Amazing Selling Machine - My Thoughts
Why I'm Writing About The Amazing Selling Machine
About this time last year, I started receiving emails from every "guru" and his dog about the Amazing Selling Machine (ASM) by Jason Katzenback and Matt Clark (which is not surprising after I found out that about $2000 out of the $4000 price for ASM is paid out as affiliate commission to people who promote it). The promo videos were certainly well done and I was intrigued by the idea of creating and selling my own private label products on Amazon. I was ready to join in after going through the long series of sales pitch videos, then they dropped the price bombshell.
What did I do? I started searching for Amazing Selling Machine reviews, Jason Katzenback reviews and Matt Clark reviews - like you're probably doing right now! After all that is basic common sense before spending such a considerable sum. To be honest, I did not find anything compelling. The crowd-sourced opinions were mixed at best and certainly gave me no confidence to part with about $4000.
With the benefit of hindsight, being a somewhat established Amazon seller, here's my personal opinion of the ASM:
If you have $4000 available for the course and several thousand more to manufacture your own private label and are prepared to risk it at one go, then the ASM might be your cup of tea. I am not anti-ASM, but I do think it is very expensive, can be risky and there are better alternatives available.
The best thing that emerged from my searching - the name Jim Cockrum kept coming up as someone with a proven track record and pretty much undisputed recognition as a trustworthy, honest and true authority in the Internet Marketing/Online sales arena. That led me to Jim Cockrum's Proven Amazon Course (PAC). After a few days of research and deliberation I finally bought into it and after 11 months, I always tell people it has been the best investment I have ever made in my life.
In the end it became a matter of Amazing Selling Machine vs Proven Amazon Course.
Here's a comparison of the main points:
Amazing Selling Machine vs Proven Amazon Course
The 3 main clinchers for PAC were:
Almost 1 year after joining PAC, I have absolutely no regrets. I now earn a full-time income from selling on Amazon and that is just part of a larger picture of building a multi-faceted business with multiple income streams that includes but goes far beyond private labeling your own products. If you are serious about building your own business with real resources and support from a community with great integrity and zero hype, check out the Proven Amazon Course. You can also join the free My Silent Team/Proven Amazon Course Facebook group where you can witness and interact with the amazing PAC community before you commit.
Update (30 Aug 2015): Just wrote my Proven Amazon Course Review including a screenshot of its contents.
Update (Mar 2016): Just filed my income tax and it's the highest I have ever paid - thanks to the income I now make as an entrepreneur that all started with PAC! I also paid down my mortgage by $60,000 and paid for a brand new vehicle in cash (if you know anything about vehicle prices in Singapore, then you know that's a substantial amount).
Update (Feb 2017): Proven Private Label 2.0 has just launched. I have started going through the course and can say that it's very similar to what I do. Most of my sales are in fact "Private Label the Easy Way" type products, including my first and oldest private label product which is currently ranked Top 1.9% in Beauty and another easy way SKU at Top 0.014855% in Industrial & Scientific! One note: All the "Proven" modules are initially launched as standalone courses. They can be purchased separately for those who want to get them at launch. However if they are related to selling on Amazon, they will be added to the Proven Amazon Course about 6 months after launch. This means that if you buy the Proven Amazon Course, you get continual updates at no additional cost - making PAC an incredible value, with course content that is constantly being improved and updated.
Check out the Proven Amazon Course or read my review here.
Here's an unsolicited comment from someone who bought both ASM and PAC + PPL:
"Bought PPL yesterday and we are super excited about it. Just to let everyone know how much faith we have in Jim Cockrum & Tom Freeman, just yesterday we canceled our Amazing Selling Machine program while we we still in the 30 refund period. I can assure you, we would not have done this if we were not 110% confident in Jim & Tom. We are looking forward to getting to know you all and when we need advise or a hand with something as we progress through this, being able to have a real support team to help us with things, when we need it...But what I can tell you right away and is one of the main reasons we did make the change was, having training from Jim & Tom on creating multiple channels to sell your same private label product via, Amazon, EBay, your own ECommerce site. As well as the other ways that Tom mentioned in the intro video. Amazing Selling Machines is primarily focused solely on selling your product on Amazon. As Tom illustrates in the chart in his intro video, by using multiple marketing channels to sell your products it will seriously explode your sales volume VS just focusing on one channel, hope that helps."