There are a few Amazon FBA software tools, widgets and apps that I seem to use over and over again and I’m never sure if everyone already knows about them or not. So I thought I’d get them in a list for people to know about them! Some of them are free and some are not. You’ll have to decide what your time is worth when considering the non freebies.
Amazon FBA Calculator Widget
This one is free and you need to be using it! I am in a lot of Amazon groups on Facebook. I mostly lurk but I read everything to stay current. And sadly there are many, many posts where people are completely taken by surprise at what they pay for Amazon fees. So many newbies would avoid costly mistakes if only they would use this little bit of Amazon FBA software! People seem to buy and send in stuff without having a clue about what the fees are and how much they will get when it sells.
Now I admit that when I was new, I went by the rule of thirds because I didn’t know about this. (The rule of thirds is I pay $10 for an item, I sell it for $30 and when it sells I get $10 profit, I get $10 to cover my cost and Amazon keeps $10 for fees). That got me by but I really like this little tool. You enter the ASIN or UPC of the item, it tells you exactly what the fees will be and what your payout will be. I deduct my item cost and a buck for shipping and I know exactly what I’m going to get as profit. Simple!
This Amazon FBA calculator works for the US, Canada and Mexico and is available for Firefox and Chrome.
Ok, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this must have Amazon FBA software called ListLabelShip and my awesome DYMO Thermal Printer! These two things really do go together and so when I’m mad at one of them, I’m mad at both and vice versa. ListLabelShip is 5$ US a month and I don’t think I could function without it! I use it for selling on both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.
Here are the things I love:
- ListLabelShip offers a quick way to print Expiry Date labels, suffocation warning labels, This is a Set labels and they look very professional
- ListLabelShip works very well with the Dymo printer
- ListLabelShip has awesome support from the company owner Robert. If you email support, he will get back to you and help you.
- There is so much less label waste with the DYMO Thermal Printer and the labels are way cheaper per label than the 30 up label Avery sheets.
And here are the things I hate!
- ListLabelShip doesn’t have a way to do a custom label like if I want to print labels for file folders. Yes, I am supposed to be able to do that with the Dymo software that came with my printer but I have never been able to get that to work.
- ListLabelShip no longer works on Chrome (at the time of writing October 2015). Since I do most of my work using Chrome, when I am ready to print labels I have to stop and switch to Firefox.
But if you are going to use the Dymo printer, then ListLabelShip is a must and you save both time and money. When ordering the labels be sure to get Removable labels (required by Amazon), you can tell because most of the time they will have an R in the name. I use these 30334-R Labels by House Labels.
Read more about printing Amazon FBA labels here.
Right now Jungle Scout is my most favorite bit of Amazon FBA software. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks but I figure it has saved me hundreds if not thousands of dollars in potential buying mistakes. In addition it has pointed me to products that I might not have noticed. How does it do that?
Well, it is a simple little icon that sits on your tool bar. When you are looking at an item on Amazon you click the little Junglescout icon and it brings up a chart. The chart shows the item price and rank and how many will sell in one month. Further more, it brings up similar items and this is where the hidden gold is! Is shows you who is selling those items (Amazon/FBA/Merch). I have successfully been able to find items that are profitable with the BuyBox occupied by an MF seller. These are products that I will source! You can see what I mean in the screen shot below of a Doc McStuffins bag that I was looking into. I am now much more interested in the item below it that sells for $27.48, is Merchant Fulfilled and sells 943 a month! And check out that rank! Do you see why I am excited about this!?
Jungle Scout is not free, I paid $87 US for a one time fee. Worth. Every. Penny. I have made that cost back over and over again. If you are interested, check out the Jungle Scout demo here. Please note that JungleScout does not yet work for Amazon.ca.
(full Disclosure, I make $20 if you buy this. But you should know by now that I only share things I absolutely love!)
The Ebates Cash Back Toolbar
The Ebates Cash Back Toolbar will alert you when you are shopping on a site that offers cash back. For those that do online arbitrage, this is a goldmine! The Ebates button will even alert you to available coupons.
You can read more about how Ebates works in this article.
Merchant Words is a keyword research tool created by Amazon for Amazon. It is a must if you do bundles, private label or make your own product listings. It is free, sort of. Most people can get away with using the free version because it allows up to 10 free searches a day. With the PRO version ($30 a month) you get unlimited searches and also some extra information. For my use, I’m happy with the free version. I make bundles and gift baskets. When I was playing around I found out that 29,000 people a month search for a certain type of gift basket. Guess what I will be making!?
Profit Bandit is a scanning app on your phone. You can scan items when you are out and about and get an idea of profitability.
I like that I can switch back and forth between US and Canada quite easily and Profit Bandit is reasonably accurate.
I’m a little on again, off again, on again with Profit Bandit. It’s $10 US a month and even though I don’t do a lot of RA, when I am in a store and I see something, I want to scan it. That said, a friend in this business recently showed me the Amazon Sellers app which is free. I’m experimenting with it and I might just have to switch again, we’ll see!
Amazon FBA Software – I’m sure there’s more good stuff out there!
I promise that I will add more Amazon FBA Software, Apps and widgets as I find that I can’t live without them. If you have any that you think I should look at and add, then please let me know!
Please feel free to come and find me and ask questions in Amazon Sales Ninja Facebook group!