Black Hat and Trade Wars: How Far Is One Willing To Go?

Dear Readers,

As you have noticed, (and I warned you!) I am starting to go on the more “bold and dangerous side” of the content here at Global From Asia. Trade wars, protests, blue collar Americans getting sacked, and this week, black hat tactics on Amazon.

Another nerve to strike for you.

As if the trade war and protests weren’t enough – how do you deal with black hat tactics used on Amazon? Has it happened to you? Or even as a buyer on Amazon, do you read the reviews? Do you know (or care) if they are real or fake?

What is fair in today’s borderless society? Boosting up one’s own listing (product details page on Amazon), or even worse – driving a competitor’s listing down?

Are we truly entering a world that is “dog eat dog”. Survival of the fittest? If you can’t beat them, join them?

Enter this week’s podcast guest – Howard Thai – the Professor of Amazon. I have been meaning to get him on the show and knew this topic would be touchy. While I was in Shenzhen, China last week, we had a nice hot pot lunch and then headed over to a coffee shop to record this interview.

Hijackers, softening the field, upvoted negative reviews, its all discussed in this show. I feel it is my job, as a podcaster, to get this stuff out there. I haven’t heard of the concept of softening the field, and while it may make you sick to your stomach (my gut was wrenching during some of the interview) – I believe by being aware of the negative and black hat tactics – will only make you stronger.

Want to learn even more? Howard will also be part of the Cross Border Summit mastermind and speaking this Oct 22-23, 2019 in Guangzhou, China.

So check out the podcast, and let me know.

Tune in to the show with Howard and me, recorded on the ground, ground Zero, in Shenzhen, China (my old home)

Already working on next week’s show – and it is another “eyebrow raiser”.

Love this bolder “Mike” – or hate it? So far been getting quite a bit of engaged readers saying keep this up. We are pushing the boundaries and sometimes I wonder if it will get me in handcuffs. Doing it for you guys, as it seems not many are willing to keep it real. Saying it how I see it.



P.S. – in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, here’s a link to the Cross Border Summit event info, Oct 22-23, 2019.

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CBS Speakers of the week:

For this week, we will be featuring two experts who will be speaking in the Fourth Annual Cross Border Summit on October 22 – 23, 2019 at Guangzhou, China. Howard Thai, Founder & CEO of United Integral Inc. and Professor of Amazon and Paulina Masson, Founder of Shopkeeper. Check out Howard’s full profile and Paulina’s full profile.

For the full speaker lineup of Cross Border Summit 2019 on October 22-23, 2019 in Guangzhou, China, you can check it out here.

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See you there!


Michael Michelini

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American internet entrepreneur in China, Asia, and Hong Kong. Helping companies do business globally from Asia

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