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Update on Using a Shared VA with My Amazon FBA Sourcing

Hello!  In this post, I’m going to give you a quick update on how the Shared VA Program is working.  For those that don’t know what I’m referring to, then please read this blog post first.

Since joining on March 13, 2015, I purchased 23 products from the daily shared VA lists in quantities ranging from one to eight.   All together, I ordered 70 items and spent $837.85.  So far, I sold zero of these items and at this point, it’s due to the fact that my inventory either isn’t at Amazon or hasn’t been there very long:

  • 23 items at Amazon – all received within the last seven days
  • 15 items in transit to Amazon
  • 12 items at my house
  • 20 items in transit to my house

I have purchased and sent in other inventory items found outside of the VA list, but I’m not including those numbers in this post.  The VA list does not replace what I’ve already been doing, but supplements it.

More Competition
I’ve received several questions from my readers about increased competition with 50 people buying from the same list.  At first, I wasn’t too concerned about it because I didn’t think that all 50 people would be buying the same products since there are over 40 items a week to chose from.  But for my items that have reached the Amazon warehouses, here is what I’ve found:

  • Item 1: Number of Sellers increased by 34 and the lowest FBA selling price dropped by $5.00.
  • Item 2: Number of Sellers increased by 11 and the lowest FBA selling price dropped by $8.00.
  • Item 3: Number of Sellers increased by 22 and the lowest FBA selling price dropped by $24.00.
  • Item 4: Number of Sellers increased by 2 and the price is the same.
  • Item 5: Number of Sellers increased by 10 and the price is the same.
  • Item 6: Number of Sellers increased by 6 and the lowest FBA selling price dropped by $1.70.

Naturally, I don’t like the increased competition and lower prices for the first three items.  But there is a risk of the same happening with anything you buy, whether you find the product through a shared list or on your own.

I don’t participate in the race to the bottom and if I have to wait longer for my inventory to sell, then so be it.

Will I Subscribe For a Second Month?
No.  Though I originally committed to at least two months, I’m going to cancel before my second month renews.  This has nothing to do with the quality of the program or because of the increase in competition.  It’s more of a saving money on monthly fees decision.

A few days ago, I found another company called Primeresale that provides lists and I want to give them a shot.  Their monthly plan is $50.00 less than Jessica’s.  I did one of their $5.00 daily lists and ended up purchasing 2 products from the list.  Because I purchased several of each, I ended up buying 9 items for a total of $54.55.  On top of that, I found 2 more products on my own from the same website and spent $20.85 more.

I’m not saying that the Primeresale list is better or worse than Jessica’s.  The list that I received had some of the same stores on Jessica’s Shared VA list and some that I’ve never heard of before.  I know Jessica’s products have to meet a specific criteria to make it to the list and I’m not sure what the specific criteria is for the Primeresale list.

Their website advertises a minimum of 40% ROI but I don’t know if there is a minimum net profit.  I like the net profit being $10 or more so that I can process less items and can drop the price by a few dollars if needed.  Yesterday I planned on going back to my Primeresale list to analyze it further, but the download link no longer worked.

That is one difference – with Jessica’s list, you can still access the list from yesterday or the one from three weeks ago.  With this one, it appears you can’t, but maybe you can if you go monthly.  If Primeresale doesn’t provide access to older lists now, then I hope that they do so in the future.  5/15/15 Update: I’m currently on the monthly program and I can access my older lists easily.

Again, the reason why I’m switching is to save $50.00.

Thoughts on Using Lists
As a side note, at one time I felt that using lists was “cheating” and that if I used a list, I was saying that I didn’t know how to find products on my own.  I now know that both of those statements are wrong.  I read blogs and Facebook posts from other FBA Sellers and noticed that many successful Sellers use VA’s, employees or other types of helpers such as family and friends.  There’s nothing wrong with outsourcing and getting help especially if it’ll save you time and help you grow your business.

I hope this post helps you decide if a shared list is for you.  I’m not an affiliate for either program, so I gain nothing if you join or not.

As always, let me know if you have any questions in the comment form below or on my Facebook page.


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  • Andrea S. April 9, 2015, 7:08 am

    I am sooooo happy I found you! I’ve been debating about entering the FBA program but now I know it’s a go! Can you tell me something?
    – What do I do if my product isn’t listed by any other sellers and I don’t have a bar code or SKU?
    – What happens to my stuff if it NEVER sells? Like after a year? Do I lose it? Can I get it back?
    – When I pack a box to ship to Amazon, does it need to contain similar items or can I just mix in anything and everything? haha I’m scatter brained right now with all this info. Brain overload!
    Thank you so much. I’m telling all my friends about you 😉


    • Diana April 9, 2015, 1:21 pm

      Hi Andrea, welcome to Amazon FBA! Amazon has a lot of rules/requirements on how they want you to send in your inventory. Here’s the answers to your questions:

      1. If you’re product isn’t listed and it doesn’t have a barcode, then you’ll have to create a listing and purchase your own UPC number. I recommend that you not do this until you understand the process better. This is a more advanced step. I recommend starting with something easy – a brand new item with a barcode or a book – just to learn the mechanics of listing and labeling.
      2. If you’re stuff doesn’t sell after a year – Amazon will charge you a long term storage fee. However, at anytime, you can request that they send the item back to you or dispose of it (at a fee of course). Right now, it’s only 50 cents for them to send you your item back.
      3. Amazon will tell you what to pack in each box. If you use distributed inventory, they’ll most likely split your items between multiple locations. If you’re shipping multiples of the same item, sometimes it’s better to use inventory placement to send everything to the same warehouse.

      Hope this answers your questions and good luck with FBA!


      • Andrea S. April 9, 2015, 1:50 pm

        Thank you so much! I have a house full of inherited stuff (parents were married 62 years and were organized hoarders of collectibles) so I guess the $$$ blinded me haha.

        I will start slow as you said. I can’t find any info on what I can put in 1 box. Can it be a mix of say, books – pillows – figurines? Or should I send 3 small boxes instead of 1 with mixed products?

        I followed your advice and signed up for UPS account, then ordered ALL the free supplies! I’ll need more boxes though since my mom was a “bell & figurine” collector for 40 years 🙂

        Thanks again,

        • Diana April 9, 2015, 3:13 pm

          HI Andrea, After you list your items, Amazon will assign your stuff to one or more warehouses and they will tell you what to send where. It’s not your decision on what gets sent where. But the less boxes you use, the less shipping you will pay. I would start with your books. Start by scanning them in – you can download the free Amazon Seller App – and see what they are selling for. I’m not sure if you can send in used pillows or figurines unless they’re brand new, still in packaging. That’s why I say start with books as those you can send in and then learn about the rest.

          If you haven’t, I would look at the Amazon Boot Camp Training – I have a blog post about it – at least download the free videos to help you get started. There’s so many rules that you want to make sure you do it right from the start.

          I know what you mean about hoarders. My mom moved in with us 8 years ago after her husband passed away. We had to go through 40 years of stuff and still have one storage unit to go through. Her house was twice the size of mine and we couldn’t fit everything in our house as she kept everything!


        • Phebe May 24, 2015, 9:29 pm


          Amazon will assign each of your products to a designated location (usually not more than 3 warehouses). You do not need to separate by product type. A single box can contain “anything and everything.” All items assigned to Warehouse #1 can be sent in a single box or multiple boxes. For example, books and figurines CAN go in the same box BUT you may want to send them in separately just to keep the books from crushing the figurine boxes. As Diana said, this may be a situation where you’d want to use the Inventory Placement service to send to the same warehouse. (For the figurines; not the books as they’ll likely go to the same warehouse regardless.)

          You ordered ALL the free supplies from UPS? The only thing you’ll probably need are the shipping labels. The free boxes supplied by UPS are only for expedited shipping. Your shipments to the FBA warehouse will most likely be via UPS Ground in order to take advantage of the Amazon discounted partner rates.

          Good luck in your venture!

  • Kc April 10, 2015, 3:45 am

    Hi Diana

    Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Quick question….Who is behind primeresale?
    There was no ‘about us’ section on their site? Couldn’t get much info.
    Was this site recommended to you by someone?


    • Diana April 10, 2015, 1:39 pm

      Hi KC,

      I learned about Primeresale from Twitter only because they commented on one of my Tweets, so I decided to see who they were.

      I have only the same info as you that’s provided from their website. I’m under the impression that they’ve been doing FBA a long time, but their primeresale service is brand new.

      Today is my last day of my list with Jessica’s program. I plan on trying the primeresale list next week and I’ll let you know how it goes.


  • Cin Sanchez June 19, 2015, 1:45 am

    Thank you for the resource. I have been using Supreme Product List at and I have been very happy with them, as I have made good money with their recommendations. Maybe i will try a daily list from

    • Diana June 19, 2015, 1:06 pm

      Hi Cin, I took a look at Supreme Product last night. That list looks pretty good and the price is really low compared to the others. Thanks for stopping by and mentioning it – I may test them out. Good look with your OA! Diana

  • Gina January 18, 2016, 4:09 am

    Hello Diana,

    I am currently on Jessica’s VA Sourcing and I’m kind of concerned with the prices going so low since 50 people share a list. I am wondering what your success is with I want to know more about who they are but there is nothing at all about them from their website.


    • Diana January 18, 2016, 1:51 pm

      Hi Gina,
      Primeresale is run by a person named Andre. I don’t know much about him as he’s not as public as Jessica, but he’s a nice person. Always helpful and answering questions in the Primeresale Facebook group.

      With that said, I cancelled Primeresale months ago so there’s the chance that it could be run by someone else now. Regardless, you’ll probably run into that same problem – increased competition and lower pricing with any list that you join.

      I went without doing a list for a few months then recently joined an online sourcing shoe list. The good thing about shoes is that the initial profit margins are higher so you still have room to absorb any price drops.

      If you’re interested in Primeresale, I would join their Facebook group and see how they run it and then try their one day list to get a sample.



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