PHOTOS: Intensive “Online Marketplace Selling” Seminar a Sold-out Crowd

semBy: L. Halevi. This past Tuesday, an intensive, full-day seminar organized by Parnassah Network/Orthodox Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Toms River. The Sold out seminar, entitled “From Amazon to Ebay To Zulily: Generating Income via Online Marketplace Selling” gave individuals an education filled with many tips to begin and grow a Parnassah in the online marketplace.

The all-day seminar began at 9:30 am and covered an all-encompassing range of topics relating to launching and maintaining an online marketplace business; utilizing platforms such as Amazon and eBay, and the scores of other platforms currently available, to successfully generate income. Online marketplace selling can be done as a supplemental income and as well as for full-time Parnassah.

The seminar which was limited to 40 attendees, generated a lot of interest among people from Lakewood to Deal, Brooklyn to Baltimore, Monsey to Monroe, as well as many other regions.

The 40 slots were quickly sold out and an additional 10 slots were opened up, which were filled within a day. A few dozen additional people requested to attend, but there simply was no additional room space to accommodate, and a waiting list was created as the organizers began working on a repeat seminar to accommodate the many who were turned away. Additional seminars on various topics, are also being organized in various cities, to accommodate a larger number of people.

The presenters at the seminar were hand-picked by the Parnassah Network team to include successful business people who have intimate knowledge – and success – in the online marketplace selling arena. These individuals keenly understand the ins and outs of the online marketplace and were able to deftly give over their experience and knowledge to those looking to navigate the often tricky world of online marketplace selling.

The presenters included Ami Bielinki, Managing Director of Cherristone Interactive; Sam Brownstein, builder of several thriving Amazon businesses; Mordy Glaser, President of M.C. Glaser Company; Jeremy Greenberg, CEO of SellerCloud; and Chaim Sofer, Marketing Strategist of RelSmart Marketing.

The attendees were enthralled by the fast-paced presentations, which covered a plethora of vital topics. There were networking opportunities, an interactive question and answer session, as well as a full breakfast and lunch served.

It was truly an effective and well-organized event and the appreciation in the room could be felt by all. Presenter Mordy Glaser, who delivers multiple seminars and workshops in the frum community, commented how impressed he was by the diverse crowd, of men and women from cities throughout the tri-state area. ” It is amazing” said Mr. Glaser, “that Parnassah Network is able to subsidize such a full-day event, which is easily valued at $499, for the reasonable cover charge of only $199.”

One of the participants, who is embarking on his journey to become an Amazon seller, had this to say: ” I knew it would be a lot of work to get my business off the ground, but after today’s seminar, I got so much good information, solid knowledge and many tools and resources from the experienced presenters, that I actually feel motivated to do the necessary work to succeed, B’Ezras Hashem. It was a truly eye-opening seminar.”

Indeed, it was a day filled with value, filled with camaraderie and filled with opportunity for all who were fortunate to be a part of it.


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  1. Duvi is doing a fine job. But yingerlit, you must realize that most of these quick rich sell on amazon schemes don’t work. You must realize that parnasa is not as simple as just leaving kollel and/ or still learning part time while selling stuff on e-bay. For the masses it won’t work. The way of the world is you go get a degree (accounting nursing law etc..) and an internship while in school (sorry no kollel while in your senior year) then you go to work. Now people will tell me amazon success stories but its not the norm. It’s step above ambit energy and herbalife schemes.
    Note that does not mean that its a total waste. Duvi is providing a usefull tool. It can perhpas be a nice supplemant or buy a little time.But be carefull and realize its not the norm.

  2. To~Izzy~
    I’m sorry Izzy but I fully disagree with you and I think you’re totally wrong.I happen to have a degree and could not stand working for somebody and being limited on the amount of money I can make so I went into business in something unrelated to my job…and b”h been pretty successful. Many people feel different than the way I did for having a degree and working for someone…and I understand that.
    Having your own business is ALot of hard work, perseverance, multi tasking and usually much more stress than working for a firm. .etc. .
    but each to their own..Hashem gives everybody something they feel they can do to make a living. Doctor, lawyer, Amazon, ebay…whatever it is…
    people make a living doing all these things…I actually know a lot of people making a nice living on Amazon etc…”Alot more than the PROFESSIONAL 9_5 job”…

  3. Izzy, you are very wrong. Without my Amazon business, I would not be making it today. I am not in the “find a closeout deal quickly before the other guy” business, I have steady suppliers and steady sales. It’s a business like many others. I sell a product at a good price, people buy it, win/win. to compare it to a pyramid scheme sales model is unfair and just plainly wrong.

  4. While I don’t fully agree with Izzy, he has some valid points. What will yoy do if in 1 year from now Amazon stops allowing 3rd party sellers on their site? Or even just doubles their commission rate? It’s a little risky when your entire business model is so dependent on someone else’s platform.

  5. I agree with both Izzy and those apposing him.

    1. While selling online can’t be compared to pyramid type businesses, however there is what to be said regarding the hype attached to these programs.
    While I understand the marketing strategy of the organizers, however it can be misleading to some.

    2. As far as getting a degree and landing a job; this has its up side for those that are less risky. It depends on the personality of the individual.

    In general, such programs have benefit for some and is not a scheme.
    The individual needs to decide which direction they would like to go.
    The ad doesn’t promote a quick rich approach and is just giving those that have an interest, to take advantage of an oppertunity.

    However I will end with a caution to those that are starting out; what Izzy said about hearing success stories has valid implications. Its very luring to those that wish to thrive in a field to hear crazy success stories. If someone is willing to work hard and doesn’t give up, the sky is the limit in any industry along with what is destined to them form above.

  6. I didn’t know about this.. If it was sold out so fast, can they hold another event? How does one get more I go on joining the next one?

  7. There will IYH be more seminars.
    There is a waiting list already, however the information will be updated for upcoming seminar(s) via The Lakewood Scoop and Jblast. There are a limited amount of seats available and it is suggested to sign up right away so that you will be able to join.

  8. Nillsson…work on your ability to “fargin” others. It will serve you well. In fact, farginning others is a sure way to be successful yourself.

  9. If this was a midos fourm, then you would have a point. However, the post brings up a good point about the org. touting itself of “great success”.

    From a marketing perspective its a weak claim as anyone can say about themselves that they were a success. The proof is when unsolicited recommendations come from those that attended the event and they provide concrete results.
    Alternatively, the org. can give concrete results. This might be difficult however based on the type of event this was.
    If the org. is basing “great sucess” on filling all the slots, then I guess it wasa great sucess.

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