When you buy products and send them to Amazon warehouses you’re only excited to see your products sell fast the moment they go live. But the reality is a bit different. Things can change overnight with products selling on Amazon. When you use scanning tool to Look for products you might not be seeing the full picture.
It’s easy to over look important factors that scanning tools have missed, and aren’t design to look for them. So you commit to a product not knowing how many sellers are selling the products, how much does the price of the product fluctuate.
It sure doesn’t show the fluctuation of ranking. It might show you who’s on the buy box at the moment of the scan, and the ranking at the moment you looked at it. But thats how far it goes.
We look at the BSR ( Best Seller Rank) to determine the salability of the product. Now as you may know the lower the BSR the better for you and for the product.
UNDERSTANDING THE KEEPA EXTENSION
Displaying KEEPA Extension on Amazon
Once you download the KEEPA extension on your google Chrome browser, the KEEPA chart will start displaying directly under the product detail page on Amazon. The image below shows where KEEPA chart displays and what information it shows for the free version of the plugin
Keepa Free Account vs Keepa Paid Account
Before we go into details of every feature on the Keepa Chart, I want to go over the subscription options on this tool. That way it will help you understand why they charge for specific tools and what you might need to have a successful Retail arbitrage selling experience on Amazon.
When I started using Keepa it was a free account, but at later years they added the paid membership to include more advanced features. Below I created a table to breakdown what is included in paid and what is not in the free account.
The free version of Keepa will provide you with fundamental features such as
- Price Tracking
- Sales Rank History to some extent.
The Paid Account However Will give you the following: – Access to interactive Sales Rank history graphs
– Access to detailed Buy Box Statistics and offer details
– Access to interactive eBay price history graphs
– Access to interactive Offer Count, Review / Rating history graphs
– Basic access to Keepa API with 5 token/min
– Price increase tracking
The Paid Account has two payment options:19
Breaking down the Chart
Alright, lets take a closer look at the chart and start by understanding the graph axes. If you look at the top graph left side you will see the price point of the product $5 being the lowest and $30 being the highest for this particular product. On along the right side you will see the ranking of that product, or what we refer to as BSR ‘ Best Seller Rank’.
Now if you look on the far right side you will see some option items to choose from to customize the data you are looking for. So for example If you need to check only Amazon as a seller you would click the orange circle where it says amazon, and a graph will show only amazon selling the product. Same with other colors, each one represent data you would like to see. To see new 3rd party FBM (blue line), New 3rd Party FBA (Orange line), and Sales Rank (green line). You can combine all of them in one graph.
Keepa allows you to control the time frame for the product sales, so you can choose Day, Week, Month, 3 month view, Year and even All history. I personally start with 3 months, because it gives you a good indication of consistency.
You might ask ” how do I see specific changes on an any given day?” And I would say: thats a really good question!
Keepa gives you the option to hover on the chart and wherever the mouse stops it will give you data points based on your filter you chose.
Let’s take a deeper look on the next graph blow. for example on Tuesday July 25th Amazon Listed this product at $9.97, and New seller also listed at the same price of $9.97 but we can also see that there are new FBA seller listing it at $19.98, and a new FBM seller listing at $18.97.
We can also see that the sales rank is 107 and the buy box was granted to amazon.
What are Amazon sellers seeing on Keepa Chart?
Green line represents the sales rank
In the graph above you can see the sales rank in the past 3 months has remained consistently below the 1000, which is performing really well. Remember the lower the sales rank the better the product is selling.
What this tells me, is that this product is very popular and shoppers purchase this toy frequently, especially when it’s priced at $9.97.
You can see the sales rank was above 3000 in June when amazon was out of stock.This shows how rank can change significantly over the course of days based on who is selling and at what price point is it selling at.
The Orange shaded area represents amazon inventory in stock, and the white Gap indicates out of stock
The shaded area in orange shows amazon selling this product and is stocked up with inventory.
In the graph above you can see a small gap end of June that lasted for few days. This is the period in which amazon ran out of inventory and were no longer in stock.
You can also see that this is the same period of time Sales rank went from 107 all the way to 3000 because the price changed in that period of time.
What this tells me is that Amazon knows how valuable this product is and how frequently it sells, and they like to stay in stock with it. This is a product I would not have known how risky it is to sell it without knowing how often amazon runs out.
Blue line shows new lowest offer by 3rd party sellers, FBA, and FBM
This line shows both FBA and FBM 3rd party sellers entering the market with this product. the new offer captures the lowest price, not the price they sold for.
From the graph above your will see blue and orange triangles, these represent which type of sellers listed this product. The orange Triangle represents the FBA sellers and the.
For example in the previous graph above. a new FBA party listed the product at $19.98, while on the same day a new 3rd party FBM seller listed the product at $18.97
As a side note, being an FBA seller will give you the advantage of selling more, since your product will be considered prime and Amazon favors FBA sellers even if they have a bit higher price than FBM sellers.
I will cover this next in details but I want you to keep in mind that you don’t use the FBM pricing as a benchmark for your prices.
Lime Green line shows the review count of the product
This line represents the number of reviews over time. Now to me the review count is a major indicator of how the product is selling. Typically on average review rate hovers around 3% so for every 100 unit sold only 3 people will leave a review. and when you see a product with increasing review count it tells you how well this product is selling. Sometimes you might see a dip in review count. This happens when amazon is auditing shoppers’ accounts and remove bad reviews.
New 3rd Party FBA, and FBM
ng review count it tells you how well this product is selling. So