If you could find a steady stream of profitable online arbitrage deals on your own, without any assistance, that would be a really huge deal, wouldn't it? You would probably consider quitting your 9-5 and focusing on OA full time.
Amazon online arbitrage sounds easy in theory - buy low, sell high on Amazon. Finding those profitable products is where the real work begins and if you’ve opted out of using a lead list service, that just makes it ten times harder. But not impossible
Methods of Amazon Online Arbitrage Sourcing
There are two major methods of sourcing profitable products to resell on Amazon:
- Manual sourcing - go to the sales section of a retail store, pick a product you think might sell well, and then look for the matching product on Amazon
- Reverse sourcing - identify a well-selling product on Amazon and then look for where to buy it for cheap.
There’s another less practised type of reverse sourcing called Storefront stalking
What is storefront stalking?
Storefront stalking s the process of finding Amazon online arbitrage deals by looking at what other Amazon sellers are selling.
It involves identifying a good Amazon product, looking at the sellers on that listing, and checking their storefront for other products that are also doing steady numbers. Just like that, you have a list of profitable Amazon FBA listings you can jump on.
Today, we’re giving you our tried and tested cheat list for finding profitable FBA deals every day using reverse storefront stalking. If you commit to doing this every day, you’d have far more OA leads than you could possibly use or buy.
Sounds too good to be true?
There’s a catch.
You need certain tools to effectively and quickly stalk storefronts and some of them are premium tools. You could do the entire process manually but it would just take a lot longer.
Tools you need for Amazon storefront stalking
- Keepa - to identify products with consistent prices over time. Pricing - certain features are free. Full subscription 19 € / month
- Tactical Expander - to scan Amazon storefronts. Pricing - $29/month
- Tactical Arbitrage - to reverse search and find stores you can source from. Pricing - From $50 a month. 7-day free trial
Now that we have the tools, let’s get down to business.
Steps to finding profitable online arbitrage deals every day
Step 1 - Identify a product with good sales on Amazon
Find a replenishable product that’s making steady sales on Amazon or maybe a product you’ve listed in the past. The item should have at least a 3.5 rating and should have been sold to 10 or more Amazon shoppers.
Look at the Keepa graph to ensure that the product has a pretty decent line - prices that keep dipping and spiking up aren’t a great sign. Keepa will also show if Amazon is on that listing.
Step 2 - Look at the list of FBA sellers on the Amazon listing.
Check the list of sellers on that listing and open their storefront by right-clicking on their store name, opening in a new tab, and clicking on the storefront. Also, look out for FBA sellers who have around the same feedback rating as you - 4.5 stars and above is a good rule of thumb. You definitely want to include the storefront of the seller with the buy box.
Step 3 - Scan their storefronts.
Using tools like Tactical Expander or any other storefront scanner, enter the URLs of all the Amazon storefronts(one URL per row) and start scanning. On Tactical Expander, you can enter hundreds of URLs but 10 is a good start. For context, if you scanned 10 storefronts, you could get anywhere between 800 - 1500 ASINs.
If you’re using Tactical Expander, you can import the information straight to Tactical Arbitrage by clicking on the “export to TA [Tactical Abritrage] button”. The information will be transferred to TA. You can also export it as a CSV file on TA or any other storefront scraping software.
Step 3 - Filter and reverse scan on Tactical Arbitrage
On Tactical arbitrage, go to the reverse search feature from your sidebar. If you used Tactical Expander, click on “Import ASIN from tactical expander” or you can click the import new file if you exported as CSV with any other tools. On TA, you can import a list of up to 25000 ASINs.
You can filter the results by profit, ROI, Amazon fees, tax, BSR, approval status and so much more. Once you run the scan, you’ll get a list of the ASINs that meet your filters as well as the stores you can buy them from.
Now you have a list of potential Amazon online arbitrage leads and where you could source them but that’s not the end of the race.
You still have to go through those sources to find the stores selling at a lower price, account for fees (Amazon, prep centre, etc.) to see if the deal is still profitable and some other checks like price stability, Amazon FBA sellers on the listing, their available stock, and more.
Pros and cons of Amazon storefront stalking
We’re not going to act like this method of online arbitrage sourcing is easy and without its cons. As effective as storefront stalking could be, there are some downsides:
Pros of storefront stalking
- Less chance of IP issues - The Amazon FBA deals found by scanning other sellers' storefronts are less likely to have IP-related issues since a handful of sellers were already on it.
- Higher chance of finding a supplier - If sellers are already on the listing, then there’s a supplier somewhere selling it at a reduced price. You just have to find it.
- Timeconsuming - Just like online arbitrage sourcing in general, storefront stalking is also very time-consuming and it may not always yield expected results. You could source ten Amazon FBA seller storefronts and hundreds of ASINs only to have maybe two profitable deals at the end of the day. But the little things add up and if you keep at it day by day, you would have a steady stream of online arbitrage deals.
- Storefront stalking is a tad controversial - the idea of deliberately going through an Amazon FBA seller’s storefront just to find listings you can jump on has raised a few ethical eyebrows. Not everyone is comfortable doing it.
If you can dedicate maybe 2-3 hours to doing this method of sourcing every day, you would consistently have profitable Amazon FBA deals.
Or you could get OA leads already vetted by a team of sourcing specialists in less than a minute by using One Good Deal’s lead list.