Online Arbitrage Explained

By Nate McCallister

Last Updated January 10, 2021


"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 of the tools.

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

Tools That Are No Brainers

Yes, you can technically sell on Amazon with just a seller's account and the free Amazon seller's app, but that's not going to get you where you really want to go. 

If you're serious about your success, these tools are what I recommend to every online arbitrage seller of every level.

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. 

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

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.

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

Price: $17/month or $169/Year

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.

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. 

Price: $99/Lifetime Access

Tools That Are Very Nice to Have 

These tools aren't mandatory but they can provide a massive ROI if you're really utilizing the tools mentioned above.

Tactical Expander and Tactical Expander Lite

Formerly Storefront Stalker Pro, Tactical Expander Lite is a tool that allows you to pull 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. 

This is a must have for Tactical Arbitrage users looking to take their sourcing to the next level.

  • 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. 
  • Works on All Amazon Marketplaces.

The full version of Tactical Expander brings all of the features of the Lite version but also allows you to source from over 260+ 3rd party websites that aren't supported by Tactical Arbitrage natively. 

Big name sites like Nike and Adidas. 

Check out the full list of supported sites here.

Tactical Expander Lite

Formerly Storefront Stalker Pro

$149/lifetime

  • Export ASINs from any Amazon page
  • Cloud Based Chrome Extension
  • Spy on Your Competitors
  • Works on All Amazon Marketplaces
  • Lighting Fast
  • Works Seamlessly with Tactical Arbitrage
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once you've gotten started with Tactical Expander or Tactical Expander Lite, check out my full quick start training here. 

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

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!

Helpful to Have

These tools are great but you don't need them to succeed. Several of them do similar things and many are free.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Keepa Paid Features

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.

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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).

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!

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. 

  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. I absolutely love the sourcing site bookmark. I would like to try someday Storefront Stalket.

  9. 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 😉

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

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

  15. 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

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

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

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

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

  20. Plenty of tools listed here so no excuses for not taking advantage of them and crushing it.

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

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

  23. Lots of great tools. I use some of these daily. Thanks for the great article!

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. Definitely one of the most comprehensive list of tools out there. Great job on the write-up!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. Thanks for the list! It’s always good to have another bullet in my arsenal.

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

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. I don’t know about Storefront Stalker Pro. I have never found a single profitable item.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. Great list Nate, No. 24 BuyBotPro button has wrong wording on it though 🙂 just a heads up! 🙂

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

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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?

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

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