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dropshipping arbitrage bot

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO Tools' started by AnonymousOne, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. AnonymousOne

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    I have an arbitrage bot I'm making and it's about ~99% of the way done just finishing up a few things. There's other out there, but they're expensive and didn't really have some of the features I wanted. So I'm implementing my own as a little project. When finishing it I thought about posting and sharing here, but first before I do that I want to gauge the interest there would be with it. So I'm not putting an overkill of effort in if there's no need when I could spend that time better served elsewhere.
     
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  2. dano2

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    I'm interested.
     
  3. Sythix

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    What channels are you using to arbitrage? Aliexpress, Amazon, ebay.. etc?
     
  4. AnonymousOne

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    I had originally outlined those in my original post, but it got lengthy so I edited it out anyways. Here's the relevant info I had posted before.

    It's an arbitrage bot for Amazon -> Ebay. I had thought about AliExpress / Jet I may include that at a later date.

    Current Features:

    Scrapes amazon vs. ebay of course for abitrage opportunities. For ebay I more or less implemented their entire advanced search form with additional options that you can't use in their search form but works for querying. You can specify to narrow your scraping results by free shipping, location, country, etc., price range, basically any category / sub (sub) (sub)(...) category you could think of to narrow your results to whatever niche your trying for. It also lets you search a seller or multiple sellers account if you're competing.

    Options for Ebay:

    Extracts all product info for arbitrage results found. As for whether something is an arbitrage result it lets you specify the minimum profit required taking into account all fee(s) etc. The minimum margin (or both). If it fits the bill it extracts all product information, images, description, isbn asin whatever code is there. Validates these to make sure they are indeed valid if they're not for whatever reason.

    A note about $. I've assumed USD here and have not and do not plan to include other currencies.

    Has an option to auto post these to your ebay account. As for account options. You can specify an html tempalte and it will insert the info / images etc into the appropriate html sections to use an html template when posting. It'll auto-upload product info like isbns etc as mentioned before. You can automatically update all posted listings if they fell below your minimum profit / margin line and correct it to be valid for these values. You can auto-relist all ended items. Automatically leave feedback. There's some other goodies I can't think of right now since I'm not currently in front of my app, but you get the general idea.
    You can specify whether to use additional options (like gallery images, etc) for the appropriate sections.

    You can automatically update your paypal email and whether to require immediate payment if you need to change payment methods / accounts quickly on all listed items. You can clone another sellers listed items (or multiple sellers by specifying a comma delimited string of usernames)

    If you don't want to auto post results it will output the results in a directory (for each item) with images etc so you can do it manually if you want to be "safer".

    I haven't implemented posting to amazon yet. Didn't really feel the need ebay (imo) is where the moneys at, but as mentioned before I have thought about expanding it to other platforms

    It has another section that displays a graph to track your sales / account progress.

    Feature I'm implementing now: Linking Amazon account(s) to automatically check for sold items vs. tracking info and to auto-upload it.

    If you have another feature that you think would be beneficial I'm open to it.
     
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  5. Keyser_Soze

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    this sounds pretty good...I'm interested
     
  6. jeggonline

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    Subscribed. Looking forward to future updates.
     
  7. linkinincubus

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    i'd love to see it myself. this kind of drop shipping is something i've been thinking about getting into for a while and it would be nice to know there was a tool out there to make the research easy
     
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    Sticky Share. Thanks you bro...
     
  9. snowmom76

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    I'm definitely interested. Do you need any beta testers?
     
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    Sounds good
    Yes please, interested in the bot

    Thanks
     
  11. The Curator

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    Count me in. When you say it scrapes Amazon to Ebay for arbitrage opportunities, how does it begin? Do you give it a UPC, an ASIN, a Category or Ebay Seller?

    Additional Features:
    -Find arb opps based on inputted seller store url
    -Find arb opps based on global shipping availability by seeing which items are for sale globally and offering a profit margin based on that in addition to just normal US Shipping options.
    -Monitor every 15 minutes your own store against Amazon pricing to mitigate pricing differentials
     
  12. AnonymousOne

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    I completely forgot I started this thread here and just checked back in on BHW. Sorry for the absence!

    Yes, beta testers would probably be a good idea. Releasing a program into the wild without a few beta testers is generally a bad idea.

    It already has some of those additional features you can specify to limit your scraping to specific sellers by username, sellers with stores, or to exclude those users.

    As for global shipping availability you can already specify what type of shipping and the region / locale. So, I think that's already implemented by simply pairing the two?

    If there's another fellow programmer who'd be interested in teaming up feel free to PM me. I have some bits of the app I'm finishing up that could use a fresh mind.

    As for how it scrapes the opportunities...

    This is why I haven't actually finished it yet besides having my time be extremely limited as of lately. Editing and adding on to 10k+ lines of code gets a bit time consuming lol. So, another programmer would definitely be a bonus for knocking it out. I keep switching between algorithms for this, and can't decide on the best way. I may just write various forms and let the user select.

    As for options there's a few main routes to go.

    1. Parse Amazon and give the user limiting options as you see above cross check these with Ebay etc.

    2. Span across AliExpress, Jet, etc. in comparison to Amazon + Ebay.

    Problem with this is some of the sellers on these platforms are scammy.

    3. Start at Ebay with the search form as described above then cross-check against all platforms for arbitrage opportunities. For parsing I exclude anything that doesn't have an ISBN or some form of a product lookup code. This is required by multiple parts of the program to work (reliably) I may implement some form of fuzzy matching, but I haven't yet. That's another problem unto itself.

    4. For big sellers that sell fairly quickly additionally look at Amazon's daily deals and various other forms of these low priced items across other platforms and cross check in addition to other scraping.

    For 3. this is less than ideal imo. This would just be hard market to break into unless your a big seller since your competing with other peoples stores / niches. But, also at the same time... this is part of what it's intended for. For breaking into other peoples niches and competing over them. I'm actually tweaking it to basically do the reverse. To find all opportunities where there is no competition or a low amount which would be equivalently finding niches.

    As for the monitoring that's an excellent idea! Provided they have lookups then cross-checking items isn't that hard to do. Why I have the product code requirement(s) noted above. Looking up items without one gets into all kinds of problems I'd rather avoid.
     
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  13. fgdcz6

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    I'm interested :cool:
     
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    Yeah, I definitely think that there would be a lot of interest here for that, I haven't heard of a bot quite like that before. Cheers
     
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    Im interested. Where are you at with it now?
     
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    I'm quite interested as well! Following this thread :=)
     
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    I am interested in this bot asap
     
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    if you will release it i can do review on my blog and drive traffic
     
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    I'm interested too
     
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