By Jordan Malik, MBA/MS & Award-Winning Amazon Pro Merchant & eBay Top Seller


This saves me over $200/month in Accountant fees

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I am thrilled to share with you this killer eSales Bookkeeping Spreadsheet, it is going to make tracking my eBay and/or Amazon sales and expenses a LOT easier. (See it in action in the video below)

If you haven't done it already, NOW is the time to get this system - or ANY excel-based tracking system - in place.

2 reasons I am promoting the eSales Tracking Spreadsheet:
  1. It makes tracking your sales and expenses 'hand-holding' easy with video tutorials;
  2. The way Amazon and Paypal each 'lump' your sales reports into one dreaded .csv file is a HUGE pain-in-the-rear. My transactions alone made up 400 Excel pages and I had to pay a freelancer and my CPA big $$$ to go 'massage' all 400 pages so my expenses and sales could be properly categorized.
If I had this spreadsheet (it's really a 'system') a year ago, I would have saved WAY over $200/month in accountant fees. The cost? A measly one-time charge of $29.97 with free lifetime updates.

ALSO: Remember that Amazon will be reporting your income to the IRS (for the 2011 calendar year) *IF* you have $20,000 or more in annual sales AND 200 or more transactions.

Paypal is doing the same.

Regardless, you can get audited by the IRS if you are misreporting income far less than $20,000. I'm not trying to scare you, but audits to happen occasionally, and you don't want to have messy financials if it happens.

So start tracking your sales and inventory NOW...your CPA/Accountant will THANK YOU come tax-reporting time.

(If your total sales are over $500/month, I highly recommend (in addition to using the eSales) hiring an Accountant/CPA because things get MIGHTY complicated if you are going to report your income and expenses. (They'll get WORSE if you get audited).

I am double-backing this system's 100% Money-Back Guarantee! If for any reason the founder (Vickie) doesn't honor a refund to you (I know she will), I will refund you from my own pocket, personally.


You Profit When you BUY (for Halloween 2012)

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Just a quick note for those of you who are lucky enough to have some extra space in your home/business.

Now is the time to start stocking up on massively-discounted Halloween costumes for NEXT year.

You can buy NEW:

-Local stores (think: Party City, WalMart, seasonal Halloween stores, Kmart, Target, etc) - Pay no more than 20% of the full retail price (i.e. look for signs 80% off an more).

-Major online retailers (,, etc) - Pay no more than 20% of the full retail price (i.e. look for stuff 80% or more and free shipping).

You can buy USED:

Post a free craigslist 'wanted' ad with the title "We Pay CASH for Your Kids' Costumes" or whatever. Tell them the costumes have to be in very good to excellent condition - no tears, rips, etc., and offer to pay $3 to $5 depending on the condition and type (know what you'll pay before you go in - see below). 

Which costumes to buy (New or Used):

-'Evergreen' characters that do great year after year: Batman, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Mickey Mouse (and other characters), Flinstones, GhostBusters, Spider-man, Captain America, SpongeBob, Disney Tinkerbell, Pirates of the Carribean, Star Wars, Transformers, etc.

-Stick to Kids' costumes (Boy and Girl Toddler up through teen or so), where demand every year is the highest.

-Don't forget accessories! Gloves and magic wands and hats and sunglasses of 'major characters' sell well every year too. (For used offer $1 each).

If you want an indication of what did well this year (and thus will likely do well NEXT year), see this snapshot of most popular boys bestsellers on Amazon (disregard prices because they've likely come down off their 'peak'), girls bestsellers on Amazon, (disregard prices because they've likely come down off their 'peak'), and best-selling costume 'themes' via eBay Pulse.