It’s another one of those making money online programs that is centered around selling a saturated course that supposedly makes you money by selling knock off products from a foreign country.
But hey, if you wanna risk throwing your life savings into a business model that just got wrecked by foreign (or even domestic) wholesalers…
Then by all means, don’t let us stop you from creating yet another screw up your parents give you a hard time about.
It’s supposed to show you how to become a 6-figure FBA king…but it’s truly out of reach for most people like you constrained by budgets and student loans.
That’s just the truth…you won’t get rich by chasing the next hot product that only lasts 3 months.
And while we have to be honest for this review…
This Amazing Selling Machine review has been thoroughly researched with information and testimonials that are available online to anyone in the public. Any conclusions drawn by myself are opinions.
Amazing Selling Machine – like most Amazon FBA programs – wants you to believe you can build and run a successful e-commerce business that’s automated, profitable, and generates cash around the clock in less than 90 days…
With just a couple hundred dollars in inventory…
Sounds a little too good to be true, huh?
Look, as far as most online businesses go, you could do a lot worse than Amazon FBA.
But does that mean it’s the best solution for you?
That’s what we’ll find out in this Amazing Selling Machine review.
The biggest things you have to consider here are:
While you can make good money with Amazon FBA, it’s not as easy or simple as most course creators make it sound. Let’s break these 3 down real fast:
1) Inventory Management: If you’re doing an FBA business, the promise is that you don’t need to worry at all about inventory, because Amazon takes care of packing, shipping, customer service, etc.
However, you still need to get products to Amazon. And Amazon has very strict rules all sellers have to follow when preparing products for their warehouses.
This includes packaging, labeling, and registering products in their system. If you’re preparing all products yourself, you’ll spend a TON of time on this step (potentially 4-5 hours a day). So if you’re looking for a passive, automated business that runs itself, this might not be the best fit.
Now, yes, you can hire an Amazon prep center to do all this for you, but that eats into your margins. And remember that Amazon takes around 30-40% in fees for using the FBA program, so your profits are pretty tight to begin with.
2) Product Selection: E-commerce is a cyclical business. “Hot” products are always going in and out of fashion, which means, as an Amazon seller, you constantly need to be on the lookout for the next big thing.
That means monitoring trends, searching for products that might be popular down the line, and constantly in a rat race to – essentially – predict the future.
Sure, you can play in the evergreen market (things people always need and buy), but how much profit margin are you really going to get on meal prep containers, rubber spatulas, and golf umbrellas? Especially when there are hundreds of thousands of other sellers all swimming in that same ocean.
And because you’re constantly hunting for new hot products to sell, that takes up all the valuable time you could be using to travel, explore, read, surf, hike, or whatever else.
3) Time To Profit: Now, this isn’t the slowest turnaround time, but if you think you can put a dollar into inventory today and come out with two tomorrow, you’re sadly mistaken. From the time you first buy products to sell, you could be looking at anywhere from 4-12 weeks before you see a dollar come back.
And it could take twice as long before you break even.
Now, that’s not terrible, but what if you could start building a different (non-Amazon) income stream today, and see your first profits tomorrow?
What if you could build a passive income stream that’s actually passive?
An income stream that doesn’t require:
An income stream that brings in consistent revenues every single month (from a couple thousand dollars to well over $10,000)?
An income stream you could actually build in your spare time, and grow as large or as small as you want to, without having to spend hours a day packing, prepping, and researching?
If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out Digital Real Estate.
However, if you’d still like to know more about Amazing Selling Machine, keep reading.
Their company (Amazing) is based out of Austin TX.
It wasn’t always sunshine and warm weather though, much different actually…
Jason Katzenback began his adult life as an engineering student in good ole’ Canada but quickly found out that cold weather and working a 9-5 sucks!
In 2003 he was climbing that corporate ladder at a really solid pace…but then the worst thing happened…
They canceled employee bonuses!!
So Jason did what any sensible person would do…
He started looking for ways to make money online.
Jason turned over stone after stone and eventually found himself a mentor who taught him about internet marketing, and by 2005, he started his own company called Archon Media Inc.
And by 2006 Jason and Archon Media had done over 3 million dollars in revenue by selling training products to everyday people trying to make money online.
So what about Matt?
Well unfortunately, he wasn’t on the straight and narrow that Jason himself had been on…
Matt had drug issues as a teen and was trying to turn his life around.
And he did!
After getting his life back on track and trying all the business models under the sun, he finally struck gold with ecom and became a huge success.
At just 24 years old, he was making bank off selling private label products on Amazon!
And then it happened…
The stars aligned when Matt Clark and Jason met in 2011.
Known now as the Amazing Duo, the two came together and created an online training course that was geared to teach absolutely anyone how to make money by selling everyday products on Amazon.
So what happens when you take the guy who makes bank selling on Amazon and pair him up with the guy who can market the crap out of any online training product?
You get the Amazon Money Machine!
Amazon politely asked them to change name of the course and after some thinking…they landed on Amazing Selling Machine, never looking back.
They didn’t just ride off into the sunset though…
Since 2013, they’ve made a multitude of upgrades to their training to keep their students up to date with the latest best practices around Amazon.
Looking back at just the last few years you’ll see that they’ve upgraded from ASM10 / ASMX, to ASM11, and now ASM12.
Since 2015 they have accrued over 30,000 members from 130 different countries and get this…
According to Clark and Jason Katzenback, their members have generated over 9 BILLION in sales on Amazon! Yep you read that right…9 Billion with an emphasis on the “B”.
But is this just another marketing pro with a big mouth spouting off BS so you join his course?
We hope to give you the answer you’re looking for in our full review!
It’s no secret that their are a bunch of reviews for this Amazon Seller program on the internet…
And we are never ones to say “I’m more holier than thou”…
But many of the reviews are written by affiliates of the company that get paid if you decide to buy the course from their review.
This is dangerous ground to tread on because you’re not really going to be getting an unbias review from someone if they’re financially incentivized to talk good about it.
But here at Scam Risk, we are UNAFFILIATED with Amazing Selling Machine. So, you can rest assured you are getting a truly honest review with all the pros and cons involved.
Aside from going through the Amazing Selling Machine from start to finish…
We’re also going to aim to answer a couple questions for ya:
ASM walks you step by step through creating your own brand and eventually running your own ecom business on Amazon.
The way that Amazing Selling Machine 12 members are told to do this is through Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon).
It’s like dropshipping the grand scheme of things, but instead acting as a middle man between consumer and supplier…
You actually have to buy the inventory up front and send it to one of Amazon’s warehouses.
*definitely a bit of a financial risk factor if you ask us*
Here’s what that process looks like:
Basically, once you front the money and send everything over to Amazon they take care of the rest: storage, shipping, and even customer service!
Knowing that, you can probably see why millions of people have chosen to use the Amazon FBA system…they’ve just made it uber convenient.
And the Amazing Selling Machine 8 week long training program shows you exactly how to use it to your benefit!
Amazing Selling Machine 12 is taught by 3 main ASM mentors guys, all of which have made 7-8 figures with their own Amazon businesses.
Mike McClary, Dan Ashburn, and Rich Henderson. You can rest assured that these guys have real experience and actually know what they’re talking about. They’ve been in the trenches for years now!
There are 4 main parts of ASM12
But before we get into all those extra goodies…let’s get into the meat and potatoes of the training you all came here for…
Rich handles this one.
He starts everyone out at ground zero and delivers a solid training on setting your Amazon Seller account up the correct way and avoiding the common sales killing mistakes.
We must say, the guy is pretty freaking thorough…
Compared to the other modules it feels like this one just goes on forever!
He gives a complete overview of the dashboard and gives a long explanation as to why Amazon is still a great business to this day.
In this module, Rich explains why branding is more important than just selling stand alone products.
After that, he dives into their research method called “the hot product opportunity”…basically just 7 characteristics you’re going to wanna make sure your product in mind hits.
One of the characteristics he mentions is making sure it fits in a top level category…not a sub category.
Here’s what he means:
He also gives guidance to ASM course members by providing a list of products to avoid. We found this to be an extremely helpful addition, helping keep others from getting stuck and making mistakes early on.
Scam Risk recommends that you do stay away from all the products on this exclusive list…why tempt fate?
Take note of how Rich begins…always with the product.
It’s not a bad place to start…but if you don’t focus on your target audience the most…you’re product sales will be short lived.
Honestly, if you’re brand new to this, Rich’s lesson on product opportunity in this first module will be extremely beneficial.
Some members of our team have even tried, albeit the products they sold well initially aren’t really doing all that hot today.
Ultimately it’s a great first week of training…but only a beginner method. The heavy hitters of FBA today are focusing more niche audiences and sell really exclusive sourced products.
Even though Rich did a great job kinda going over some common sense stuff when it comes to branding, we definitely think he could’ve easily added a more in-depth training that teaches sellers how to find sources that aren’t overran with other Amazon sellers.
He mentions nothing about how you could go to the local businesses in town and tell them about your skillset and help make some extra sales for ’em.
Scam Risk Team Member ASM Student Experience:
“A while back I was shopping at the store once and found this great rubbing cream for my stuffy nose, it helped a lot! I called up my friend who works there and he put me in touch with the big man.
After some chatting back and forth with an explanation of my newfound methods, he agreed to let me help him make more sales online through Amazon!
Sure, no sales happened overnight, but after a few months it helped him make an extra 3k on the month. What can I say…those things sold like hot cakes at the time!”
There are a number of different advantages when you have a source that is unique to other sellers, and targets a precise group of people (like those with stuffy noses).
On top of that…
People want to know their purchases are coming from reliable sources…it helps when it’s coming from a neighborhood grocery store!
This module covers the supplier selection process and Rich shows you how to create a framework for an Amazon product listing.
Rich focuses on two main things here:
Rich gives you a bunch of information and proper steps to take when checking out product samples.
He also holds your hand through setting up an item entry in Amazon Seller Central, showing you how Amazon will approve it without any real struggle.
As far as successful amazon instructors go, Rich really proved his weight in gold with this module. Very few people can explain things in such a clear way like he can.
He even shows you why it’s important to enter as very little info as possible at first, very few Amazon “gurus” are aware of why that’s vital in the process.
Here are some other things this module goes over:
Additional topics covered in this module:
Our main man Rich stresses the importance of really putting your samples to the test, testing for functionality and quality…
Even though is concern is totally justified, it’s pretty common for suppliers to trick you by sending one high quality product and sending your customers an off dollar brand one.
We asked our team member about it and he actually said there’s a pretty easy work around. He just sends a couple orders to his friends and family asking them to be honest. It’s also an easy way to see if your supplier is sending the same type of product to everyone!
Just like real businesses, you need to build a brand…and they show you exactly how to do so with social media.
*Note*: If you are a part of the younger crowd who’s already familiar with social media and uses it on a daily basis…you could safely skip this section. There is likely nothing you haven’t seen before.
But if you’re an older Millennial or even Gen X who’s not all that familiar with something like social media…here’s a good break down of what you’ll learn!
Honestly, this module really could be improved.
Many of the social media strategies that are taught here are basic…we would have loved to see tactics that were more high level and beyond that of common knowledge when building a brand online.
They could have at least given a 90 day content push strategy so that you could get a foothold in the algorithms. Gary Vee has some great ideas for this…surely they could have provided something similar to give Amazon Sellers the leg up on competition.
In Module 5, Rich goes over the 8 different characteristics of a great product listing and how you can create it.
Here’s four…we’ll save the other half for you to find out 😉
Keyword research is important because if you have no search volume…it’s probably not a good product selection.
In this module, Mike gives an overview of the ASM proprietary, proven process to successfully propel a product into the marketplace.
Here come Mike McClary with a birds eye view of the ASM process of launching a product.
3 phase process: LB&R
This is the module that goes over the daily maintenance of a successful FBA business. Everything from checking your rankings to emailing subscribers.
Covered in this module:
In the last module, Mike and Rich talk about future proofing business. Getting certain things lined up in a way that will allow you to make it to your end financial goal.
This module touches on the following:
Legend has it that this where all the successful (2 million + in sales ) ASM members share their industry secrets with newbies.
It’s as simple as posting your question in the “Amazing Alliance” Forum and they give you a timely response 24/7.
Many members have been disappointed by being discouraged to pm mentors
Apparently it’s frowned upon.
You get access to the online forum, coaching calls, Facebook group, and special pricing for live events! Total access the ASM Community is yours!
But the best is yet to come…
This is perhaps the best selling point of the program.
You get access to tools, resources, and training that the most successful ASM members have used to scale their Amazon businesses.
It really helps to build wealth with ASM when you have a great list of suppliers and templates to choose from!
As if you didn’t already know…
People are buying everything online.
$5 trillion is expected to be made this year in sales with that number projected to grow to $6.9 Trillion in 2023
So you know what that means?
It wouldn’t be the worst idea to start a ecommerce business…that’s for sure!
Come on, just admit it, we all use Amazon!
In fact, 80% of use Amazon just to price check things.
Then a staggering 100 million US citizens are members of Prime.
No wonder why Amazon has tripled since 2015!
Frankly, there’s just no other platform that can compete with Amazon right now
And you know what they say…if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Not only do they have 8 really in depth video training modules…
But they have a great community for support where you can join and ask questions
A private resource vault that offers tools, business insight, and extra video training!
Definitely an Amazing offering to say the least.
There is a 30 day risk free money back guarantee.
If you are not satisfied with the course for any reason, you can request your money back with no issues at all.
There is a catch though…
Last I checked it’s an 8 week course…which means 60 days…
But they’ll refund you.
They’ve got another type of refund called the 6 month success promise that promises a $7500 refund with any unsold inventory…but it has a lot of hoops to jump through and is more of a headache than anything else…
Matt Clark and Jason appear to have a pretty clean record online
There is something that raises a red flag though…
Although the Better Business Bureau has given them an A rating…
They do mention that there is an alert for deceptive advertising.
For the most part though, you’ll find that they have a pretty good reputation overall.
Amazon FBA is one of the most saturated industries today alongside Affiliate Marketing and MLM’s
There are 3 million current Amazon sellers with an average of 3 thousand joining every single day!
At this point, even the most experienced Amazon FBA sellers are struggling to separate themselves from the competition due to all the copy cats running around.
Back in 2006, it was really easy to find a reputable supplier and setup a private label…
Today not so much.
Even our grandma’s have started an Amazon FBA business.
Let’s all be honest with each other here…
It’s hard to find any kind of niche that hasn’t been tapped into yet.
On top of that it will only take weeks until you competitors come in and try to rip your photos and jack listings.
Amazon themselves even do this! They steal product ideas and even plaster their brand name on them!
The most diabolical part is that Amazon can use its own sellers as experiments to see what sells well and what doesn’t.
Worse yet, Amazon is being flooded with foreign sellers with cheap knock offs and fake reviews absolutely destroying real businesses!
In any event…Amazon owns you whether you like it or not.
It’s their platform.
To make it worse, they can suspend your account for any given reason at any given time no matter how well your products are selling!
With the snap of Amazon’s finger, your Amazon FBA business can be gone like that!
Even if you follow the steps of ASM to a T, one little issue can set the whole thing off and you’ll be lucky if Amazon support ever gets back with you.
The best thing you’ll get from them is an extremely vague email that will leave you more confused than anything else
If you thought that after you spot ASM the 5k it’d be smooth sailing…think again
You’re going to have to shell out your hard earned dough to buy your products and spend a boat load of money following their marketing steps they laid out in the video training.
Although there are unforeseen costs in just about any business, but you should be aware that the 5k isn’t the end of your investment upfront.
Remember earlier when we talked about all the affiliate blog posts on the web? Yep content marketing at it’s finest.
What sucks though is just how many of them there are!
We were appalled at just how many “honest” reviews we came across that affiliate links peppered throughout.
So there are really only two options for all this…
Either The ASM video training is the best thing since sliced bread…
Something fishy is going on.
We won’t even get started on the amount of YouTube reviews there are either.
So we’ll just come out and be honest about it for you:
Many of these “reviewers” are just Amazing Selling Machine Affiliates who are just trying to get their affiliate commissions.
But don’t get the wrong idea, we’re not hating on it. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with promoting something you really believe in…
But it certainly begs the question:
If Amazing Selling Machine 12 is sooooo profitable…
Why are there hundreds, if not thousands by this point, recommending it instead of a select few?
Answer: Daily Double
I’ll take “What is building a 7 figure Amazon FBA business so hard for” Alex.
It’s extremely difficult to be successful at selling on Amazon these days, which makes it easier to TALK about the program…instead of actually putting in the effort to DO the program.
You want the truth?
We got the truth!
According to one of their own press releases, they have said that the average ASM member brings in 60k of revenue…
The average PROFIT of a “successful” ASM member is only $575 a month!!!
Now this isn’t just one member we’re talking about…
We’re talking about the average of ALL ASM MEMBERS
Wanna know something funny?
You can legitimately make more money per month at McDonalds!
So now you know why so many affiliate reviews are out there…
Hold on to your seatbelts guys…
Amazing Selling Machine ASM Affiliates make a whopping 40% off of each member that joins through their link!
That means $1,999 if they pay in full and $399 a month for 6 months if they join off a plan.
So that’s the answer to why you see so many positive ASM reviews.
But let’s be clear here.
Selling products on Amazon is much different than being an affiliate marketer.
Two totally different beasts.
And if you’re new to the online business…
It’s really difficult, dare we say impossible, to successfully complete both.
Yeah, that sounds like a dick thing to say, but if you’re gonna put in the amount of grueling work to become an Amazon FBA seller (which, trust me, isn’t easy), you might as well bring in some REAL money.
There is a high price tag for the Amazing Selling Machine 12 Course…
You’ve been warned.
It can either be a one payment of $4,997…or 6 payments of $997 ($5,982)
It’s a huge investment…but if you pay in full from the start you save about a $1,000
But it doesn’t end there…
Most professional Amazon Sellers will tell ya…you’re going to see a bunch of extra expenses that add up quickly:
Long story short…
You’re looking at an extra 2-3k easy to get your first product good and launched…
And that’s in addition to your ASM tuition mind you.
But we can’t knock it too hard…
After all any real business will have some sort of start up cost in the beginning.
The question is though…
How long will it take for you to make your investment back with ASM?
Is Amazon FBA even a profitable business model anymore?
We’ll touch on that more later…
So, is Amazing Selling Machine a scam? Not technically. You can make money with this program, but it’s definitely not as easy as Matt and Rich makes it sound.
There’s a ton of work to be done upfront, no real guarantee of success, and – most importantly – you need to do a ton of volume to make any real money.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with front-loading the work and making the money later.
But if you’re grinding it out for 3 months and then your reward is 15% profit on a $12 product (which comes out to $1.80), it’s not really worth it.
What if, instead, you could do that same 3 months of work (in your spare time), and your reward was a $500 to $2,000 payment that came in every single month (recurring revenue)?
And what if you actually didn’t need to wait 3 months? What if you could get started today and have your first payment in a week?
And what if you could double it next week?
Well, that’s the power of Digital Real Estate.
And, unlike with Amazon FBA, you can legitimately do this from anywhere. It’s a true lifestyle business.
Your laptop and an internet connection is all you need.
Some of the most successful students in this program run their entire 6-figure businesses from:
They’re able to travel around, living their lives first, and focusing on their income second.
Because even if they stop working for an extended period of time, the money keeps coming in.
So adventure, memories, and experience are the top priority.
And they never have to worry about how to pay for the next trip, or consider asking for time off.
If this sounds more like the type of life you want to lead, just click here to find out more about Digital Real Estate.
Yes! Amazon FBA is a legit online business model. And you can run a successful amazon business. But it’s nowhere near as easy as it was 15 years ago when the FBA program first came out.
In fact, as we’ve seen here today, it appears as though it’s more profitable to promote a high price tag training course than to spend time learning how to sell on amazon with your own brand and physical products.
However, Amazon FBA (and eCommerce in general) is not an easy business model and some people fail to break even.
In any event, Amazon FBA is not a get rich quick scheme. It will take lots of hard work to achieve the types of passive income courses like this one preach about.
Despite what all these programs will try and tell you, Amazon FBA is not a passive income model. Most of your time will be spent in product research, product selection, and monitoring ad campaigns and product rankings.
Now to be honest, it can become a passive income stream…if you hire out a lot of the process. The truth is it will take at least a 6 month grind fest just to stand a chance at being a successful Amazon FBA seller.
It is a lot more difficult to sell on Amazon than most people will lead you to believe. It takes time in any online business to become successful, even when you have the power of Amazon and their platform on your side it will take a lot of hard work on your end.
Not to mention, if you have any questions, Amazon Support and service is nearly impossible to get a hold of.
The ScamRisk team has spent months researching, reviewing, and vetting dozens of business models and thousands of programs.
While there may be no “perfect business”, the research IS conclusive:
Whether you’ve never made a dollar online, or you’ve been in this space for a while but never really “made it,” Digital Real Estate is for you.
1) It’s Flexible: got an hour a day? You can do this. Ready to drop everything else and dive in full time? You can do this. Yes, the more time you put in, the faster you see results. But even with a little time each day, you can move the needle in a Digital Real Estate business.
And because this system is so flexible, you don’t have to constantly be working to make more money. It’s called PASSIVE INCOME because if you stop working, the money doesn’t.
Imagine taking 3 months off to just tour around Europe, rent a cabin in the woods to write a book, hike the Appalachian Trail, or live on the beach and surf all day.
This is only possible if you have an income stream that’s not tied to your time.
2) You Own & Control EVERYTHING: With Amazon FBA, you don’t really own anything. Yes, you technically own the products before you send them into an Amazon warehouse, but that’s it.
You don’t own the sales platform, you don’t own a brand, and you don’t own the customers.
Not to mention, Amazon can literally shut you down at any time if they believe you’ve violated their constantly changing terms of service.
So you’re building a business that could be completely taken away from you in the blink of an eye.
With Digital Real Estate, you own the assets, which means you have all the power and all the control.
3) Little To No Startup Costs: It’s possible to get into Digital Real Estate with zero dollars upfront. Because, using the strategies outlined in this program, you can get a client to pay you BEFORE spending a penny out of your own pocket…even before you do any work.
Even without getting paid in advance, you can have your first Digital Rental Property up, running, and generating profits for less than $100.
4) No Inventory: As mentioned above, spending 4-5 hours a day prepping and packing products to send to Amazon is a huge time commitment.
Plus, you constantly need to be buying new products if you want to maintain your business. You need to spend even more money if you want to scale up.
With physical products, you’ll always have limits on your time and freedom.
With Digital Real Estate, a 100% online business, you never have to worry about that.
5) Easy To Duplicate: Ok, here’s the best part: once you have your first Digital Rental Property up and running, you can literally DOUBLE your income with a few clicks, a couple keystrokes, and a single phone call (and you don’t actually need the phone call).
Remember: each Digital Rental Property is worth $500 to $2,000 a month in semi-passive income (over 95% profit). Every time you decide to create another one and increase your income, it gets easier.
Because you have more knowledge, more experience, more results, and more momentum.
If you wanted to double your income with Amazon FBA, you’d have to double your inventory OR your profit margins. And, guaranteed that’s a lot harder than a few clicks and a few minutes of your life.
6) Make Money Helping Real People: This part is what makes it all worth it. Amazon FBA is a decent way to make yourself money, but it doesn’t improve anyone else’s lives.
After all, there’s always someone else selling rubber spatulas and umbrellas. That might be fine in the short term, but in the long run you may feel like you’re missing a purpose.
With Digital Real Estate though, you’re actually helping people by solving your clients’ biggest problem…
Small, local businesses need more customers, and with Digital Real Estate, you are unleashing a flood of happy, paying customers for these businesses.
You make money by helping them make money.
Not a big, faceless corporation either…a small business owner who’s using that money to put food on the table for their family, start a college fund for their kids, or take care of a sick parent.
Once you see how Digital Real Estate makes a real impact in the lives of real people, you’ll sleep like a baby with a big smile on your face.
Now, the choice is yours. You could continue browsing, looking at opportunities like Amazing Selling Machine which could one day make you money.
You could continue researching, never making a decision.
OR, you could take a look inside, consider what you really want, and join a program that makes your dreams a reality. At the same time, joining a community of over 2,000 successful students that are living life on their own terms thanks to Digital Real Estate.
A consistent, reliable, semi-passive stream of income that doesn’t depend on you or your time to keep producing profits.
All while genuinely helping real people who are grateful and happy to pay for it.
If this sounds more like what you want out of life (or if you just want some nice side income), click here to learn more about Digital Real Estate.