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299 : Devon Mahdi – Don’t buy into the hype, buy into the Data when it comes to selling on Amazon
30th April 2018 • eCommerce Momentum Podcast • eCommerce Momentum Podcast
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Devon has one of the most positive outlooks on life of anyone I have met. He knows how to overcome problems, challenges and big obstacles in life. Wise perspective from a young guy with experience can help us all be better people. Can we capture his enthusiasm though?


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Transcript: (note- this is a new tool I am trying out so it is not perfect- it does seem to be getting better)

Stephen:                             [00:00:00]               I’m excited to talk about my sponsors today, Gaye Lisbey’s million dollar arbitrage group. Amazing, amazing group. This is a teacher. This is a Gaye, was a teacher. She is a teacher. Still. You need to learn. This is the type of environment you want to be in because she’s going to help you understand why, and I think that’s the hardest part of this business is understanding why. Why is the red one popular one? The green one isn’t? Well, there’s usually a reason and what gay does is probably parsed that better than anybody and she’ll explain the reasons for those things. I think that’s really powerful. Yeah. She puts out a list. You’re going to get a use of that list if you get in the group. Now here’s the deal. The group isn’t always open, right? So you get on the waiting list and you can join the waiting list through my link.

Stephen:                             [00:00:46]               Doesn’t cost anything to get on a waiting list and if you like her service, which I find that most people do that. That’s why there’s not so many openings and you’ll be with her for a long time and so it’s amazing. Freedom Dot. She’s part of Andy Slamon’s group, amazing Forward slash momentum, and you’re going to get in to the waiting list. That’s all I can get you on right now. You can use my name and see if that gets anywhere, but what I like about it, what I like about what they teach in that group or the things that are going on, you know, the current things. I’ve seen a lot of stuff going on about stores going out of business. Well here’s where an opportunity is. Here’s why you want to do this. Hey, be cautious about this. You know, what toys are us coming out, you’ve got to think about this and that’s the learning that you need to do.

Stephen:                             [00:01:30]               And Gay is better than anybody else I’ve seen. So I’m amazing. Freedom Dot com. Forward slash momentum will get you to the waiting list. Then hopefully they can get you in the group and then you’re going to see me in there and uh, we can chat anytime. You’re ready. Karen lockers, group solutions to the number for e-commerce solutions for e-commerce dot com forward slash momentum. It’s going to save you 50 bucks. Karen’s our account manager. We recommend her to everyone because she’s done so well for us. I mean that’s quite frankly the reason we’ve been paying her for last few years, but she’s become an important part of our team. Her and her team are so involved in our account. I just see the emails coming back and forth, hey, we did this for you. I just saw two listings today on like, wait a second. Why did they show up?

Stephen:                             [00:02:09]               I didn’t put any listings up. They got a. They got set off to the side by Amazon and they reactivate them for me. You know what I mean? That’s the stuff that just happens when you have a strong team and I can’t recommend Karen enough if you use my code. Momentum. Karen pays me. I don’t want to hide that. Of course we all know that, but you’re going to save $50 and it’s a great opportunity to really, really build out your team with somebody you can trust. That’s why I recommend them. So solutions for e-commerce solutions, the number for e-commerce dot com, forward slash momentum. It’s going to save you $50. Oh, and by the way, she’s going to do an inventory health report. Why is that important? Well, guess what fees are going up. Is your inventory health number declining like ours is? Well, here’s why and what they can do.

Stephen:                             [00:03:00]               What I like is I get a spreadsheet from them and it says, Hey, here’s a bunch of inventory. Here’s what we recommend. And I’m like, Yep, re refund. I mean a delete a return us blah blah, blah, whatever it is, and it’s our destroy and it just happens. That’s what I like. The other thing that I have Karen helped me with a lot is creating new listings. You know, we do. A lot of the researchers solves, we upload our images and then boom, magically the listing goes live and I don’t have to worry about it. Those are the services that [inaudible] offers. Can’t recommend her enough solutions for e-commerce dot com forward slash momentum. Save 50 bucks. Use My code. You save $50 a month every single month and it’s a great service. Plus you get that free inventory health report. I think it’s a really powerful way, so I can’t.

Stephen:                             [00:03:45]               I’m so excited how many people have been joining it because I see it and I’m excited because of the messages I get from people saying, hey, this is great. I finally feel like I can focus on something else because Karen and her team are watching this for me and you know, I highly recommend her next seller labs and scope. Then we’ll set it wrong. It’s amazing. I mean, it really is amazing when you sit back and think about, hey, I want to get this product up and it’s similar to this product and that product does well. Well, therefore, if that product does well, they have the right keywords, they’ve chosen things correctly, so guess what? You scope and you could see all that stuff and that’s what the most powerful thing in the world is to copy somebody who’s done it right. That’s what you want to.

Stephen:                             [00:04:29]               You want to take advantage of that, right? I mean it’s, it’s fair to see and so therefore you can take and apply it to your listing and immediately get that same benefit. That’s what scope does for me. Seller, forward slash momentum. It’s going to save you $50 on the surface. Oh, by the way, it’s free to try, so sign up, try it and say, oh, this is how it’s done. Boom. And then you’re going to see the lights going to go on and you’re going to be like, man, I can get my products out there. I just can’t wait. Can’t wait. So our forward slash momentum. The other day I bought another domain. Yes, I bought another domain. It’s almost like A. I’m admitting guilt, but it’s because I had an idea and it was something that was a pretty good idea. I think it’s going to go pretty far and so what do I do?

Stephen:                             [00:05:19]               I go to try go forward slash momentum and save 30 percent. So domains aren’t very expensive. You get a few services. It adds up a little bit and I usually buy it three years. I usually buy privacy by the way, I recommend that to buy that, you know, it’s not that much money but when you can save 30 percent it makes it that much sweeter and it makes it easier when you’re buying domains and especially if you buy a bunch of domains. I am a domain collector and so I do tend to do that, but that 30 percent makes it a lot easier and I use go daddy because what I like is I can pop in an address I’m thinking and it’ll say nope, nope, try this version or try this extension and then boom, there it is. Hey, you better hurry before it goes away and the right, you know.

Stephen:                             [00:06:01]               And so try go forward slash momentum save 30 percent. Also want to mention about grasshopper, was that just talking to somebody the other day? And they were like, Oh yeah, use this company called grasp. I’m like, dude, did you buy through my link and save 30 percent? Hello? Know they miss that. So save 30 percentage, try forward slash momentum. No surprise there, but you’re going to save 30 percent and what the real cool part about that is they’re using it for their private label business and it gives them virtually a second phone on their current phone without having to get another number. They can make up a vanity number. They don’t have to go and do all the grief and sign contracts. Pretty easy stuff, and so if you’re creating a brand that you want to identify, you want to look professional, you want to look like a real company, grasshoppers, a great tool. It’s an app you put on your existing phone and boom, you now have a customer service for you. Now have a sales department, didn’t have a manufacturing division. You could forward it to somebody else. You can have it go to different voicemails, different departments, and it’s all included. So try, forward slash momentum. Save 30 percent.

Cool voice guy:                  [00:07:13]               Welcome to the e-commerce momentum podcast where we focus on the people, the products, and the process of e-commerce selling. Today. Here’s your host, Steven Peterson.

Stephen:                             [00:07:27]               Welcome back to the e-commerce momentum podcast. This is episode 299. Devin, Marty, I’m pumped. I can’t help it. I just cut off and I always record these right after I learned that over the years, every record these right after I get off the call, but then I’m just, Ah, I’m so jazzed. He’s so inspiring and you know, I’m going to qualify this right now because it took me awhile to ask him how old he is. I don’t want to be uncomfortable. He’s 29. He is pumping out words of wisdom at 29 years old that are deep soul kind of stuff for us. Old dudes. It’s stuff that I figured out late in my forties into my fifties and I’m still figuring it out and here he is, 29 years old. Very, very powerful stuff. Um, we spend a lot of time on his history and a lot of his backstory because I think it’s important.

Stephen:                             [00:08:12]               Um, he will tell you he did not come from the best of circumstances. A matter of fact. He downplays it a little bit. Definitely some challenging circumstances. But the key is they don’t define him. Hear him when he says that you can believe it because I’ve met him face to face. He is this guy that you hear here he is that enthusiastic. Is that real? That deep, and that did not define him. And so if something in your past is defining you, you gotta let it go. And his advice at the end is really, really, really smart. Again, for 29 years old, I’ve got socks older than that. Kelly loach. What’s going into the podcast? All right. Welcome back to the e-commerce momentum podcast. Very excited about today’s guest because he is absolutely enthusiastic. He’s enthusiastic about life. He’s enthusiastic about his self, a tot circumstances, I guess I would say, um, there is nothing getting in his way of success. Devin. Marty, welcome Dan.

Devon:                                 [00:09:11]               Stephen, thank you for having me. I’m really excited. The pre show was great. You guys missed the pre show, but we’re here for the show and you’re going to have a lot of value both from Stephen and myself on this call.

Stephen:                             [00:09:21]               I don’t know if I’ll have a lot of value, but I think Devon, a will. A devin. Well, um, I already put you to name see that that’s not going to let you know. So, so let’s talk about this. So when I said that, I mean that, that you, there’s nothing stopping you, your circumstances clearly don’t define you. Is that fair?

Devon:                                 [00:09:41]               That is absolutely fair. My man, um, I think it’s the only way to live if, if we’re going to do anything of impact and substance in his world, then you have to go get it. You have to be an action taker and you have to, first of all the excuses and then you have to also overcome obstacles. So those are like the two big pillars and we can talk all day about that. But I know we have a game plan and we’re going to get into other content, but that’s what it really comes down to in my opinion.

Stephen:                             [00:10:09]               Well, no, let’s, let’s stay on it because where does that come from for you? Go back and show me why you can. You can pick up that attitude because a lot of people that come from similar circumstances, uh, and, and devin going to explain the circumstances, they never make it that far. They never make that. They get never get over the hump. How did you.

Devon:                                 [00:10:34]               So basically do you guys want to hear my story? It’s pretty much rags to riches. It’s the cliché almost a cliché rags to riches story. Now I hate the term cliché because we all have, even if you guys didn’t come from rags where you came from a middle class family, um, I’ll tell you this guys. I had friends in middle school and stuff that were middle class and I’ve gone back and visited their houses now and a lot of the conversations and a lot of the stuff is very similar to people in poverty. It’s just that their financial, you know, poverty. I’m talking to poverty. Steven on my household income growing up with $750 a month, fixed income and maybe we had $100 in food stamps were living in the house. It was myself a, well, first of all, go back one year after I was born.

Devon:                                 [00:11:21]               I was in a foster home. Uh, my mom was mentally very mentally ill in my, my father actually left my mother when she was pregnant and I have never met my father. I’m never met him. And uh, you know, I do have peace about it now. I, you know, I forgive him. I understand that we’re all flawed people and I don’t want to hold any type of resentment. And that’s another big factor too. If you’re holding resentment, it’s very hard to build a business and it’s very hard to get out of bed, much less a business.

Stephen:                             [00:11:48]               You there for a second because I never said this out loud. I’m in very similar circumstances. My father left. I’ve

Devon:                                 [00:11:53]               never met him so I can relate and he just passed away last year. I just found out. So anyway, go ahead, keep going. Sorry about that.






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