In this article I am going to show you the ins and outs of a cool program that allows you to find discounted products in your area.
The tool is called BrickSeek.
BrickSeek was made with consumers in mind BUT the real reason I care about it is because of its potential for finding profitable items to "flip" for a profit (typically by selling them on Amazon or eBay).
This is known as retail arbitrage and it is surprisingly lucrative.
This was one of my first successful entrepreneurial ventures and why I'm sharing this here on EntreResource.
What Is BrickSeek?
BrickSeek is a web based software that allows you to search for sale and clearance deals near your zip code.
BrickSeek focuses on several major retailers...
Here is BrickSeek simplified as per their website...
Reverse UPC/SKU Look Up
Once inside BrickSeek you will be able to choose from the supported stores and filter by category, deal type and filter by keyword.
And find keywords from within the results...
Results will appear...
If you have the UPC of the product you're trying to locate, you can paste that into the Inventory Checker.
Recent Stock Changes
You can also see recent inventory updates. Resellers love this feature because it allows them to know when products that are possibly selling above retail are available for pick up.
Online Stock Alert
With the online stock alert feature, you can get notifications when hard to find items come in stock near you.
This tool require a log in to access.
If you practice retail arbitrage, this is a massive time saver and will give you a huge edge over your local competitors (more people do retail arbitrage than you'd expect).
So, let's talk more about using BrickSeek for flipping products for a profit.
There is a custom Google Chrome extension for online product sourcing that was created for resellers called the BrickSeek Add-On. The extension will search multiple zip codes with a single click for inventory at Walmart.com, Staples.com, and Lowes.com.
Sellers use this as a complement to their online arbitrage sourcing.
Here are two videos from the creator of the BrickSeek Add-On (not the actual BrickSeek software itself) showcasing how the BrickSeek Add On is used by resellers
How much Is BrickSeek?
BrickSeek offers plenty of fire power for free but they also have premium plans for $9.99 and $29.99.
The free plan is powered by ads and doesn't show as many products as the premium and extreme deal hunter plans.
Premium users also get access to the BrickSeek forum where deals are shared.
There you have it! Go check it out and create a free account ASAP.
Additional Tools for Finding Deals
If you're interested in selling on Amazon, click here to learn more.