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Tracking prices/stock of items on Amazon

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by slevin711, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. slevin711

    slevin711 Newbie

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    In the last month, I have been successfully dropshipping items from Amazon to eBay, using the Amazon Prime to sell on eBay method. This has worked for me with pretty good success. I have run into the same issues that everyone always runs into: items go out of stock or the Amazon prices change and I am either forced to cancel the sale or sell at a loss. This has led to a few negative feedback responses.

    Now, I have moderate programming experience and figured I could come up with a program that would (at a high level) "track" an individual item on Amazon that will alert me if an item changes in price (out of my range for profit) or it goes out of stock. Through my research, I have some questions that I am having trouble figuring this out:

    1. Am I simply re-inventing the wheel here with creating my own program? Is something out there that already does this and more for me (preferably free!)?

    2. This is not possible without purchasing one of the Amazon accounts that gives you access to it's MWS API. Is this true or have I missed something?

    Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Thanks!
     
  2. slevin711

    slevin711 Newbie

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    Does no one really have an answer to this, or did it just get lost in the posts?
     
  3. balward

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    Please let me know if you figure anything out about this. I am wondering the same thing. Thanks.
     
  4. markj892

    markj892 Newbie

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    I have a spreadsheet that calculates the profit, pulls titles, tells me how much stock amazon has and tells me if the price has changed - positive =green+how much it has change - red = obvious+how much. $20 to paypal message me I will send through email. no refunds.
     
  5. arbitrage

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    PriceYak does this. Email them to get setup. Google "priceyak ebay".
     
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  6. Acidtyl

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    Hello, I actually do the same thing and use a website called camelcamelcamel (just google that). You just copy and paste the Amazon link on the website and it gives you a graph of the price changes over the years. I believe you can also register for an account and it'll notify you when the prices of the products change or run out of stock.
     
  7. balward

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    I found a product that tracks Amazon prices 24/7 and automatically updates your eBay listings. PM me.
     
  8. balward

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    Okay apparently I can't PM because I don't have enough posts. Add me on skype: brian.alward
     
  9. nuclearfusion

    nuclearfusion Registered Member

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    I need a tool like this too. If anyone has a free tool let me know. I know of paid tools but they are quite pricey
     
  10. anatho

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    Different question, you are using Prime for dropshipping? This works? You can have unlimited different shipping addresses? I always thought they do not accept this.
     
  11. coder01

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    Look for "dShopit Monitor Price Protector" in Google. PM me if you have questions I can show you how it works
     
  12. antoshka

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    You can do it yourself if you don't have a lot of items, just scrape Amazon's offer listings (Amazon's API is not good, since provides only top offer and without shipping charge). If you have a lot of items, you'll need to use proxies, otherwise Amazon will block you.

    There is also a site called "skugrid extended price monitor" (google it) similar to priceyak that will let you track Amazon's prices.
     
  13. freakmedia

    freakmedia Junior Member

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    Hi http://webseller.guru do this reprice check out of stock , check Prime for Amazon products, and do this on every 2 hours
     
  14. Mats59

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    I am in exactly the same position, there are a lot of paid solutions PriceYak and Pricematik for example but they are expensive. I too lack the programming skills to create my own and would appreciate any free solutions that do this or moderately priced ones. Thanks.
     
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  15. Mats59

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    On the question of tracking/repricing solutions for eBay listings if this is going to work as intended you need a solution that instantly edits your items when Amazon changes prices/stock levels. Daily, hourly, half hourly checks are not good enough. It's not an issue when Amazon prices go down, but if Amazon goes OOS you need to know straight away and ideally have your eBay items removed/suspended so you don't take any orders you can't fulfil which most likely will generate negative feedback when you have to issue refunds. I've not found any tracking/repricing/stock solution that does this instantly, it would need constant monitoring. Any suggestions or solutions would be appreciated, preferably free or with moderate cost.Thanks.
     
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  16. blueboy121

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    So this from my experience over the last 3 months. I started from scratch, first time selling on eBay, first time selling anything really, and mediocre programming skills (although I think I'm mediocre but then again I am an engineering student so my standards of mediocre might not be the same as yours).

    1. Yes you will be reinventing the wheel. Like everyone on this post has mentioned, there are plenty of websites which claim they do the exact same thing that you are looking for, and the truth is that they do. None of them are completely free though. I think Priceyak, for example, costs $50 per month or something like that. But the money really isn't the issue here, $50 per month is nothing if you were making $1000 per month using this method. Actually it's well worth the investment, instead of spending countless number of hours developing your own software. However, there are several issues that you will eventually run into:

    - The capabilities of these software are limited and you will soon find out there are things that you just can't tweak using these software.

    - MORE IMPORTANTLY: You think that you are getting a good deal from these software providers and that you are using their software. Whereas, what is actually happening is that they are using you! Sites like Priceyak and Pricematik are using your account information to see what sells and what doesn't. Instead of figuring it out by listing and delisting items, they just have us do it and then they start listing the items that do sell for themselves. This will obviously ruin your sales. So, yes in the short term, they provide you a service which seems cheap and useful, but in the long-term you won't be getting anywhere because as soon as you tap into a good selling item they'll steal it from you. These companies will obviously deny all of this, of course they would! But the simple fact is that the whole purpose of developing software is to become huge data gathering center's to figure out what items are best to list for sale. It's a really good idea. One which I wish I had come up with.

    2. It is possible without Amazon's API. I do automatic repricing without it. It may be that it's much harder my way. But to be honest, I couldn't figure out how you are supposed to access Amazon's API and how it would provide me any benefit over scraping myself in the long-term.

    All that being said, I spent a lot of time developing a software like this for myself. A LOT OF TIME. For me it was fun and I improved my computer language skills. However, I haven't put 1% of that time into actually increasing my sales and becoming a better seller. So it really depends on what you want and where you're at. If you are just starting out (i.e., just created an eBay account) then I'd just do everything manually and use the most basic and cheapest software to do your automation. But if you decide on expanding and making real money out of this, you definitely need to stop using these software, develop your own or have someone make one for you. If you have someone else make it, you'll have to keep in contact with them because and be prepared to pay them to update your software every so often because everything changes (on Amazon's end as well as eBay's end).

     
  17. Mats59

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    I'm in the same boat. I could use a notification/alerter that can inform me when Amazon is out of stock. Can this information be dragged/scraped from Amazon onto a spread sheet or is there an existing solution that can issue an alert of out of stock? How does everyone else solve this problem? Thanks for posting.