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Are your Amazon sales increasing yet?

 
onetimeuser
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on 11/11/2012

For Christmas? I have to say that while I've seen a small increase, i've not seen a particularly significant increase yet, feels almost as if the election and the hurricane have put a bit of a dampner on early-November affiliate sales for me.

I've seen an increase, but pretty certain I usually see a bigger one my this stage in November, just wondering whether anybody else is feeling a little deflated by Q4 so far?

Late November and December is typically mayhem, and I expect to see that again, just feels like it's a slow starter this time around. Be interested to hear from any other marketers who have been in this game for a few years! 

I love the way that during Q4 you can get somebody through an aff link and see them do their entire xmas shop, only it hasn't happened for me yet this time around! 

onetimeuser
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on 11/11/2012

(or indeed, eBay, I'm not so big on eBay myself)

katiem2
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on 11/11/2012

Ditto 


onetimeuser
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on 11/11/2012

 

katiem2: 11/11/2012 - 07:57 PM

Ditto 

Apparently consumer confidence is up in the United States, so I'm assuming that the election and the hurricane has made everybody tired of the net for a bit.

End of November and early December has always been the craziest period for me. Usually a week before black friday things get pretty busy, but black friday is only 11 days away so i'm suffering from nervous tension!

Also, I've not yet noticed the customary Q4 price hikes on Amazon. I certainly noticed them whilst writing copy last year.

katiem2
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on 11/11/2012

Me too, November and December have always been outrageous earnings. I also agree it must be the storm. Plus I think time has got away from folks in general.  I like so many others keep expecting things as per usual given the past, maybe this is a new slower development taking more time to mature. 

 

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HollieT
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on 11/11/2012

I read somewhere that sandy had affected 1/5th of Americans in terms of access to the internet amongst other things. As Google.com is normally the largest dot whatever, that might explain, in part at least, slower sales for this time of year. Not that I'd know, I've never sold  a bloody thing on Amazon at HP, that is until I came here.

onetimeuser
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on 11/11/2012

 

katiem2: 11/11/2012 - 08:10 PM

Me too, November and December have always been outrageous earnings. I also agree it must be the storm. Plus I think time has got away from folks in general.  I like so many others keep expecting things as per usual given the past, maybe this is a new slower development taking more time to mature. 

 

I'm walking away to watch the walking dead... totally addicted to it 

Maybe shoppers are getting more savvy. I'm sure last year that retailers whacked their prices right up in October though, and then lowering them again around Black Friday to create the illusion of a bargain.

This year I'm not seeing the universal price rises, and that is freaking me out a little bit, maybe it means that there will actually be some genuinely great deals around this black friday? Or perhaps black friday is cancelled :P

onetimeuser
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on 11/11/2012

 

HollieT: 11/11/2012 - 08:17 PM

I read somewhere that sandy had affected 1/5th of Americans in terms of access to the internet amongst other things. As Google.com is normally the largest dot whatever, that might explain, in part at least, slower sales for this time of year. Not that I'd know, I've never sold  a bloody thing on Amazon at HP, that is until I came here.

Well there are a hell of a lot of people in the NY/NJ area, and I always notice NY as my second biggest state for traffic after California, so I agree... that's why it makes me think that the hurricane is causing a big part of the problem.

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chefkeem
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on 11/11/2012

I agree with Ryan's assessment in the opening post. As a whole, we've seen a nice increase in October, but November's starting disappointingly slow. 


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onetimeuser
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on 11/11/2012

 

chefkeem: 11/11/2012 - 08:28 PM

I agree with Ryan's assessment in the opening post. As a whole, we've seen a nice increase in October, but November's starting disappointingly slow. 

Thanks for the insight, good to hear it from somebody with access to a big data sample (presumably), sure that it will get started soon enough. 

katiem2
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on 11/11/2012

Ryan,

Exactly,They fear people would blow black friday off altogether or in big numbers must have them scrambling to keep the tradition alive and well hence holding out on the price breaks, due to the growing savvy shoppers theory which is also a real concern.

I'm one of those die hards who shop black friday, BUT this year I'm breaking tradition as lately, past two years, I've bought things I had no plan of buying due to the lack of really good deals. 

I do feel people are shopping online as much now as ever, but then again who knows whats going on.. a hide and wait sort of thing I guess


HollieT
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on 11/11/2012

I predict that they'll be a last minute frenzy. If savvy shoppers did not start buying for Christmas 3 or 4 months ago, they aint that savvy. That said, I'm an eternal optimist.

katiem2
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on 11/12/2012

Hollie, I think you're right, once the dust settles and everyone freaks out to the realization it's Thanksgiving, ALREADY, they will get in gear and buy for the holiday season. 


onetimeuser
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on 11/28/2012

They have now.

I'm gutted that I have so little content out there these days. 

Last year I had days of selling 100 items. My 15 items sold today from all content can be considered a good day.

Last Xmas I was sending well over 500 people a day through my Amazon links, this Xmas I'm sending 50 or 60.

But a dollar is a dollar! 

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