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Imagine a roofer without a hammer. Or a chef without a skillet. Without the proper tools, a craftsman will struggle to complete even the most basic of tasks.
My craft is flipping books. In order to perform this task at the highest level, I rely on a variety of tools – both physical and digital. In my last post, I shared the physical tools that I use when I’m scouting books. Today we will take a closer look at some of the digital tools available to help you find quality books quickly and efficiently.
Before we get to the app reviews, it’s important to understand one key shortcoming that all third party applications have to deal with: Amazon’s API. Apps can only “see” the lowest 20 prices, and if an FBA price isn’t among the lowest 20 offers, then the app won’t show any FBA data. All apps, with the exception of Amazon’s own app, have this limitation.
Amazon Seller App
Conclusion: Time is money, and the time you lose by using this app could mean the difference between finding 75 books at a library sale or finding only 25 books. That lost revenue by using a slow app will actually cost you money in the long run. If you’re serious about flipping books, invest in yourself and your future by spending money on a true scouting app.
Scoutify, by Inventory Lab
Cost: $49/month, or $490/year (includes a whole suite of Amazon products at this price, not just a scouting app)
Conclusion: This is a feature-rich app which allows you to share it with others in your business. However, it is not a downloaded database and is still slow when compared to other true scouting apps.
Website: inventorylab.com (affiliate link)
ScoutIQ, by The Book Flipper
Conclusion: This is my preferred scouting app, hands down. I’ll admit I’m a tad biased since I created it, but it’s the app I’ve always wanted to see for the past three years. Do yourself a favor and check it out today!
Howdy! My name is Caleb Roth and I have dabbled in selling books on Amazon for the past decade. In late 2014 I decided to approach my business more seriously, switched completely over to FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon), and haven’t regretted it for a second!