Here is a list of my favorite tools and applications for my Amazon FBA book business. I’ll start with listing equipment, move on to scouting equipment, then finish up with the software applications. Some links contain affiliate links. If you purchase, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Desktop Barcode Scanner
The Zebra LS2208 Desktop Scanner is used for listing purposes. Not for scouting. Works perfect for any 3rd party listing program like ScanLister. Just plug the USB cord into your computer and start scanning books!
This is a great scale for weighing your FBA boxes. Max weight is 440 pounds on this scale. It also has a long extendable cord so you can read the package weight.
Label and Sticker Remover
Use these tools to remove those pesky price tag stickers from your books. No need to use your fingernails anymore.
This Brother printer works great to print your 30-up FBA labels and FBA shipping labels. There is also a wifi version as well.
You can print these 30 at a time (30-up) with your laser printer. Print these directly from your Amazon seller account. No 3rd party software needed.
Thermal Label Printer
Some people prefer to use a label printer to print FBA labels. A third party program is needed to use this printer like List Label Ship, ScanLister, Inventory Lab, etc. One of the advantages of a thermal printer is that you don’t have to buy ink.
The Socket 8ci scanner fits perfectly on the back of any smart phone. This scanner is used in the field to scan books at library sales, thrift stores, etc. I’ve been using this for over 2 years, and I’ve never had a problem with it.
Smart Phone (Samsung Galaxy S5)
If you don’t have a smart phone or don’t want to use yours for scouting, you can easily buy a used or refurbished one. You don’t need a contract or a data plan. More on that later.
Socket Klip Case
The Universal Klip enables you to securely attach the Socket 8ci scanner to a smartphone, thereby providing a one-handed scanning solution. The special 3M adhesive strip allows easy attachment to protective cases & devices. If you buy the 8ci scanner new, this klip case will be included.
This software app allows you to find the value of books while you’re out scouting. It’s one of the few apps that allows you to put the entire Amazon data base on your phone. This enables you to scan quickly (less than a second), and it eliminates the need for a 3G, 4G, or wifi connection when you’re out scouting. That’s why you can buy a used phone without a contract. You just need to download Amazon’s prices on your phone once a week or so.
Use the promo code “future2” for a $20 discount on your first month.
ScanLister is a desktop application that allows you to list items quickly into Amazon (FBA or Merchant Fulfilled). Just grade the condition of the item and scan the barcode. The rest of the work can be automated. The shipping, storage, and customer service can be done by Fulfillment by Amazon. The pricing and repricing can be done by a 3rd-party repricing service. The labeling can be done by Amazon or you can choose to label the items yourself.
ScanLister offers Box Content solutions, Dymo Printer compatibility, and much more! Available for Mac and PC. ScanLister offers a subscription plan or you can buy it once and never pay again! Free updates.
I recommend Caleb Roth’s tracking spreadsheet for your accounting needs. You can quickly and easily create income statements, track consignment sales, analyze your profits by sales rank, measure your cost of goods sold, view your return rates, measure your inventory turn rates, and so much more. This is compatible with ScanLister as well. Price is a one-time fee of $120.