Just a quick idea to make some cash (Amazon affiliates)

by Dragonfire Wealth 19 replies
Find a popular selling item on craigslist (iPhone, droid, samsung galaxy) something everybody wants/has.

Find it on Amazon! (all prices/items will be hypothetical)

1. Product A is for sale on amazon for $280

2. Post on craigslist in a big city saying you're selling for $320, leave a DEDICATED email address and say you only have ONE and the first person to email you gets it (urgency, it works, trust me, especially when it's just lead generation)

3. You will get flooded with people wanting to buy it (if its a big hit item), respond to these people saying you already sold it, and if theres anything you can do to help just ask.

4. 3-4 hours later (THIS IS IMPORTANT) say "HEY! Good news, I found some on amazon for even less than I was asking right here, talk about luck right?" and send your amazon affiliate link to the item.

NOW Listen Up

Don't put 3 and 4 in the same email, do you wanna look like you're trying to sell to them on this? No

People that respond are ALREADY WILLING to pay $320 for this, so you'll get an amazing conversion rate especially because they'd get it for less

Talk like a human being, not a commercial

Good luck =)

-Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Velant
    I've read about this idea in a CPA ebook, that's how CPA marketers still use classifeds to generate sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Velant
    And it works with many other affiliate products (CJ, Ebay etc.), not necessarily with amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author louie6925
    I've seen this many times before! but think I may try this out this time to see how well it works!

    Thanks for the post
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  • Profile picture of the author WPBounce
    The idea is fine but craigslist is making it hard to pull something like this off. Craigslist marketers will back me up on this. Talk about phone verifications, ad ghosting, insane competition etc.
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    • As much as I can see how this could work, there is also the ethical stand point to take into consideration (No I'm not standing in judgement here). What I mean is, if you are thinking of doing this, just check out how you feel about it first.

      If you have no qualms, great go for it. However if you feel a little un easy about not telling the whole truth, step away - it's amazing how those uneasy feelings can subconciously trip you up.

      Ultimately do what feels right to you, don't let others tell you what is right and wrong (yes - that does include me ). That way you will make money and not feel guilty about it.

      To your success
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      • Profile picture of the author JerryKuzma
        Originally Posted by The Beginner's Friend View Post

        ...there is also the ethical stand point to take into consideration.... just check out how you feel about it first...if you feel a little un easy about not telling the whole truth, step away - it's amazing how those uneasy feelings can subconciously trip you up...

        Well said. As a writer with too much selling skills training, I know how much pressure you can be under to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the truth to get the sale.

        But lying to make a sale will always sear your conscience...and that tends to wreck other parts of your life.

        Better an honest sale with a health conscience......better night's sleep.

        So, yes, there are more ethical ways of approaching this....and still plenty of money to be made......

        All the best,

        Jerry K
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  • Originally Posted by Alyona The Publicist View Post

    why don't you buy it for $280 using your affiliate commission and send it to this guy who will pay you $320? therefore gaining an extra $40! if he was ready to pay $40 for it!!!!
    Say you get 15 people. if you buy 15 of them and only 10 of the people buy, you're stuck with 5 units, also it would be weeks before you saw profit rather than in just a day or so.

    This way, the handling and delivery of the item is not your responsibility.

    -Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author NetVentures
    Don't people check around for prices before buying an item off of CL? Of course, if the item is actually scarce on-line then the urgency would justify the price. But if a buyer is already looking on-line, how hard is it to run across the Amazon price?
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  • Profile picture of the author dejo2409
    this may be a stupid question but is this legal in the uk. seems pretty dodgy but then again im very new to all this.
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  • Profile picture of the author jchoros
    I'm a newbie but I think that is really smart
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  • Profile picture of the author Seatbelt99
    For a little twist on this that will work for virtually any product follow the below instructions. (I've never made money doing this myself but apparently it works)

    1) Find a good product on Amazon that is expensive enough to be worth promoting but still a good deal.

    2) Go on Craig's List and post an ad saying you're selling that product. Give a brief description of its condition (which you'll make up since you don't actually have it).

    3) Under the description put something like "Rather than listing all the features of this product I'm just linking to the same product on Amazon. It has everything listed to review".

    Make sure you're price is fairly close to the one on Amazon. When you get an email from someone just tell them it is already sold. They may end up buying it off Amazon using your link.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author pamon
    interesting idea and wondering if it'll work, want to give it a shot this weekend and will report back. hmmm
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  • Profile picture of the author BarcsHasBite
    Honestly, I'm not sure how well this would work. If I'm looking for something on craigslist it's because I want it severely discounted or local that I can just drive to and pick up and pay with cash.

    If I wanted to wait days to buy something on my credit card and pay for shipping and wait a week or so, I would be looking at amazon or any other site first.
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  • Profile picture of the author eac07740
    BarcsHasBite brings up a valid point. When I think of craigslist I think of local sales. However there are still plenty of people who would be interested in purchasing via Amazon and wait for it to be shipped.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Man, this strategy is about 5 years old. It's very outdated. It may still work to a degree but you have two problems with it. Your ads will get ghosted or shutdown and sending Amazon links via email violates TOS.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmanjack
    The violation of Amazon's terms of service is the first thing I thought of also.

    You have to figure out a way to get them to go to your website first and click a link there.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by wolfmanjack View Post

      The violation of Amazon's terms of service is the first thing I thought of also.

      You have to figure out a way to get them to go to your website first and click a link there.
      Yep, and once you start trying to drive CL users to a website like this, flags will start flying.
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