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The thing I remember most from 1984 is Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Lol. They are still there talking about wholesale and Private Label. A lot of them go back and forth now with pretty much every platform. Most of the FBA specific “Guru’s” make these terrible ads on YouTube now. They usually start with something like “if you give me 2 mins I’ll show you… blah blah blah, sign up for my free course…”
I’ve technically been on eBay since ‘98 so it kind of feels like home. In 2013-2014 Amazon was begging people to sign up for FBA so I signed up because I got a free month. Amazon used to even post amateur reseller YouTube videos right on the front of the FBA homepage. So I thought, why not. Back then it was really easy, not many restrictions and good customer service. By 2016 that all changed. I went from having 4000 FBA items to a few hundred in less than a year because I was scared of getting my account restricted. The uncertainty is why I don’t trust Amazon to have my back if a brand comes after me. People will say that that can happen on eBay but the fact is that I’ve never had one brand restrict me yet on eBay. I still sell on Amazon, but I’m very careful now and I try not to take any risks. I believe that Amazon will eliminate everyone that isn’t wholesaling and or private labeling once they can, in every category. It’s just a matter of time. Because eBay doesn’t compete with its own users like Amazon does I don’t see the same issue arising.
I left the Bay Area in the summer of 2018 but I visit still once every month or so. I used to frequent most of the thrift stores in the east & South Bay.