Dropshipping for eBay & Amazon

How to find real dropshippers that will work with small eBay and Amazon Sellers

By Skip McGrath

Understanding Dropshipping for eBay and Amazon

Dropshipping is selling something you don’t own. That may sound illegal –but it’s not.

Dropshippers are companies that offer merchandise for sale that will ship the merchandise directly to your customer once you pay for it. Here is how eBay drop shipping works:

  1. You find a company that agrees to dropship. You list their merchandise on eBay, Amazon or your website for sale without first purchasing it.
  2. When the item sells, you collect the selling price (retail) and the shipping cost from you customer.
  3. Now you send the wholesale (lower) price + the shipping and handling fee to the dropshipping supplier.
  4. The supplier then ships the item to your customer.
  5. Your profit is the difference between the retail and the wholesale price

Disadvantages of Dropshipping for eBay and Amazon

  1. Lack of control – When you dropship, you are at the mercy of the shipper. They control the packing and shipping experience. If they pack and item improperly or take too long to ship, the customer will blame you –not the dropshipper. Poor service from a dropshipper can negatively affect your customer satisfaction ratings on eBay and Amazon.
  2. No control over inventory – If a dropshipper fails to warn you about their low inventory level, you may sell an item that they cannot deliver. This puts you in a very bad position with eBay and Amazon. If it happens too often you could find your account suspended or closed.

Advantages of Dropshipping for eBay and Amazon

  1. No up front investment in products – When you sell dropshipped products, you don’t pay for merchandise until it sells. This eliminates tying up money in inventory.
  2. Eliminates risk – If something doesn’t sell, your only risk is the listing fees
  3. Product depth and variety – When you buy products to resell, you are limited in the number and type of products you can sell by the amount of cash or credit you have to purchase. When you dropship, you can list many more products for sale

There are two types of dropshippers and it is important to understand the difference:

  1. Aggregators
  2. Manufacturers or Master Distributors

Let’s look at each type before you decide what kind of company you want to work with.

1. Dropshipping Aggregators Aggregators, also known as Dropship Warehouse Companies, are basically middlemen.  They advertise heavily on the web claiming to have millions of brand name products you can sell online. Many of them also offer pre-made websites loaded with these products. These companies list products in a virtual warehouse that other, real wholesale companies, have in stock. Aggregators don’t really have any products in stock.

If you sign up with one of these companies, you will soon find that most of the merchandise they offer is already selling on eBay or Amazon for about the same price they are offering it to you. I have been selling on eBay successfully for over 10 years and in my opinion, although there are some exceptions, it is very difficult to make money on eBay with these types of sellers.

In general these companies make their money from membership fees or handling fees. When you order something from them, they order it from the real wholesaler, mark up the cost and/or charge you a fee. Because of this it is very difficult to make any money as they have basically made a big piece of your profit.

2. Dropshipping Manufactures and Master Distributors — There are hundreds of actual manufacturers who will dropship. Some of them do it directly while others use the services of a master distributor. When you work directly with a manufacturer of the product or their master distributor, then you are getting the lowest price available. This is where you can make the most money on eBay or a web site.

It is not well known, but there are thousands of manufacturers who will dropship for you. I currently work with three different companies who will dropship for me.  We list several of these manufacturers in the member’s area of our website for people who purchase our eBay and wholesale sourcing manuals at http://www.skipmcgrath.com.  You can also find dropshippers in the Thomas Register and the best place is to attend wholesale trade shows such as the ASD/AMD Wholesale Trade show held in Las Vegas every March and August or the various wholesale trade shows that are held all over the US and Canada.

If you would like to learn more about dropshipping and how to find legitimate companies that will dropship, visit the  Free Articles Section at SkipMcGrath.com.
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Skip McGrath is a Top Rated Seller on eBay and the author of numerous books about selling on eBay and the Internet. He is the publisher of the eBay  & Online Sellers News, the oldest and largest free newsletter for home based business owners.

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Met Valerie yet? A stay home mom of triplets who runs an online empire

Two quick fantastic brain boosts for you today (guaranteed fresh!):

1. Meet a stay home mom of triplets who is making it BIG online!
2. Why and how to increase and track your “online influence” score

1. Just a few minutes ago I completed a phone interview/training
session with Valerie. She’s a stay home mom to four year old
triplets and has still managed to build a virtual empire online
by helping businesses and websites get ranked high on Google.

So what’s her Google secret sauce?

She’s gotten creative with “Google Places” and had so much
success with it that she created a two hour training course
to show us the step-by-step of it all. Yes, She’s offering us
a crazy low price for the course if you are interested, but
I got a bunch of great info from her for you in the
interview I did today.

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2. Next, I just uploaded a short video on Youtube that
contains my latest thoughts re: “online influence” and why it
matters. You are being watched and tracked without even
knowing it, and it could matter far more than you realize.

You can view the brand new vid on Youtube here:

Or join in the discussion and read more of my thoughts on the
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Either way you go, please stop by my blog and let me know
what you think of these two topics and discussions. I love
your feedback even if you just think I’m nuts!

That’s all for now-

Jim

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This newsletter is read by over 100,000 subscribers.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of eBay Sellers

 

by: Skip McGrath

There are many ways to lose money trying to sell on eBay. But if you want to build an eBay business and make money consistently on eBay, then you need to avoid the Seven Deadly Sins:

1. Don’t Take PayPal – If you haven’t looked you might be amazed by all of the “I hate PayPal” websites and blogs. Over the years I have received dozens of complaints about PayPal and gotten many emails from eBay sellers asking me what other payment methods they can use. I am the first to admit that PayPal has it problems and they can seem a bit arrogant at times, but they are the payment system of choice for most of eBay.

We do about 100 transactions a week and at least one or two of those will happen without any notice from PayPal. But, when it comes to eBay, PayPal is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. You can’t really build a successful eBay business without it.

PayPal now handles more merchant transactions in a day than Citibank. Almost 90% of eBay’s 90 million users have a PayPal account. If you don’t take PayPal you will have a very hard time making money on eBay.

eBay now allows users to search for auctions by checking a box that says “only show sellers who take PayPal.” This feature is used by lots of eBay bidders (including myself) as a way to screen out those who don’t accept PayPal because people just don’t want to be bothered mailing a check or logging onto some other payment system.

So if you have been frustrated by PayPal in the past you will have to get over it if you really want to build a profitable eBay business.

2. Not Enough Information – I am continually amazed when I look at eBay listings that have descriptions containing one or two sentences. Or, I see descriptions that go on for several paragraphs, yet say very little about the product. People want information before they will part with their hard-earned money. If you want to make money on eBay a high percentage of your auctions have to succeed. After writing a keyword-rich auction title that gets hits, writing a complete attractive and easy-to-read description is the best way to increase your sell through rate on eBay.

Here is a checklist for item descriptions:

State clearly what you are selling right at the beginning of the auction before you say anything else.
List all important features such as color, size, accessories included, model names or numbers, whether it’s new or used and if used, its condition and age.
Now turn the features into benefits. For example if an implement has a rubber handle you want to turn it into a benefit by saying something like, “soft molded rubber handles for a safe, sure comfortable grip while you are working.”
List any other minor features, specifications or details. (voltage, speed, materials, etc.)
State your shipping method and cost clearly right in the description –don’t make the reader hunt for it.
Lastly close the sale by asking for the order. Write something at the end of your description that asks for the bid. Example: “Don’t lose out to a sniper –bid now” or “Place your best bid now so you child doesn’t lose out on this darling Suzy Doll that she will treasure for years.”

On eBay, it is always better to provide too much information rather than too little. When I am writing an auction description, I connect features to benefits and keep writing until I run out of features and benefits to write about. Some of the descriptions for my best selling products on eBay are fifteen to twenty paragraphs long.

Lastly, avoid the temptation to use overly large type, weird fonts, dancing dollar signs, and multicolored type. Keep your descriptions clean, simple and easy to read. Use several short paragraphs instead of one long one.

The ability to write good item descriptions is one of the real keys to making money on eBay and not doing so will kill your eBay profits.

3. Poor or Missing Photos – Bad (or missing) photos can absolutely kill your bids and, conversely, really great photos can increase your bids and final values. Believe me; I know this from personal experience.

Taking good photos is a lot of work. You have to set up some type of uncluttered backdrop, set up lights, put your camera on a tripod, take some shots, upload them, crop them, see if they look good –and if they don’t, take them again. And yes –on eBay like everywhere else, time is money. But a little time spent taking a better photo will always pay off. If you want help taking better photos for eBay (and your website), click here to read about my book, Online Auction Photo Secrets. I show you how to make more money on eBay by taking better digital photos and what kinds of photos to use in your auctions.

This brings me to the gallery option. eBay has statistics that show auction listings with a gallery photo get 40% more hits than those without it. The gallery option is 35¢ and yes, this can add up. But if you are selling anything that will sell for more than a few dollars it is well worth it. Not using the gallery will lower your hits, your bids and your final values.

4. Not Checking Your Email Frequently – If you are really serious about your eBay business, not checking your email often can be a killer.

I can not tell you how many times I have found something interesting on eBay, sent an email question to the seller (see Sin #2 – If your descriptions are complete you will not get as many emails) and by the time the seller answered my email the auction was over. When someone sends you an email question, no matter what they ask, that means they are really interested in what you have to sell. This is a potential customer.

Part of checking your email frequently is also checking your SPAM filter. If someone sends you an email that they just mailed you a money order and it is sitting unchecked in your junk email box and you then file a NPB claim you will have one really upset buyer.

eBay is a business. If you are going to be in business you have to be responsive to your prospects and customers. Besides prospective bidders you will also get email from those who bought from you. It might be about payment or shipping or some other question. Answering these emails quickly and completely in a friendly manner sends a message that you care and will tend to earn you glowing feedback comments.

One last thing related to email. My wife Karen handles most of our customer email. One thing that drives her crazy are buyers who have one email address for eBay and a different one for PayPal. This can get really confusing when you get a payment notice from one email but the member is really using a different email for eBay and rarely checks their PayPal email. The same goes for sellers. People get confused if they get an email from one address and a payment link from a different one. In fact sometimes they are suspicious of a scam when this happens. You should always have different passwords for eBay and PayPal, but please use the same email address.

5. Rigid or Silly Payment, Return and Shipping Policies – Rigid is a polite way of saying there are some people who write their auction policies that appear to have been written by a prison guard giving instructions to inmates. I know you feel that there are some people on eBay that belong in prison –but most of them don’t and you need to treat that larger group with respect.

Whenever I see something really horrible or silly on eBay, I have a file where I copy paste it into because some people just don’t believer how stupid some sellers can be. I now have over 75 entries in that file. Here are a few of the best (or should I say worst) policy statements I have actually seen in auctions: (The spelling and grammar are theirs –not mine.)

If you are not going to pay then don’t bid me. I will chase you down and find you if you win this auction and don’t pay me.

Yes I am making money on the shipping. What did you expect me to do ???, ship it at my cost.

I only take money order, cashiers check or Western Union transfer. PayPal is a screw job. They want to charge me a 3% fee on every deal. If you send a personal check I will just throw it away so please don’t bother.

My Returns Policy: No returns for any reason except if I send you the wrong item and then you need to send me a photo of what you received so I can be sure before your return it.

Don’t bid unless your feedback is at least 25. I don’t deal with eBay cherries. I will cancel your bid if you have less than 25 feedbacks.

Rigid also means “not bending.” We have clearly stated shipping, return and payment policies, but we always try and remain flexible and give the customer what they want within reason.

6. High Starting Bids – eBay is a place where people come for bargains and fun. As a seller I know it’s not fun when an item sells for less than your cost, or at too little money to make a profit, but if you set your starting bids too high, you won’t get many –of even any bids. I have found that if you are selling a product that is in reasonable demand, take attractive photos, write a good description and a keyword rich headline, your auction will attract more bids and a higher final value if you start it at a low price.

An additional advantage of starting your listings at lower prices is that you save on eBay listing fees which increase as your starting bid increases.

The other option is to use a Reserve Price Auction (RPA). Reserve auctions are somewhat controversial –there are a percentage of eBay bidders who don’t like them and will not bid on them. However, you may be selling a really valuable item that you cannot afford to lose a large sum of money, or you may be selling a highly specialized item that only appeals to a narrow range of people and does not attract a lot of bidders. A good example of this is eBay motors where the vast majority of cars are sold using a reserve price. You also see reserves used for expensive art, antiques and jewelry. Despite the critics there is a lot of business transacted on eBay using RPAs.

When I have had this situation I have tried it both ways: listing the item with a high starting bid and listing with a low starting bid and a reserve. I have always done better with a low starting price and a reserve. The other advantage of using a reserve is that the Buy-It-Now price stays active until your reserve price has been met. In my experience I actually get a lot of bidders who buy-it-now, because they keep bidding and the seeing the Reserve Not Met message and decide to buy-it-now rather than risk losing the item.

7. Holding Feedback Hostage – Although eBay has rules against using feedback to extort feedback and concessions from users, I still see variations of this practice all the time. I am talking about the sellers who withhold giving feedback until the buyer leaves them feedback. I call this “wimp feedback.”

Our policy is to leave positive feedback as soon as the seller sends their payment. If they send payment quickly and communicate with us, we always leave a glowing feedback comment. If they are slow to pay but do, we still leave positive feedback but the comment may be more generic –such as “Thank you for your business.” But we don’t wait for them to leave feedback for us, before we leave feedback.

Whenever I see comments in an auction about feedback policy that says a seller will only leave feedback once I do so, I usually click away and look for another seller. If you are honest, deliver what you say, ship your items quickly and professionally, communicate with the buyer and leave feedback quickly, your feedback score and reputation will grow.

We all know there is the occasional nutcase that you can’t satisfy no matter how hard you try, but these people end up getting high negatives themselves and usually don’t last that long on eBay. In fact, the last two negatives we received were removed by eBay because the member was suspended or kicked off of eBay within a few days or weeks of leaving the feedback. (When eBay cancels an account for cause they adjust your feedback score to remove the offender).

Yes, there are more deadly sins than seven –and lots more mistakes you can make on eBay, but in my experience these are the ones I see most often. eBay is a business where you have to do a lot of things right. They aren’t really that hard, but a little extra effort and attention to detail will pay off in increased profits for the eBay seller.


Copyright 2007, Skip McGrath – www.skipmcgrath.com

Does it Make Sense To Sell Used Items Over the Holidays?

Is this something Collectible and Antique sellers wonder? Take a look at this very informative newsletter from Skip McGrath….

http://skipmcgrath.com/newsletters/current.shtml

 

Google Police Traffic Stop

The Google Police have recently been enforcing the new law forbidding illegal migration of improperly conformed seller listings. Following is the transcript of the audio portion of a traffic stop as recorded by the officer’s dashboard camera. The stop occurred on Rt. GS (Google Shopping).

GO (Google Officer): Pardon me, ma’am, do you know why I’ve pulled over your listing today?

Listing Seller (LS): Why, no officer, I have no idea. It can’t be for speeding, because I can barely get this listing to move.

GO: Yes, ma’am. Well, I saw you have an exclamation point trailing behind your listing. Did you know that’s a violation in this venue?

LS: Heavens, no, officer! I had no idea. I guess I was just a little excited.

GO: I understand, ma’am. It’s a fairly new part of the law. A lot of people don’t pay attention to it or just forget about it. I’m going to cite you under section 57-3.011 of the GLP and ask you to remove it as soon as you can.

LS: GLP?

GO: Yes, ma’am. The Google Listing Policies. Now may I see your seller ID please?

LS: Yes of, of course. Here they are…

GO: THEY? Ma’am, I see you have several seller ID’s, here. You do a lot of listing on the Internet highway system, do you? Licensed to operate in multiple jurisdictions?

LS: Well, uh yes. I mean the more places I list the greater the chance someone will take notice, don’t you think?

GO: I suppose so, ma’am, but I’m not paid to think, I’m paid to enforce the regulations. Let me just run this listing through the DMV.

LS: DMV?

GO: Database of Multiple Venues, ma’am.

LS: I had no idea.

GO: Yes ma’am. Lot of traffic out here, coming from all over. It’s how we keep track of everything.

LS: How do you DO that?

GO: I’m sorry ma’am, that’s proprietary information I’m not at liberty to disclose. They don’t even tell me how it works.

LS: It must be VERY sophisticated and complex.

GO: Yes, ma’am. OK, the report is back. I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to step out of the listing and stand to the side over here. We are going to have to confiscate this listing.

LS: Get out? Confiscate? But I worked so hard on this and haven’t even paid it off yet? Whatever have I done?

GO: Ma’am, are you aware of the fact that your are operating a DUPLICATE listing? That’s a very serious offense. Could get you jail time.

LS: Jail time! Oh my! But it is NOT a duplicate, I only have this one. And it is the very SAME listing in all the other I operate.

GO: That’s the problem, ma’am. We don’t care how many you have, what we care about is the same thing from the same seller showing up all over the place, again and again. Really crowds the highways, know what I mean?

LS: But, but, don’t I need all those to stand out from the crowd, get some attention? And, after all, almost everyone uses this route, the more times the listing appears, the better my chances-

GO: Ma’am, let me stop you right there. The problem here is that EVERYONE was doing it. And sometimes traffic is so thick with duplicate listings that no one gets anywhere. And if everyone is duplicating their listings, do you REALLY think you stand out anymore than you would if everyone listed just ONCE?

LS: Well, no, I guess not. I suppose one in a hundred is really the same as ten in a thousand, now that you mention it.

GO: I see on this DMV report that you have a lot of other listings. And most of those are duplicated, too. This is getting serious.

LS: Yes, I do have a lot of other listings, but I didn’t know-

GO: Well while we’re at it, let me do a quick GECI on them.

LS: GECI?

GO: Yes, ma’am; the Google Editorial Content Inspection. That’s where we look at each listing and make sure it is street legal to use on this route. OK, let me do a walk-around here…

LS: I think it should be OK. At least, I hope so. I worked very hard on it.

GO: We’ve got problems, here. I’m calling for backup and a tow truck.

LS: Problems?! What problems? What have I done wrong here?

GO: Look here, ma’am. See all those capital letters? That kind of souped up listing is not legal on the route. You’ll have to conform them to regular letters. Only use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, or in a proper name.

LS: You mean like I was writing a normal business letter to someone?

GO: Right, just like a 7th grade book report. Nice, plain English.

LS: You people certainly have strict standards here, don’t you?

GO: Yes ma’am. Keeps the route safe and convenient for everyone. Uh-oh! What’s this? I didn’t know people still did this…

LS: What is it now?!

GO: Ma’am, you’ve mixed in a lot punctuation marks with your text. See that? What’s THAT supposed to mean: L(0)(0)K!!!!

LS: Well, I just thought it would draw attention-

GO: We’ll you’ve drawn MY attention. It’s gotta go, totally. And here, this says “Super great discount deal with free shipping.” That’s a definite PLV.

LS: PLV? What’s that?!

GO: Promotional Language Violation, ma’am. Doesn’t tell us a thing about the item you’re listing, now does it? You have here what appears to be a purple flower vase. What does “super great discount with free shipping” tell me about your flower vase?

LS: Well, uh, not much, I suppose –

GO: EXACTLY! Look, if you want a listing on Rt. GS, then you have to obey the laws on this route. Is that asking so much? And the law says the first part of your listing has to be factual information about your product. Just the facts, ma’am, that’s all we what we want. If you want to say something else about how you ship, what you think or how you want to be paid, put that near the END of your listing. Some place AFTER the first 250 letters and spaces of your listing. And don’t go tricking out your facts with crazy punctuation, capital letters and that kind of stuff. Do I make myself clear?

LS: Uh, yes, yes, of course, I just never heard of this before.

GO: You came from eBay, didn’t you?

LS: Is that important?

GO: None of my business, really, but it might explain this situation. A lot of people there did all kinds of crazy stuff to get attention. It was OK there, but it is NOT OK here. You may think enforcement HERE is strict, but it got so bad and so expensive over there that you just packed up and left it all behind one day, didn’t you?

LS: How did you know that I –

GO: It’s not that hard – you’ve got a lot of stuff you brought over, and it all has the same problems. We see it all the time. I’m sorry ma’am, but I’m taking your license to run listings on this route until you clean ‘em up.

LS: Oh my, there are so MANY. How will I ever get it all done? How do I know what to do, exactly?

GO: You can start by getting a copy of the laws and regulations for Google Shopping. Here’s where you can start: Google

LS: That looks like a lot to learn. I don’t know if I can-

GO: Common sense, most of it. And a few folks have written their own versions of the rules. I can’t vouch for them as being official, but they might help. I keep a few extra copies to hand out. This one also has some hints on how to stand out and get noticed, legally: Google docs

LS: But what if I don’t understand something or need help?

GO: Well, we only give you the rules and tell you the results we want. How you get there is up to you. But there are some places that have very helpful resources, and people who have learned the ropes. Even some experts who work directly with us. Try Bonanzle

LS: Bonanzle? I just joined there! Are they really helpful? Do they really know what to do?

GO: Hey, lady, they have issues like all the rest of us. But if you talk to people in the forums, you’ll get some good help. They’ve done more to clean up this route than anyone else I’ve seen. I can’t play favorites – I just enforce the law. But if I did not know the law and how to comply with it, Bonanzle would be the first place I would go.

LS: But how will I ever get my license back?

GO: It can be tough. But most of your violations are innocent and accidental, so the magistrate will probably go easy on you. When you think you’re ready, just ask around Bonanzle. They’ll help you.

LS: Hey! I just saw another listing go by with a lot of exclamation points and capital letters! How come they get away with it? Why are you picking on me? That isn’t fair.

GO: Right. We can’t get them all at once, but we’re beefing up enforcement and the worst offenders will be off this road for a long time to come. Matter of fact, I’m going to pull that one over right now. Sorry, ma’am, duty calls. You have yourself a nice day.

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© J. Scott Geare, July 2010

Internet Scam Protection: Tips Everyone Should Know

Internet Scam Protection: Tips Everyone Should Know

Internet Scams? With missing children? Yes, it is true, even the topic of missing children along with faked Amber Alerts are used as traps on the Internet. However, you do not have to be caught by this, or any other type of Internet scam.

It’s unfortunate but true. Most of these online scams are known now as “phishing” scams and are typically known for masquerading as well know banks and credit card processors. The goal is to steal your information and use it for nefarious purposes such as stealing your identity, emptying your bank account, scamming others and even stealing email addresses.

Even child safety experts and their line of work get side tracked by this. It seems as though no one is immune today. There are some scurrilous individuals around that play the “missing child” alert to scrape and steal email addresses for their spamming purposes.

One of the latest phishing scams is an Amber Alert. Masquerading as the well known and highly effective alert system to find and save abducted children, this latest is particularly loathsome. The alert mentioned a 13 year old girl missing in Ohio. It was sent via an email chain with innumerable addresses on it.

You do not need to be a helpless victim of this or any other phishing scam online. Here are some great tips as to real versus fake. You can learn to know the difference. You can understand what is a phishing scam and what is not in order to keep yourself, your children and your families safer online.

First, stay calm. “Oh No! Another child missing! Let’s help!” is a natural reaction. The point is, it’s a reaction. Make your first rule about any unsolicited email, no matter who it is from, to hold a very healthy skepticism about it. Take time to read further. If you did not request it or it seems to elicit panic or a harsh emotion such as, “Your account is suspended!” chances are it’s a scam.

Two, true and valid Amber Alerts do not come as singular emails forwarded on from individual to individual. The “chain email” or even funny-looking links to follow are not indicative of real businesses contacting you.

Third, check to see if the email address is valid or a dead link.

As a rule, whenever you get questionable stuff like this type of email, go to Google. Simply enter it in the Google search box and add the word urbanlegend. Or, you can go to snopes (dot) com.

With these two tools you can find out very quickly whether it is real or not. The second thing that people are not aware of is that often these emails are used to gather email addresses for email spamming. If you scroll down you can see everyone who every got this line. When you get those ads for breast enlargement etc, you know where it came from!

About the Author
Joyce Jackson is a #1 International Bestselling author and child safety expert in northern California. For your free Internet Safety Tool Kit see eChild Safety

Merry Christmas!

On this Christmas eve, I’d like to wish all my faithful followers these wishes:

1. Health to you and yours
2. Stamina to overcome the current economic pressures
3. Happiness
4. Love