It was 3 years ago in October that I opened the doors to Scanner Monkey with an invitation to a select few Facebook buddies to join my quirky little group where we could “swap funny stories about sourcing and maybe share a few BOLOs”.

What started with 3 members and a banner that read “Scanner Monkeys of the World Unite” has since grown into an extraordinary community of positive minded and generous online sellers with the unifying purpose of helping each other succeed – while having fun and making new friends in the process.  [If you want more history on the group and how we have evolved you can read about it in our book The Scanner Monkey Way.]

I’ve always been a pretty nostalgic guy and I enjoy looking back at the humble beginnings of ANY great success story to see how things have evolved.  After reviewing the Scanner Monkey Facebook group posts and the ScannerMonkey.com website, I was astonished to see how much we have grown in a short 3 years!   Here are some interesting stats of what our tribe has collectively accomplished since 2013:

  • We’ve recorded 139 SMTV webcasts – each week featuring a successful seller or industry expert with actionable strategies.
  • Recruited 90 coaches, educators, and vendors to help our tribe with various facets of their businesses.
  • Secured 44 EXCLUSIVE discounts on FBA related software, services, apps, conferences, and books.
  • Connected with over 400 members at 11 conferences & meetups.
  • Coordinated 2 “Pay It Forward” Days – with over $10,000 worth of prizes going to our members.
  • We’ve had more fun than a barrel of monkeys by hosting 4 karaoke parties and one cruise with 54 attendees!

Most importantly, we now have 1,300 supportive members in our tribe!  Our members, that range from part-time newbies to multi-million dollar mega-sellers, have always been THE most important asset of Scanner Monkey!  I can confidently say that NO OTHER group is as supportive or positive-minded as the Scanner Monkey group.  Yes, I might be a little biased, but I see examples of it every single day in our group.  For that I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a supportive community that truly understands the value of sharing with others so that we can grow together.

So how did we celebrate 3 years of supporting, connecting, learning and growing together?  By giving away a gaggle of prizes donated by our awesome members!  Here is just a sample of the great prizes we awarded to our members that entered our daily contests last week AND live on our special 3rd Anniversary SMTV show:

In order to win these prizes we asked our members to enter contests where they shared advice.  Examples included their “Best #TuesdayTip” or “Tips to share with NEW Scanner Monkey members”.  This way EVERYONE wins – either a prize OR great advice from other members.   Between the FB contests and the live contest on our SMTV show we had over 100 entries, with 22 winners claiming over $4,300 worth of prizes!  The winners included:  Kim Coghlan, Sherry Morton, Dan Engler, Anita Hampl, Bond Chris Bond, Elizabeth Thompson, Ann Whitford Poppe, and many more!

Happy Anniversary Scanner Monkeys!  I look forward to the NEXT 3 YEARS with my Scanner Monkey family!

Jay

 

Tribe Testimonials:

Wine and great information!

After two years of “throwing crap against a wall to see what would stick” (I forget who said that here,…
Scanner Monkey
2015-09-03T19:09:34+00:00
After two years of “throwing crap against a wall to see what would stick” (I forget who said that here, but it is so spot on for me.) I decided to explore some help groups and just happened upon a View Full →

Loving the discounts…

Loving that the discounts for being a scanner monkey more than pays for the membership! –Jonathon      
Scanner Monkey
2015-09-03T19:10:03+00:00
Loving that the discounts for being a scanner monkey more than pays for the membership! –Jonathon      

Passed our goal

Thanks to everyone in this group! I just wanted to share that we have passed our goal and made $36K…
Scanner Monkey
2014-02-02T02:02:01+00:00
Thanks to everyone in this group! I just wanted to share that we have passed our goal and made $36K in December alone and about $42K for the year! I would’ve never thought it would be possible, and we still View Full →

Wasn’t alone any longer

You and the rest of the troupe always brighten my day and I’m thankful you had the guts to create…
Scanner Monkey
2015-09-03T19:48:23+00:00
You and the rest of the troupe always brighten my day and I’m thankful you had the guts to create it. I’ll never, ever forget getting a PM from another seller after I shared a BOLO in [another group] chastising View Full →

Supportive of each other

You guys are the absolute best and everyone is so incredibly supportive of each other in this group it’s amazing!…
Scanner Monkey
2014-02-02T02:03:34+00:00
You guys are the absolute best and everyone is so incredibly supportive of each other in this group it’s amazing! I just started Amazon in Sept and I’m looking to make 2014 fantastic! Thank you again, and thank you for View Full →

Saved me from crashing and burning

I knew very quickly after joining that I needed to become a life-long Monkey. Your barrel of Crazies (and I…
Scanner Monkey
2015-09-03T19:50:01+00:00
I knew very quickly after joining that I needed to become a life-long Monkey. Your barrel of Crazies (and I mean that in the best way possible!) has opened my eyes up to so many new ideas and opportunities – View Full →

Opens up your mind

BOLOs and ScannerMonkey opens up your mind to opportunity, and allows you to think “outside the box” or your limited…
Scanner Monkey
2014-02-02T02:03:59+00:00
BOLOs and ScannerMonkey opens up your mind to opportunity, and allows you to think “outside the box” or your limited scouting past, and shows you that product is everywhere, and deals are abundant, and allows you to realize that YOU View Full →

Scanner Monkey has been helpful

I can’t even start counting how many ways Scanner Monkey has been helpful. -Mendy 8/15
Scanner Monkey
2015-09-03T19:50:51+00:00
I can’t even start counting how many ways Scanner Monkey has been helpful. -Mendy 8/15

Vulcan mind meld for FBAers

I didn’t come, nor did I stay for the BOLOs. I’m here to learn from the multiple DECADES of experience…
Scanner Monkey
2014-02-02T02:04:32+00:00
I didn’t come, nor did I stay for the BOLOs. I’m here to learn from the multiple DECADES of experience in this group. In the scant few weeks I’ve been here I have learned more than I did in six View Full →

Wealth of information

Just wanted drop some smooches, every time i am looking for an answer I find it here! Thanks for proving this…
Scanner Monkey
2015-09-03T19:57:05+00:00
Just wanted drop some smooches, every time i am looking for an answer I find it here! Thanks for proving this wealth of information! It’s very much appreciated. You guys rock!! -Bea Bee 8/15