Helping You with Your Amazon FBA Business

How I Bought a $39.99 NEW Item for $3.63

Just a quick note to let you know how I bought a new $39.99 item for $3.63 using Ebates, Shop Your Way and my credit card.

The product was a Craftsman Tool Set that was listed on my Primeresale list.  The regular price at Sears is $39.99, but they were selling it for $15.92.  On Amazon, it was selling for $39.99 which would lead to a net profit of $13.62.

One problem with buying online is that you may have to deal with shipping and sales tax that increases your buy cost.  So even though Sears was selling the item at a reduced price, they wanted $7.75 for shipping which would have brought my buy cost up to $23.67.  Then there’s sales tax to add on top of that because I’m not setup for tax-exempt purchases with Sears.

Fortunately though, Sears is nice enough to list the stores near you and tell you how many of a particular unit they have in stock.  If you select “store pickup,” then you eliminate the shipping charges.  There just happens to be a Sears a few minutes from where I work and at that time, they had one in stock.

I then went to Ebates and saw that Sears is listed as a merchant.  By going through Ebates, I get cash back in the form of a check at a future date.  For this purchase, I earned $0.96 back.  I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but those little amounts do add up.  This is a check that I just received:


After going through Ebates and putting the tool set in my shopping cart for store pickup, I was expecting to pay $15.92 + sales tax.  However, since I’m a Shop Your Way member, at the Sears checkout screen, there was a note saying that I had $10.66 worth of Shop Your Way points to redeem.  I was not expecting this because I don’t shop online from Shop Your Way merchants very often.  It was nice that they detected that I was purchasing from Sears and told me about this.

What I like about Shop Your Way is that they gave me 10,000 surprise points earlier in the month for my birthday.  What I also like about Shop Your Way is that you redeem your points at the time of purchase so that it reduces your purchase price today.  Applying those points made my final checkout price with Sears just $5.70 after sales tax.

To make things better, I earned $0.53 to use in a future Shop Your Way purchase.

But it doesn’t stop there.  The credit card that I use for all of my inventory purchases has a points program attached to it.  With this transaction, I earned 57 credit card points which is 57 cents.  I know that isn’t much, but like Ebates, those small amounts do add up.  Each month I redeem my points for statement credit.  I never recommend going into credit card debt, so if you also use a credit card, make sure you pay off the balance each month.

After it was all done, here’s what I ended up with:

  • $39.99 item on sale for $15.92
  • No shipping fees since I did store pickup
  • Used Shop Your Way Points to save $10.66
  • Paid $5.70 after sales tax
  • Earned $0.97 back from Ebates
  • Eared $0.53 back from Shop Your Way
  • Earned $0.57 back from my credit card company
  • Final Price: $3.63

This item sold almost immediately after reaching Amazon.  I sold it for $38.56 and after Amazon fees and COGS of $5.70, I made $22.28.

For accounting purposes, I count what I paid at the time of purchase for my COGS.  That’s why I used $5.70 instead of $3.63.

I will use my future Ebates rebate check as a “bonus” check and I still haven’t decided what to spend my current $65.19 rebate check on yet.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

I already used my Shop Your Way points for another purchase I just made from Sears.  Later, I will redeem my credit card points for statement credit which will go towards lowering my monthly COGS total.

I hope this post shows you how you can both make and save money with your inventory purchases.   As always, if you have any questions or have a great deal that you want to share, please let me know on my Facebook page or in the comments below!

Happy Selling,


p.s.  Signing up with both Ebates and Shop Your Way is easy.  I recommend signing up with both so you can save and make money too!

Photo Credits:
Featured Image of Tools: From Amazon
Ebates Check: Diana Poisson

Subscribe and Get a FREE FBA Guide

Organize your business with a task list, calendar & time-saving tips!
Plus a Bonus Inventory Tracking Spreadsheet!

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Yolanda May 21, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Great job on that deal Diana! I just wanted to add that you don’t need to be signed up for tax exempt status with Sears. Simply send them a copy of your resale license via email and they’ll credit you any tax paid. You can read more information on it here:

    • Diana May 21, 2015, 11:27 pm

      Hi Yolanda! Thank you for the info and link – I’ve been buying more and more from both Sears and Kmart so that will be nice to get the sales tax reimbursed. It’s great to see you back! Diana

  • Debbie May 22, 2015, 11:19 am

    Diana, how do you feel that you are doing with Prime Resale? thanks, as always, for your post!

    • Diana May 22, 2015, 7:47 pm

      Hi Debbie, I think I’m doing ok with it. I do like having a sourcing list as I work six days a week so I have very little time to source on my own.

      Primeresale is a newer company and I’ve noticed that the product leads are improving. At first, most net profits were very small, but now there are more and more over $10 and some over $20. There was a $40+ one recently. But, that doesn’t matter so much because by the time my items hits the warehouse, the price is lower because of the increased competition. Wish everyone didn’t lower prices. The same will happen with any list though. But at least with the higher profit items, there’s more room to lower prices. Also, I’ve noticed that their selection of stores that they are finding the products on is growing. Lots of new store names are popping up that I’ve never heard of.

      I am in my 2nd month of it and will do at least one more month. Sometime in June, I will run the numbers to see if it’s something I want to continue with. I don’t want to rely on a list for my whole life so need to crunch numbers and make sure I’m making more than my monthly fee back. I’ll let you know if I continue on with it after my 3rd month or not.


  • teresa June 6, 2015, 7:46 pm

    awesome post. thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • Diana June 7, 2015, 1:20 am

      Thank you Teresa! If you haven’t joined Shop Your Way Rewards, I highly recommend doing so. They keep sending me free bonus points and I’ve been buying things from Sears every week. I actually bought six $5.00 items for free because the points paid for them. Let me know if you have any questions about the program and I’m not an affiliate. It’s just such a great program to join. Diana

  • Trung June 14, 2015, 11:16 am

    Hi Diana,

    Thank for sharing . I have some questions that maybe irrelevant to this post, but I think you will have some advices for me.
    I live out side the US so OA is the only option for me when sourcing inventory, my questions are:
    Do you have any experience with sourcing services?
    If you have, can you suggest me a good service that you use?
    I’m quite new to FBA, I did try to source inventory myself and spent alot of time sourcing but I only found just a few items (in several days sourcing), sometimes even couldn’t find one.
    By the way, I’m just curious to know what category do you have the most sales?

    Thank you.

    Have a great day,


    • Diana June 14, 2015, 1:03 pm

      Hi Trung,
      I have used online souring lists. If you click on “Online Arbitrage” on my sidebar, then once you get to that category page, scroll down and you’ll see a few blog posts on using a Shared VA and ScandroidPro.

      The lists are nice in that each day you get a list of products sent to your email. The downside is that other people have that same list and I’ve seen the prices drop. However, I have made my monthly list fee back on each list. I would do a list at least for a month because then you get an idea of what stores are out there. As a side note, I won’t be renewing the list after my current month is up. I”m currently using the PrimeResale list.

      Another option is to purchase Chris Green’s Online Arbitrage book – lots of great info on how to source online.

      My top categories are Health and Beauty, Toys and Kitchen. It’s pretty even between those 3 and the other categories combined. I do buy from a wide variety of categories.


  • Jerry July 3, 2015, 1:33 am

    Hi Diana,

    Awesome blog, keep writing. I am also just started with FBA and OA is the only best way for me from Australia.
    Just a question, Do i need to get resale license to sell things under your top categories.
    I am also curious, lets say if I buy a product in Sears for example how to get the ASIN to list it as existing selling product in Amazon? do i need to create a new product?

    Hear from you soon,

    • Diana July 20, 2015, 9:45 pm

      Hi Jerry,
      I’m very sorry for taking so long to reply back. I just realized all of my comments were being sent to SPAM and not to my inbox.

      Anyway, I don’t think you need a resale license. That’s used so we don’t have to pay sales tax on our purchases. However, since you’re from Austrailia, I’m not sure how the sales tax issue works. You might check the TaxJar Facebook Group at

      If you buy something from Sears, then if it’s already listed on Amazon, then just list it against that listing. If it’s not on Amazon, then yes, you’ll need to create a new listing. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope to answer them in a more timely manner.



Leave a Comment

Next Post:

Previous Post:

About Diana

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!


Amazon FBA Supplies

Find the Topic That You’re Looking For!