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Using ScanSheet to Find Profitable Products

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had two friends helping me with my business.  One searches for products online and the other scans bar codes in the retail stores.

Having helpers is new to me and I wanted to make their first “jobs” as easy as possible.  Luckily, I learned about ScanSheet beforehand because it made their initial tasks simple.  In this post, I’ll tell you more about what we (and ScanSheet) are doing.

Box of Products FI

A batch of OA products

Using ScanSheet for Finding Profitable Products Online
After some initial training, I started Mary (name changed for privacy) with doing online product searches for me.   I gave her the links to a couple of websites and gave her a category to focus on.  Her task was to find the product match on Amazon, then copy the ASIN, Title and Buy Cost into a spreadsheet:

Amazon FBA Buy List Spreadsheet

We’re using Google Sheets because it’s easy for both of us to share the same spreadsheet.

As you can see, the spreadsheet doesn’t tell me anything about the quality of the product finds.  I have no idea if the products are profitable or not.  However, with ScanSheet, I’m easily able to find out.

Using ScanSheet to Analyze Spreadsheets
ScanSheet requires an Excel spreadsheet in a specific format.  Therefore, the first thing that I do is copy the ASIN, Title and Cost columns from the spreadsheet that Mary completed and paste it into Excel.  Then I take about 30 seconds to format it correctly:

ScanSheet SpreadsheetThe next step is to upload the spreadsheet to ScanSheet and let it run its magic.

Once done, I get an interactive page that displays the Rank, ROI %, Net Profit, Category and other helpful data for each item that ScanSheet found an Amazon match for.  There are also links to the Amazon Product page, CCC, Keepa and PriceZombie so I can research the products further:

ScanSheet Results

Scandroid Pro users should recognize this layout.

To make it easier to find products that meet a specific buying criteria, ScanSheet lets you filter the results by Min Profit, Min ROI %, Max Rank and Category.  Also, you can download the results to your computer as an Excel Comma Separated Value (.csv) file.

I’ve seen a few instances where ScanSheet doesn’t return the best product match if there are multiple listings of the same product on Amazon.  I had the same happen with some of the online sourcing lists that I subscribed to in the past.  Therefore, whenever you have a program or another person researching products for you, make sure that you do a double check before you buy any products.

What I like about ScanSheet is that Mary didn’t have to be trained on how to use the FBA Calculator or how to pick a product based on my criteria.  This saved us both on training time and neither of us became overwhelmed early on.

** Training Mary in person worked well for me, but I do plan on making some training videos for her.  However, I couldn’t do that earlier because I didn’t have a microphone!  Yesterday, my new Blue Yeti Microphone was delivered and I’m going to make practice videos right away.

Using ScanSheet with RA and Wholesale
Besides running Mary’s spreadsheets, I also use ScanSheet to run the spreadsheets that my other friend sends me.  This friend scans bar codes in the retail stores using Scoutify (InventoryLab’s Scouting App).  When she’s finished, she emails me the Buy List that Scoutify created:

Buy List from Scoutify

It’s easy to format this into the correct ScanSheet format.

Besides helping with OA and RA, I’ll be using ScanSheet with any wholesale price sheets that I hope to receive soon.  **By the way, I was recently approved for my first wholesale account!

It’s easy to sign up for ScanSheet.  Just go to the sales page and scroll down to the bottom.  There, you’ll see the different subscription plans with “Subscribe” buttons.  I’m currently on their $10 a month plan.

Affiliate Disclosure (1)

When you visit the ScanSheet information page, you’ll notice that you’re on the ScanDroid Pro site.  You can click here to read my blog post about using the ScanDroid Pro sourcing list.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions either in the comment form below or on my Facebook page!

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  • Ree Klein April 13, 2016, 4:36 am

    Hi Diana,

    It’s crazy how many amazing tools there are to help make the buying decision easier and less risky. You do a great job of explaining how they work! I’m looking forward to your video debut 🙂

    • Diana April 13, 2016, 1:22 pm

      Ree, I haven’t even Skyped yet and still need to get a webcam, so this video thing could be interesting. Next steps are to download video recording software and just get started!

  • Josi April 14, 2016, 3:39 pm


    I learned about FBA last week. WHERE HAVE I BEEN??? And spent probably 40+ hours last week learning via YouTube and searching on the internet. I must say, I really have gleaned a lot from your posts and am benefiting greatly from the knowledge you’re sharing. Thank you for taking the time to do this! I am meeting with a business coach tomorrow(!!!) and hopefully setting up a business in the coming month and getting the back end stuff squared away before starting. While waiting for those things to happen I’ve already started finding inventory that I can ship in right away after starting my seller account. I’ll keep reading your articles and checking back for more! Thanks again :).

    • Diana April 14, 2016, 7:04 pm

      Hi Josi!
      Sounds like you’re off to a great start with just learning about FBA last week! I understand the “WHERE HAVE I BEEN” as I keep thinking that I missed eBay when it first started and I haven’t even done a YouTube video yet.

      I hope your business coach meeting goes well! That’s very smart to get the back end stuff taken care of early!

      I’ll be giving out a free copy of the Proven Amazon Course soon and I’ll be announcing the details in a future blog post. So be sure you enter the contest as there’s a lot of great info packed inside to help people of all levels.

      • Josi April 14, 2016, 10:00 pm

        Awesome, I’ll keep my eyes out for that :). At this point I feel like there are so many up front costs to establish a strong FBA business that I’m not ready to invest in training **yet** til I make some back and can save up on the business side.


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I am working towards creating a full-time income by selling on Amazon. It's a lot of work but very fun! If you're interested in selling on Amazon, be sure to follow my blog as I'll be providing you with lots of tips!


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