The Reseller’s Guide to A Year in FBA

A Month by Month Guide to a Profitable Amazon Business

*Updated for 2024*

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to always be prepared for whatever comes your way in your Amazon business? Do you ever get frustrated because it seems like you’re always a few steps behind other Amazon sellers? If you’re finally ready to always be ready, then this course is for you. 

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 The Problem

The big retail store put new toys on clearance last week, and now all the good stuff is gone.

You want to make money from major & minor holidays, but don’t know how.

The “Summer Slowdown” halted your sales to next to nothing.

You just got charged a huge storage fee and have no idea why it was so big.

Cyber Monday sales seem to be good for other sellers, but your sales were just OK.

You wish you bought more of the right items to sell during Q4.

You had a pretty good Q4 but have no idea how to keep your momentum going into Q1.

Not knowing what to do and when to do it is leaving you frustrated with your Amazon FBA business. 

 The Solution

The Reseller’s Guide to A Year in FBA: A Month by Month Guide to a Profitable Amazon Business.

  • A 275+ page book with profit-packed chapters for each month of the year
  • Monthly training videos focused on each individual month focused on what to do, what to avoid, and new skills to learn that month
  • Any time we talk about a tool in the course, we also share a coupon-code (if avaliable)
  • Exclusive access to The Year in FBA secret Facebook group
  • Year in FBA digital notebook and 2024 calendar
  • Free lifetime updates (every year) of the book and bonuses 
  • Scroll down to find out what else you get

You’re basically going to get everything you need to know about what type of items to source for, holidays to prepare for, sales to take advantage of, important deadlines, and the top resources that will help you become an expert in many aspects of online reselling…. and more! Never miss a profitable reseller opportunity again. 

 How much is being prepared worth to you?

  • One time charge of only $297 today (the price goes up every year with each update!) 
  • That’s like paying less than $25 per month for the first year and getting monthly training videos and updates free for life
  • Access to the 12 months of training videos focused 100% of that month of the year
  • Never miss out on another profitable opportunity again! 
  • One time payment with free updates for life
  • Updated every year so it's never out of date  

Bonus Material – Not only do you get the 275+ page Year in FBA ebook and month-by-month training videos, but you also get these 5 valuable bonuses at no extra charge.

Over 12 hours of Archived Monthly Training Videos – I recorded 12 monthly training videos for the owners of The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA, and you get instant access to those training videos. These videos will give you over 12 hours of focused video training for the year.

Access to the Year in FBA Private Facebook Group – In this members-only group, you’ll have access to reminders of upcoming sales, Amazon deadlines, and countless profit opportunities. Members will also be able to post brand new profit opportunities that are discovered throughout the year!

Year in FBA Notebook – Have you ever wished you had recorded when certain stores had their big sales so you are sure not to miss them next time? Have you ever wished you had a place where all of your most important tips and tricks were written down so you don’t forget them? Well, now you’ll have a place to store all these opportunities and more.

Year in FBA Printable Calendar –  Print the 2024 FBA Calendar and post it on your wall for another visual reminder of what is coming up and what you need to prepare for. The calendar will include all important dates, store sales, and Amazon deadlines. The calendar will also be updated as the year progresses with new information.

Video – How I Use the Year in FBA Calendar – In this video I show you our Amazon logistical center where we organize our RA trips, OA orders, and our Year in FBA Calendar. I’ll walk you through how we use this area to keep everything organized so we don’t miss out on any opportunities to grow our Amazon FBA business.

 Amazon changes all the time. Finally stay current with all the best strategies and opportunities.

  • Know the critical information that is vital to ongoing success in 2024 
  • Be ready for the latest guideline changes, fee updates, important deadlines, and other aspects that are always changing on Amazon   
  • Stay up-to-date on all the strategies that are working right now for successful Amazon sellers
  • Never miss an opportunity again by always being a few months ahead of the game!

Testimonials and Success Stories

I doubled my sales last year with a lot of help coming from the information in The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA and the Year in FBA private Facebook group as well.

Diane Mashburn

When you take this course, you’ll think to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a refreshing view and will get you to stop, think, and review how you are doing things. The course is fantastic for ideas and structure to help a beginner get started, or for a veteran to critique their own existing business

Bob Willey

Wow! Where was this course when I started Amazon FBA? This book reads like a monthly encyclopedia of what to expect in a year selling Amazon FBA. This is a must read for every Amazon seller!

Amanda Moak

For someone who is new to selling on Amazon FBA, I loved how everything was laid out month by month in this course. I can just jump right in with the current month and I have everything I need to know to get started. I no longer feel so overwhelmed and can kick-start my business off right.

Miranda Haymore

I have been selling Amazon FBA for just over a year, but I was just buying and selling with no real business goals… so I decided to get this course. The Year in FBA course has already got my head reeling and I’m loving the calendar and notebook bonuses! I know that I need to go into this year with a clear plan, or it will be like playing darts blindfolded!

Mary Masliah

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 Inside the Course:

In The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA, I will break down exactly what to expect for each month of your FBA business. Here is just a taste of what the course will have to offer:

  • Which types of items are the best to buy in each month for resale
  • What important Amazon deadlines are coming up
  • The best times to reprice your inventory
  • How to avoid rolling long-term storage fees
  • How to deal with current and future brand restrictions
  • How to increase your chances of getting approved to sell restricted items
  • How to avoid the summer sales slow down and the strategies to keep the summer sales going strong
  • How to increase your chances of getting approved to sell restricted items
  • How to know about the latest Amazon guideline changes so you don't unintentionally break the rules and get your account suspended
  • How to increase your sales on Prime Day
  • How to prepare and profit from the major (and minor) holidays
  • The best time of the year to improve your feedback score (and how)
  • The best month to use advanced online arbitrage strategies
  • How to increase your sales over Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend
  • How to have the best Q4 with the “Q4 snowball method”  
  • The best strategy to finish the current year so that next year is even better
  • How and when to run your Amazon business reports for tax purposes
  • And so much more!

Q – Do I have to buy this course again and again every year? 

A – Not at all. When you buy this course, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the lifetime ownership program. This means that any time we update this course, you’ll get the latest version for FREE!

Q –  Is there a monthly charge for The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA

A – There is only one charge (right now only $297) that includes the book, the monthly video trainings, the 5 bonuses, and lifetime updates for free. One charge, one time, and lifetime updates. But enroll today as the price will only be going up in the future. 

Q – I’m a brand new seller on Amazon. Will the content in this course be over my head? 

A – Not at all. In The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA, I explain exactly what to do, step-by-step, in simple and easy to understand instructions for each month of the year. You’ll also get some advanced tips to help you move beyond a beginner in your Amazon FBA business.

Q – I’ve been selling on Amazon for a long time and feel like I understand what I need to be doing already. Will the content in this course benefit me?  

A – Congrats on your success with Amazon! With over 275 pages, monthly video trainings, and the bonuses… there are bound to be some major aspects of the course that will be brand new to you. You’ll also probably be reminded of some things you’ve been wanting to do, but have forgotten.

Q – I looked and can’t find the Year in FBA Private Facebook Group. How can I find it? 

A – Only those enrolled in the Year in FBA course can be added to this group. After you purchase The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA, you’ll find instructions on the download page about how to get added to the private Facebook group.

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 out the table of contents:

The Reseller's Guide to a Year in FBA Table of Contents

Introduction: Starting Strong

  • Wait! Don’t Skip the Introduction!
  • How this Course Was Born
  • The Key to Success with This Course
  • Training Videos
  • Repetition
  • Free Updates
  • The Year in FBA Facebook Group
  • Recommended Resources
  • Basic Understanding
  • Disclaimers
  • Links
  • Start Strong

Chapter 1: January

  • Happy New Year!
  • Know Your Numbers
  • Q4 Detox
  • Handling Returns
  • Extended Holiday Return Window
  • January Sourcing Detox
  • Adding Wholesale to Your FBA Business
  • Thrift Stores in January
  • Post-Christmas Amazon Price Drops
  • January Sourcing Ideas
  • Popular Items Sold in January
  • Textbooks
  • Monthly Storage Fees
  • Long-Term Storage Fees
  • How to Know Which Items Will Be Charged - and How Much
  • Avoiding Long-Term Storage Fees
  • Valentine’s Day is Coming
  • Chinese New Year
  • Taxes
  • Important Dates in January

Chapter 2: February

  • Welcome to February!
  • Valentine’s Day
  • After Valentine’s Day Sales
  • Craigslist Sourcing Strategies for February
  • Weather-Related Sourcing Ideas
  • Feed the Beast
  • Long-Term Storage Fees
  • Times When It's a Good Idea to Pay Long-Term Storage Fees
  • Removal Order Decisions
  • Your IPI and How to Unlock Unlimited Storage
  • Amazon Restrictions - How to Get Ungated on Amazon
  • What to Do If You're Denied Approval for a Restricted Brand
  • Using Scoutify to Get Approved to Sell Restricted Items on Amazon
  • Amazon Fee Changes
  • Slower Sales & Lower Sales
  • March/April Dates to Prepare For
  • Iced in? Get Creative!
  • Important Dates in February

Chapter 3: March

  • Welcome to March!
  • Garage Sales
  • Hit or Miss
  • Automatically Track Your Mileage
  • ASD in Las Vegas
  • Buying Complete Booths
  • The ASD Experience
  • Overwhelmed by ASD?
  • Can’t Make the Trade Show?
  • April Dates to Prepare For
  • Bundling Basics
  • How to Apply For the GTIN Exemption
  • Important Bundling Rules
  • Higher Bundle Profits
  • Marching Towards Profits
  • Important Dates in March

Chapter 4: April

  • Welcome to April!
  • Meltable Items
  • All the ASINs Amazon Has Marked as Meltable
  • Meltable Mishaps
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Automated Spring Cleaning (Removals)
  • Profitable April Sourcing
  • Garage Sale Tip of the Month
  • Taxes
  • May Dates To Prepare For
  • The Proven Conference
  • Important Dates in April
Chapter 5: May
  • Welcome to May!
  • What to Do on May 1
  • Free Money
  • June Dates to Prepare For
  • Prime Day Lightning Deals Opportunity
  • Preparing for Summer with Kids at Home
  • Avoid These Garage Sale Mistakes
  • Cleaning up Your FBA Inventory with a Garage Sale
  • Important Dates in May
Chapter 6: June
  • Welcome to June!
  • Avoiding The Summer Slowdown
  • Bundle Up to Avoid the Summer Slowdown
  • Family Time
  • July Dates to Prepare For
  • Winter Sourcing
  • Sourcing Road Trip
  • Going on Vacation
  • Expanding Your Sourcing Skills
  • The Wholesale Formula Free Training
  • Important Dates in June

Chapter 7: July

  • Welcome to July!
  • How to Make the Second Half of this Year Even Better than the First
  • Items to Source in July
  • Post July 4th Sales
  • Massive Target Toy Clearance Sale
  • Prime Day
  • Amazon Policy and Fee Changes
  • August Dates to Prepare For
  • Selling Seasonal Items on Amazon
  • Holiday Selling Guidelines for Toys & Games
  • How to Quickly Sell 25 Merchant Fulfill Orders to Qualify to Merchant Fulfill Toys in Q4
  • Important Dates in July

Chapter 8: August

  • Welcome to August!
  • How Not to Get Locked Out of Selling Toys via Merchant Fulfilled in Q4
  • Merchant Fulfill?
  • End of Summer Sales
  • ASD Trade Show
  • Back to School
  • Back to School for You!
  • While the Kids are Off to School
  • Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Amazion FBA Business
  • September Dates to Prepare For
  • Feedback Preparations for Q4
  • Important Dates in August

Chapter 9: September

  • Welcome to September!
  • Preparing for Q$
  • The Q4 Snowball
  • More Help with Q4
  • Holiday Selling Guidelines for Toys & Games Reminder
  • Repricing
  • October Dates to Prepare For
  • A Q4 Warning
  • Bundling Basics
  • How to Apply for a GTIN Exemption
  • Important Bundling Rules
  • The Q4 Monthly Storage Fee Increase
  • Important Dates in September

Chapter 10: October

  • Welcome to October!
  • Meltables
  • Q4
  • Q4 FBA Eligibility
  • Q4 Preparation
  • Stretching Your Sourcing Money
  • Supplies
  • Toys! Toys! Toys!
  • Hot Toy Lists
  • More Q4 Training
  • Raise Your Prices
  • The Christmas Smile
  • Holiday Selling Approval to Merchant Fulfill Toys & Games
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Halloween Candy
  • When to Slash Prices
  • After Halloween
  • Feedback Management
  • Important Dates in October

Chapter 11: November

  • Welcome to November!
  • Thankful
  • Dollar General Toy Sale
  • Post Halloween
  • More than Just Toys
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  • Summer in November?
  • Grocery
  • Correct Q4 Expectations
  • Online Arbitrage Tips for Q4
  • Toy Sourcing in Q4
  • Black Friday Preparation
  • Black Friday Shopping Day
  • Hiring Help for Black Friday
  • Bonus Black Friday Tips
  • Better Prices Before AND After Black Friday?
  • Go at Your Own Pace
  • Rock Black Friday Sales Every Year
  • After Thanksgiving
  • Cyber Monday
  • Holiday Prep for Next Year
  • Quick Q4 Tips for November
  • What NOT to Do During Q4
  • Final Thoughts about November
  • Important Dates in November

Chapter 12: December

  • Welcome to December!
  • Holding Your Price vs. the Race to the Bottom
  • Keeping Customer Service a Priority
  • Let’s Make Some Money!
  • Pre-Christmas Sales
  • Shipping to Amazon FBA in Time for Christmas Sales
  • The Week Before Christmas
  • A Few Days Before Christmas
  • After Christmas
  • What to Do With All That Q4 Money
  • Running Year-End Reports For Tax Purposes
  • Looking Towards the New Year
  • Important Dates in December

Appendix: Brand Restrictions

  • Brand Restrictions and Sourcing
  • Why Amazon Restricts Brands
  • Brand Restrictions and Sourcing Strategies
  • How to Respond if a Brand You Sell Becomes Restricted
  • Assessing Risk
More Resources

More Testimonials and Success Stories 

Stephen has done it again! His Year in FBA course is jam packed with tons of FBA money making and time saving tips for every month of the year! Not only does he walk the seller through all of the relevant events, sales, and holidays for each month, but also provides dozens of resources in each chapter to maximize your sourcing dollars. I highly recommend reading it from cover to cover and then revisiting each month’s chapter to be fully prepared for what lies ahead on the calendar. This comprehensive guide will come in handy no matter how you source your inventory – thrift stores, clearance sales, garage sales, online arbitrage..and even trade shows!

Jay Bayne

The Reseller’s guide to a Year of FBA is a perfect addition to your FBA education. The best part is reading it a chapter at a time. It is perfect for the time-starved Amazon business owner who is trying to run a business and a family. Read one chapter, put it into practice and move on! Another great course to add to the FBA collection. Thanks, Stephen.

Kristin Ostrander

Stephen Smotherman has put together a year’s worth of advice for selling on Amazon, all of which is cleverly broken down by month. His course is full of useful, actionable information on a huge range of topics…from Halloween bundles to dealing with long term storage; from learning what Amazon reports you must download to effective ways to bundling basics. Finding it hard to get motivated after the huge holiday sales period is over? Flip to January and you’ll learn about the Q4 Detox. Want to know what to expect in the summer months as you build your business? Flip to the July chapter and you’ll learn that you should be working on reducing your long term storage fees. While especially valuable for sellers who have not been though an entire year on Amazon, I bet a seller of any experience level will find useful hints and tips in The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA. I know I did.

Charlene Anderson

I’m so glad I purchased this course! The Reseller’s Guide gives month by month detail of what you should be working on in your FBA business. It also tells you what to be planning ahead for. I also loved the tips about which stores have the best sales during the year. Full of valuable information and the price was very reasonable. I would recommend to anyone starting an Amazon resale business.

Sandy Tooker

I have devoured The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA and I have to say this was a very well thought out, very organized, very true to life course about the experiences that every reseller deals with. Stephen’s course is an honest look into the life of a reselling entrepreneur and a must read for anybody in the e-commerce world. I am going to recommend that my Amazon clients take this course, over & over again as there is a lot of wisdom in these pages! Great job, Stephen Smotherman!

Sam E. Cohen

I can say from personal experience, this course and the support it comes with is excellent! The monthly training videos, paired with the ebook’s content helped me have a heads up about things coming up. A lot of times there were things I didn’t even consider! I also love the secret Facebook group because all the people in there have some of the same goals and are so willing to help others out when anyone has questions. In the end, I doubled my sales from 2016 to 2017 with a lot of help coming from the information in The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA and the Facebook group as well.

Diane Mashburn

Wow! Where was this course when I started Amazon FBA? The book reads like a monthly encyclopedia of what to expect in a year selling Amazon FBA. Stephen does an excellent job of summarizing each month of selling and breaking it down into easy to read and understand segments. Each month provides helpful tips, important dates and recommendations based upon the author’s own personal selling experience. A Year in FBA provides an honest depiction of selling Amazon FBA and the content covered in this course would be perfect for a new seller or as reference guide for a seasoned seller. This is a must read for every Amazon seller!

Amanda Moak

A man that can write a full chapter about February gets much respect from me. Seriously though, I really enjoyed this innovative course. Full of great and timely tips. Specifically I found the bundle discussions great and the tip to not judge a yardsale from the curb. This is a great course if you want to even out your sales and not have a feast in December and famine in June. By using the tips you can be sure to have steadier sales all year long.

Brian Vienneau

The Resellers Guide to a Year in FBA should be required reading for every new FBA seller. The profits I could have made with Retail Arbitrage my first year with this guide would have been amazing. Here comes a list of reasons why I love this course and will be recommending it to anyone doing Amazon FBA. First, I love the detailed suggestions on how to use the course especially since no one learns the same way. I love how every month’s events are itemized giving sourcing suggestions for specific topics along with important dates and valuable resources. Did I mention I love this guide? New resellers will find this book will serve as a compliment to any FBA training and coaching they are receiving. Even though I have sold on Amazon as an FBA seller since the end of 2013 this course is going to be my new Amazon FBA Bible. With this guide I am finally going to be prepared to rock my Amazon sales.

Eleanor Prior

 Who is Stephen Smotherman? 

Stephen Smotherman

I’m Stephen Smotherman, and I’ve been selling online since 1998 and on Amazon since 2011. I currently make a full-time income (working only part-time hours) selling via Fulfillment by Amazon. With my FBA income, I’m able to support my wife and boys and only work when I want to work. I truly love helping other

FBA sellers, so I decided to share my month by month guide with you. I know it will help you take your FBA business to the next level.

If you’re ready to always be ready, then 

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