanks again, ill be signing up very soon

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        • Excellent news Paul! Thanks for confirming free lifetime course updates and letting other students here know as well. Email me once you’ve used my link so I can send you my guide with 1,000+ product ideas.

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  64. Great thanks a lot for the info. I might email them before signing up, but I’ll sign up via your link also as an extra mentor would be a bonus and you seem to be helping people a lot so you deserve it. Thanks a lot Joshua

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  65. Hi Joshua,
    Thanks for review, I am in NZ, originally from SA, waiting for residency at the moment… so a lot of investment went into all that. It will take a while for me to get the funds for course, do you see the price going up in 2019. I don’t want to borrow and don’t have credit cards so I do everything cash, which is very hard but happy I am doing it.

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    • Hello Shane, thanks for your comment and there’s numerous students from SA including a few members of the RE team. I’m not sure if the price will go up but lots of new course content will be added to the course, it will be worthwhile to check with the RE team on that pricing front.

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  66. Hello Joshua, is there an end date to subscribe for this year? I can’t find this information on the site.
    Thank you for your very thorough responses to all our questions, I found your review and
    all your answers very helpful.
    Is there anything that would make things harder for me if I live in UK?
    Thank you.

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    • Hello Ramona, thanks for your comment and there’s dozens of other students in the UK. I think Adam is overdue for a trip over!! And some live events as well, nudge nudge Adam if you’re reading this one mate. Since I joined the course over 3 years ago there hasn’t ever been an end date with the course always open, so there’s no pressure to join in 3 minutes from now and a fear of missing out.

      If you email Reliable Education then they can confirm that this will be the case going forward, as I imagine it will be. I’ve mentioned it to a few other UK students, the live events are excellent and definitely worth attending, the travel expenses and time to come to Australia is just the hard part. You should be able to find a local mastermind, and the course has everything you need to start selling on Amazon US and UK. It’s just the live events take it to another level.

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      • That is really good news, thank you! I will double check with RE. Don’t know why I had the idea that you can only join once or twice a year.
        I am thinking of joining soon and I will do it through your link, I know you said the academy and the course provide all the information one needs, some extra support from you can’t hurt. I will more than need it as I have no clue about this business. Thanks again, Joshua!

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        • Hey Ramona, it’s Amazing Selling Machine that is only open to join twice per year and lots of people rush in and join for fear of missing out, and I really don’t like that. Often people are here just reading my blog and 2 to 3 months later decide it’s time to join the RE community, and the doors are well and truly open anytime. Thanks for using my link, and be sure to reach out afterwards so I can email you the bonus guide!

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  67. Joshua,

    Amazing content and insight. Thanks for taking the time to put most fears to bed. I’ve gone down the path of trying to import and sell some years ago and got burnt and scammed from alibaba, dhgate etc. I am hesitant to use/trust them but know that worldwide people are making $$$$ by sourcing from them. Does the RE course assist in finding reputable suppliers and how to engage them without having to go to China? I’ll be definitely going through your referral link when I’m ready to start.

    Thanks

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    • Hey Wade, thanks for the great feedback! Yes, all businesses come with some degree of risk so I’m glad that you shared your experiences with us. And yes, the course content does cover finding the right suppliers, and using inspection services. The highly recommended inspection service is V-Trust, not just by RE but a great deal of other importers around the world. Less and less people are going to China and/or the Canton Fair now days given the reliability of these services and the increasing trustfulness of Chinese suppliers. Hope that helps!

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      • Hey Wade, Joshua, since the day we contacted V-Trust we haven’t had any headache. These guys take care of everything when it comes to QC. Thanks for the recommendation. I read your comments!

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        • Hey Mike! Thanks for your comment. Yeah, in the course Adam recommends KRT Inspection, but I went with V-Trust. I think it’s the only thing in the RE course that I didn’t follow to a Tee. No issues at all with V-Trust, and the factory reports on my products have been extremely detailed. Very reasonably priced too!

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  68. Hey Joshua,

    Great read even though my eyes feel like they are falling out of my head. I’ve been looking at doing this for awhile now have done MLM’s and other selling online with a little success however this seems to be a big opportunity. What effect does the opening of the Australian website have on US Amazon ? Would it make more sense being from here to sell on the Australian site first? or is US site just so big it wont but a dent in it.

    I have been doing quite a bit of research on this and sourcing products and it’s quite scary hearing about all the people who have been scammed by some unreliable (being nice)Chinese suppliers. Have you worked out a way to make sure that the company you use is legit ?

    Anyway mate if i do take the plunge i will definitely use your link and i would be great to use ur knowledge.

    Cheers

    Gerard

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    • Hello Gerard, thanks for your comment – this little review I wrote a while ago has turned into quite a novel! I’ve done MLM’s too years ago, and it was tough back then and I imagine even harder now. Some RE students were previously in those network marketing companies too.

      The Australian Amazon platform has made very little impact in Australia, and from what I see from the Facebook group, the Reliable Education students who are selling on both platforms are selling so little on the Australian site that it’s hardly worth it and so I haven’t yet touched Amazon Australia as yet. Give it 2 to 3 years and I imagine things will pick up massively, eBay Australia has really got the marketshare for now. So everyone starts on Amazon US for now, whether they are from Australia, NZ, the UK or the rest of the world.

      Yes people do get scammed by the Chinese, it’s the world we live in unfortunately. Though I imagine these not to happen as often as we think, it’s just that we’re biologically attracted to bad news and danger. At least 80% of what we buy is made in China (electronics, hardware, clothing, kitchenware, most furniture plus many more) and almost all of it with no issues, so there’s a western middleman profiting between us and the reliable China factory that made those items in our homes.

      The best protection comes from strong purchase order contracts, using an A grade inspection service like V-Trust and also taking the responsibility yourself to ensure even the little things are specified. Make a purchase order contract 35 pages long if you have to. Often defects are also due to poor communication between parties, as opposed to a factory outright attempting to scam people.

      When it’s in clear writing and both parties sign it, the factories stand up and take notice. Visiting factories in person is also an excellent way to build a lasting relationship and respect, as they know you’re real since very few of their existing clients ever bother to visit. Further to these points, add in the 30/70 payment schedule which is normal practice with most reputable factories. Place a 30% deposit to get your first product manufactured, and the remaining 70% once a full inspection is done by an independent agency, and the items are loaded ready to send to Amazon.

      Of course these points here are all specified within the RE course in even greater detail than what I can elaborate on here, plus there’s many posts on the Facebook RE student community group that expand on reducing risk. And rightly so, being scammed by the Chinese probably the biggest concern for people getting into starting their Amazon journey but there are ways to minimize or even eliminate this. And based on my constant learning from the FB group across the last 3+ years, almost every student (including myself) has been fine dealing with the Chinese when following the above advice.

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        • Yep! I can imagine using V-Trust for the next 10 years, rock-solid service. They’re the premier factory inspection service present at the Canton Fair, and even have native English speakers! 🙂

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    • Hello Vijay, you can go to Reliable Education directly, or score some bonuses if you use my referral link provided here, plus I’ll make a charity donation. It’s really up to you mate. ✌️

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  69. Hey Joshua,

    Thanks for the good review and the resources provided some really quality things you’ve noted and answered based off all the comments noted (yes i read all of them).

    Pretty keen to get started and will look to join through your link when i am ready for the course.
    One thing i would like to ask you is What was the hardest process and easiest part of the process when you went through with it?
    (e.g. was it sourcing, marketing)

    Thanks

    Anthony

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    • Hey Anthony, thanks so much for your comment and taking the (long) time to read all these other comments here. Hardest was deciding what product to choose to launch with, as I had a few to pick from and decided to go for simplicity. I had spent money with Upwork and samples on more complicated products that I have not yet as launched, due to some complexities that beginners should avoid.

      One product in particular, a unique coffee cup, would’ve required some decent capital (upwards of $25k) to launch as it would’ve been a home run. Think of the famous photographers lens coffee cup, it’s similar in a way to that. Joe Olejnik (Reliable Education sidekick) was really helpful in helping me drill down on what to choose, especially as a beginner.

      The rest was easy, especially the setting up on Amazon part with the course being quite detailed in that regard. I started making sales organically early on, and now hundreds of sales monthly. Finding a product tends to be one of the biggest hurdles that I’ve seen, but with the FREE guide already here plus the bonus guide you’ll be getting, it should help get just about everyone over that hurdle. See you on the other side soon, and hopefully catch you at the March 2019 Summit too?

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  70. First of all a big thank you for the attention you give to this subject for completely free, you are spending a lot of time and well thought out effort.
    I think I am going to have a go and will use your affiliate link if so.
    I am in the UK and know that a lot of good products are sourced in the UK and in Europe and sold on ebay and similar sites. I have been scammed in a small way from China and wonder if RE teach how to exploit other product sources than from China. Will things get tougher because of the objections that D Trump has made to so much import of Chinese goods to the USA? Does one have to be registered with Amazon in different regions to sell in USA or Europe or Aussie?NZ because fulfilment by Amazon is localised? Maybe these questions just show that I am fearful and should get on and bite the bullet. When I had no money I wanted in to something like RE, now I can afford to have a go Im afraid to risk my nestegg. I worked on sales, commission only, most of my career but want to be active and make some extra money. It should be fun.
    Cheers
    Laurie

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    • Hello Laurie, thanks for your comments. Adam really needs to get over to the UK and start doing some live events I think with so many new students joining from the UK. I don’t believe Donald Trump’s strategy is going to have much of an impact on Amazon or us sellers, we may just raise prices and the market adjusts. The buyers won’t go anywhere, the price increase will affect offline stores and other eCommerce platforms such as eBay too. Perhaps more goods are just manufactured / sourced in the US, and if it’s profitable for all parties, then that’s a good thing. Especially as you elaborated towards products being sourced in the UK / Europe and being sold on eBay, surely they would be profitable.

      In regards to avoiding China, you’ll learn how to source in other countries – India, Indonesia and Taiwan just to name a few. But more importantly than looking at other countries is protecting yourself as a seller, and this is covered in length within the course, plus the Facebook group has extensive discussions on this. Very few students, if any, are running into troubles due to these two massive resources. I’ve mentioned this one in a few other comments here.

      You’ll have to have a different seller account for USA, UK / Europe combined, and Australia. 3 accounts, all take 5 minutes to setup initially. I know it’s the same platform, but they are localized in a way as you sort of mention. Start with the USA marketplace though, that’s where everyone starts for good reason – massive sales volume. Reliable Education is certainly not something to join if you have no money, it simply takes capital to start this business and well any business actually. It’s just significantly less capital than say a traditional offline business.

      Of course all businesses come with risk and if you’re fearful about this not working and it’s keeping you awake at night, it might be wise to hold off for 6 to 12 months or just indefinitely and look at something else that you’re more comfortable with.

      Just being realistic here mate, selling on Amazon isn’t the only way to make money in eCommerce. I’ve just personally found it the easiest way after doing so many different things offline and on the internet.

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  71. Hi Joshua,
    Thanks for putting a great insight and info on the RE course. I was initially apprehensive about signing up but reading through your blog and comments us helping me to take the next step. I hope to signup in the next few weeks using your link and would love to have you as a mentor when i start this journey to start selling on amazon.

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    • Hi Kunal, thanks for your comment and you’re most welcome! Flick me an email once you join and I can send that bonus guide to you.

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      • Hi Joshua, what is your email address so i can send you a message when i enrol and also if i have any questions regarding the course. Thanks.

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        • Hi Kunal, thanks so much! Appreciate it ☺️ and look forward to helping you in the journey where I can. My email’s in the PDF guide listed above, I just don’t want to write it here just in case spam bots find me online and flood my inbox (thereby missing important emails from RE students like you!).

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  72. Hi Joshua,

    I totally forgot I used your affiliate link. This article was the one that gave me the confidence to pull the trigger on the Reliable Education course. I missed out on the Zonguru discount as I’ve already signed up too, haha. Interested in The Ultimate Amazon Product Discovery Guide though. Thanks again for the insight. Have got my brand name sorted, domain, logo, and too many ideas surrounding prodcuct lines.

    Cheers!

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    • Hi Darius, thanks for your comment and using my affiliate link. You’d be surprised at the amount of people who sign up to the course via my link and don’t actually reach out to me haha. I’ve just emailed you the guide with the email address you posted this comment with. Hopefully I’ll catch you at the next Summit!

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  73. Hi Joshua,

    I would like to very much thank you for such a great blog. I will most definitely be using your affiliate link soon. Like others I have a variety of questions but I feel I can hold back on these details as I assume many of them will be covered in the course and via your fabulous offer as a mentor. What I would like to do is tell you and your readers why I have decided to take the plunge and sign up for the course.

    I am at that age where I am 5 to 10 years away from retirement. The reality is that when that day comes my income will be very low, especially compared to what I earn now. At present I can afford to set up this business without any major impact to my day to day living. So if I do proceed and the business fails and I lose every dollar, I will still have a roof over my head and the sun will rise in the morning. I see the risk the other way around, the risk is my not making the effort to make a post retirement income stream. That to me is scary.

    Risk A: Spend $10k and lose it (recoup some of the loss as a tax-deductible business loss)
    Risk B: Do not spend $10k and do not have a potentially profitable business in my retirement (scary)

    So why FBA? It suites my situation. I can set a limited amount of time aside (on the train when I commute!) and I have the funds to invest and build an FBA business. I also do not need an income stream now, so I have the time to allow the business to grow.

    So Why RE? I am based in Sydney and it seems by far the best training for people located in Australia.

    Joshua, I would like to make one recommendation that I think would improve your excellent blog. There are many comments from people like me who are about to embark on this adventure but they lack follow up. Perhaps you could ask the people who have signed up through your affiliate link or commented here to give perhaps a six-monthly update on their progress. Although I am interested in the quality of the training, the training is only a stepping stone to a successful business. The goal is a successful business. That is why I believe that your readers would be very interested in the successes and failures of other people who have already embarked on this journey.

    I would also be interested in participating in a monthly face-to-face meet-up of others that are going on this FBA journey – either via RE or otherwise. Adam Hudson did this and it seems like a great idea. If there are other people who would like to meet face to face in Sydney please reach out or it there is already something like this – please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Phil.

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    • Hello Phil, thanks for your comments regarding my blog and being so humble as to share your sharp decision making process with everyone here. You’ve very much thought this one through! I’m meeting dozens of people who have signed up through my link at the next Summit in March, and will ask each one to drop in with an update if they’re up to it. A know a few students are live and selling on Amazon already. Personally I look forward towards seeing your progress updates over the next 5 to 10 years. Looking forward to crossing paths on the journey soon!

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      • Thanks Joshua, I am very much looking forward to sharing this journey with you and others – thank you very much for putting together such an inspirational blog!

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  74. Hi Joshua
    Thanks for all the info. Like others passing through i am at a crucial stage of making the decision whether or not to do the course. In Adam’s video he says that one can start with $1000 if they like but when searching google and reading further information direct from Reliable Income, they state “Partnering with Amazon to build a side-business over time is worth considering in our view. Obviously, like any business, there are significant risks and no guarantees. Nor do we know if you will take action or if you have what it takes to go on to become a successful Amazon seller…only you can determine that. Further, if over the first 6 months you can’t afford to invest (and potentially lose) at least $5K and 7-10 hours/week and then another $5K over the following 6 months then an Amazon business might not be right for you.” https://support.reliable.education/hc/en-us/articles/333757041716-How-Much-Does-It-Cost-To-Join-The-Reliable-Income-Academy-

    So although everyone says there is no BS from this company, this contradiction concerns me. Also i would like to know what the $10000 for the year covers? Zonguru, just purchasing product, freight costs? there seems to be a grey area which is not covered and will only be answered once the course is paid for, which again is another concern. I really want to go ahead with this course but i have some reluctance.

    I appreciate your response, and hope others who read this on your blog will respond too.

    Kind regards

    Jacs

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    • Hi Jacs, thanks for your excellent question! It’s good to see that you’re doing some real due diligence as to whether the course is right for you. I can see where it may appear contradictory in some ways.
      You can get started for $1,000 as a learning experience. This strategy is where you order off AliExpress just to learn the process. This website is the retail side of Alibaba and let’s you place 1 order of a certain product, but in this case you would order say 50 units of the same product. You’ll look for a product that isn’t being sold on Amazon right now, and something that based on your research will sell well. You’ll make a very minimal profit via this strategy, but again it’s one to learn the process and start making sales. In fact you don’t even need to do the course to do this, you can go ahead and start looking at AliExpress right now. Find products where there’s good margin to sell on Amazon FBA. That $1,000 can also include a few different samples of potential products you’re looking at, factories typically will send these to you for free but will charge postage costs which are anywhere from $70 to $150 per product depending on size and weight.

      Realistically though after a few months you’ll want to start building your own business. You will need some decent cash to get started, hence why RE give the disclaimer that I certainly agree with. Using AliExpress as a platform doesn’t allow you to print your own logo, design your own boxes and certainly you’re not able to create a new product from scratch. It’s simply a sales channel like eBay, you aren’t dealing with factories directly. So I’d definitely say you need $5,000 to $10,000 to get started. As an example: put aside $5,000 for the first order, and when your stock starts to run low, place the next order with the other $5,000. That’s product and the freight together in one. You don’t need Zonguru, but it certainly helps. It’s great software, but there’s cheaper alternatives out there. Further, add in another $1,000 if you want to come to the Canton Fair divided into $700 in flights and $300 in hotels for 3 nights. Not necessary but highly recommended!

      These costs will get you started, and comparatively small compared to starting almost any offline business. A good percentage of students are starting with more than $10,000.

      This is my personal opinion and experience only as a fellow student, and knowing dozens of Amazon sellers who all needed some capital to get started. Do you mind contacting Reliable Education (support@reliable.education) and asking their opinion? You can share their response here for the other people curious too.
      Hope that helps!

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    • Hey Mike! Thanks so much, saw that one come through just now. My email is in the PDF guide above, but I’ll use this email address that you’ve used here and send you those bonuses right now. Your email address can only be seen by myself here, no one else. Thanks again, and look forward to helping out throughout your journey where I can!

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  75. Gidday Joshua. Well I made it this far so my interest is well and truly sparked. I’m in a well paid job right now but looking to step away from full time work in the next 5-8 years. Reading through everything above, now seems the right time to look for a business opportunity that will suit my semi retirement lifestyle that I crave. I’ve just turned 50. My question to you is, is this a young persons game? I consider myself reasonably tech savvy but when it comes to business, I have not had one bit of experience. The whole idea of running this type of ecommerce business would be ideal heading into the future but my only trepidation is, am I too old?
    I feel I could dedicate 10-15hrs a week to getting started. I have some decent capital right now to do the course and get started, but for some reason I’m holding back. Any advice would be welcome.
    Regards Wayne

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    • G’day Wayne, thanks for your comment and question! When I think of a young person’s game, I’m thinking of hard labour – builders, furniture removalists and scaffolders. Certainly age isn’t really a barrier when it comes to building any type of online business from home. If anything it suits those that are a little older.

      I believe the course best suits those 30 to 55 years old, as young people get distracted quite easily and expect immediate results. Likewise, I did in my 20’s having spent $40,000 now on lots of these courses, seminars and conferences and trying so many different strategies. I really didn’t make much money until I drilled down and focused on Amazon. There’s certainly dozens of students above the 50 year mark, some of these earning good money already.

      We’d all agree that young people are more ambitious, but older people will be more focused on taking the time to select the right product for the right target market, and understand that this will take some time to get off the ground. So it’s really for those committed to build an Amazon business, some capital, time and patience as opposed to age of the individual. I’ve put the question to the Reliable Education team via email just now to find out what the average age of the 7,000+ students are. My guess: 39. Let’s see how close I am….

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      • Here’s the follow-up from RE “Regarding age…as you mentioned, age is no indicator of success but I can tell you that we have teenage students all the way up to 80 years plus.
        The majority of our students are experienced in life & recognize that nothing worthwhile in life comes easily…you need to put the work in.
        We have no way of telling, but a guesstimate on average age would probably be 45+.

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        • Thanks Joshua. I’ve started watching Adams first four videos again, but this time my wife is watching them as well. We have recently been looking at a small gift shop business in our local area, and just couldn’t come up with the 118K just to get started, not to mention that the business could probably only generate 65K income for our my wife with all of the downsides of leases, wages for employees etc. After seeing the videos, we can’t believe we were actually contemplating putting ourselves through all that just to get an average business with little potential for growth. Amazon is making more and more sense and we’re excited about to explore this type of business in more depth.

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          • Hi again Wayne, yes there’s some real downsides of traditional businesses. Have a good look at what that gift shop sells. Can you look them up on Alibaba? Can you look up the same exact products on Amazon? Food for thought, you could still have a gift shop, just with the flexibility of having it on Amazon… 🙂

  76. Hi Joshua,
    Thank you for your insight. I’m keen to learn and would love to have you as a mentor. I’ll sign up shortly and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    • Hi Mel, thanks so much for using the link! I’ve just seen that one come through. I’ll email you on the email address you left here with the bonuses. Looking forward to helping you on the journey where I can.

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  77. Hi again Joshua. I’ve been researching sales tax for online sellers through FBA. Does the course cover, ‘Set up of your channels to collect the correct amount of sales tax from buyers’ in the sellers central part of the platform? There is very little info relating to how the course prepares students for making sure their sales tax obligations are met on the FBA platform. With the changes in the tax laws in the US last year, sales tax is very complex depending on how much stock you sell or transactions you make annually. Does the course prepare you by educating you how to meet your sales tax obligations and to make sure your profit margins are such that sales tax is considered. Regards Wayne.

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    • Hi Wayne, everyone coming into Reliable Education has a different personal circumstance. Some students are in the US, some are in Australia, some in NZ, some are in the UK, then there’s the rest of the world. Some will sell a little bit, whilst others will sell a lot. There’s also a wide range of different products that students are selling, and so tax rates can differ even more so. So specific advice, especially regarding taxation for each student, is outside the scope of the course. It’s best to speak to your own legal advisors and professionals, who can give you a clearer understanding to ensure you meet your obligations.

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  78. Sorry and one last question. In the first 4 videos that Adam does, when he quotes profits that people have made in his examples, is that before or after tax profits? Considering the course has limited guidance on dealing with tax, surely its before tax profits. Don’t get me wrong, the course looks like something I’m going to do, I am just trying to wrap my head around the fact that all the enticing numbers are before the taxman gets to you.

    Regards
    Wayne

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    • Hi again Wayne. As a fellow student, I’m not sure if the numbers are before tax or after tax. But to be on the conservative side, I would before tax. I do appreciate that it’s gross profit, as opposed to simply sales revenue. Everyone’s in a unique situation regarding taxation. Some students pay little tax, others pay more. Again, it’s best to see an accountant for professional advice, so that you can receive personal guidance regarding tax matters. On a personal front, I enjoy paying more tax each year, as that shows I’m heading in the right direction.

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  79. Hi josh, i dont have all the funds yet but i am gaging to jump in.Gaging.Taken up a second job to get in sooner rather then later. Until then just wondering if you have any links/material/ray of light i can go over/ that would help me continue on the path, help me become more prepared/also to soften the edge of having to sit on the side lines.Thanl you for your time.

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    • Hey Joshua (from another!), thanks for your comment. Certainly the course is only really geared for those with funds, say minimum $5,000 + course costs. $10,000 is even better. It appears you’re very optimistic and committed towards bringing it all together, so congratulations!

      Firstly, I would read Adam’s book. It’s excellent, and will even teach you how to get started without the course, though the course is really where the magic happens. And the live events.

      Secondly, jump on Alibaba and look at items, comparing them to Amazon prices. Start writing down a potential list of products, that’ll give you a head-start for sure. Then you can put it all together when you’re ready to do the course.

      Thirdly, many have found the PDF guide attached here extremely helpful, plus the much bigger guide (1,000+ items) for those who use my link. I see you’ve also sent me an email, just replying to it now. 🙂

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  80. Hi Joshua,
    I first reached out to you before I realised the sheer depth of knowledge you and your blog provides. You clearly know your stuff in Amazon (and beyond) and I’d be thrilled to have you as a mentor, so I will absolutely be using your affiliation link. I’m likely to have friends coming on board after me and when that time comes I am happy to recommend they use your affiliation link (rather than mine) to support what you are doing here. Highly impressed with your non-biased efforts to share so much time and knowledge with us. This is just what I needed when I needed it. The Amazon stars are aligning!

    For anyone else reading this who is in the Newcastle NSW area, I’m looking at joining RE in June or July. I would be thrilled to network with anyone in the same boat.

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    • Thanks so much for your feedback Andrew! There’s actually dozens of current students in Newcastle (I’ve met a couple already), so definitely no shortage of networking opportunities or forming Masterminds. Looking forward to helping you through the journey where I can.

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  81. Hi Joshua, great review and site! I personally got a lot of benefit from it and definitely increased my understanding of Amazon FBA. Will be joining up to RE later this month and will use your link. I am Melbourne based and would be happy to connect with others who are starting this journey
    thanks again!
    Anil

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    • Hi Anil, thanks so much for your feedback. Last weekend I was at the RE Summit with 2,000+ students, and most of the people I met were from Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne is teaming with Reliable Education students already, might be something you guys have in the water?

      All the Melbourne people were joking that everyone’s from the Gold Coast. I think you’ll have no problems finding a Mastermind, and I look forward to being of assistance in the long term through this Amazon journey for you.

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      • Hi Joshua

        I wish i had a chance to meet you at recent Summit! What was the key learning for you, considering you are already on the journey.

        Thanks
        Oksana

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        • Likewise, I wish I had a chance to meet you too! The room was truly full of action-takers. There were many ‘Aha!’ moments actually. I just came to realize how grateful I am that I chose to take the Amazon journey with Reliable Education, and I’m on exactly the right path. I’ve set my business goals for the next 5, 7 and 9 years including the incorporation of giving / donating as a core element into every Amazon business that I build.

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      • Hey mate, I just signed up using your link. Had some unexpected travel that slightly delayed me.
        thanks again
        Anil

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        • Hey Anil, thanks so much. Appreciate it mate. Also, welcome to the community! I’ve just checked the system and sent you the bonuses with the email address you used to leave your comment here.

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  82. Hi Joshua

    I sign up using your link just before Summit. Did you attend it? It was a great event! You have mentioned some bonuses. What are they?

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    Oksana

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    • Hi Oksana, thanks so much for the support! Yes – I did attend, front row for the entire 3 days. Met plenty of people, including some of my students who have left comments below. How awesome was John Howard’s speech?! I’m still coming off the high, what a life changing weekend it was, as echo’d through the entire Facebook community. P.s. I’ll send you the bonuses now to your email address.

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    • Hi Nen, thanks for your content and you’ve got some super cool products on your online store. Right up my alley!

      I’ve been a student within most of these, and my accountant has banned me from taking any more Amazon courses. 🙂 This hasn’t been a cheap nor easy process, so I only recommend taking 1 course to launch yourself on Amazon. For the few I haven’t finished, I know students who have finished them that I’ve interviewed extensively to get a grasp on the content, teachers, the communities and live events. Hope that helps!

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      • Thank you for checking out my online store and yes it’s hasn’t been easy for sure. I just struggling to decide which one is for me and would love your suggestion, how long would you reckon the first launch ?

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        • Hey Nen, thanks again for your comments. I’m not sure which course would be best for you, it’s really for you to decide. Hundreds of people have chosen Adam Hudson after reading my review, but the choice is completely yours. You may wish to read through my list of all Amazon courses as provided at the top of this review.

          The 2nd question I’m not entirely sure what you mean “how long you would reckon the first launch?”. If this is time to market, you can go live on Amazon within a few weeks. Take the course, find a good product, airfreight it from China to the US, and start making sales on Amazon. But the slower approach is a more sustainable business model for the long term. It could take many months depending on your time commitment, capital available and willingness to bring some excellent products to the marketplace. Seems like you might have already done most of the groundwork already!

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    • Hi Lianne, there’s dozens of students in the UK already, and certainly a solid course for your market. It is Adam’s biggest market after Australia and NZ. In fact – Europe is his next expansion, with 300 million English speaking people and Amazon UK / Europe really taking off. We’ll have to put the pressure on Adam to start running UK-based events.

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    • Hi Danielle, thanks for your comment. I have not yet signed up for Platinum Partners as I believe you can reach a full-time income without it (as I have). I do know several people in Platinum Partners, including close friends and family members. All have had a great experience, but they also had deeper pockets than I did. Later this year or early next year I will sign up to Platinum Partners, primarily just to hang out with the big dogs.

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  83. Hello. I am a Kiwi living in the America and my partner and I very interested in Adam’s program. We already have been working on deals with China but it has been a rather
    a clumsy experience so far which is why we are interested in this program. We visit the South Pacific regularly and so going to one of the seminars are workable for us. Here is my question 1. Can my partner and I share the enrollment fee since the workshops are online and we can share the classes? Or do we have to apply individually. Question 2. Do we have to be a enrolled student to attend the seminars in Australia. (if we were to enroll for just one person (myself), can my partner go/pay to go to the seminar as well?)

    Thank you in advance. We appreciate your insight

    Cheers

    Alicia and Robert

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    • Hello Alicia and Robert, and thanks for your comment and question. Yes – your partner and you only have to pay for 1 course. Only enrolled students can attend the seminars, and both your partner and you will be allowed to attend, though you will have to purchase 2 tickets. There’s plenty of couples who join RE together with just 1 single purchase, and even some families with teenagers. The course can’t be shared outside of this however, such as cousins, friends and the like. I hope this makes sense.

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  84. Thank you for such an honest review that pushes me to go with RE after much consideration and factoring in different choices.

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    • Hello Hien – that’s great! Thanks so much for the feedback on this Reliable Education review, and the other options in the market which I’ve compared it to.

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      • You are more than welcome Joshua. In order to thank to a lot of effort and honesty of this review. I’ll use your affiliate link when I join RE.
        Please keep up this good work to help people out there who want to get in to learning Amazon training courses.
        Thanks again
        And all the best.

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  85. Hi Joshua, thanks for a great review! I’m considering joining RE via your affiliate link. Just a question – you’ve mentioned that ideally $5K – $10K would be a beneficial investment starting point, but what would be, in your opinion, the lowest investment amount that you would consider? Thanks.

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    • Hi Lidia, thanks so much for your great feedback. Yes – $5,000 at a minimum, however, you don’t need to place your order for products for a few months yet. You’re learning first. You could get started with $1,000 through testing products on lower MOQs. I’m looking at some great quality jewellery pieces currently for men that will be delivered at Amazon for under $1,000. My manufacturer is pricing them higher ($3 per unit instead of $2.2) due to the smaller order, but it’s a test run and I’ll just be ordering 200. This will be the 2nd time another Amazon seller has given me a factory contact that they personally use.

      Actually, just last week an RE student went into Kmart, found a dozen generic products and sent them into Amazon USA as a test. Add $100 through Australia Post. What a simple and low-cost learning strategy!

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  86. This is such a useful review, Joshua. Thank you. I’ve worked my way slowly through Adam’s four introductory videos making notes along the way and I was 90% convinced this is for me, but your review has confirmed that it’s the right way to go. I work in education 3 days a week, and my little boy is at school so I have 2 days per week to work on this project. It’s to hear that Adam is going to be pushing into the UK as I’m in London, and it would be good to connect with other Brits! Many thanks again – I’ll look into using your affiliate when I sign up.

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    • Hey Hilary, thanks so much for your feedback! Yes Adam’s pushing hard into the UK and Europe over the next couple of years. Exciting times ahead! ✌️ Looking forward to helping you out.

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    • Hi Hilary, I’m also in London. Not started yet but will do soon. Would love to keep in touch with you so we can swap learnings and experiences.

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      • Hi Kath, that’s would be great! Maybe leave a message here when you get started and we can connect here in London. I’m working my way through the course and I’m learning a ton. I’m going quite slowly as I’m a bit of a plodder and like to take my time (also fitting it in around family life and work) but I’m feeling really inspired and challenged by the material. Hope to see you back here soon!

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  87. Hi Joshua!

    I have a few questions 🙂

    I live in Sweden. Do you know if it’s possible to sell on Amazon in the US from Sweden or is it complicated? Is it possible to start with a smaller amount than 5000-10000 USD? You mention in a comment that you started with 200 USD! And is it worth purchasing Adam’s course if I want to start with a smaller amount?

    If I use your link will you provide email support? 🙂

    Best regards,
    Lilli

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    • Hi Lilli, thanks so much for your questions! Adam’s expanding the course into Europe over the next few years, so you’ll be one of his first students. There’s already around a hundred. 🙂 Selling from Sweden on Amazon USA is exactly the same as selling from Australia, selling from Germany, selling from Thailand or selling from India. We all source from China, and the training is provided in the course.

      While it’s possible to start with less than $5,000, it’s just MUCH easier with more capital available. I’m about to launch a product before Christmas for $700 delivered with 100 units. It’s a jewellery product with a good margin.

      Yes, not only do I provide email support for anyone who uses my link from around the world, but also some cool bonuses as outlined in this review. Looking forward to helping you through this journey. I really can’t wait for Adam’s 1st European conference. 🙂

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  88. Hi Joshia, thanks for all the advice posted on here. I am seriously looking into starting an Amazon business and doing the RE course.

    I am based in New Zealand so would this course be appropriate for New Zealand? Also, with Trump hammering some massive taxes on importing products manufactured outside the USA, how would this effect an Amazon business if my stock is being warehoused and distributed from the USA but manufactured in China? Is this having any effects on margins and is there a risk that this may have any serious risk to trading this way going forward?

    Cheers
    Mark

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    • Hi Mark, thanks for the comment. There’s hundreds of New Zealanders in the Reliable Education course. I’ve met several, and there were dozens at the recent conference. A few have left comments here too, and I’ve helping mostly Kiwis via email just this week alone. It seems my Australian-based peeps are super quiet right now….

      Sure – Trump’s increased the tariffs. There was already tariffs in place, this was just an increase. This has impacts on everyone – Walmart, Staples, Amazon sellers and every single retail store you can think of in the US. The will be retail price increases on our customers to maintain margins, but also this will help expand local manufacturing in the US which I think is a great thing personally.

      Sourcing products in the USA directly will be so much easier in the very near future, at the moment the margins are mostly too tight. Hence we all source from China. Certainly Amazon and eCommerce is only going to continue upwards growth, I couldn’t imagine any other alternative. At any time these changes come into the market, every seller kicks up a fuss and then just resettles after 6 months or so.

      Hope that helps!

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    • Go for our Mark. I am a kiwi joined back in January, and am im the process of manufacturing my first product. I am traveling between NZ and Europe a few times a year and this Amazon thing is easy to do no matter where you are. RE is like nothing you have ever experienced, the community is something special and almost impossible to find in the ‘normal business world’ I can’t recommend it enough. All the best, Paul.

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      • Hey Paul, great to see you back on my blog again, and awesome to hear about your progress in just a few months after joining!

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        • Hi Joshua. Thanks a lot. I was going to hunt you out at the summit but just wasn’t enough time. I haven’t had to bother you much which is testament to how thorough the course is.

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  89. For those that have read Joshua’s review and worked your way through these comments, I would also like to add to the common sentiment that RE is the read deal. HOWEVER… it can not be emphasised enough that this is NOT a get rich quick scheme and YOU have to do the work and work HARD. Look at it like going to university. You have lectures to attend, but it’s up to you if you write down notes. You have work to do, but it’s up to you if you do it. If you are not self motivating, then you may struggle. I’m not talking about dropping everything in your busy lives and throwing yourself into the course, rather just a few things each day. Yes, at first for someone like you and me who have no prior knowledge of importing or Amazon, it IS daunting. But make lists and check off your to do’s one and a time. Your lists will get smaller and the more you do, the more you’ll understand. The course is content rich and my favourite part is there are no tests to study for and no assignments. It all comes down to YOU to implement what you have learnt and reap the rewards. I haven’t yet gone live, but I HAVE been rewarded with a bunch of new skills and the Facebook community is a wealth of knowledge and positive support. (Coming from someone who is not really a fan of FB!)
    I applied for RE through Joshua’s affiliate link and since then, Joshua has been an amazing support in areas that I find myself a little undone. Bear in mind, we are encouraged to do the research on questions we don’t know the answers to (the FB search function in the RE private community is awesome for this), so you can actually find your way around by yourself if you’re motivated to learn.
    Joshua has proven to be a great individual and I very much look forward to meeting him at a future event.

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    • Hey Steve, thanks so much! Appreciate the feedback. You pretty well summed up this entire review. Looking forward to catching up with you soon as well!

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  90. Hi Steve, thanks for this contribution. Great reinforcement for those of us sitting on the sidelines waiting for our entry point. I myself have posted here before and have absolute intention to join RE via Joshua’s affiliate link, though I had some misfortune with a loss of job contract recently – I’ve now replaced that with a substantially higher paying contract which comes with pros n cons (but basically all pros)

    1) Due to a crazy work schedule I won’t be starting RE in 2019
    2) As a reward for that crazy schedule I will easily have $20k spare to start my Amazon journey in early 2020.

    This is a long game not a short one, so I’d rather delay my start for the best conditions. I aim to drop back my workload in 2020 which will lend itself nicely to learning Amazon, backed by funds earned in the 2nd half of 2019.

    I’m turning 40 this year, I actually think maturity will help my success where my mindset 5 or more years ago may have hurt it. So I feel 2020 will be the perfect time to get in for me personally.

    I love seeing feedback like this, please keep us posted on your progress. I and many others value it. And see you on the other side in 2020!

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    • Hey Andrew, thanks for your comment and get to see you here again. Was going to drop you another email to see how things were, as you mentioned you were going through some personal challenges. Fantastic that you’re coming in with realistic expectations, and have decided to join when the time is right for you.

      It’s interesting you mention that change in maturity. I joined RE at 27. When I turned 30, I really found that ‘maturity’ developed, and I’ve massively accelerated my results. I’m actually looking forward to age 40 for another jump, just 9 years to go. I’ll still be here.

      I saw on Instagram that Adam’s looking for a venue for the next RE conference in early 2020, Brisbane apparently isn’t big enough. 🙂

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  91. Hi Joshua – thanks so much for your feedback and detailed review! Like many others here I’d love to have some extra email support from yourself after using the affiliate link 🙂
    Has it been almost 12 months since you’ve started your Amazon journey? Is there any chance you could give a profit update from your sales to date now? I’d love some insight into what 12 months looks like (sorry if this has already been covered above!)
    Cheers,
    Lauren

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    • Hi Lauren, thanks so much for your great feedback! I started my Amazon journey 3.5 years ago actually, and have been live and selling for 2 years. My last update here was March I believe. I’ve chosen to do income updates every 6 months or so, as I’m not really one to show off my success, and simply prefer to be a helping hand towards others. Hence all the great resources available here. My profit from the business within the last 12 months has mostly been put towards more inventory and the launch of another brand, which cost me approximately $28,000.

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  92. Hi Joshua, after doing my research and re-reading everything you and others have had to say about selling on line and Reliable Income I’ve taken the plunge and just signed up through your affiliate link. Many thanks for your detailed reviews of this and other products – I found them very helpful in deciding whether this is the right business for me and which one to choose. Hope to connect with you at some point but in the meantime I’m very much looking forward to challenging myself in this new venture.

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    • Excellent! Thanks Hilary. I’ve checked my records and saw you come through late last night. I’m just sending through the bonus email now. I appreciate the support and hope to catch you at the next Summit!

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    • Hi Sarah, this certainly is a great course for those in the United Kingdom with hundreds of students there already. There’s a large expansion into Europe currently, with potential of some future events being held over there.

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    • Hi Sarah

      Being in the UK myself I have been wondering the same thing so have done a bit of internet research, read a few articles & watched webinars, all things considered, although in comparison to the US, the UK & EU market is smaller, it has a huge amount of potential & scope & will continue to grow.. I have only just joined the RE course a couple of days ago. However, I am keen to find out where Brexit will have a part to play in it.

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  93. Hi Joshua, so happy I came across your blog.

    I haven not read many reviews on Amazon course sellers, yours came first and I stick to it because I find it trustworthy).

    My journey started recently, just last week after I came across Sophie Howard’s Facebook ad, signed up for a 60 minute webinar, and had a telephone consultation with one of her advisers from Australia or US.

    I must confess that I am so excited about this opportunity and don’t understand how I have not considered trading online through Amazon earlier.

    After reading your reviews my number one preference has become Reliable Education because of high rankings from you, and because this course is $1000 cheaper than that of Sophie. The only advantage that i thought Sophie has is her 1-2-1 six 1-hour coaching sessions with her coaches (previous clients I believe, who are now trading successfully). However, in your review I noticed that those “chit chat” phone conversations must have been over evaluated in their effectiveness.

    Would you support me in my choice of Reliable Education over Sophie? 🙂 I know its quite a unfair question to ask, but in general? Do RE have an option of 1-2-1 consultation, e-mail support, etc? I think i would need at least 1 or 2 sessions to discuss the product choice. How can this be achieved in their package?

    I am ready to commit the required amount of time for training, product research etc. I am very serious about building my part-time income while studying full time on a PhD course in the UK University. I can do both, no doubts. I am mature enough and value time as an invaluable asset.

    Thanks,
    Balaussa

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    • Hi Balaussa, thanks so much for your excellent questions and feedback. Sure! I’m happy to help out with email support, numerous UK students have used my referral link. I don’t generally do assistance over the phone as emails provide you a written reference point to go back and read again later on.

      RE does have the option of 1-2-1 consultation over the phone, with emails and webinars. This is available through the Platinum Partners program but many people have found success without needing to upgrade to this. This is due to the immense amount of content in the course and the super helpful and supportive Facebook community for students.

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  94. Hi Joshua, thanks for providing this information and answering all these questions, you are evidently very passionate about selling on Amazon.

    I have just stumbled upon this possibility and I must say it is very alluring. Opening a regular business is out of my financial league, but an Amazon business is clearly a possibility. My intuition is saying « Wow! » but my reason is saying « this is too good to be true », I’m still absorbing and analysing this info to decide if I will take the course. I’m 49 and tired of cheaply selling my precious time to an employer and I want to start working for myself.

    I’m in Canada, I know this course is based in Autralia and although it is stated that there are students from around the world, I haven’t seen any mention of Canadian students anywhere, is there any reason for this apart from lack of publicity? Are there any drawbacks from pursueing this course from Canada other than not being able to attend seminars?

    In your opinion, is there a better time of year to start the course (special promotions, etc.) or start selling on Amazon? Do you know if there are any major updates or upcoming changes to the course that would be worth waiting for before joining?

    Thank you in advance and have a great day!
    Suzanne

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    • Hi Suzanne, thanks so much for the feedback. There’s certainly quite a few Canadians, and I don’t know if you’ve seen William’s comments here around the blog? He’s Canadian and has on board with Reliable Education through my blog here. I do mention also that Amazing Selling Machine may be a slightly better course for those in Canada, though at a much higher cost. Reliable Education doesn’t publicize in Canada as much as Australia, New Zealand and Europe. No real drawbacks other than as you said the cost of traveling for seminars.

      There’s some real potential here to build a sustainable business and a full time income without most of the challenges of traditional business. You are partnering with the world’s #1 company who even releases data showing the sheer volume of individual sellers like us doing 6 figures yearly. So the hype of these Amazon courses are quite justifiable in my opinion. But again, building a business of any type isn’t easy. You’ll have to work here.

      There’s no perfect time of year to start the course. The perfect time is when you’re ready. Adam from the start hasn’t been about hard sells, more so about having the right student at the right time. Major updates are happening right now, though the course is still excellent.

      Hope that helps and let me know if you have any more questions. You’re right – super passionate about helping new Amazon sellers, as an existing Amazon seller myself. 🙂

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      • Hi, I am based in Ontario, Canada and interested in learning about Amazon Business. Do you have anyone from Ontario doing this course and any meetup groups/communities to help each other?

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        • Hi Latha, good question! There are quite a few Canadians in Reliable Education. I counted 30 students a few months ago when someone reached out to me with a similar question. As far as Ontario specifically, I’ve just searched in the group and found 4 students with an introduction-post that they live in Ontario.

          Most people don’t create an intro post (there are 10,000 students after all!) so I assume there are quite a few more lurking in there and following conversions. I’m thinking that Sophie Howard (NZ/AU/UK) has more Canadians in her course than Adam has with a view to run events there in the future, but nothing confirmed at this stage.

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          • Hi Joshua,
            Many Thanks for your reply.
            After reading your blog I gathered Adam’s course is the best one but don’t think I will be able to attend the events run in Australia. Do you think attending the events is very useful at the beginning stages? I think attending the events(living in Canada) might only be possible after you stabilize in the business and make some money to travel around.

          • Attending the events is definitely useful at any stage of your Amazon journey, whether as a total beginner or when you’ve got a few products on the platform. Obviously the logistics of travelling to Australia is challenging so some people certainly hold off until they’re already live and selling while networking inside the Facebook group.

        • Hi Joshua,
          How much is the course through your referral link? Recently some face book page sent me a link saying the price as close to 2500 USB if I chose to buy within 24 hours?

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          • Hi Latha, the price is always the same with my referral link. Go directly if you prefer. Some people just find the extra bonuses would be helpful in their journey. 👍

  95. Hi Joshua

    Thank you for your informative posts and comments.

    Do you know if being a Malaysian will hinder any of the process of getting to your stage – say to start any contract with China manufacturer, or to buy anything off them/Alibaba as an example, to striking contracts with Amazon US and AU and then to sell the products there? FYI I am a Malaysian living in Australia with renewable visa every five years.

    The root of my concern stems from a few perspectives, say travelling. It’s generally easier to visit or apply for a visa to other major countries on other passports, say British’s or Australian’s, compared to mine (matching my personal circumstances). Another example is, it’s generally easier for a NZ citizen to apply to live and work in Australia, compared to a Malaysian who wants to live and work in Australia without any Australian relationship, Uni degree, and work experience etc. Are these the same in business aspects? Do you need some sort of valid visa or permission to have business deals with companies in China/USA/UK?

    I want to sign up to this programme but i worry down the track later, I can’t execute anything I learned due to citizenship restriction.

    Hope you can shed some light on me.

    Thanks
    Jen

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    • Hi Jen,

      Thanks for your excellent question here. I see no reason why being a Malaysian would hinder you. A lot of household products in Malaysia do come from China.

      For your reference, here’s a link to Amazon’s permitted countries list: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/200405020?language=en-US&ref=mpbc_200417280_cont_200405020

      Reliable Education has students from many countries including Malaysia.

      You don’t have to travel to China or the United States. There are dozens of students who haven’t left Australia yet. Inspection services such as V-Trust can inspect factories and your products on your behalf before you make payment, freight forwarders handle shipping, and Amazon handles everything in the United States.

      I am unsure regarding your residency situation and potential to hold an ABN or setup an Australian company structure for business purposes. It appears on the Australian Business Register website that it’s very likely that you can. May be worth getting in touch with them regarding your unique situation.

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      • Hi Joshua

        Thank you for your kind and informative reply.

        Great point about setting up an ABN or Australian company situation. I am on temporary visa 461. I shall google on that. Been thinking about venturing into this but wary of all types of courses advertised so glad to find your article!

        Thanks again
        Jen

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        • Hi again Joshua,

          Am going to check with the authority about ABN but can I just check with you about something please?
          Am I right to ask about setting an Australian based company but the business will be based overseas, i.e. in USA via Amazon?
          On a separate note, can the business be carried out in Amazon Australia (at same time with USA) too?

          Thanks
          Jen

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          • Hi Jen, whilst I can’t provide legal, tax or financial advice, I can share my 2 cents towards how I’m structured. I believe my situation is probably alike most other Amazon sellers. I sell only on the US platform and get paid in US dollars through my Australian company structure. Has been no problem at all. In fact, I have 2 separate selling accounts with 2 separate Australian companies, each selling distinctively different products.

            Eventually I’ll branch into Amazon Europe and Amazon Australia, again all within the same company. My business is located in Australia, not USA. I simply choose to sell my products solely within the US marketplace based on customer demand.

  96. Hi Joshua, just spent several hours reading your review and all the questions here. So thank you for the time it’s taken you to write all this. I will be joining, but not until I have some more capital behind me. In previous comments you’ve mentioned four videos and a book called Primed. I’d like to start doing some homework before I start the course. Would you be able to put links here? Of course when I start the course I will be using your affiliate link. In the meantime, do you have a newsletter or something that I can subscribe to? Thanks again.

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    • Hi Kath, thanks so much for your feedback here and I appreciate you using my affiliate link. Sure – you can go through the 4 videos instantly here and Primed can be ordered online. I don’t have a newsletter but lots of people here have subscribed to the comments below, and I think email notifications then come through.

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  97. You’re a good man Josh! Loved reading your review and the posts that follow. This has been on my mind, too, and something I am keen to explore. I see value in committing to the course and in having, like you say, at least around $10k at the ready to invest in your business for Amazon FBA. Thanks, again! I look forward to connecting to you over email and at an event.

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    • Hey Robert, thanks so much mate. Appreciate the feedback immensely and your realistic expectations of starting capital. Looking forward to connecting!

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  98. Hi Joshua, I originally found your website as I was after an independent review of Sophie Howard Blue Sky training course. I then read all of your other course reviews and was drawn to your ‘Rolls Royce’ analogy of Adam Hudsons’ Reliable Education course. Anyway after mulling it over for the past few weeks I just signed up to RE using your affiliate link so just want to say hi and thanks for all the effort you put into your blog, it’s certainly helped me make my mind up so looking forward to connecting with you! Cheers Darren, UK

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    • Hi Darren, thanks so much! Appreciate that you’ve used my affiliate link and I’ve just sent you an email too. Dozens of UK students have come through my referral link now and we’ll have to put pressure on RE to run UK events in the future. Make it happen, Adam!

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  99. Yes, being in the UK the live shows/seminars are the one area of the RE course that sadly we’re missing out on. I’ll be having my onboarding call soon so will ask if this is in the pipeline. Thanks again! Darren, UK

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  100. Hello…
    I dont see anyone on here from canada…is this viable from here, not really an option to fly to Australia to do the summits …if so, what is a reasonable time frame to go from start to selling…I know everyone is different, but an estimate??
    Thanks
    Jo

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    • Hello Joellen, I’ve had a couple of Canadians here on the blog. There’s a few in the community already. Certainly FBA is viable from most countries. I do recommend this one more for those in the United States and Canada.

      Start to selling can be 3 months to 24 months. Just depends. I’ve seen most people do it in 7 months. Hope that helps!

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  101. Hi Josh

    First congratulations for this blog and great content !

    I recently decided to give a try to Amazon FBA but I’m only at the beginning of my journey. I also recently bought Andrew Minalto’s AmazonSharks course which I think falls a bit short as far as the product selection goes. This phase is a bit overwhelming at the moment to be honnest. I done mind having to work hard but I feel a bit lost at the moment and was wondering how far RE’s course goes. I know it might not be easy to answer to this question but I had to ask??

    I might have been a bit too fast in buying The course I mentioned but at £1k it wasn’t cheap and I want to be sure before going with RE’s course that this part of the process is more to the point.

    I’m based in the UKby the way.

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    • Hey Gilles, great question! I think you’re my 3rd Gilles and 20th from the UK.

      I haven’t yet done the Sharks course (sounds a bit dangerous lol) and so can’t fairly compare the product selection modules. Often with Amazon courses they teach you how to find a product to sell, as opposed to showing you precisely what you can sell on Amazon. This is why I created my guide of 1,000 products which has received a lot of praise, as it makes this stage a whole lot easier.

      The product selection module in RE is quite lengthy and had to drop in a full screenshot here to show the modules. The course is also going into a large update currently with more content being added. Hope that helps!

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      • Hi Joshua, thanks for your reply !

        Another question: what do you think is best to launch a first product ? Is it better to start small (like £3k) or go directly with a more expensive product (£10k) to really start building a LT decent brand. From what I understood, the latter is closer to RE’s philosophy.

        I do have in fact a second question 🙂 : I initially intended to target Amazon UK before going to other markets. Would you still advise to go to the US or this market is too competitive now ? Also for a UK-based guy, is the lack of events /meetups in the UK the only thing I would be missing in the RE course.

        Thanks again !

        Best
        Gilles

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        • You’re welcome Gilles! £10k is certainly higher than what you need to launch, and this works out to $17k AUD. Consider saving your capital and starting small as you proposed to learn the ropes, then scale up as you feel more comfortable. This is a marathon and not a sprint to the finish line.

          Amazon US isn’t really competitive. At least, for people with some imagination and those who genuinely care about customers. Most products on there are pretty average, yet are somehow selling like hotcakes. I’ve just launched a product in one of the most competitive niches for this reason. Just about everyone else is being average, and I know that my product stands out big time. ☺️

          I’d still start selling in the US no matter where you live as the buyer volume is immense. The most common problem (and a good problem too) that people have in the US marketplace is selling out of stock way too quickly. Even if you sold in the UK marketplace, you won’t physically see your goods anyway as they’ll be stocked in Amazon’s FBA warehouses.

          Pretty much yep – the only thing is the lack of events / meetups for those in the United Kingdom. You might actually find RE students in your local area. As RE is expanding heavily into Europe right now, I hope to see conferences potentially hitting the UK shores within the next few years. I can’t wait to make it over personally. 🙂

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          • Ahah ! Come over ! I’ll be happy to show you around. London is really a nice city to live in especially at this time of the year.

            Thanks for your time and valuable information. I might use your affiliate link very soon 😁

            Best
            Gilles The 3rd

          • Super keen! 😀 Especially as London has better weather than the unusually wintery Gold Coast right now. Looking forward to helping you out when you’re ready!

  102. Hey Josh

    I pulled the trigger tonight (my time) through your affiliate link !
    That was a quick decision and you’ve clearly been instrumental to this mate.

    Cheers
    Gilles

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  103. Thanks for your informative review and website here. i have decided to use your referral link and look forward to corresponding with you on this journey.

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  104. Hey Joshua,
    Thanks for in depth review and answering some important questions.
    I have worked hard in Sydney (construction) for a year now to save enough money. I am a little nervous of parting with $3200 for the course but your review has convinced me (I’ll be using your link)
    I have previous experience of dropshipping on eBay and enjoyed however ran into complications and didn’t have any capital to deal with problems, I was still at school.
    Just out of interest, roughly how long per day would it require to start selling with 6 months?
    Looking forward to future communications.
    Regards,
    Rowan

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    • Hey Rowan, thanks so much for the comment and questions. Doing the hard yards in construction shows some good dedication and work ethic. Especially during these cold winter mornings.

      I would say 1 hour per day average is a good starting point when you’re a beginner and learning the ropes. Some days I don’t do any work at all, and others I might do a couple of hours to make up for it. You can put in more hours once you go full-time as an Amazon seller.

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  105. Hi Joshua, amazing blog post – so many comments, its taken a couple of sessions to wade through it all. I only recently stumbled onto the whole amazon selling concept (late to the party) but after immersing myself in all sorts of research, I’m hoping to start the RE course in the near future. I definitely plan on using your affiliate link when the day comes and also hopefully find some other folks here in NZ to meet up with learn from.
    one question I haven’t spotted an answer to yet is about product breakages. Lets say I’m bringing in dinner sets and there’s some issue in the manufacture of them. On arrival at amazons warehouse, some are broken and others break after sale to customers..
    How does amazon handle the broken-on-arrival product, how do they handle the customer refunds (and what input can i have into that process) and what sort of recourse do I have with the manufacturer?

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    • Hi Mal, thanks for the feedback and excellent question! And no, you’re not late to the party. It’s just warming up! Very few guests here yet.

      Amazon will discard the broken-on-arrival products so they won’t reach your inventory. That is, as long as they detect them which isn’t always easy in a sealed box. Remember there’s a lot of packing foam holding a dinner set together and that might give the impression to the warehouse staff that the product is totally okay to be sent out.

      Amazon also handles the customer refunds automatically. If a customer wants to return a product, then can (for free in most cases) and get a full refund. The product (if unopened) is returned back to your inventory, or if unsellable, will just be written off as a loss. I’m at a less than 1% return rate. As you’re selling via FBA, there’s little input you have in that process, and why picking a great quality product from a great factory is fundamental. The benefits of FBA (for the seller and buyer) far outweigh the cost of returns.

      Recourse with the manufacturer isn’t too common, as they generally don’t give warranties. That said, if you work with one for several years who has looked after you, then likely they’ll come to the table if product defects arise. Guanxi is now common practice in China, with many factories seeking long term working business relationships based on trust and reliability. Just like us, they play the long game.

      When starting out with a new factory, you’ll want to have your products tested prior to being sent off to the United States. One example for the dinner set is the 3 foot drop test. Factory auditing companies can provide an immense amount of checking and testing to ensure your product meets the standard at which you set. Even if it’s just a small initial order, I’d highly recommend 3rd party inspectors such as V-Trust (who I use regularly) to help you sleep better at night.

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      • Thanks for the reply. One quick extra question – so once the customer gets the broken product and wants to return it (or swap it). Does Amazon pull the money back from my seller account?

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        • Nope, Amazon doesn’t pull money back from you. Once Amazon has received your product at their warehouse, then the safe care and transport of your products is their responsibility. If it’s broken on arrival to the customer, then it’s Amazon’s fault. You’ll still get paid and the customer still gets a refund. Amazon foots the bill.

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  106. Thanks Joshua, Your blog is great and I’ve purchased RE through your link. I might have a couple of questions if that is ok, already working through it as we speak. Just out of interest, how long did it take until you had launched your product after starting the course and have you been able to make a decent income stream off it?

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    • Hi Roxanne, thanks for the feedback and using my link. It took me approximately 18 months to go live and 2.5 years for a full-time income. I had a limited budget. Results vary massively and I know dozens who have done it faster and dozens slower.

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  107. So first off you make your money from selling this course to others, so roughly from the comments here you’ve already made in excess of half a million with the white text on a hard to read background that states there is no guarantee anyone who pays for this will actually make the same profit. Also the course you’re offering is the same course offered by reliable education but you’re charging a different amount which is more than they’re charging, why is this, what are you offering that is different to the same course that you’ve already learnt through RE? I would advise people to be skeptical of this course and bare in mind the refund policy as well, with RE stating “meaning we reserve the right to refund you with or without providing our reasons why if we decide you are not suitable for any product or course. ” Reserving the right, meaning you’ll either get your refund or you wont. Consider contacting the ACCC in Australia about this course. What are your terms on a refund?

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    • Hello there! Certainly an interesting comment. I’m probably being trolled here, but anyway…

      I haven’t made in excess of half a million dollars through recommending people to RE. 😂 I wish! You’ll have to give me another 20+ years there!

      However, through selling on Amazon FBA, I believe I can hit the half a million-dollar mark (in profit) with my physical products within the next 3 years.

      My earnings disclaimer has always had a traditional black text on a white background and pretty straight forward: https://www.workwithjoshua.com/earnings-disclaimer/

      I’m charging the same amount. In fact, it’s not me charging it – it’s Reliable Education. Same course, same cost, no difference. It’s just a course referral link and if you don’t want to use it, then go directly. Many people choose to use my affiliate link because I give some helpful bonuses to students who use my link, including a charity donation. I think you’ve missed the mark here. It’s the same course I learned from. Actually, it’s had much more content added since I first took it, with now 8,000+ students inside.

      Please read up on the RE Terms and Conditions. They’ll gladly refund you without an issue. They’re simply stating that they don’t have to give you a reason on their end if they refund you, in the event they don’t think you’re suitable for the course and community. No one else in the world offers a refund in the welcome call. You won’t even get a phone call with most other courses. Also, refund policies in most other courses are hard to uphold as many others are based overseas.

      It’s a very high calibre of people on the inside (no dick-heads allowed) and RE seeks to uphold that standard. I would recommend against joining the course and community if you’re skeptical. That goes for anyone who’s skeptical. It’s just not right for you.

      If you have any further questions then I would recommend contacting RE directly: https://www.reliable.education/contact/

      There’s also plenty of helpful information here for prospective students: https://www.reliable.education/faqs/

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  108. Nice blog really detailed and helpful, I have used your referral link to buy the course, just to have extra support in the journey 🙂 (Hopefully) .

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  109. Hey this is a great review. Thanks a lot! I’ve been burned by Amazon gurus in the past and have had to ask for my money back.
    1. Will Reliable Income respond to general questions such as ‘How do I market my product without getting suspended due to Amazon’s new TOS preventing heavily discounted coupons?’
    2. Do they respond to questions quickly?
    3. What is your opinion of the teachers at reliable income other than Adam?
    4. I’m looking to join the course through your link at the end of the year (around December). Do you know if they plan to increase the price/do you think they will increase the price?

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    • Hey buddy! Great questions.

      1. Yes, certainly their team is often answering questions in the Facebook group, paired with responses from other Amazon sellers.
      2. Responses are within hours. Sometimes minutes. The group is SUPER active. Even Adam is often answering questions there.
      3. Adam’s teachers are hand-picked and are at the top of their game. No messing around in these parts. I know many of them.
      4. Yes, there’s a price increase coming this year but don’t know when. You can reach out to them for a definite answer.

      Hope that helps!

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