Finding Products That Don’t Scan
Many times other sellers list products under a different UPC code to throw other sellers off. You pick up a product to scan and it doesn’t show up as being in the Amazon catalog but actually it is.
The first way to try to find it that most people do is typing in the name of the product.
Total pain in the butt to do.
The biggest tip is to type as little as possible. If you type too much, it might be too specific and not show up in the search. Start with the brand name. People also change the title of products and if you put in a big long title, it might not give you a search result.
There are better ways to do this.
The Amazon seller app ( along with Google and the Amazon buyer app) has a dictation feature.
Look for the microphone
Just push the microphone button and speak the product name into the phone.
This is a hit or miss thing. Some words just don’t pick up right, but it can be a time saver.
So here is the ultimate trick.
Amazon uses a image recognition function on the Amazon buyer app ( not your AZ seller app). There is also a stand alone version of this called Flow,
On the Amazon buyers app, it looks is the camera icon
And here is the stand alone Flow app
You just start Flow up and aim the camera at the product. It has these crazy little light things that run around the picture and tries to figure out what the item is and then pulls it up in the Amazon catalog.
The catch is the it bring it up in the Amazon buyer app and you need to grab the ASIN from the Features & details section
This works really good. It actually works better than typing or dictation methods.
This is also a trick to use when you can’t hold a product ( like video games that are in the glass cases)
Bonus Tip : Using the Flow app for sourcing online
AZ Buyers List
If you are using product sourcing lists, you can use the Amazon sellers app for having a visual shopping list
Using The eBay App
The eBay app has a bar code scanner built in.
When you hit the search on the app, the scanner icon comes up.
Many times you find a good deal on a product that isn’t selling on Amazon ( or restricted) and this is great for checking if a product is selling on eBay. I also use the scanner to scan the bar code and create my eBay listings on my phone. I then go back and edit the listing on my computer.
Keeping A Charged Cell Battery While Doing Retail Arbitrage
One of the simplest way to charge your dying cell phone battery is to use a rechargeable power block.
Just pull your phone into it and charge your phone right in the store.
When you are in your car, if you put the phone on Airplane Mode while charging it, it will charge at least twice as fast.
If you turn the phone completely off, it will charge 3-4 times as fast
There are a brand of cell phone cases called Incipico that have a build in battery. It basically doubles the life of your battery. When your phone gets low, you press a button on the case and it recharges your phone.
Reading Bar Codes
The Amazon seller app camera seems to have a hard time focusing compared to Scoutify.
One trick is that if you touch the screen on the AZ seller app, it causes the camera to focus faster.
Bonus Tip If you are at Walmart and trying to use the price checker and it doesn’t seem to want to read, touch the bar code image on the screen, it make it read the bar code
The Scanning App Running Really Slow Or Not Working
Sometimes you are scanning in a store really good and then the scanning app just seems to stop to running or is super slow.
I have found that if I get near the Walmart photo area ( or electronics dept) that my phone hooks up to the Wifi and the wifi sucks.
I have also had this happen at Meijers.
So check to see if your phone has hooked up to Wifi and turn it off to make the scanning app start working again.
Now if there is no cell signal at all, then look for a wifi source to hook up to. You might be able to sweet talk an employee for the password or my son has had luck with using xfinity when there is no cell signal.
In low signal areas, it seems like Scoutify will work when the AZ seller app won’t.
Checking CamelCamelCamel And Keep Charts
You should be check CCC and Keepa charts before buying but if you are using the AZ seller app, it is a pain in the butt because there is no built in function for this unlike Scoutify, Profit Bandit or ScanPower.
Here is a video that shows how to easily check the charts if you are using the AZ seller app
Listing Product Merchant Fulfilled In Store
If you are an MF seller or you MF during Q4 for hot products, the Amazon seller app allows you to list a product through it right there in the store.
You can literally list a hot product and have it sold before you even check out.
Up To Date Data
Amazon doesn’t give other scanning apps access to the current pricing data. They have to basically have data bases that they access that may be hours or days old.
The Amazon seller app uses the current prices, so if you scan on Scoutify and then scan the same product on the AZ seller app, you will many times see a different buy box price.
Using a bluetooth scanner will really speed things up and it saves your cell phone battery.
They are also pricey, but I use a generic one called the TC30.
You can find PL versions on Amazon for about $80-$85
I got mine off of eBay for about $70. I looked for the ones that are shipped from the USA.
Mine works great but the Amazon seller app doesn’t work good with it because you have to touch the search box each time before scanning. ( that is faster than the camera works but not really easy to do constantly in store)
It works great with Scoutify. I can just whip through items in the store with it.
The instructions that come with the TC30 suck but it isn’t hard to set up.
Bonus tip The scanner by default beeps every time you scan but if you use the code below, you can turn the beeper off.