How to Read & Understand CamelCamelCamel Graphs

CCC TutorialHave you ever looked at a CamelCamelCamel graph and thought, “Are you sure those are prices and sales ranks? It looks more like the results of a lie detector test.”

If so, this blog post should help you get a basic understanding of what is involved in reading a CamelCamelCamel price or sales rank history graph while you’re sourcing for your Amazon FBA business. Toward the end of this blog post I’ll show you a video walking through how to understand these graphs directly on the CamelCamelCamel website.

You know we talk about CCC all the time on this blog, but that’s because we just don’t source without using this valuable website. We believe you shouldn’t make buying decisions for your Amazon FBA inventory based solely on today’s sales rank and pricing alone; you really need to make decisions based on the historical data.

Let’s start with the price history graph because that’s what comes up first when you search for a product on CamelCamelCamel.

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On the left of the graph you’ll see the range of prices for which this item has been offered on Amazon. Along the bottom of the graph is a range of dates.

On the right side of the graph is a sliding bar where you can adjust the date range visible on the graph to 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, or all data available.

You can also adjust the type of pricing information shown in the graph by selecting the price for Amazon (green), 3rd Party New (blue), or 3rd Party Used (red).

Next let’s look at a sales rank graph. You can toggle back and forth between sales rank and pricing history on the tabs above the graph.

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With sales rank, you will find the dates are still located along the bottom of the graph. Now, however, you will find a range of sales ranks along the left side of the graph, with the higher sales rank at the bottom and lower sales rank at the top. Again, you can adjust the sliding bar on the right to show you different date ranges on the sales rank graph.

One handy use of the CamelCamelCamel sales rank graph is to count the sales for a product during a certain period of time. You can tell if a sale has occurred by finding a sharp rise on the sales rank graph, which indicates a sharp drop in the sales rank. When the sales rank drops, it means a sale has occurred; a lower sales rank means more sales.

You can practice counting sales on a sales rank graph that we’ve included here. As you read across the graph from left to right, any time the line has a sharp uptick, that means at least one sale has occurred. If the line rises even more sharply, there were possibly two or more sales.

Go ahead and look at the graph and count how many sales you see.

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How many sales did you get?

We count 36 or 37 sales. There’s no way to know exactly how many sales occurred, but this is our educated guess based on this particular sales rank graph.

If you would like to see a video with a short walk-through of the above information in action on the CamelCamelCamel website (including why we think there were around 36 or 37 sales from the above graph), be sure to check out this CamelCamelCamel Tutorial on our YouTube channel. Also be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel to get notifications when we post new videos (usually 1 or 2 times a week).

I want to encourage you today if you’re making sourcing decisions without using historical sales rank and pricing data from CamelCamelCamel — there is a better way to buy Amazon FBA inventory! You can make smarter sourcing decisions. Your business will hugely benefit if you take the time to learn how to use CamelCamelCamel.

Book & DesktopThis blog post is just scratching the surface on what I can teach you about CamelCamelCamel. To find out everything there is to know about using  CamelCamelCamel to make smart sourcing decisions, be sure to check out our course, The Reseller’s Guide to How to Keepa Camel: Using Amazon Sales History to Make Smart Sourcing Decisions. This course is a combo ebook and video course where I walk you through everything you need to know to make sense of both CamelCamelCamel and Keepa in ways you’ve never thought of.

How about you? Do you use CamelCamelCamel? What is your favorite thing about Camel? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

24 responses to “How to Read & Understand CamelCamelCamel Graphs

  1. Random99414124

    Camel pun

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  3. Are Marketplace New items a combination of FBA & MF offers by 3rd party sellers?

    • Yes. The line could be showing $15.49 meaning a Merchant Fulfilled seller selling the item for $15.49 plus $x.xx for shipping, or a FBA seller selling the item for $15.49 plus free shipping. I would say that 95% of the time the low price shown on a graph for marketplace new would be MF offers not including shipping costs.

  4. On the right hand side I see a box that you can check that says “Remove Extreme Values.” I’m assuming the real high and real lows? When would you want to check that and do you recommend checking it? Thanks Stephen! Gread blog as usual!

    • You can check the box or uncheck it on every item, but it will only change the graphs on items that have very extreme values. Imagine looking at a graph where most of the prices are around $20 to $40 but there was one day where the lowest price available was $250. Adding the $250 line to the graph would make it much harder to see how prices were changing with the $20 to $50 ranges… so you can remove that $250 extreme value so you can better view the graphs. Here is a good example where you can use the “Remove Extreme Values” option.

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  6. Love your videos. I have registered for accounts and added the extensions to Chrome. However, I can’t get them to come up on Amazon when I’m looking at a product. I click on the Camel icon and it opens a new page. I click on the Keepa icon and it goes nowhere.

    Help! I’ve reviewed the websites for help but am lost.
    Thanks again,

    • The Camel icon is supposed to open a new small pop up window with the CCC data. Maybe try restarting your Chrome browser. And Keepa doesn’t open up a new window, but instead just adds the Keepa graph right into the Amazon sales page for that item. The chrome extensions only work on the Amazon sales pages for the item you’re wanting the info for.

  7. I noticed camal and jungle scout provide a differnt number of occurred sales per month. Who is more acurate?

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  9. In the Sales Rank tab, what does it mean if it is a flat line? For one product I saw, I see no upticks nor downticks in the past 6 months, 3 and 1. Yet on Amazon, there were about 2 reviews for the product in the last month. What does this mean?

    • A flat line means that either:
      – CamelCamelCamel has stopped tracking data for this item because no one has sought after data for this item in a long time.
      – Amazon stopped giving out the sales rank for this item after some time passed. Either because the item moved into a category that does not have sales rank posted, or for some other glitch reason from Amazon.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Flat line usually means no sales. Those reviews left could have been from LONG ago. Who knows.

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  13. Can this CamelCamelCamel and Keepa analysis be used for Amazon-to-Amazon arbitrage (Amazon Flips)? Do you have a course on this type of online arbitrage Stephen?

    • It can possibly be used for that purpose… but i don’t have any training on that method. Just be sure to follow the guidelines and don’t use Prime shipping to ship items to you that you intend to resell via FBA. That is against Amazon’s rules.

  14. Can you give more of your perspecive on “Offer Count”? If BSR is not available and we can’t estimate sales, how reliable is this one? Also, would you rely on it to make pricing decision when it goes down and assume that product sold at certain price on that day? Thanks.

    • The offer count is somewhat reliable when BSR is not available. But offer count only counts the number of sellers and not how many they all have in stock. So 2 sellers could me 2 sellers with 50 each in stock…. or it could mean 2 sellers with only 1 each in stock. If the number of offers changes, it’s pretty certain to know that the time of the sale was when the offer count went down. Hope this helps.

  15. Hi Steve–Lance again (just emailed you a question about Scoutify and access to sales rank history on Camel).

    Question about OA: I understand that ‘O’ is the buy box, and ‘A’ means Amazon has the buy box. In that case, does it make ANY sense to buy that product? Can you undercut Amazon’s new product with a used product? No, right? Thanks.

    • The O is buy box and the A usually means Amazon (but not 100% of the time – so double check). If I can price about 5% lower than Amazon and still make money, then I’ll do that in most categories (but not media categories). Plus I won’t go too deep on something that Amazon is in stock on.

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