Product and Shipping Labels:
When you send your products to Amazon, you have to identify them as coming from you. This requires a specific sticker that will be placed over the regular bar code of the product.
- When you first start out, you’ll be printing off your product labels on a regular (preferably laser), printer on these 30-up label sheets. (bare minimum supply)
- You’ll also need shipping labels. If you have a UPS account, you can get them free from UPS. If, like me, you have trouble setting up a UPS account, you can find them here.
- After your business is producing an income, you’ll want to speed up your product label operation with this thermal printer. This will make your operation run quicker and more smoothly.
- If you opt to go with the Dymo thermal printer above, you will need these thermal labels to print your product labels on.
- Any product that is not completely covered by it’s own packaging must be covered. The bag used must be at least 1.5 mil thick. If the opening in the bag is 5 inches or larger, it must have a suffocation warning on it. It can be either printed on the bag, or on a label that you affix to the bag. This is a good choice. These are the correct thickness, have the warning printed, and are self-sealing. (bare minimum supply)
- You never want to send in a product with a sales price sticker on the packaging. Peeling off stickers can be a pain. These will make the job a lot easier.
- Most tape rolls and guns are 2 inches wide. This is simply not enough. You end up needing to tape down the middle, and then once on both sides of that to keep everything secure. That’s why a 3 inch tape gun is a must in my opinion. Pair that with a roll of 3 inch tape and you’ll only have to make one pass straight down the middle, saving you time and money!
- The boxes you will find to ship in are rarely the perfect size. You can fix that easily by using this box resizer tool and cut down a larger box to the exact size you need, saving you money in shipping charges!
- You will need a shipping scale. Stepping on the bathroom scale holding the box simply isn’t accurate enough! This is the one I use and the one I recommend. (bare minimum supply)
- When you go to list your inventory, you have two choices. You can use your keyboard and type in all those numbers on the UPC, or you can simply use this laser bar code scanner to enter in the information quickly and easily.
- One day, you’ll get tired of trying to focus your phone’s camera on the bar code, or fighting bad lighting to get it to scan, or any of the other numerous drawbacks that makes camera scanning slow and tedious. When you get to that point, you’ll want to snag one of these. Don’t be afraid of buying one used/refurbished.
- Another handy thing to have is the scanner glove that fits the bluetooth scanner mentioned above.
Online arbitrage is a very lucrative business, but the key is to be able to plow through loads of data in a short period of time. To do this, you are going to need a data scraping tool. The most powerful one of these on the market by far is Tactical Arbitrage. Use code TF10 at checkout to get an extended free trial period.
Sometimes, Tactical Arbitrage closes down to new members so they can work on new features of the software. If you tried to check out Tactical Arbitrage and they aren’t taking new members at this time, you can check out OAXRay. OAXRay is another great tool that you can use until TA opens back up. If you’d like to view my video explaining the differences between the two softwares, you can check it out on my YouTube channel.
A great strategy for online arbitrage is stalking another seller’s storefront to see what they are selling and where you may be able to find it. Storefront Stalker Pro is the tool for the job. Using this tool in conjunction with Tactical Arbitrage opens up a whole new world of capabilities. You’ll never run out of profitable inventory!
Arbitrage Chrome Extensions
- Keepa– Quick and easy way to see trends in sales history at a glance
- RevROI– tells you what site is offering the deepest discounted gift card for the retailer you are shopping, and also tells you what service you need to use to get the most cash back rebates! Easily maximizes your ROI!
- Ebates– a definite must-have. It’s absolutely free and it gives you money back on every purchase you make at a wide variety of online stores.
- BrickSeek– If you find a profitable product that is sold out online, BrickSeek will find it at a local brick-and-mortar store.
- RevSeller– If you only get one premium Chrome extension for online arbitrage, make it this one! Way too many features for me to list here. Go to the RevSeller website and watch the video. You’ll see how this is the most powerful tool available to Amazon sellers.
ClickAndLabel.com– This is the software you will need to be able to print product labels directly from Amazon Seller Central.
- Tracking Spreadsheet– If you’re going to run a business, you have to know your numbers. This may be based in Excel, but it has the power of a full-on accounting software, with no monthly fee!
- ScanLister– ScanLister is a desktop application that allows you to list items quickly into Amazon and print product labels. Just grade the condition of the item and scan the barcode.
- Inventory Lab– The gold standard in Amazon software. Scout, list, track inventory, and accounting software all in one. If you’re ready for the monthly subscription, this is the way to go.