We adopt multiple strategies using proprietary software, some of which can be found below:
1. Normal Online Arbitrage Sourcing
The classic way to use the information we gather is to search for products on one of the sites we support and with the click of the a button, we see which items may be profitable, which are not, and what the ROI, sales rank, and net payout are.
2. Power Sourcing We can run our software on many search pages simultaneously.
3. Clearance Sourcing Most of the sites we support have clearance sections. These certainly can be over-sourced areas from which to choose products to resell.
4. No Sellers search Our software helps us quickly locate items that currently have no sellers on specific marketplaces like Amazon. These items may have a poor rank because they have not had any listings.
5. Merchant Fulfilled Opportunities We can easily gather Amazon FBA and merchant fulfilled calculations. Even if we don’t normally merchant fulfill items on Amazon, we may wish to do so late into Q4, during times when we expect price erosion and want to sell quickly, briefly while items are being sent to us, our pre-fulfillment warehouse, or into the Amazon warehouse, or harness a very time-limited opportunity when newsworthy events cause short spikes in demand and price.
6. Amazon to Amazon Flips We can use our AZ-AZ Deal Finder to search for potential AZ-AZ deals using a search term or import a URL from Amazon search. Then we can scroll through the Keepa extension graphs to find items to buy low and sell high.
7. Retail Arbitrage “Pre-Scouting” / “Post-Scouting” All of the sites we support have brick and mortar locations. Many of the products that we find will be available there as well. In fact, we may be able to purchase them at the store in the quantity desired more readily than we can online.
8. Set Alerts for the Stores We Support Set up alerts on sites like Slickdeals or Fat Wallet to notify ourselves of sales, coupons, price mistakes, and special deals for the sites we support.
9. Harness the Power of Discounted Gift Cards, Cash Back Sites, Loyalty Programs, and Credit Card Rewards Stacking all or some of these together can often make a big difference in whether or not a product is worth purchasing for resale. In the discount box on the popup tab, we can enter a percentage discount we expect to receive. The figures will automatically update with new calculations for the ROI and net profit.
10. Set Alerts for Almost Deals Much of what we find will be close to our buying threshold, but not quite good enough to pull the trigger. We set alerts automated with Keepa, CamelCamelCamel, Price Zombie, and/or Webscout.
11. Work Backwards from Amazon Our software doesn’t just work on non-Amazon sites. We can actually use it on an Amazon search to show us where we can find the products being sold on Amazon.
12. Dropship Opportunities Our software gives us the tools to find many different types of dropship opportunities.
13. Watch for Price Matching
14. No Matches on Amazon
15. Price Matching
16. Find Amazon Sources to Dropship and/or Sell on eBay
17. Find “Shadow Listings” For a variety of reasons, there are some listings that sell well on Amazon that do not have sales ranks. We call these “shadow listings,” because they fly under the radar of most sellers.
18. Use CSV Loader to Get Amazon and Store Leads Use the Load CSV tab to load our own .CSV (comma separated value) file and run the extension on our own list of UPC’s/ASIN’s/ISBN’s and costs.
19. Set Out-of-Stock Alerts When we find great deals, sometimes others have beat us to the punch and the item is OOS. But instead, we might try setting an alert. We have built in integration with ScanPower’s Webscout which can give us quick email alerts when items come back in stock. We can also use consumer tools like Visualping or MyAlerts to do the same thing.
20. Scanning Seller Stores We can scan many seller stores on Amazon, if they have a traditional storefront setup. Great for when we find dropshippers on a listing to help us identify the source. We can also scan specific sellers on eBay.
21. Buy-It-Now, Newly Listed On eBay, we can sort products for Buy-It-Now, newly listed – these are products that haven’t been combed over yet by lots of other sellers.
22. International Arbitrage Buy from our home country and resell in other countries including Amazon.co.uk , Amazon.ca.
23. Evaluate Pallets/Liquidation Lots on BULQ We can use the power of the CSV Loader and some spreadsheet tricks to evaluate the value of liquidation pallets on BULQ.