Buying groups have become my favorite way to manufacture spending on my US credit cards simply for the fact that they are a straightforward and simple way to generate large amounts of spend in a short period of time. However, when I started using buying groups in March 2022 I found that there was limited information out there and I was left to figure a lot of it out on my own in addition to guidance from a few discord servers.
Buying groups can be overwhelming for those just starting out. With that in mind, I wanted to lessen the barrier to entry to an underappreciated manufactured spending method in addition to showcasing one of the newest and emerging groups in the United States.
Let’s dive into our review of Max Out Deals and a tutorial as to how you can get started with your first buying group.
Max Out Deals Overview
Max Out Deals is a recent addition to the buying group scene in the United States, born out of a discord buying group with 16k+ members and over $1,000,00 in monthly purchases. Management is very familiar with the buying group scene and has now established a purchaser-facing platform that is easy to use and frankly, a great and legitimate way to generate a large volume of miles and points.
Many buying group colleagues and I have recently been purchasing for Max Out Deals and we have been very impressed with the platform and timeliness of all transactions. If you want to get started with Max Out Deals, follow the steps below to successfully complete your first buying group order.
If you want to get started with buying groups, you can sign up for Max Out Deals here.
If you are Canadian, you are fine to enter your Canadian details. If you wish, you could enter the details that are tied to your credit card accounts or mail forwarder; it makes no difference.
Upon signing up, you will need to ensure that you have a US bank account available to deposit your payments to. Max Out Deals currently supports eChecks and ACH deposits for payment.
If you want to use eChecks, double-check that you are able to mobile deposit checks and understand any limits/restrictions that may be in place for your financial institution. For example, TD US allows you to only deposit $5k USD daily or $20k USD monthly, whereas with RBC US you can deposit up to $25k in a 3-day period.
ACH (or automated clearing house) bank payments, while not formally supported, are available through a workaround. When you request an eCheck payment, write the acronym “ACH” in the name field. From there, open a ticket on Max Out Deals providing them with your:
- US Account Number
- Routing Number
- Bank Name
- Name of Account Holder
They will note this information and cash out all future payments as ACH, provided you write “ACH” in the name field of the payment request.
I highly recommend using ACH as your payment method so you can skip the step of having to print and mobile deposit a check and have the money deposited automatically to your bank account.
Committing & Making a Purchase
Once you are signed up, you are ready to make your first dropship purchase to Max Out Deals. There is a specific order of operations that needs to be followed: you must first commit to the deal before purchasing the item and shipping it to the buying group.
Committing to Purchase
When you are ready to make your first purchase, navigate to the “Deals” tab to see all active deals. Within each deal, you can see the retail price, what commission (if any) is being paid, and the total you will be reimbursed. You will also be able to see the retailers that have that product on sale.
Once you have selected the product you want to order, you will need to click the “Commit” button. Upon clicking that button, it will show the deal capacity and open up a text field for you to enter a numerical value identifying how many of that specific product you will be dropshipping. From there, click save.
Typically, you will want to commit to the deal before ordering to ensure that everything will go smoothly. Additionally, sometimes deals have limited space, and as such, you should always commit first to double-check that Max Out Deals is still accepting that particular item.
Of note, committing to the item and amount you are sending is imperative as it is within the buying group’s right to refuse the shipment or payout at a lower price if you are sending non-committed items. Additionally, if you make a purchase and the order is canceled, you can always go in and reduce your committed amount.
Making a Purchase
Once you have selected a deal and committed to it, the next logical step is to make the purchase. Since we are ordering to a US address, we will need to log into or create an Amazon.com account. If it is your first time logging into Amazon.com on a Canadian account, it may say the item is undeliverable. This will adjust once you add a US shipping address to your account as mentioned below.
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Before we add the shipping address, it is important to note that the key to buying groups is to ship your items to a tax-free state, such as Delaware. If you are shipping to Max Out Deal’s Wilmington, Delaware location, the address on Amazon should look like the below, with your name and ID # (found when you click “Profile” on the top-right-hand corner):
It is very important that you include WSEB and your ID # in your shipping details when sending to the Delaware address.
Once you have set up Max Out Deal’s address, you will need to set your billing address. For this, use the same details that you have set up on your US credit card accounts. Amazon does not care if your shipping and billing addresses are different.
When you are starting out with buying groups, I recommend everyone starts with Amazon as your main retailer since they do not care about drop shipping, thus, will not cancel orders on you. Feel free to dropship the maximum quantity of any deals that are listed on Amazon with minimal risk.
Other retailers, such as Target, Best Buy, and Walmart, tend to be less passive when it comes to ordering products to buying groups. They will actively cancel orders and ban accounts if you are ordering to a flagged address. There are ways around this with some creativity involving jigging the address, but I will leave that up to you to figure out yourself 😉
Once you have made your purchase, it’s time to move on to the second part of the process: order tracking and getting paid.
Once your order has shipped, you will receive an email from Amazon and you can then view the tracking number attached to the order in your Amazon recent orders. Items may ship using UPS, USPS, or Amazon’s shipping service.
Once the tracking number is available, you need to copy it and open the “Order Management” tab in Max Out Deals. In the “Order Management” tab, you want to click “Show Import Wizard” at the bottom which will open a window on the right-hand side of the screen. This is where you will want to paste the tracking number and click “Submit”. This will generate a new row on this screen, which will show the tracking number and the current status.
Once tracking numbers are added and items are checked in, this tab will start to look like the below:
While you have included your ID # in the shipping details, adding the tracking number to order management is a failproof method to ensure that your order is properly attributed to your account. You should do this for every individual shipment as part of your process.
I also have a basic google spreadsheet that I use to keep track of what products I am shipping where, the quantity, and the price I committed at. This helps me stay on top of how many products I am waiting on being checked in and ensures that I am not missing anything.
Shipment Check-In & Payment
At this point, your item has shipped and you have entered the tracking number in “Order Management”. Now, all there is to do is wait for the package to be delivered.
Typically, once it is delivered you can expect to wait 1-2 business days or slightly longer for the package to be checked in, depending on the overall buying group load. Once checked in and verified, the shipment will show up in your “Receiving” tab and you will receive an email.
Once your items have been received, you can request an eCheck immediately provided your balance is over $50 USD. To do so, navigate to the “Request Check” tab and submit the amount that you would like to be cashed out on your eCheck.
Once payment is requested, you can expect to wait 1-2 business days for the eCheck to be generated and issued. Once issued, you will receive an email and it will be available to be printed under the “Mobile Checks” tab.
When it is available, print the eCheck to PDF and save it to your desktop before physically printing. The reason being is that you can only access the eCheck on Max Out Deals once, so if something goes wrong it is good to have the actual file saved to your desktop. From there, deposit the eCheck into your US bank account and you have successfully completed the full cycle of your first buying group order. Congrats!
Finding a new manufactured spending method can be difficult, but buying groups are far from a secret and have been existing right in front of us, waiting to be taken advantage of.
I’ve only been using Max Out Deals for a couple of weeks, but have already pushed through almost $4,000 USD in purchases with minimal effort. Both check-ins and payments have been timely which are two of the most important things when it comes to choosing a buying group as a purchaser.
If you want to get going using buying groups to build your miles and points balances, you can sign up for Max Out Deals here.
If you have any questions about the process, Max Out Deals, or buying groups in general, drop us a comment and I would be happy to share my expertise.
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