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Amazon Deals Review: Online Arbitrage by Chris Green

“The modern bible for online resellers”

Longtime FatWallet forums member Chris Green shares the “BLUEPRINT for buying products to sell online for BIG PROFITS” in his book, ONLINE ARBITRAGE. Since 1999, Chris Green has been doing Retail Arbitrage, the business of buying items at retail stores and selling them online for a profit. From humble beginnings selling wrestling action figures on eBay, he has since perfected this low-risk, high-margin business model now known as Retail Arbitrage.

This 5-star book has rave reviews on Amazon. Here’s a quick review by FatWallet’s in-house reseller guru, Jeff Stenzel:

onlinearbitrage-chrisgreenOnline Arbitrage should be considered the modern bible for online resellers.  The author, Chris Green is a successful FBA expert.  FBA for anyone unfamiliar with the term is Fulfilled by Amazon.  Chris is also founder of ScanPower, a group of online resellers that takes pride in the ability to locate the best deals online and turn them around for a profit. Read more

Tech Alert: FatWallet Express cash back extension is “easy button” for savings


Just in time for prime December holiday sales, FatWallet launches new smart browser tool for Chrome, Safari and Firefox users called FatWallet Express. The browser extension (plug-in, addon) alerts online shoppers when cash back savings are available whether they’re searching or on a store’s web site (more than 1,000 retailers). Users can activate cash back without having to go back and click through the FatWallet site. (some stores require a click to activate cash back, FatWallet Express displays a notification alert with an “Activate Cash Back” button).

Top features include:

  • Save Time: Shop directly at your favorite stores and get automatic Cash Back notifications.
  • Save Money: Cash Back is now displayed in your search results, so you’ll always get the best deal.
  • Save More: Drop down menu provide additional coupons, deals and sales available from favorite stores and access to account information (history, balance and cash back status on recent purchases).




What to buy in December 2014

 What to buy in December? …or When!

DEC-deals-2014Online shoppers spend more money in December than any other month. FatWallet’s Holiday Spending survey confirms as consumers say they plan to spend more money during December sales than on Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals this year. They’ll spend the majority of money on gifts and food, and overall, 78% will spend the same or more than last year. (See INFOGRAPHIC for more results.) Smart shoppers will look to stack discounts to make this big spend pay off, especially during FatWallet’s holiday cash back sale with hundreds of top stores increasing cash back throughout December. Read more

Black Friday Deals: Stacking Benjamins interviews FatWallet

logoStacking Benjamins Show, the super smart personal finance podcast officianados, features FatWallet’s Brent Shelton to talk Black Friday Deals, the good, the better and the quirky!

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We cover what the good savings are and how to make them better. You can find these deals on FatWallet’s Black Friday site and get holiday increased cash back too.

About Stacking Benjamins: Joe Saul-Sehy and Shannon McLay share thoughts on recent financial news reported in the media 4 days a week and tell stories about successful money management from people who have stacked a few of their own. Check out the show!

INFOGRAPHIC: Holiday Spending Biggest for Gifts and Food This Year

Consumers expect to spend more money during December sales than on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day or any other sales event this holiday.

A new national Holiday Spending survey from found that American adults plan to spend more money during December sales than on Black Friday Deals or shopping on Cyber Monday and Free Shipping Day. The infographic below reveals how consumers are planning to spend money this holiday season, what they are most likely to purchase and whether they will spend more, the same, or less on items they need for holiday activities. Results from its 2014 Holiday Spending Survey (*TNS Global) and Infographic. Compared to last year, 63% said they plan to spend (overall) the same this holiday season, while 15% said more and 22% said less. They also said they plan to spend slightly more money during December sales than on Black Friday, and 77% will spend the same or more on holiday gifts, compared to last year. “Consumers now expect to get more for less and recognize the opportunities to save money when they spend it, especially on gifts,” States Brent Shelton, FatWallet Shopping Expert. “The smart shoppers will add increased holiday cash back to these deals bring the biggest savings of the year.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: Shoppers Rank Cyber Monday Deals and Savings

A new national survey about Cyber Monday shopping behavior from (*TNS) reports that shoppers think Cyber Monday deals ranks #2 only to Black Friday deals. The survey also reveals that 54% of 2014 Cyber Monday shoppers plan to buy holiday gifts, while 1 in 4 will shop Cyber Monday sales looking for “gifts” for themselves. 26% will start looking for Cyber Monday discounts early on Sunday, and while 38% will jump to shop Monday morning, 32% expect to shop after Monday during Cyber Week (Tue-Fri). Visit to compare all the hottest holiday deals (and Black Friday deals) and make them even better by adding cash back from retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Kohl’s.

*The national survey conducted online by TNS Global on behalf of in OCT 2014 was fielded among 1,000 adults ages 18 or older.

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Get Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Nov. 3 at Walmart

callofduty-dealsAre you ready for some pre-Black Friday video game deals?

On NOV 3, 24 hours before the official release, Walmart announced that it will offer Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Day Zero Edition ) at 12:01 a.m. local time in more than 3,600 stores for $59.96. In addition, the giant bigbox retailer  is now selling certified, pre-owned video games in 1,700 stores, adding to the video game trade-in program started in March.

Online shoppers can combine Walmart deals with FatWallet cash back, including new Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare game purchases that will be available for free same-day pickup on Nov. 3 or 4. Read more

What to Buy in NOVEMBER: Shopping Trends 2014

NOV-deals-2014While we wait for the 2014 Black Friday ads to start leaking, retailers are wasting no time kicking off holiday sales (even in October). The term “EARLY” stacks well for consumers this year, and aligns nicely with FatWallet’s Black Friday Predictions.

SO WHY SHOP EARLY? Early sales will be the lead for “What to Buy in NOVEMBER” and smart shoppers will rejoice by taking full advantage of retailer member perks like gift card bonuses, added rewards and early access to doorbusters. Early holiday shoppers also get best selection of hot items and products retailers want to move, like previous version tablet and iPad deals, HTDVs, toys and video games, with several ways to stack discounts (free shipping, coupons, cash back sales) to possibly, run the early sale price below what we’ll see come Thanksgiving Day (the real Black Friday kickoff). Read more

FINAL Black Friday Predictions

BF-Predictions-aboutus-FINA(Newswire) 2014 Black Friday ads are sure to focus on tech products, featuring creative ways to discount new iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and a slew of other new android tablets, smartphones and accessories. The bigger buzz may just be the fact that Amazon and many other big retailers will be offering exclusive early access to Black Friday deals and doorbusters, clouding early store openings and why shoppers should even go to the store.

With these new smartphones and tablets already available, weeks ahead of pre-Black Friday sales, FatWallet is forecasting the biggest discounting ever on consumer electronics, mobile devices and accessories from earlier versions and models. Smart holiday shoppers will keep an eye out for a record number of Black Friday clothing deals, and increased store-wide discounting from fashion brands like Levi’s, Nike, AERO coupons and Kate Spade. Many of these 50% or better with free shipping (if purchase qualifies), will extend beyond Thanksgiving weekend, making for some of the best Cyber Monday deals.

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