Tactical Arbitrage started as a solution to Alex Moss’s own problems. With some creativity, he started a platform that helps Amazon sellers find (lots of) products to resell.
With the combined creativity and input from his user base, it has become an absolute powerhouse for online arbitrage sourcing.
While the developers add many of the feature requests sent in by users, many users are missing out on some powerful features and tricks that are already available to them.
This article is the collective effort of current users who have used the tool and found creative ways to get more out of it.
Leverage Seller Central to Find More Replenish-able Product Ideas
Replenishable Item or Replen
Definition = A product that you can buy repeatedly and sell at a profit over an extended period of time. These are products that you may have some sort of “inside” advantage over your competitors.
For example, some regional grocery items are only available to certain people. So they can buy these goods at retail price, and consistently sell them on Amazon for a profit. This would be an example of a replen.
From your Seller Central, download the recommendations from the “Growth” tab and run a reverse search using TA. Could be a good source for replens.
For sellers who predominately work with OA and RA sourcing, the Amazon notifications that let you know where you could send in more inventory to meet demand, mean very little. However, with Tactical Arbitrage, this seemingly meaningless feature can turn into an endless gold mine of ongoing profitable product ideas. You can export these ASINs into a CSV and upload them into the reverse search of Tactical Arbitrage. From there, you can find if certain items are being sold somewhere online, and whether these items would be profitable to buy and resell on Amazon. Flippin’ genius.
Find 10,000 ASINs Ideas within Seller Central
Along the same lines as Jeff, may even be the same thing, not sure. But I run a product recommendation report in seller central under the seller coach based on whatever keyword I can think of and run a reverse. Will typically yield 10,000 ASIN.
Here is another way to get ASINs from seller central to use as fuel for your Tactical Arbitrage reverse searches.
Find Items You Have Sold But Have Missed Sales Because of Inventory
These first three tips all involve leveraging Amazon’s existing data and reports.
Most sellers ignore this feature because it is really for wholesalers or sellers who have a streamlined process for buying the same products over and over. It does work for OA though, because if you found it once, you may be able to find it again.
Although the hit rate on leads may be small, it may only take one to make this a wildly profitable use of your efforts.
Capitalize on Trends and Demand Spikes by Running Storefront Stalker PRO on Movers and Shakers
This is one of my tips (I am the owner of Storefront Stalker PRO).
The movers and shakers area on Amazon.com is where we can see which products are growing in popularity most quickly. This can be filtered by category, price and more.
Bookmark the Movers and Shakers page –> https://www.amazon.com/gp/movers-and-shakers
The Process (Note: Storefront Stalker PRO access required)
Step #1 Go to Movers and Shakers page of your choice (pick a category).
Step #2 Use Storefront Stalker Pro to export the ASINs into a TA compatible .CSV file.
Step #3 Run this CSV through the Reverse Search area on Tactical Arbitrage (set your parameters as usual).
This can be repeated daily if you’d like.
Source on the Go with Tactical Arbitrage Mobile Features
Here is a short and sweet tip: Tactical Arbitrage works on mobile devices.
It isn’t quite as gorgeous as the desktop appearance, but it works.
Minimize Saturation and Limit Competition by Adding Custom X-Path Sites to Your Subscription
Tactical Arbitrage supports over 400 sites BUT one of the coolest features (and most under-utilized) is the ability to add your own sites.
There are tens of thousands of online retail stores (don’t worry, there is no shortage) and you can add some to your catalogue that others may not have.
There is no way to guarantee that you are the only one with a custom site and there is no guarantee that Tactical Arbitrage will not eventually add the site to the platform for everyone.
Many users are scared off because they don’t understand what X-Path is or how to get it done. Fortunately, there are a number of services that will do this for you at very competitive rates.
Here is the one I have used and most highly recommend.
Collect as many of these as you can and capitalize on the decrease in competition.
Additional Tip: If you have your own 3rd party site, you may be able to make an X-Path to it. This will allow you to find items from your own store that may profit on Amazon EVEN at your current retail prices. This is a bit advanced.
Use Google Trends to Find Hot Leads
Step #1 Head over to Google Trends and type in a pretty generic search term.(Example) Toys…
Step #2 Scroll down to “Related Queries”, filter by top or rising, it will give you a bunch of search terms like the ones in the picture. Search each of those terms in the Amazon search bar.
Step #3 Use SS Pro to grab the ASINs.
Step #4 Reverse search the ASINs with TA.
Step #5 Rinse. Repeat.
Start with Discounts, Cash Back and Gift Card Offers with “A Step Ahead” Worksheet
One of my personal favorite pieces of online sourcing advice is start where there is some sort of time sensitive or exclusive discount offer. By doing this, you greatly reduce the risk of taking part in a race to the bottom and also will find more products.
Think about it… if you go to a site that is running 10% off baby clothes, every item you look at is 10% more profitable (of course, if the item isn’t profitable, this just means you’d lose 10% less, but you get the point).
Then, consider working with cash back sites.
If you buy a $100 item with 10% off and can get 4% cash-back, you are really spending a total of only $86.40.
4% x ($100 x 90%) = $86.40
Now, your former break even price is actually a $13.60 profit!
So, how do you make sure that you stay on top of these deals? They are all over the place but following them is like herding cats. The answer –> With the “A Step Ahead Worksheet”
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