Tools We Use and Recommend
Looking to get your FBA business running full speed but not sure what tools you need? You’ve come to the right place, because this list is where we share all of the tools that we use in our business.
Some resources might be old, some new! The one thing that’s constant is that we only share resources, tools and services that we actually use and can give honest feedback on. Bookmark this page as a reference, because we’re sure you’ll want to make your way back here more than once!
So with that being said…Behold! The list of tools to end all lists of tools!
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You’ll find that we’ve broken these tools into 2 categories: Essentials & Game Changers.
Essentials are absolutely necessary to running an Amazon FBA business, unless you are paying a prep center to handle your inventory.
Game Changers, on the other hand, will make your business flow much easier, and free up more time, which you can dedicate to money making activities or just sipping Pina Coladas on the beach. (Whatever floats your boat ;))
The one thing I don’t know why we didn’t buy sooner was a scale. I mean, I don’t even want to take about how we attempted to figure out the correct shipping weight…
|Software||Features & Benefits||$$$ Price $$$|
|Amazon Professional Seller Account||+Sell more products|
+Create new listings
+Become Buy Box Eligible
+Get approval to sell in restricted categories
+Use Amazon Sponsored Ads
|$39 / month|
|Inventory Lab||The MOST comprehensive software for Amazon FBA Sellers to organize. A must for all Amazon Sellers.|
+Research & Evaluate products with Stratify (Desktop) and Scoutify (Mobile)
+Track your Expenses & Buy Cost
+Manage your Inventory Levels & Replenishment Dates
+Create Inbound Amazon FBA Shipments
+Evaluate your Net Profit & ROI with in-depth Reports
***GET a FREE InventoryLab Trial Here!
|$49 / month|
|Feedback Genius||Premier Automated Amazon Email Follow Up Service|
+Integrated with Amazon
+Generate Product Reviews
+Increase Seller Feedback
+Message Every Buyer on all Amazon Marketplaces
+Track Negative Feedback & Reviews
***Get a FREE Feedback Genius Plan up to 100 emails per month!
|$20 / month|
|Xero||Run your ecommerce business with simple accounting software|
+Connect with leading ecommerce apps like point of sale, inventory and more.
+Access your customer and business information online anytime, anywhere, with the mobile accounting app.
+Get an instant view of your financials on the online dashboard.
+Makes tax prep a breeze!
|$30 / month|
|Hubdoc||$20 / month|
|TripLog||Easy to use Miles Tracker|
*Make sure you keep count of all those miles driven for business because every miles counts as a deductions and considerably help lowering your taxable Income!
|$2 / month|
|Merchant Words||Keyword Research Tools |
-Improve listing by adding Keywords
-Create strong new listing
|$9 / month
*With Friends of Skip discount!
|A printer is merely a necessity with this business. You will especially need a reliable one to print off all of those shipping labels! We have found one that we really like, as it is wireless, compact and prints nice product inserts that we use for some of our Private Label products.||Essentials|
|Although you may or may not be doing commingled inventory, Amazon mandates that you put product labels on certain products. (Not sure what I’m talking about, check out my article about commingled inventory.)|
You'll want to order sheets of 30, 1 x 2 5/8 inch labels per sheet. This is the size that will properly print product labels from the Amazon Product Labels screen.
|You want to make your life easy, right? Well getting your hands on some FREE UPS shipping labels will not only make your life easier, but it will save you some paper. |
Once you create an account, simply highlight Shipping and click on Order Supplies and then Labels. Make sure you get a stack of UPS WorldShip Peel-and-Stick Labels - (2 per Sheet). You can print your shipping labels directly onto this sheet and it makes things so SIMPLE! Don’t tape your labels to the box or worry about putting labels in pouches. This does it all! ORDER https://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/forms.html
|When it comes time to seal up those precious boxes, it is super handy to have a tape gun. Trust us, it will save you lots of time and hassle fiddling around with some oddly shaped roll of tape.||Essentials|
|Even before you run out of tape, you should stock up on this. This came recommended to us and we immediately noticed that the amount of tape per roll is more than most and the actual strength is enough to hold your bumper on your car. (Tip: We set a Keepa alert so we're notified when the price drops to $6.99, which it often does.||Essentials|
|According to Amazon policies, any plastic/polybags that have an opening 5 inches or larger needs to have a suffocation label on it. If you happen to buy any products that are already in a polybag without a warning label, or buy polybags without warning labels, you will need these.||Essentials|
|Any products that are loose, have exposed materials or items that you don’t want to show common warehouse ware and tear should be put in polybags. |
When you scan a product in the Amazon Seller’s App or reach the Prep Requirements page in your shipment, you will be alerted if any products have additional prep requirements.
It’s good to have an assortment of these polybags so you are ready when the time comes.
You can either buy plain polybags and put suffocation warning labels on them, or you can buy them with the warning labels already printed on them. Whatever you prefer.
|Find some killer deals but they are tagged up with clearance labels? Scotty peelers make removing any undesired labels from your merchandise a breeze, while keeping the package looking in mint condition. Not to mention the fact that these things are sharp enough to be used as a box cutter. |
We often use our Scotty Peelers to open and reshape boxes.
|After peeling off those sticky labels, you might have some leftover adhesive residue on the box. Keep in mind, that it is VERY important that your products are in NEW condition if you intend to sell them this way. |
So make each package look pristine. Goo Gone does the trick to remove this residue. Just use little bits as this stuff is powerful.
|When you are preparing your shipment, Amazon will want to know the dimensions and the weight of each box. |
It’s not worth the time and effort to estimate the weight of each box by pulling up each product's shipping weight and testing out your addition and multiplication skills.
Get your hands on a Digital Scale and rapidly increase your FBA Prep time.
|Instead of typing in each UPC manually, simply plug this into your computer and scan the UPC and it will automatically populate it into the search bar. No muss, no fuss.||Game Changers|
|If you want to step your game up, a Dymo LabelWriter helps to speed up your FBA prep. This printer will handle printing all of your Product Labels. |
As you may already know, when you use a sheet of labels you end up wasting a lot of label space because you often print less than the 30/page amount.
Dymo comes in a roll and only prints labels individually so you don’t waste labels.
However, this printer is to be used with an inventory management software, as Amazon only accepts 30/page sheets.
Personally, we use this with Inventory Lab to process all of our shipments, and as we add each product it automatically prints out the product labels that we need.
Using FBA Fulfillment Companies & Freight Forwarders, also known as a Prep and Ship services, can be a game changer for your business. It was definitely a milestone for our business, as we discuss in great detail in one of our most popular blog posts. (Check it out here).
For one, it can free up the time consuming tasks of Prepping and Shipping your products to FBA warehouses. BUT, for those of you doing Online Arbitrage, you can avoid paying sales tax and really spike your profitability. We even use Chinese Freight Forwarders to take our Private Label Products from China directly to Amazon FBA – for efficient, seamless logistics.
Are you overwhelmed with all the different categories and ranks? A 50K Rank in Books is a horse, but in Video Games it’s a dog…Say what?!?
That’s why you need to familiarize yourself with each category’s rank and know the difference between a rank that’s gang-busters versus a straight bust. Hopefully we made this task easy enough for you by highlighting the number of products offered in each category and pointing out the top 1% and 3% ranks in each category. Keep in mind that ranks are highly volatile. Nevertheless, a product within the 1% of a category is typically low risk, while 1-3% medium-high risk. Above that, well…
So, go ahead and Bookmark this list and make sure you’re always in the know. We’re sure that it will not only save you loads of time, but will make you WAY more dinero $$$. (2018 Update – Amazon removed the ability to find the number of items for sale per category, so we can no longer update this list. However, this list is still a good benchmark to give you an idea of where your BSR stands.)
Need to reach out to Amazon Seller Support or a Private Label Supplier – but don’t know how to start?
No worries, we’ve compiled our most effective templates, so you can cut out the guess work and get the most out of your communications.