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Making Money with Amazon Online Arbitrage | The Clearest Path to Self Employment

By Nate McCallister

Last Updated October 29, 2019


Anyone with internet access and a small amount of cash can buy products from 3rd party sites that are priced lower than the same items on Amazon, sell them on Amazon and pocket the profit.

When someone does this and decides to reinvest the profits, you can create a full scale business. I have met many Amazon sellers who focus exclusively on online arbitrage and sell well over 7 figures a year! 

Online Arbitrage Definition

These results are certainly not typical but they are absolutely possible. 

By buying, selling and investing you can quickly turn a few hundred dollars into a few thousand dollars (and so on and so forth).

Note: Online arbitrage is NOT the same thing as drop shipping. Conventional drop shipping is against Amazon terms of service and involves listing products for sale before you have them in your posession. It is different and not the method for Amazon product sourcing that I recommend.

This article will showcase the tools that give you an unfair advantage over other sellers. 

How Is Online Arbitrage Possible?

"Why would a store price their product lower than I could resell it for?"

I get asked this a lot. People think this model seems impossible and illogical because online retailers should know they could sell their items at higher prices if they wanted to.

This same argument is made about retail arbitrage. People think, "why wouldn't they just sell the underpriced items on Amazon?"

Well, it's unreasonable to think that every online retailer monitors Amazon and other online retailers to make sure that they are priced the same. Tools like Tactical Arbitrage (the #1 tool on my list below) allow you to scan over 800+ online sites so it's an inevitability that some of them will have items priced low enough below Amazon (or eBay) that you can make a profit. 

We all have the same limitations: time and information. While we can always obtain more information, it still takes time. This means that pricing items perfectly in a world of constantly changing inventory (different models, variations etc) is impossible.​

The opportunities to buy low and sell high happen all day, every day and as long as we buy and sell goods online, this opportunity will never go away. 

Quote me on that if you'd like. 

Now, online arbitrage isn’t easy, but there are plenty of high quality tools that will help you find more product opportunities and make more money on Amazon.

As far as online sourcing goes, the world is your oyster. 

The Keys to a Successful Online Arbitrage Business

I promise I will get to the tools in a second, but I want to tell you first why they matter so much (and why some are better than others). 

Online arbitrage is a numbers game. The more data you can sort through, the more leads you will find and the more money you will make.

So all the tools I'm about to share either do one or both of the following:

#1 They help you analyze product data better

There is a lot of data out there. There is money in making sense of it.

#2 They help you analyze product data faster.

Tools like Tactical Arbitrage can scour the internet for leads for you while you're sleeping.​ You can set a process and get an alert sent to your phone or email when it is finished running!

Even newer sellers can find tons of products to sell, even though they will be gated in many things at first. 

Deals are everywhere but they are buried and need to be found.

Like an archeologist unearthing a stegosaurus skeleton or a tourist scouring the beach with a metal detector, we are merely woring to bring out what is already there. We use tools to find these items before our competitors.

You aren't the only person looking for these leads. If you have the tools in place to help you find them sooner than your competitors, you will win. 

The Tools for Online Sourcing Domination

"Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools, he is nothing, with tools, he is all." - Thomas Carlyle

With the arbitrage software/tools I am going to share with you, you can now…

  • Collect data that helps estimate profitability and sales velocity
  • Pull massive amounts of data from hundreds of stores in minutes
  • Store, filter and refine huge selections of data
  • Set price alerts to help you find leads "passively" 
  • Find more arbitrage opportunities in less time
  • Use fewer tabs and save tons of time when doing online arbitrage
  • Go far beyond basic clearance shopping to find products to buy over and over

We will go through them one by one, but let me single out the most recommended of all 24.

Please keep in mind one thing as you're going through these tools... you don't need them all. Some of them even overlap with each other

1. Tactical Arbitrage **

This is the most powerful tool for online arbitrage ever created.

With Tactical Arbitrage, you can search for products to resell from over 400 sites. Easily set your own parameters for ROI, Sales Rank and other key metrics and Tactical Arbitrage will help you find products to sell fast.

Again, I did NOT put this tool at the top of this list by chance. It is the most important tool for online sourcing. The only comparable tool to Tactical Arbitrage is OAXray (#5 on this list). While OAXray is awesome as well, Tactical Arbitrage is more powerful (and better overall) than OAXray.

Tactical Arbitrage Discount
  • Source from over 500+ 3rd party websites. Find products to buy low and sell at higher prices on Amazon. 
  • "Reverse Search" Amazon products and find where you can buy them. Start with the product in mind and then find locations you can buy it from that match your parameters (ROI, Sales Rank, etc). 
  • Analyze wholesale lists. Tactical Arbitrage is far from limited to just online arbitrage. It is now the premier tool for analyzing wholesale lists from suppliers and comparing their offerings to pricing on Amazon. 
  • ASIN Variation Analysis. Easily see which variations of an item are actually selling. This is tremendously valuable when analyzing products like clothing and shoes. 
Tactical Arbitrage Review

Price: Tiered pricing ranging for weekly, monthly and yearly plans.

Weekly pricing

Monthly Pricing

Yearly Pricing

USE CODE ER10 AT CHECKOUT AND RECEIVE A FREE 10 DAY TRIAL

2. Storefront Stalker PRO

This tool allows you to pull up to 400 pages of ASINs from nearly any Amazon page or competitor’s storefront. Works seamlessly with a tool like Tactical Arbitrage but the data can also be used with tools like OA X-Ray, Price Checker 2 or any software that analyzes Amazon ASINs. 

All Tactical Arbitrage users can now integrate directly with Storefront Stalker Pro and use its features within the web based program. See video below for more information! If you have Tactical Arbitrage at the time of your yearly billing, you will not be charged again!

This is one of my tools and is currently only available on Gumroad.

  • Spy on competitors and hot brands.  
  • Turn any Amazon page into a .CSV file of ASINs. You can then upload these .CSVs into 3rd party tools. 

Price: $149 for lifetime access

3. The Camelizer [Free]

This extension runs directly on the Amazon product details page and shows sales history for the product you are researching.

Price: Free

4. AMZ Seller Browser [Free]

This tool is great because it adds the sales rank to all of the products you view on Amazon. This can be an alternative entirely to The Camelizer also as it runs Camelcamelcamel information.

Price: Free

5. OAXray

When OAXray came out in 2015, it changed the way sellers sourced online. It immediately gave users an advantage and the ability to source far more than ever before.

Price: $99/Month

6. OA Highlight

With OA Highlight, you can quickly and easily search for any text in any of the included search engines. If you want more, you can add your own fairly easily.

Price: $29.99 for lifetime access.

7. ASINSpector Pro

Extract rank, sales volume, estimated revenue, import ASINs. Updates to the original ASINspector now allow you to access mobile scanning, keyword spying, reverse search, store and save and yes, still more!

Price: $147/Year

8. 1,000+ Online Sourcing Sites [Free]

This is one of my personal creations. It is a collection of 1,000 websites that you can source online. Download for free and you will be able to store all of these links in an easy to access bookmark folder right on your Google Chrome dashboard.

Price: Free

9. How Many

This extension will show you the quantity in stock for any Amazon product for each seller. There are limitations (merchant fulfilled sellers and sellers with quantity limits are not going to have helpful data) but it is an awesome tool so you can decide how deep to go on a product. There is also a free 7 day trial offer available. How Many now has an iOS app.

Price: $8.95/month

10. Keepa  

Keepa is Amazon price tracking tool that can be set to send alerts notifying the user of price drops.

In early 2019, Keepa shook the Amazon selling world by introducing a subscription plan that replaced a lot of the previously free Keepa features. Here are how the free plan and the subscription plan compare.

Keepa Paid Features

It is 100% worth the small monthly fee (not affiliated). 

Price: $17/month or $169/Year

11. Price Blink [Free]

This Google chrome extension alerts you to lower price opportunities on any page. If the product you are looking at is cheaper somewhere else, it will show you.

12. Flippin.It Pro

This extension is like Keepa on steroids for flipping products on Amazon. You can easily see important data that will help you make your buying decisions and base them on past sales history and pricing. An online arbitrage must have.

Price: $99 for Lifetime Access

13. RevROI

Bring your cash back and gift card sites directly to your Chrome browser. This makes couponing look like child splay.

Online arbitrage + Cashback + Discounted Giftcards = Winning.

Price: $4.95/month or $44.95/year

14. Brick Seek Add-On

Sometimes online arbitrage and retail arbitrage collide. The Brick Seek Add-on facilitates this by allowing sellers to see if they can buy a product at a brick and mortar store in their area.

Price: $29.95 for lifetime access

15. Price Checker 2

NO LONGER RECOMMENDED

I used to recommend this for Wholesale, Amazon Flips or Geographical arbitrage. Due to recent updates to Tactical Arbitrage, and the rise of their wholesale features, I can no longer promote Price Checker 2 as an equal alternative.

I do not recommend Price Checker 2 to any of my followers any longer. 

Price: $49.99/month

16. Cleer Platinum

Cleer Platinum is a Chrome Extension that dramatically reduces the amount of time you spend on online arbitrage (or make the time you do work much more efficient).

Cleer platinum puts critical info at your fingertips, on any web page.

Price: $97 for lifetime access (there is also a free version called Cleer Pro)

17. Can I Sell It

Amazon's brand restriction have made it difficult for sellers to buy products comfortably. Until now, the best way to check for brand approval was to pull out your smartphone and check within the AZ seller app. This was inconvenient to say the least.

Can I Sell It replaces the need for that and lets you know if you (yes, you personally as all stores are different) can sell a product. It pays for itself many times over if it prevents you from just a couple of bad buys!

There wasn’t a fast way to find product restrictions when doing online arbitrage, until now.

Price: $49.99/year

18. RevSeller

An on screen tool that allows you to see valuable data and plug in your buy costs to calculate estimated profits after Amazon's fees. One of the most popular online arbitrage extensions on the market.

Price: $99/year (my readers get $20 off their first year with Reseller coupon code FBAT20 at checkout). 30 day free trial is available and doesn’t require a credit card.

19. Bulk List Builder 

I have raved about Tactical Arbitrage and this tool makes it even better. 

A "bulk list" is a spreadsheet that can be uploaded to Tactical Arbitrage to quickly scan websites for profitable items. These lists were sold for as much as $99 a piece, but this tool made it so you can easily make your own. 

Price: $129 for lifetime access

20. Storefront Scheduler

If you like Storefront Stalker PRO, you will love this tool. It makes it so you can "stalk" competitors storefronts on a set schedule. If your competitors add products, you can see which ones and consider adding them as well. 

Price: $79 for lifetime access

The tools I've just shared with you are great but without practice and application, they are nothing more than worthless lines of code. 

There is no substitute for learning to sell on Amazon by trial and error. Try out these tools if you think they will benefit your business. I believe strongly that they will. 

21. AZON Tracker Pro

Launched in September of 2018, AZON Tracker Pro is an absolute Godsend for anyone who wants to keep actionable records of all their purchases. 

This tool works for any sourcing model (online arbitrage, wholesale, private label).

22. Buy Bot Pro

The perfect pairing for Tactical Arbitrage, Buy Bot Pro is a robust Chrome extension that helps sellers make educated buying decisions.  

  • AUTOMATED DEAL ANALYSIS & BUY DECISIONS: Makes your online arbitrage deal analysis so much faster and easier!
  • ROI & PROFIT CHECKER: Tells you exactly how much you'll make after fees, taxes and other costs!
  • BSR CHECKER: Tells you what percentage BSR your product is (Top 1%, 3%, 5% etc) - telling you how FAST it will likely sell!
  • COMPETITION ANALYZER: Analyzes your competition for you (FBA, AMZ & MF sellers!)
  • PRIVATE LABEL CHECKER: Checks for likelihood of it being private label - avoid at ALL costs!
  • HAZMAT CHECKER: Automatically checks if the product is Hazmat!
  • ELIGIBILITY CHECKER: Tells you if YOU can sell the product on your account at a glance!
  • SUGGESTED PURCHASE QUANTITY: Tells you how many units to buy!
  • AMAZON FEES BREAKDOWN: Tells you exactly what your Amazon fees will be!
  • BUY SHEET AUTOMATION: It enters your purchased deals into your buy sheet FOR you, saving time and effort!
  • VAT CALCULATOR: Accounts for VAT not only on Amazon fees but on your buy and sell decisions! (flat rate, standard rate & non-vat registered!)
  • CUSTOM CRITERIA: Tell BuyBotPro what ROI, BSR & PROFIT you're looking for in a deal, totally customizable!
  • PROFIT MARGIN AUTO-CALCULATOR: You've known your ROI from every calculator out there, now we show you your overall margin after fees etc!

23. IP Alert

Starting in early 2018, there was a drastic spike in intellectual property claims. IP Alert is a Chrome extension that notifies you if you're on an Amazon page for a brand that has been reported to file IP Complaints against third party sellers. 

24. Tactical Bucket

Tactical Bucket is hard to summarize in a paragraph or two. It is a tool that helps you get WAY MORE out of Tactical Arbitrage. Like several of the tools mentioned, it gets most of its utility from Tactical Arbitrage.

  • Generate bulk lists
  • Get premium and exclusive  X-paths
  • Download huge lists of top ASINs for reverse search
  • and much more!

25. ASINZen

This tool is very similar to RevSeller but a bit more sophisticated.

This post contains affiliate links. These come at no additional cost to you. I appreciate everyone who uses them! Thank you!

About the author

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

  1. Very nice. Only missing one thing: the words “DON’T PANIC !” printed in large friendly letters…..

  2. I love OaXray I have found so much form it. I also wish I got in on the early Storefront Stalker.

    Thanks

  3. ASInspector looks like the BOMB!! I honestly don’t know which one to subscribe to first, that or TA!! Probably ASinspector since TA is closed right now. Wish I had signed up before he closed.

  4. Keepa is my fave so far. It’s free but I’ve learned to make WAY better buying decisions with it. Jungle Scout is something I’ve been thinking about since I started. I would love a jump start by getting it now, but it’s on my radar to be my next tool purchased when I can. I’ve invested in a few tools and a paid sourcing group, but this would open up some doors for me to grow.

  5. Thanks for the summary Nate. The tool I’m most looking forward to is Tactical Arbitrage. I’m mostly OA and I need find ways to increase my productivity.

  6. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but I just purchased ASINspector Pro and am really excited about it! I would love to try out Jungle Scout Pro too.

  7. Wow, many tools right here. I need to check out those interesting for france and europe in general. Do you have some inputs ?

  8. Thanx Nate, Great to see such a complete list all in one place. My most used tools thus far are Camelizer and keepa and started using OAXray recently. I just purchased several others (as you well know:) and I cant wait to become proficient with them! (storefront Stalker, TA, How many ext are examples of a few that i’ve purchased recently. I would love to get my hands on some additional TA supplementals. *Maybe in Bundle form for instance 😉

  9. I like Keepa and am really liking Tactical Arbitrage in my first month of using it. I’d like to try Jungle Scout or ASINspector.

  10. I would like to get OAxray. I’ve used it and I like how fast and easy I can examine a page or two. Just click a button, very simple. I have Storefront Stalker and I need somewhere to use it.

  11. Hello Nate,

    Great article. I’ve used so many of all the tools you have recommended and I really recommend them to others.

    Tactical Arbitrage has been incredible in my business. Really helped me grow with my team of Virtual Assistants. TA with StoreFront Stalker is gold. I’ve passed on so many people to these two.

    I’m wondering whether you are interested. I’d love to link your site on my site as I am creating a guide for Online Arbitrage myself. I just published recently which is similar to you but I think both articles go hand in hand and would help readers learn even more. Would you be interested in this? I’ll be adding a further reading section regardless.

    Have a great day 🙂

    http://www.lifesuccessengineer.com/ultimate-online-arbitrage-step-step-guide-making-money-using-amazon-fba/

    I’d love to chat about what you think.

    Kev

  12. TA & Store Front Stalker…game over. You’ll never have to worry about finding profitable products.

  13. So many useful tools. I bought Steven’s course with Nate’s recommendation and didn’t regret it. Thx

  14. On the 10 day trial for TA, finding many products, far better than oaxray for me, oaxray was faster, but the automation of TA makes up for that

  15. TA, JS, SFS and RevRoi were the best investments, probably the rest are but these are the ones I own.

  16. This in an incredible list, and Tactical Arbitrage is the best tool available in my opinion!

  17. Nate is the “it” guy. Thanks for breaking down all the tools. Most educative website I’ve come across so far.

  18. These tools for TA make life so much easier. They are NOT needed. However I recommend Storefront Stalker Pro and RevROI

  19. This site is amazing. It is a comprehensive list and continually gets updated. Keep up the great work.

  20. Already got Storefront Stalker pro. Great tool to spy on the completion and find some good replens

  21. I’d say that even thought it could be redundant, things like fbascan or now scoutiq (primarily for booksellers, but can be used for RA/OA) can really help when sourcing because they both vizualize the the profits and risks relatively easy.

  22. Tactical Arbitrage & Revseller & Storefront Stalker are the trifecta of online sourcing tools.

  23. Aside from Keepa (couldn’t do OA effectively without it), RevSeller, RevROI, and How Many are the most useful to me on a daily basis.

  24. Great outline of OA tools. I have a few of these and they are definitely an added value to my OA efforts. Thanks for a great summary in making choices a lot easier!

  25. I have found TA as good as FBAWizard and in some cases even better. TA it seems focused more on international stores especially in US where FBAWizard mostly covers UK. TA is also more intuitive and price structure is excellent for everyone willing to try. 5 stars

  26. Tried OAXray and it was not bad. Just a few mismatches and slow-downs however it pales in comparison to Tactical Arbitrage from capability and processing and overall efficiency. It’s a server-side tool that runs behind the scenes and unlike OAXray it does not take processing power. You don’t need to “babysit” it with multiple tabs like you do OAXray and can have scans running in the background. I wish I had bought access to TA early on.

  27. I use a number of the above I also have Tactical Bucket. Store Front Stalker is a not an option for me. I have it and TA is better with it then without it. I use RevROI, it is a huge help. I use Keepa but not some much CCC.

  28. I use Store Front Stalker not not the Pro. I would love to do TA Academy but $400 is out of my budget.

  29. Great tools and resources to use. Sometimes, it can get confusing when you have 2 different choices.

  30. Online Arbitrage has truly given me a home business, where I barely need to leave the house to make money. I have money delivered to my door every day!

  31. This is an excellent, comprehensive list. Using it, I’ve been able to prioritize which tools I can buy/use now – and which ones I can bookmark for use later as my business grows

  32. Nice, quick review of these tools. There are several that I use that are awesome time savers!

  33. I’ve been looking for something like this. Tactical arbitrage is to an Amazon seller what race fuel is to a car. If you take two of the same cars with the same engine, put premium gas in one and race fuel in the other, the car with the race fuel will out perform the car with the premium gas every time!

  34. I use Tactical Arbitrage and Keepa. I have heard great things about Storefront Stalker. This list is a great reference, several I need to check out.

  35. Best OA software out there! So helpful for finding replens. No more scanning the clearance sections in-store when TA does all the work for you. Changed my business almost over night!

  36. I have several of these tools. After watching a recently recorded webinar today, I am now going to purchase Storefront Stalker since it now works within TA.

  37. Was hoping to find somewhere a comparison of tactical arbitrage vs source mogul which seems very cool also. What is your opinion?

    1. I am biased since I was part of the original Tactical Arbitrage launch BUT I know that TA is far more robust, supports more sites and has a longer track record of success.

  38. your PDF needs updating as you have a small error with 23. and 24. both describing Azon Tracker

  39. I love your article and how detailed it is. I wrote a program that scans Amazon products and looks for similar items on Alibaba and other wholesalers.

    Cheers,
    Alex

  40. Nate, we didn’t see AZINSIGHT on your list. Not sure if you have looked at this chrome extension but if not you certainly need to. Most of the people in Gaye’s and Andy’s group are using it and so is Bob Steele and many other OA folks.

  41. Great to see a review of all the major players in a single list, Nate. Any take-aways or new recommendations from 3 years ago?

    1. Oh, you mean from when the first one came out? haha, this post was actually just updated this week so it’s as relevant as possible at the moment! Tactical Arbitrage remains king among them all though.

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