It has been a while on the blog since we have taken a dive into strategies for online arbitrage (OA), so I want to spend some time today talking about the main online arbitrage tool we use for finding profitable inventory from online stores to resell on Amazon: Tactical Arbitrage. If you feel like you want to try Tactical Arbitrage for yourself, then know that Full-Time FBA readers get an extended free trial, so be sure to read thoroughly to make sure you’re getting the correct link for your extended trial period.
About once a month in our Facebook group someone will ask a variation of these questions: “Has anyone used Tactical Arbitrage? Is it worth the price? Does it actually work?” My short answer to these questions: we use Tactical Arbitrage every week; it’s 100% more than worth it; and it depends.
When I started doing OA, I depended on deal lists to streamline my sourcing process and help me to efficiently find great deals worth reselling. Eventually I wanted to buy even more inventory than I could find on my deal list subscriptions, so I started using Tactical Arbitrage. As of 2023, Stephen and I have maintain a subscription to Tactical Arbitrage for well over 8 years.
Tactical Arbitrage is online software that allows you to scan an entire category of a store’s website to find matches in the Amazon catalog, either by UPC or by product title. Tactical Arbitrage allows you to set up bulk scans of multiple pages and multiple websites to scan at one time, so that you can start a scan and come back to it later after it has finished. The results of a Tactical Arbitrage scan show you links to product pages on the online store’s site and Amazon, links to Keepa, and columns of info on pricing, sales rank, profit, and ROI, among other things. Tactical Arbitrage has other features and methods for doing reverse scans, Amazon flips, and more. The time you can save using Tactical Arbitrage adds up to hours per day. If you want to check out an extended free trial of Tactical Arbitrage, be sure to use the code FULLTIME10 when signing up at www.fulltimefba.com/TA.
Training available? Tactical Arbitrage has a great YouTube channel with tutorials to get you started using the program. Plus, for even more advanced training, you can invest in a video based course called Tactical Arbitrage Academy. This advanced course opened up our eyes to even more ways you can use Tactical Arbitrage to find even more profitable inventory. Totally worth the investment. Plus, if you use the coupon code FULLTIMEFBA50, you’ll save $50 of the TA Academy course.
Features and functionality? Tactical Arbitrage is an (almost overwhelmingly) powerful tool, allowing you to search entire categories on a website in one scan. You can also upload a bulk list of categories from multiple websites to run in one scan, producing hundreds or thousands of potential buys at a time. Tactical Arbitrage also includes tools for wholesale spreadsheets scans, Amazon flips, reverse lookup, and library search for books. I’ll be real honest – I haven’t used half of the features of Tactical Arbitrage, but I still find it worth the price for the features I do use.
Learning curve? Tactical Arbitrage is an extremely powerful tool, and it isn’t super intuitive at times to learn it. Watching the YouTube tutorials helped me a great deal; so did just getting into the tool and playing around with it and fiddling with the filters.
Time required for a scan? Depends on how many items are in the category you are scanning and whether you are scanning a bulk list. Tactical Arbitrage is designed for you to set up a scan, walk away from it, and come back when it’s finished so you can analyze the data. That might be a half hour later or the next morning, depending on how much you included in your scan. I love that I can have the program send me a text when my scan is finished, so I don’t have to continually check the progress.
Can you use with a virtual assistant (VA)? Yes; you can save even more time in your OA sourcing by hiring a VA to do your scanning for you.
Who should use this product? I recommend Tactical Arbitrage as a more advanced tool for OA sourcing. The learning curve is steep, and the results can be overwhelming. I personally would not have wanted to use Tactical Arbitrage when I first got started in OA (in fact, I might have given up on OA if I started out with it), but I love it at this point in my OA journey.
More Points to Note
Many sellers who are just starting out in OA get frustrated with a seeming lack of results from using a program to scan entire pages of online stores. Many sellers will say, “I scanned thousands of items and didn’t find anything to resell. These programs aren’t worth it.” Almost without fail, these sellers have their filters set to only find items with 100% ROI or higher. OA is different from thrifting and garage saling (and even RA to an extent) in that you need to be looking for items with a lower ROI. If your business isn’t at a point where you have the financial capital to source items with a lower ROI, it probably isn’t the time yet for you to invest in these OA tools.
If you do decide to do a trial of Tactical Arbitrage, I highly encourage you to make sure you are prepared to spend a significant amount of time during that trial learning the software and scanning websites. You don’t want to sign up right when you are going out of town on vacation or right when you have a busy week of doing some other task. Make sure you can spend several hours going through tutorial videos and practicing what you are learning. If you dedicate the time to learning the software during the trial, you should be able to find enough items to resell that you can pay for at least a month of subscription for the service.
Also, don’t forget that Tactical Arbitrage offers an extended trial period to Full-Time FBA readers. For an extended trial of Tactical Arbitrage, be sure to use the code FULLTIME10 when you sign up.
We would love to hear any questions you have about these products in the comments. Have you used Tactical Arbitrage before? Do you have anything to add related to the features of the tool?