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How to Sell on Amazon U.S. when you live in another country


Let’s say you live in another country (Australia, U.K., Japan, etc.) and you want to sell products on Amazon.com.

This is how most international-based sellers are able to sell on Amazon.com (U.S.)*
1.) Read Amazon selling expert Skip McGrath’s Selling on Amazon.com USA from Overseas (with special attention to the section that begins with “Thank you for contacting Amazon Seller Support…”)
2.) In addition to the Amazon requirements referenced in Skip’s article, it is recommended you also have:
a.) A U.S. based phone number (Skype provides these) AND
b.) A U.S. mailing address for returns. You can get one from MyUs.com (I’ve researched them, they’re the most reputable) AND
c.) A U.S. Bank Account so you can receive Amazon’s payments (Payoneer provides that service here) (exception: you can use a U.K. Bank Account # if you’re in the U.K.). Get more details from a Payoneer Representative here (different forum).
3.) AFTER you are done with all the above, I suggest you sign up for the FREE version of this course containing easy step-by-step instructions on how to sign up as an FBA (Fulillment by Amazon) Professional Merchant on Amazon.com. To get those FREE instructions, go to this link, select ‘Join’ (at the top), then select ‘Join For Free.’
4.) Sign up on Amazon.com to be an Amazon Professional Merchant and sign up for FBA as well (see #3 above if you need help).
5.) Next,  you need inventory to sell on Amazon. Below are three ways you can get inventory:
a) Get inventory LOCALLY to sell on Amazon.com: After you have fully set up your Amazon FBA merchant account on Amazon (Steps 1-3 above), you can now buy items locally (in your region) to ship directly to Amazon.com’s FBA warehouse (=fulfillment center,) provided you can get them cheaply enough that they can yield a profit (use this calculator). Don’t forget you’ll have international shipping charges to pay when you ship your items in bulk to Amazon’s U.S. warehouses.  In fact, you may have locally-sourced, lightweight products that are very hard to find in the U.S. and will sell well on Amazon (initially, you may want to avoid selling inproduct categories that require special approval from Amazon). Then:
  • Process your locally-sourced inventory for Amazon.com (U.S.)
  • Ship your Amazon inventory (in bulk) to a U.S.-based official Amazon FBA warehouse
  • Wait for Amazon.com to receive your inventory
  • Get paid directly by Amazon when your any of your inventory sells.
AND/OR: b.) Get inventory online, from U.S. web sites, to sell on Amazon.com: After you have fully set up your Amazon FBA merchant account on Amazon (Steps 1 to 4 above), you can then buy inventory online on U.S.-based web sites (e.g., clearance-priced toys and household goods from Kmart.com, ToysRus.com, Walmart.com, etc.), and have that inventory shipped to a pre-fulfillment facility in the U.S. The reason you are selecting the third-party fulfillment service is because you need them to receive the inventory directly (after you purchase it) so they can process the inventory for, and ship that inventory to, Amazon FBA warehouses.
  • You buy some clearance-priced toys on ToysRus.com  (a U.S.-based retailer) that you want to sell on Amazon. When you purchase those toys, th
    ey are shipped directly to a pre-fulfillment facility in the U.S.
  • The pre-fulfillment facility processes that inventory and lists it on Amazon under your seller account. They basically perform the tasks that you would perform IF you were in the U.S.
  • The pre-fulfillment facility ships the inventory they processed for you, to an Amazon.com warehouse in the U.S. (They do all these steps for a nominal fee).
  • Amazon.com receives the inventory
  • You get paid directly by Amazon when your any of your inventory sells (and you are billed the respective commissions/fees by Amazon)
Get more info on trusted pre-fulfillment facilities here.
AND/OR: c.) Get inventory from a wholesaler processed for Amazon FBA (U.S.): After you have fully set up your Amazon FBA merchant account on Amazon (Steps 1 to 3 above), you can then buy products from a wholesaler (some of my resources are right here), and (for a nominal fee) have Amazon or a pre-fulfillment service in the U.S. process the inventory and send it into Amazon’s U.S. warehouses for you. An example:
  • (If you chose a pre-fulfillment service, they will ship the inventory they processed for you, to an Amazon.com warehouse in the U.S.)
  • Amazon.com receives the inventory
  • You get paid directly by Amazon when your any of your inventory sells (and you are billed for Amazon’s services/commissions accordingly)
If you need additional help: There are several internationally-based sellers that are helping each other in the forums of the Proven Amazon Course ($247US, this price will go up to $597 in 2015) in the course’s “Selling on Amazon” forum. Many International sellers are selling like crazy on Amazon.com (U.S.), you can do it too with all the resources that are in place today.
I hope this helps you

Even babies see social cues at mealtime

Parents may see mealtime with babies as little more than a chance for kids to toss sippy cups and yogurt puffs on the floor, but a new study suggests infants may actually be learning social cues from sitting at the table.
Babies pay close attention to what food is being eaten around them – and especially who is eating it – according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study adds evidence to a growing body of research suggesting even very young children think in sophisticated ways about subtle social cues.
For the study, researchers showed more than 200 1-year-olds a series of videos of people displaying a pronounced like or dislike of certain foods.
When the babies saw two people in the video speak the same language or act as if they were friends, the children expected them to like the same foods. When they saw two people who spoke different languages or acted as if they were unfriendly, the babies expected them to like different foods.
“This suggests that infants who have diverse social experiences may be more flexible in how they think about which people will eat which foods,” said lead study author Zoe Liberman, a brain science researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara who did the research at the University of Chicago.
“Thus, parents may be able to influence their infant's own expectations about which foods are appropriate to eat by engaging in diverse social experiences, and introducing their infant to people and foods from different cultures,” Liberman added by email.
In the experiment, bilingual babies had a different reaction than their peers who only spoke one language.
While monolingual babies expected people who speak different languages to like different foods, bilingual babies expected that people who speak different languages would eat the same foods. It’s possible this is because bilingual babies are used to hearing many languages at the table, the authors conclude.
When it came to “gross” foods, however, babies had different expectations.
If the infants saw a person act disgusted after eating a food, they expected that a second person would also be disgusted by that food – even if the second person was from a different social group. This suggests that infants may be programmed to avoid foods that could be potentially dangerous or harmful, the authors note.
The study was small, and most of the individual experiments included no more than two to four dozen babies, the authors note.
Even so, the findings highlight that mealtime is not just about food, said Dr. Lenna Liu, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington who wasn’t involved in the study.
“We eat to connect with others (nourishing ourselves nutritionally but also social-emotionally) and it makes sense that the nature of those connections influence how we eat and what we choose to eat,” Liu said by email.
Parents should also take note - when they spurn vegetables their kids are likely to follow suit, said Dr. Julie Lumeng, a researcher at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
“Infants are learning when parents exhibit disgust in response to artichokes or Brussels sprouts -- and infants are also learning when adults show that they like French fries more than broccoli,” Lumeng, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.
At the same time, the findings add to the evidence in favor of family meals, said Myles Faith, a psychology researcher at the University at Buffalo.
“Parents might leverage this advantage to create as many teachable moments as possible to foster fruits and vegetable intake - whether it be through eating those foods themselves, being positive and enthusiastic about healthy choices, or showing a unified family front,” Faith, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.
“This is an opportunity for all family members at home to spread the food message, including older siblings and grandparents,” Faith added.

Low Potassium Foods

Do you have a high or a low potassium level in blood ? Protein Sources

Many protein sources are high in potassium, including beef, turkey, salmon, nuts and seeds, dried peas, black beans, refried beans, baked beans, pinto beans, lentils, soy milk and milk. Eggs are lower in potassium, as long as you consume them in moderation. Limit your intake of processed meat and red meat, and instead consume small portions of lean meat, cold water fish or beans to meet your protein needs.


Potatoes, tomatoes, winter squashes, artichokes, beets, bamboo shoots, kohlrabi, broccoli, greens, carrots, Chinese cabbage, spinach, mushrooms, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts and parsnips are high in potassium. Choose summer squash, cucumber, onions, peas, radishes, okra, peppers, water chestnuts, lettuce, eggplant, kale, corn, cabbage, asparagus, celery, cauliflower or green beans instead. If you are worried about getting too much potassium from vegetables, you can also leach some of the potassium out of them by soaking them for at least two hours in a ratio of 10 times the amount of water to vegetables and then cooking them in a ratio of five times the amount of water to vegetables.


Low-potassium fruits include watermelon, apples, tangerines, canned apricots, mandarin oranges, berries, plums, grapes, cherries, grapefruit, pineapples, plums, canned pears and canned peaches. Use these fruits to develop your low-potassium menu. Avoid high-potassium fruits like bananas, fresh or dried apricots, avocado, kiwi, honeydew, cantaloupe, figs, dates, mango, nectarines, pomegranates, oranges, papayas, raisins, fresh pears and prunes.


Eat a variety of foods, including those of different colors, to make sure you get enough of the essential nutrients. Check with your doctor to determine an acceptable amount of potassium for you to consume, and keep in mind that even low potassium foods can add up to too much potassium if you eat too much of them. It can be helpful to speak with a registered dietitian when first starting to plan a low-potassium menu. In general, aim to consume one serving of protein along with a serving of low-potassium grain and one or two servings of low-potassium fruits and vegetables at each meal.

Calcium benefits

Are you into healthy eating? Do you want to prevent osteoporosis? Perhaps you are looking for healthy meal plans, or simply to improve your nutrition with healthy recipes. If you believe that you are what you eat, you might consider knowing about healthy foods to get a balanced diet. In this web page you can learn about foods rich in calcium.

Calcium prevents osteoporosis. Bone yourself up!
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Calcium may combat cancer
Calcium is a heart-healthy mineral.

Dishcloth or Luffa Gourd

41G1qWcjcWL_Luffa Aegyptiaca gourd-luffa

Also called Chinese okra or ridged gourd,Angled luffa,Egyptian cucumber, and also known as Vietnamese luffa . This special is a natural dishcloth, . Many ladies prefer this dishcloth.

The vigorous plant has a heavy fruit set of ridged, dark green, club-shaped fruits that are best harvested about 18” long and 2” in diameter.

Note that Chinese okra  may be named for 2 Species Luffa acutangula and Luffa aegyptiaca with the same genus Cucumis.

Planting Luffa aegyptiaca

Luffa aegyptiaca requires a long, warm growing season

Prepare fertile, well drained soil after all danger of frost in spring. Mix  fertilizer with the loosened soil.

The seed coat is hard and should be soaked in warm water for 24 hours or lightly scarified before sowing.

Sow the luffa seeds at a depth equal to half their length in a warm, sunny location. 

Hill planting: Create hills using a garden hoe. Leave approximately 6 feet between each hill.

Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4’ tall. Space mounds 4-6’ apart. On each mound plant 1-2 seeds.

Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Hand pollination may be necessary. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest.

Apply high-nitrogen fertilizer one week after flowers appear.Feed the plants again with high-nitrogen fertilizer in three weeks.

To process for luffa sponges, allow gourds to hang on the vine until they are fully mature and the skin dries and hardens. Remove skin and seeds.

Buying Luffa aegyptiaca seeds

For US and Canada growers : Buy bull seeds from kitazawaseed or retail packet form parkseed ( $2.95 for 25 seeds )

Asia grower can buy from TM Garden or Vuon cua Bon

International buyer can buy directly from Amazon here.

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Chuzzle Cucumber Cucumis Dipsaceus Seeds

Chuzzle Cucumber Cucumis Dipsaceus Seeds

Chuzzle Cucumber Cucumis Dipsaceus Seeds



Price: $3.00


"Chuzzle" Cucumber Cucumis Dipsaceus

25+seeds of this very hard to find, ancient medicinal cucumber.

Spiky looking, but yet soft and flexible like "Velcro".

Looks like a yellow "Chuzzle" when fully ripe!

Great fun for the kiddies to grow and has a mild flavour when small and green. Good pickled or eaten fresh sliced thinly in sandwiches.

Very, bitter when big and bright yellow! Absolutely the most bitter thing in the world when they go bright yellow.

The difference between green and yellow in flavour is amazing, and there is no way you would ever eat a yellow one even if you were starving. That's the other reason they are a great plant to grow!

Great for stopping chewing or damage to your stuff by the critters!

100% safe for people, dogs, cats, horses, etc etc etc......... But, if you have a horse that won't stop chewing its dug, or a dog chewing its house or even if you can't stop chewing your nails.

Whatever it is, just apply some of the juice and that will stop it immediately! Just cut a bright yellow one in half and rub the cut surface on the affected area.

We use them for stopping the rabbits and bettongs ring-barking our seedling fruit trees in the dry times. What we do is, squeeze a heap just like oranges, strain the juice, and 2 cups of water for every cup of juice, and just paint it on with a paintbrush. You can freeze the left overs till next time you need it which is handy. Puts an immediate stop to all chewing by mammals, and even some insects!

Doesn't stain(not that I have noticed but always "patch test" it first), it's not poisonous (actually, its quite healthy, and has a long history of medicinal use) and even more importantly its CHEAP!

We get about 300 off a large vine,(every fruit in that picture was of ONE plant about 1.2m square, and that's not counting us picking and eating heaps of the nice small ones to munch on as they grew.

Used in Madagascar and Africa as a food and a Medicinal plant for thousands of years.

The ripe yellow fruit can be crushed and used as a "fish poison". It removes and/or binds up the O2 in the water and the fish float due to the Saponins and it totally works. Various "saponins" are also used commercially to treat many different diseases such as high cholesterol, heart disease, blood cancers and various forms of lung cancers.

And even more importantly, it looks really really cool!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

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