This blog post is a complete list of all of the tools and equipment I use to run my Amazon business. I made it my goal to make this list as comprehensive as possible. I will continue to update this page over time.
You do not need to purchase every item on this list right away. Start with what you already have and begin generating sales. Continue to reinvest in your business as everything on this page is tax deductible.
As you make more money, these tools will save you time and help you become more efficient, which will translate into you making more money.
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Scanners are by no means a must have. I recommend getting a scanner if you are going to be selling clothes, shoes or books.
For toys and other categories that are heavily dependent on image recognition, buying a scanner would be a waste of money. This is because you will have to switch back and forth between image recognition and regular scanning.
However, having a scanner can allow you to scan barcodes with are nearly covered with a store’s sticker (Burlington, Ross, Marshalls, etc.) but have a small sliver exposed. Occasionally a barcode scanner can pick those barcodes up.
Having a scanner is best when you are attacking large sections of UPC barcodes like Kohls clothing clearance, Goodwill bookshelves, wholesale clubs and Nike Outlet.
Lately I’ve been using my phone camera to scan products when I film videos for social media because it’s easier to manage while screen recording.
When I go sourcing on my own off-camera, I use scanners to blast through thousands of barcodes rapidly.
It’s so much faster to scan items with a scanner as opposed to picking barcodes up with your camera.
An added benefit of using a scanner is that it saves your phone battery drastically because you are not using your camera.
Battery life is huge, and when you’re out for hours at a time, this could spell the difference between having to leave the store to recharge your phone or pushing on to hit a major jackpot.
Note: Press the scanner’s button two times to enable/disable the keyboard.
Note 2: I highly recommend 1D scanners over 2D scanners. I’ve tried 2D scanners and they aren’t as reliable for scanning ordinary barcodes. 1D scanners are faster and cheaper.
I recently purchased this scanner after I lost my EY-028L, but I’ve had my eyes on it for a while.
The only downside to this scanner is that there is no power button on it. This isn’t a biggest deal, as it will automatically shut off after a certain period of time. Even when I use sacnners with a power button, I typically forget to turn it off and it automatically shuts down anyways.
That being said, this scanner is cheap, durable, looks cool and portable.
I dig how simple and minimalistic it is.
Having a screen is cool, but there is hardly any point.
I prefer the all button look.
Eyoyo is one of the best brands available and is on par with the more expensive brands out there.
This is the first scanner I purchased, and is one of my favorites.
It is perfect for scanning books and clothes because it keeps your hands free while scanning.
It also has a power button, which is a great feature.
I sometimes hold it upside down, inside my hand so I can scan discretely without drawing too much attention.
You can rotate the scanner head so that the button faces either side.
This means you can use it right or left handed.
When I first started selling on Amazon, I paired this scanner with the scanning app ScoutIQ in order to scan thousands of books at Goodwill, Value Village, Salvation Army and Dollar Tree.
I currently use this as my main scanner at the Nike outlet and when I source clothing.
I recently obtained this power bank and keep it in my backpack at all times. It has proven to be especially useful when sourcing for long hours. I use it to charge my Rode Wireless Go II microphones while I’m on the go as well as my two iPhones and Magsafe battery pack.
This is an insanely long-lasting battery that I hardly have to recharge.
I can use it for a week and it’ll still be at 50% battery life.
This is great, because recharging batteries is a major hassle and having a super long lasting battery means that you won’t ever run out of battery while sourcing.
It’s a bit heavy, so I tend to leave it in my car (don’t do this when it’s hot outside) and charge my Magsafe charger while I am sourcing in a store, and when my phone battery gets low, I’ll grab the Magsafe battery pack in between stores so that I always have battery life.
Worst case scenario, I can bring it with me to stores like Ross and Marshalls and leave it in my cart and charge while I’m inside the store.
This has been an absolute game changer and I no longer experience power loss while sourcing.
I plan to obtain another one of these so I can always be charging one and swap them out when needed.
I also will purchase a smaller size battery pack to keep in my sourcing bag, that I can charge with this 50000 mAh power pack that is lighter to bring into stores.
This cable pairs great with the 50000 mAh power bank, meaning I can put the power bank in my cart and charge my phone while I source without having to hold it close. The ability to have unlimited power is an absolute game changer. This means I can source and film content for hours with nothing holding me back. I record a lot of video footage for YouTube and social media, so my battery dies especially fast.
This is hands down the greatest sourcing app out there in the market.
If a better one comes out, I will let you know.
Prior to SellerAmp coming out, the best sourcing app was Scoutify2.
Scoutify2 is included for free with Inventory Lab, and is still a solid scanning app.
That being said, the primary reason I use SellerAmp over Scoutify2, even when I have Scoutify2 for free with my Inventory Lab subscription is for a few key features.
First, it has a feature called Estimated Monthly Sales that shows you how many times a particular item is expected to sell based on Amazon sales history.
I use this to determine if I should purchase a product and how many units to buy when I do.
Next, I like how it incorporates Keepa charts at glance, so you don’t need to click on Keepa and wait for it to load.
This allows for faster decision making.
That being said, I still pay for and use Keepa for one major reason.
If Amazon is selling on a listing, you absolutely need to check Keepa Buy Box Statistics.
This is how you can see if they share the buy box and how frequently they do.
This is how you can compete with Amazon and know which products to avoid selling.
I have Keepa for this feature alone.
Everything else that I need to know in order to source profitable inventory is available on a single page on SellerAmp.
If you are limited on funds but have Inventory Lab already, you can just stick with Scoutify2 and avoid products that Amazon sells.
This is the repricer I use. It features AI Machine Learning and is incredibly effective in increasing sales and gross profit. Read my repricing guide to learn how I set mine up.
I use this printer to make copies of documents and to print paperwork.
If you are low on funds, you can use this printer (or any other printer) to print out 4×6 labels as well as product barcode labels. You will have to cut out the 4×6 labels and tape them on. For product barcode labels, you will need special label paper (see below).
This method isn’t as efficient as using a thermal printer like I recommend but will work to help you get started.
I use this because my dad knows how to refill the cartridge without having to purchase ink. I’m not sure how he accomplishes this but it is possible.
I mainly use this to print out paperwork and make copies of my resale certificate.
If you need a regular printer, just get the cheapest one possible. It’s not that important. You can also go to the FedEx store to make copies.
You don’t need to use this brand, any printer paper will work.
I print out stacks of copies of my resale certificate and keep them in my car, backpack and storage unit.
Stores like Marshalls need to keep a copy for themselves. Nike, Ollies, Costco and Adidas just need to see it and then give it back to you. Marshalls is one of my top suppliers, which is why I need so many copies.
The worst is when I don’t have a copy to give them and have to end up paying tax. This isn’t the end of the world, however, because you can write off sales tax, but I’d rather just keep the money in my bank than get it back later.
Same paper, but it comes out to $5 a ream as opposed to $8.
This comes with Scotch magic tape and disposable dispensers. I recommend you eventually invest in a nice tape dispenser. I use tape to bubble wrap certain fragile items.
I own multiple of these
These are cheaper than the Scotch branded magic tape
I also recently got this from Target
I use this for Storage Unit 1, which I converted into a warehouse/office where I prep items, create FBA shipments and pack FBM/eBay orders. It looks nice, is built well and I recommend it.
I use this for my second storage unit because I need to plug in over 16 different LED lights, a fan and other stuff. This is a good surge protector. It also has USB C/USB ports which is an added bonus.
I recommend you purchase this bundle at first. That is what I did.
The blade is great for resizing boxes and breaking them down.
It’s also great for those really hard to remove stickers from stores such as Ollies and tags that have aged and are near impossible to remove.
Just be careful as I have cut myself with this blade before. It’s sharper than you’d think.
I typically use the plastic scotty peelers for the majority of my sticker removal.
Once your plastic scotty peelers dull out, I recommend you purchase this multi-pack to save money.
The blade typically lasts longer than the plastic peelers, so you’ll likely have to replace the plastic ones sooner.
Nowadays, most of the stickers that stores use come off relatively easily without the need for Goo-Gone. All you need is a heat gun and you’re set. This wasn’t always the case. Stickers at Ross and Burlington used to be insanely sticky, but now I believe they switched to a different kind that is much easier to remove. This might be because resellers are making them rich and are some of their top customers. Whatever the case, I use plastic scotty peelers 99% of the time.
That being said, some stickers are virtually impossible to remove, especially from stores like Ollies and make you want to blow your brains out trying to remove them.
In these moments, you want to utilize the metal scotty peelers because they are much sharper and can easily dig in to these stickers and remove them with ease.
They last quite a while, but eventually you will have to replace them.
This two pack bundle will last you more than a year, if not two years.
I just replaced my first blade after 1 year. Like I said, it’s not something I use all the time.
This is the rubber band size you want to use when prepping shoe boxes.
You need shoe boxes with lids when selling shoes on Amazon.
The only exception are slides and sandals, which can be polybagged as long as the tag is on them.
You can polybag shoe boxes, but it is most cost effective to utilize rubber bands.
This size is the perfect size, as it is not too loose or too tight.
It fits virtually every size shoe box I have ever sold.
Amazon has the best price, but if you need it quick, you can also find this same size at Staples or OfficeMax.
Lint rollers aren’t a must have, but are good to have on hand if you sell clothes and need to remove dust/lint.
This is the exact heat gun I use.
Make sure to keep it on the second setting so you don’t overheat and burn your products.
The stand is nice when removing tags that require both hands to get off.
It’s cheaper on Amazon now than it is on Home Depot. Previously, it was cheaper at Home Depot.
This product can remove sticker residue from any product.
You only need to use a small amount with a paper towel, Qtip or cloth to get results.
I also use this to remove the price numbers that Ross employees write on the bottom of their boxless shoes.
I like to utilize the spray gel due to convenience.
The sprayer allows for faster application, which saves me time. Simply spray it on a paper towel, apply it to the product and wipe off the residue.
Then, use a clean part of the paper towel to wipe off the Goo-Gone grease.
This bundle also comes with a sticker removal tool that is similar to a scotty peeler. This can come in handy.
You can use any brand of paper towels, these are just the ones Amazon sells.
I dip Qtips in a bottle of Goo-Gone to remove the marker that Ross employees put on the bottom of the shoes. It works 98% of the time.
This is what I use if Goo-Gone can’t remove the Ross marker residue.
This usually occurs when Ross employees use a Sharpie or pen instead of the grey marker they typically use. If this can’t remove the price on the bottom of Ross shoes, just return them.
The majority of my products fit inside standard polybag sizes. Certain oversized items need to be put inside Hefty clear recycling bags and then taped. Amazon policy requires a suffocation label on every polybagged item.
These are the clear recycling bags I use to polybag oversized items.
Note: I purchase bulk quantities on eBay. I utilize Shipping Depot and Secure Seal. Simply search up the size you need and type in clear polybag with suffocation label.
That being said, don’t go out and buy 1000 polybags in each size when you’re starting off.
I bought these beginners packs when I began. You want to see which sizes you use the most in your business and reorder the most used sizes in bulk.
Keep in mind, I pay $80+ sometimes to buy 1000 polybags but it’s worth it because I save time and money by bulk purchasing.
When you’re starting out, you want to invest your money into inventory, not try to save a couple of cents for each polybag. Buy in bulk once you have your business in order and are ready to scale.
These are the smaller sizes of polybags that are preferable for beauty items and small goods.
These are the more common sizes that can fit a variety of items, including clothing, slides, sandals, beauty products, topicals and food. These are also great for bundling items.
I mainly use this size for larger items such as backpacks, hoodies and jackets.
You can use this to seal off items that the seal has fallen off due to humidity or other conditions.
Note: Do not reseal used items and sell them as new.
I have this in case I accidentally cut off the manufacturers tag when I’m trying to take off store’s tag.
This can save you from wasted product that would otherwise become unsellable.
It can also help you if you are trying to return an item to a store like Marshall’s, already removed the tag but still have it.
If you sell Funko pops, you’ll want to send them in these plastic protectors. You can also choose to bubble wrap them. However, certain listings specifically require a Funko pop protector.
This is the wireless bluetooth scanner I currently use. It is good quality, fast and responsive.
I recently purchased two of these for my warehouse. Even though I primarily use the Nadamoo when prepping FBA shipments, sometimes the battery dies and you have to charge it.
In those instances, it’s good to have a wired scanner that you can plug and play.
When I started my Amazon business, I only used a wired scanner until I got the Nadamoo.
I lost the wireless receiver for the Nadamoo so I decided to upgrade to an even better scanner.
The Nadamoo is an excellent scanner, highly recommended. The only issue for me is that I use a storage unit and am constantly unplugging my USB dongle from my laptop because I take my computer with me when I go out, so that I can work on more content at Lifetime Work.
This won’t be an issue anymore since I just ordered the new M3 Macbook Pro to create content. I plan to leave my old MacBook Pro in my storage unit as a dedicated shipping computer.
That being said, I decided to upgrade as opposed to getting the same one because I got a free $125 AMZ gift card after getting approved for the American Express Business Prime Card.
I like this scanner because it has a charging base that is much harder to lose (I think I might have accidentally dropped the Nadamoo’s receiver in the trash or I still have it and can’t find it).
When the scanner is plugged into the dock, it charges it and also enables hands free mode.
This is a great feature to be able to scan products without having to hold the scanner.
This is one of the scanners they use at Nike Outlet as well, which is how I originally found out about it. I’ve seen them use the wired version of this as well as some HP scanners.
This particular bundle I linked to includes a Zebra 7 ft heavy-duty shielded USB cable that goes for $23.99 on it’s own.
I’m all about buying the highest quality items that will last for the longest time.
Here’s my recommendation: If you have a stationary setup, get the Nadamoo. It’s a fantastic scanner at an affordable price point.
If you want something nicer, get this one. It is extremely high quality and will last for years to come.
If you are on a low budget or just getting started, get the OfficeLab scanner. That will be the best option at the cheapest price point. I still have 2 OfficeLab scanners on deck as backup scanners. You always want to be prepared in case something breaks or you lose something. This will minimize downtime and ensure that you stay productive no matter what happens.
Update: After using this scanner, I highly recommend it if you have the funds to reinvest into your business. It will streamline your process dramatically. I especially take advantage of the hands-free scanning mode, which is extremely convenient when creating FBA batches for shoes, clothing and toys. The scanner is insanely high quality and will last for years to come. It is definitely built for retail use and worth the investment. I have no regrets upgrading to this. My scanner no longer dies on me and I don’t have to scramble to look for the dongle. The included cable is heavy duty and a good length. The scanner also has a pre-scan laser, so you can see where you are aiming before you shoot, which is a nice touch. Obviously, if you are just getting started, do not get this. Only get this if you are trying to optimize your process while simultaneously writing it off for tax purposes.
This label printer requires no ink as it is a thermal printer. This will save you a ton of money over the long run. This label printer is all you need and was my only label printer for many years.
It works with roll labels or stack labels.
It can print out 4×6 shipping labels as well as FNSKU labels. I currently use this printer for FNSKU labels with 30334 labels printed through Inventory Lab.
I use the wireless Rollo to print out my shipping labels.
You can purchase this on the refurbished Rollo store, or even better you can scroll down and see my newest recommendation.
It’s much cheaper and has updated features due to technological updates over the years.
That being said, my wired Rollo has lasted over 5 years and still works flawlessly. I still enjoy this printer, even though it has been surpassed by Chinese clones and rivals.
If you don’t have the money to purchase a Rollo or other thermal printer, you can use these label sheets with your ordinary printer. You will have to configure your print settings.
This method is good for beginners to get started right away, but is more costly over the long run. You will have to purchase these labels and also pay for ink.
I recommend getting a thermal printer ASAP.
These are the perfect labels for Inventory Lab. I find them better at covering barcodes than 3×1 size labels, which is what I used when I first started.
I recommend you get a thermal printer and use this size for FNSKU labels. I configure my FNSKU labels using IL Print, which is a driver that is included with Inventory Lab. I scan in my products into my batch and the FNSKU label automatically comes out.
I use a few of these to connect my equipment to my Macbook Pro.
My latest and greatest recommendation.
This is a superior price over Apple and I recently bought 4 of these for around $18. You would probably pay that amount of money for 1 Apple adapter.
Works just as well and is stylish too.
Like I said, I was going to continue to update this list as I find better stuff.
I use this thermal printer to print out my 4×6 labels. This can also print out FNSKU labels.
I use both the wired and wireless Rollo for my business.
Do I recommend this product? No.
It’s overpriced and in my honest opinion there are many better options out there.
The WiFi keeps disconnecting so I use it with the cable (lmao). It lacks Bluetooth connectivity.
I use it because I already have it but I found a better alternative for you guys.
I bought another Rollo for my storage unit before I returned it because I originally did not have WiFi/electricity and needed to be able to print FBM labels from my iPad mini with 5g.
I discovered this printer and it’s far superior to the Rollo. Technological advances have allowed Chinese clones to surpass Rollo.
This printer can print via bluetooth as well. I currently use it to wirelessly print out inventory labels for my FBM and eBay inventory in my second storage unit.
You can print 4×6 labels on this as well as FNSKU labels.
This can do it all and is far cheaper than the well-marketed Rollo. It also comes with a stack of free labels, which is awesome.
You don’t need this but it can help with organization and clutter.
I have this for my 30334 FNSKU roll labels and it works great. I should’ve purchased this earlier.
Prior to buying this, I would hold the roll with my finger or a pen while printing.
I purchased this cheaper alternative for my second storage unit.
Didn’t feel like shelling out the full price for the Rollo name.
Works just as well at a fraction of the price.
This is a good deal for blades, and I use these now.
I also have used cheap box cutters from Walmart which were just as good.
I also use this style of blade, which costs half the price.
I mainly use these for cutting open packages or returns.
I would recommend you use the other box cutters I mentioned previously for cutting more heavy duty material such as Home Depot/Lowes boxes, but you can never have too many box cutters in my opinion.
These are a cheap addition to your arsenal.
This is probably the best tape I have ever used.
It is so much cheaper on Amazon than going in store. I usually buy this by the case.
Update (10/14/2023): TapeKing jacked up their 36 pack price from $49.99 to $67.99, so I found the next best deal. That being said, keep an eye on the TapeKing price because it might go back to the lower price (prices on AMZ change daily based on market conditions and supply levels). I chose HERKKA because the reviews mentioned that it was an extremely sticky and strong tape. There were several cheaper options than this, but the reviews mentioned that those tapes weren’t as high of quality. I will test this out and leave an update.
Update (10/23/2023): I can confirm that HERKKA tape is on par with TapeKing in quality and stickiness. It might even be a bit stronger, but they’re both good so the difference is hardly important. Go with whichever one is cheaper when you are buying. I recommend you buy in bulk if you can afford it, preferably by the case. Both of these tapes are exponentially better than tapes available in stores such as Home Depot, Lowes and Dollar Tree. Not only are those tapes ridiculously overpriced, but they hardly stick well. I’ve had boxes come apart and tape falling off because the quality isn’t as good as buying it on AMZ. Get it online instead and save yourself some headaches.
You want to get a tape measurer that is at least 25 inches.
The maximum dimensions for an Amazon FBA box is 25 inches per side.
Oversized items can be put in larger boxes, but can only be sent with other oversized items.
I like this size tape measurer because if you ever ship out boxes that are 27″ (Home Depot Large boxes) for an oversized shipment, you’ll want one that can go past 25″.
These tape dispensers are my favorite brand to use.
I also have ULINE tape guns but these are far superior. The ULINE spits out tape too fast and the handle is too large.
These are superior because they have a rubberized grip which is thinner, making it easier to hold.
It also comes with free tape. I prefer using these over any other tape guns I own.
I use Sharpies every time I create a FBA shipment.
I make sure to number all 4 sides of each box, so I stay organized.
Once I finish my box contents, I use a Sharpie to write the weight on the box as well.
I do this so once AMZ generates the UPS shipping labels, I can easily match up the right box to the right label.
Sometimes there are issues where the labels come out in backwards order.
Having the box number and box weight clearly written ensures that you will never put the wrong label on the wrong box.
I only use Pilot pens. I hate BIC pens, which always skip and dry up. These are hands down the greatest disposable pens on the planet.
Get them in black, and get as many as possible. They last a very long time.
I probably have some that I purchased 3-4 years ago that still work.
If you think Pilot pens are expensive, you may suffer from a bum mentality.
You cannot be afraid of $1/pen if you want to touch millions of dollars.
These pens are dirt cheap and I recommend you load up on them so you always are ready to close deals, make moves and get rich.
Why do you need a pen? Because pencils are for broke losers.
You must write your goals down on a piece of paper in order to achieve them.
You must sign your name on the dotted line with a pen, not a pencil.
You must devise detailed plans in your notebook detailing how you will go from dirt poor to filthy rich if it’s ever going to happen.
If you are an intelligent human being, you will own pens and not ask me why you need them.
I have a few of these from 5 years ago which still work.
This is why you want to buy the best and never cheap out on anything.
When you buy $0.89 pens to save $2, you end up broke because you have to keep repurchasing stuff because everything you own is of low quality.
I only buy the best.
When you only buy the cheapest, you reinforce a broke scarcity mentality.
When you buy the best, you reinforce an abundance mentality and the feeling that you can always earn more.
Furthermore, you can continue to use the products for years to come.
These aren’t even that expensive.
These are better for closing deals, devising your plans to become filthy rich and keeping in your suit pocket.
I sold tons of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with these pens, getting clients to sign the dotted line by any means necessary.
This is a great scale for shipping out FBM and eBay orders.
I’ve been using this for months now and have virtually no complaints. I would get this exact one again if I had to buy more scales.
I use this as well as an old USPS shipping scale I have.
I use this Dymo scale to weigh my FBA boxes that are up to 50 lbs.
You won’t be able to use small shipping scales to weigh these boxes.
You could use a bodyweight scale, but this would be really hard without hurting your back if you ship out heavy boxes like I do.
This scale features a display that can be pulled out under the box so you can easily see how much it weighs without the screen getting covered by the box.
I used to buy 4×6 labels from eBay, but I’ve found that it’s actually cheaper on Amazon. I buy the 4000 pack, which comes out to around $.01 per label, which is a good price.
If you ship out tons of FBM orders, buying labels in bulk is a must. If you only do FBA, this purchase will last you a very long time.
They also have smaller packs, such as 500 count and 1000 count, which is what I recommend if you are just getting started. There’s no need to buy more than you need.
Once you grow and have more capital to invest into supplies, you can buy in bulk to benefit from additional cost-savings.
Bubble wrap is not a must have, but you’ll likely want to have a roll on hand in case you find profitable fragile items while sourcing.
I’ve found success with spices in glass containers, sauces, salsas and Funko Pops. All of these products fall into the fragile prep category and will require bubble wrapping to be sent into FBA.
I got sick of running out of free air pockets from my packages and having to go to Home Depot and shelling out $20+ on a roll of packing paper.
I even got tired of paying for packing paper on Amazon, which is what I was doing before I got this machine.
I like this machine because it runs with generic rolls and doesn’t have RFID technology which only allows you to use their brand of rolls.
That being said, their rolls are cheaper than competitors, and I am experimenting with several different kinds of rolls to see which works the best.
I use this to create air pillows and sheets of air cushion.
I picked this machine up at eBay. You’ll have to find a seller if you want this particular model.
If you are just getting started, I would highly advise that you do not purchase the TidyPak or any other air pillow machine. Especially if you are broke. If you have tons of cash, why not. My advice to you is to always save the air pillows and other packing materials you get when you order packages online. Never throw them away.
Then, purchase this cheap pack of packing paper which should last you for multiple shipments. I used to buy this one. It is far cheaper buying it on Amazon than buying it in store. In-store prices for packing paper is ridiculous. You do not want to use newspaper or trash as that is against Amazon policy. You also do not want to use packing peanuts because that will most likely piss them off and they’ll email you telling you to use paper or air pillows instead.
Do not use bubble wrap. That is a complete waste of money because bubble wrap does not take up much space. Save your bubble wrap for fragile items. If you can find rolls of air pillows that will work too, but I found that bundles of packing paper on Amazon are the best and most cost-effective option until you can afford to invest into a machine like the TidyPak.
You want to learn how to play Tetris when packing your items in boxes. This will allow you to fill boxes better, which will help you save on shipping costs, packing materials and ensure your items get to Amazon in pristine condition. This takes practice and can only be learned from experience.
You’ll need to get these stickers if you are creating bundles for Amazon FBA. If you are only doing FBM, you won’t need to put these on even if you are selling bundles. The reason you need these is so that Amazon warehouse workers know if they should separate your packages or not. When you put these stickers on, you indicate that the product is a multi-product bundle and they will not separate the packages. You will have to put this as well as a FNSKU label on the polybag of the product.
If I am shipping out fragile items such as glass, I like to put a couple of these stickers on the outside of the box so that UPS workers handle the box with more care. That being said, I mainly sell non-fragile items, so a single roll of these will last for years to come. These are nearly impossible to find at retail stores in person, so if you need them, get them on AMZ.
I’ve had issues with the cheap Chinese locks that storage units typically sell you when you get a new unit. I’ve had the key completely bend inside the lock on one of my first storage units (before I found the one with power) so that it no longer could open the lock. This made me panic a bit, and I had to go home to look for the spare key and come back.
One of the two storage units I have uses the small cylinder locks which I prefer because they are easier to unlock and the key is more durable.
That being said, the one that I store the majority of my eBay and FBM inventory in still uses the old style padlock.
I decided to upgrade to this Abus Diskus lock after watching some reviews. This guy on YouTube, LockPickingLawyer made a video where he recommended the Abus 20/70 because it was one of the few locks that he was unable to pick.
Furthermore, the key is more durable than the thin crappy keys the Chinese locks give you. I’ve bent multiple keys to the point where I’m paranoid that I’ll get locked out from my empire, or even worse, have to leave my storage unit unlocked while I rush to the nearest hardware store to get a replacement lock, while hoping no one steals all my inventory before I get back.
Even though I have insurance on my storage units, security is a must. Investing $40 into a lock is a no-brainer when storing thousands of dollars worth of product.
This lock feels insanely high quality and gives you peace of mind. I especially enjoy how it opens incredibly smooth, unlike my previous locks which always felt like they were going to break the key off when I was opening them.
The lock also comes with a code card which a unique number so you can order replacement keys at any time, or purchase different locks that can be opened with the keys you already have. This means that you would be able to lock multiple storage units with the same key.
This was the first generator I purchased for my storage unit, and it is great for charging laptops, phones and for lighting.
If you aren’t going to be powering photo booths with bright LED lights, this will be perfect for your storage unit.
I needed to run LED lights for my eBay photography setup while simultaneously running my fans, so I needed to purchase the T1000 because it lasts much longer.
I currently use this as a backup generator for my larger one, and I also bring this with me sometimes when I go sourcing all day. This generator is super light and I leave it in my car so that I can charge my two phones, AirPods, MagSafe battery pack and iPad while driving.
This has saved my ass when going on full-day sourcing trips to other towns where the car charger simply won’t charge fast enough.
This generator is an absolute beast.
I can power LED lights for extended periods of time and I barely have to charge it.
To be honest, I hardly have to move this generator for weeks at a time because it lasts so long.
I highly recommend this generator because it is quite affordable. I got it for around $500 after using a promotional coupon.
I also use this to wirelessly charge my iPhone while I am using it as a hotspot.
This feature is useful to have, especially when I forget my iPhone charger at home.
I recently obtained power for my unit.
I use this extension cord to reach the outlet, which is located above my unit.
Now I fully have electricity. I can easily run high-power appliances such as my heat gun now.
Previously, I had to bring items back to my house to heat gun them, because it would absolutely kill the battery of my generator.
These are the gloves I use and recommend. You want to use gloves when handling boxes and packages to protect your hands.
What I like about these gloves is that they have fingerprint technology embedded into the gloves so you can use your phone’s touch screen without having to take it off.
You can find these at Home Depot, or purchase them in bulk on Amazon.
I use the XL size because they are easier to quickly remove.
I recently purchased two of these.
One for each of my storage units. It is exactly what I was looking for.
I can put my laptop on top of it and it allows me to stand while working in my storage unit.
It is very comfortable, sturdy and does not wobble.
I also have room to put several things under it, such as gloves, tape guns, my phone, etc.
The table area is large enough to work, but not too large that it takes up all available space on my prep tables.
It is the perfect addition to my workstation setup. I highly recommend this product.
I have 5 of these prep tables and they’re incredible.
The bottom shelf is height adjustable and the casters can be removed or kept on.
The wheels lock and give additional height.
I use 4 of them side by side in my storage unit. I removed the casters.
They fit perfectly in a 10×20 storage unit.
I keep one of them with the casters on in my garage. Eventually I will move that to my storage unit but first I need to clean out some more space for it.
This pairs perfectly with the VIVO standing desk riser to create the ultimate workstation.
I have two of these that I use for my warehouse. I used to use it in my garage to bring boxes to the street when UPS would come pick them up.
Now I use it to transport my sold goods from my storage unit into my shipping storage unit. It’s highly useful and can be adjusted to lay flat or stand up as pictured. I highly recommend this.
You can purchase it at Costco, but I believe it is similar in price on Amazon.
I use this to magnetically connect to my shelving in my second storage unit. I need light, so this hooks up flawlessly to my generator. I have power in one of my storage units, but the other one I run a generator to get power. This light is nice because it comes with 3 connectable light strips and you can adjust the brightness. It is simple, effective and aesthetic.
Pictured above is two shelving units, which I turned into 3 racks.
I did this by removing two shelves from the first unit, to create a standing desk.
Then I used those two shelves to connect the standing desk setup with a full rack to store inventory.
This setup is mainly for my eBay store. I took inspiration from Daily Refinement who is an eBay reseller on YouTube. I believe in giving credit where it is due.
I primarily sell on Amazon, but my eBay inventory has grown considerably in the year I’ve been selling on Amazon so I needed to get organized.
The middle rack is for photographing clothing items. I frequently come across profitable NWT clothing that is profitable but does not have an Amazon listing.
To fully capitalize on these opportunities, I decided to create a photo booth for clothing. Again, I did not come up with this idea, I just emulated Daily Refinement’s eBay setup.
I purchased 2 4-packs of these LED light boards from Amazon, that magnetically connect to the Husky shelves.
I just copied Daily Refinement’s setup like I mentioned earlier. The primary difference is I plan to sell only new products.
You don’t need this setup for Amazon, because you won’t be taking any pictures. That being said, I believe in diversifying your income sources in case you get suspended or if something goes wrong so that you don’t get wiped out.
This video shows step-by-step how to create this setup:
I mainly sell toys, shoes and now clothes on eBay.
Toys and other hard goods require their own photo setup, separate from clothing.
I recycled some of the foam from the clothing photo booth to create a base so these racks don’t scratch the bottom of the photo booth.
I purchased these racks from Ollies when they had a huge liquidation buyout of furniture from Target. I put two back to back on top of the foam.
Then I used the included backdrop that comes with the Impact Photo Pro and hooked it to the front of the photo booth using the included clothing hanging rod. I don’t need to use the clothing rod in the photo booth because I already have a dedicated setup for photographing clothing.
This setup is a game changer for listing hard goods such as shoes and clothes. I’ve been busy with Amazon, so my eBay inventory is a work in progress.
That being said, I finally have the right setup to take eBay to the next level as well.
When it comes to my eBay inventory, I sell mainly used products, but I do sell used shoes. I mainly utilize the Nike, Adidas and Fila SKUs when organizing my new without box shoes. For those, I just copy the SKU into a template I have created in Canva and print it out on 30334 size labels.
My new with box shoes can easily stack with the SKUs showing on the front.
Used shoes are different because each product has it’s own unique listing.
Even if two shoes are the same, I would have to create two separate listings because each has its own unique condition, price and pictures.
I numerically order my used shoes that I obtained from AMZ returns and resell on eBay.
This allows me to determine the age of inventory to see when I need to mark it down and to keep things organized.
I do not source for used shoes but inevitably end up with like new condition shoes that still hold value on eBay.
I attach these SKU stickers on the polybagged used shoes I stock in my eBay inventory and add the 4 digit SKU number to the listing’s SKU on eBay.
I use 27 gallon plastic bin totes for a variety of purposes.
#1, They fit on my shelving units and serve to store my inventory.
#2, I use them when I go sourcing to many stores so I can fill up my car without damaging delicate products such as toys.
#3, I use them to haul hundreds of orders to the UPS store or to the post office.
Home Depot Boxes
I use Extra Small, Small, Medium and Extra Large boxes from Home Depot.
You can’t use their Large boxes for FBA because they’re over 25 inches on one side. For Large boxes, go with Uhaul or Lowes.
The benefit of buying boxes from Home Depot is you get a discount for buying 10 or more.
I use every size box from Lowes. They have also begun to give quantity discounts like Home Depot does. I believe it is 15 units minimum.
Make sure you check the register to make sure the discount is reflected. There have been a few times where I had to have them manually change it because the discount wasn’t applied.
Boxes are cheapest at Uhaul locations. The downside is that Uhaul stores are not as common as Home Depot and Lowes stores.
They sell boxes in bundles of 20 to 25 at Uhaul and you can use Scan-And-Go to pay.
You can get free boxes from the post office and get them delivered to your house free of charge.
I use several sizes for shipping eBay and Amazon FBM orders:
This is my most commonly used size, and I typically tape up a bunch of them at once so I save time when shipping.
It fits toys, collectibles, small shoes, grocery, health & beauty and pretty much anything that is small.
If an item is fragile, I put it into a box. If it isn’t fragile, I put it in a padded envelope.
This is a good size to have on hand, for items that don’t fit into medium flat rate boxes because they’re too long or wide.
I tend to go with smaller items when sourcing to save on shipping costs.
That being said, I need to have these on hand just in case. It’s also good if someone orders multiple items because you can fit double the amount of products than a medium flat rate box.
I use this when shipping larger items that don’t fit into any of the smaller boxes. It’s my least used size but it’s good to keep on hand.
Perfect for board games, toys and can be modified to fit shoe boxes (see below).
This typically only fits shoes without a box. For shoes with the box, watch this video to learn how to modify the Mailing Box (the previous box on this list) to fit an entire shoebox.
I order 300 of these at a time. These are near impossible to find at the post office, so make sure you stock up ahead of time if you plan on shipping a lot of orders.
This is great for slides, certain non-fragile toys, health & beauty products and anything that is small.
This is perfect for shipping out toys and other small/medium sized items via FBM.
During Q4 it would be good to have these on hand.
Like I mentioned earlier in this post, you want to buy smaller quantities and see what sizes you use the most. Then go on eBay and buy it in bulk.
There’s no need to buy it in bulk when you are starting off because you should invest money into inventory instead of trying to maximize savings by buying huge quantities.
This is a much larger polybag that can fit a box inside of it. I recomend this for larger items that don’t fit in the smaller size.
I use this iPad to write down my goals every morning at 4AM on an app called GoodNotes.
Goal setting is absolutely essential, and I will write more content regarding this topic.
Here is a good goal for beginner Amazon sellers: “I make $10K/month in sales selling on Amazon by [Enter date 6 months from today]”.
Write that goal down everyday, along with other goals in the present tense, as if you have already achieved it.
Your subconscious mind will begin working 24/7 on turning these goals into reality.
Goal setting works and every winner I have studied uses goal-setting to achieve their goals.
Read Goals by Brian Tracy to learn everything you need to know about setting and achieving goals.
I use the Apple Pencil to write my goals on my iPad Mini 6.
Without this, my iPad would be useless and my goal setting method would not work.
I use this phone to record all my videos and I highly recommend it for the camera alone.
It rivals my Sony RX100 Mark 7 that I paid around $2K for back in 2018.
It is the first iPhone to feature a 48MP camera.
I got the gold one from the Apple Store for around $1100, but you can get a much better deal on Amazon, especially if you buy renewed.
Now that the new iPhone is coming out, some great deals will be coming out for this phone.
I got this phone to record videos and for the tax write off.
I also use it as my main phone and to manage my business/edit videos in CapCut.
This is my main scanning phone, my WiFi hotspot for my storage unit as well as the phone I use as my business phone number.
I have a separate phone plan via Cricket that I pay for so that I have a different number and wireless hotspot enabled.
Having two phones is game changer when selling on Amazon.
First of all, you get double the battery life. This is huge when going sourcing for long hours in different cities/towns.
Next, I have my AirPods connected to my iPhone 14 Pro and my Eyoyo scanner connected to my iPhone 13 mini.
This means that I can listen to music without the scanner pausing my music whenever I enable or disable the keyboard by clicking two times.
I use my iPhone 14 Pro to record all my videos and my iPhone 13 mini to scan items.
Because this phone is so small, it easily fits into my pocket or backpack without taking up too much space.
This is hands down one of the greatest purchases I have ever made. I’ve been using Apple’s Magic Mouse for years now, and it is a great mouse but is not ergonomic at all.
The only reason I continued to use it, despite its uncomfortable shape and the annoying fact that you cannot charge it while using it because the charging port is under the mouse, it was the only mouse that I found that natively incorporated Mac gestures.
If you are a Mac user, you’ll know how important gestures are towards your overall productivity.
You can easily switch between windows, desktops, switch between applications and zoom in/out all with the swipe of the mouse.
Needless to say, this mouse is the first Mac mouse I have used that makes gestures a breeze.
Instead of swiping, there is an area on the left of the mouse that you can push down and move the mouse in different directions. For instance, if I push down the button and move the mouse right, it will switch over to a different desktop. It also has a bunch of buttons. All of the settings can be fully customized to your personal preferences. There is a software that allows you to easily do this.
Overall, the mouse feels incredible when in your palm, and it is insanely comfortable to use.
I also use it while shipping, which is great because then I do not have to remove my gloves while shipping.
The touch screen gloves I use are effective if you need to use your phone really quick, but for gestures on. a computer, I typically remove my gloves because it just doesn’t work very well with them on.
Now, I can ship orders and keep my gloves on.
My hands tend to get really dry/damaged when I ship out hundreds of orders a day, because I am touching polybags, cardboard boxes and products which often have dust on them.
Make sure you protect your hands.
The primary reason I bought this was to use it with my Macbook Pro while editing videos for you guys at Lifetime Work.
I’ve recently upgraded my Lifetime membership to Lifetime Work so that I can write off my entire gym membership, have faster access to higher-end towns to capitalize on their inventory opportunities, go to Nike Unite daily and create tons of valuable content that will absolutely change the game.
Apple 2023 MacBook Pro Laptop M3 Max chip with 14‑core CPU, 30‑core GPU: 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR Display, 36GB Unified Memory, 1TB SSD Storage
I originally bought the new 14 in MacBook Pro with the M3 Pro chip with my X1 credit card points.
I redeemed $1763 of cash back that I racked up in a few months of sourcing with this one card.
The rest I put on my Amex Business Gold to hit the sign up bonus.
The laptop showed up to my house on release day, but after reevaluating my needs, I decided to exchange it in store for the M3 Max instead.
I plan to create tons of YouTube content so I wanted the extra power the M3 Max chip had to offer. I also wanted the 36 GB of RAM.
The Apple employee who helped me out was mad chill and gave me a $300 education discount even though I am a college dropout.
I ended up paying less than a grand out of pocket for this $3199 laptop.
If you aren’t using credit cards while sourcing you are leaving free money on the table.
You can rack up a ton of points selling on AMZ which you can use to get 5-star hotel rooms and other free shit.
I’ve even set it up so that every time I buy shipping labels on eBay I earn reward points.
Read my AMZ Credit Card Guide to learn the game.
Part II coming out soon.
I obtained this laptop so that I can create more content for you guys to get filthy rich with.
I will post an update on this MacBook Pro after I get it and test it out.
Prior to this, I was using an Intel Macbook Pro that I bought in 2018. I’m not going to recommend it to you because that money would be better spent purchasing a M1 Macbook.
Update: This laptop is on steroids compared to my previous Macbook Pro.
It is an absolute game changer.
I was editing 4K YouTube videos in the parking lot of Ross, waiting for my girlfriend to get off work and it’s an absolute beast. There’s no lag when scrolling through video timelines and applying complex effects, like my older laptops do.
The color is great too and fits into my aesthetic.
I have zero regrets getting this and I recommend it if you create content and have the available funds.
I purchased this SSD to utilize with my M3 Max MacBook Pro. I use it for video editing for Final Cut Pro and CapCut. My MacBook has 1TB and I didn’t feel like overpaying for a few terabytes of additional storage when I could purchase this relatively inexpensive SSD that easily plugs in via USB-C.
This solid state drive is very sturdy and rugged, meaning it won’t easily break. You don’t want to use this for long term storage, but in order to read/write large files for video editing projects. This allows my MacBook to maintain plenty of free space while I create tons of content. I selected this model because I tend to be on the go and edit while I am out of the house. I feel comfortable putting this in my backpack due to its rugged structure. I tend to get my best work done when I’m at Lifetime Work or at Starbucks.
I use this as my main workstation for writing blog posts, editing YouTube videos, creating TikToks in CapCut, working on my AMZ and eBay store, repricing my listings and answering customer messages. I also use it to browse the web, create music in Logic Pro and for virtually anything else I need. This computer has 4 RAM slots, which allows you to upgrade your memory without having to do it through Apple. If you are on a limited budget, this can be a good machine for you, if you pair it with a RAM upgrade.
I bought my iMac in 2020 and it has been a great computer, but recently it started slowing down. The computer has a 1TB FusionDrive, which is great, but it only came with 8GB of RAM. I upgraded it with this RAM set, and it has become a beast of a machine even in 2023. When my iMac first came out, 128 GB of ram would run you over $1000, even if you purchased this same set of RAM sticks on Amazon. If you don’t believe me, you can check Keepa to see the price history. It cost even more to do it through Amazon. Now, 128 GB of RAM only costs around $250. While Apple publicly stated that this iMac had a maximum RAM capacity of 64 GB, there were people online who ran tests and found out that this computer could run up to 128 GB of RAM. Because the RAM was so inexpensive, I decided to go all out and max out my computer’s memory so I could continue to use it for years to come. It has been incredibly worth it. I can now have tons of tabs and windows open without my computer freezing up and edit videos with ease. Overall the computer has become insanely fast. If you have an old iMac, I highly recommend you upgrade your RAM if you can before you consider purchasing a new machine. It’s really easy to do, requires no tools or skills and only takes a few seconds.
AirPods are an absolutely essential tool if you plan on doing retail arbitrage.
When sourcing at stores such as Ross, Burlington and Nike outlet, you will hear tons of annoying babies crying, obnoxiously loud people and the general retardation that comes with being in a low-energy brokie environment.
That being said, this page is all about getting rich or die trying so we’ll go wherever the profit is.
Not surprisingly, the profit is highest at the stores which have the worst shopping experience.
I recommend you get AirPods with noise-cancelling properties instead of the regular ones.
Alternatively you can get other less expensive brands.
That being said, noise-cancelling is a must-have feature to maintain your sanity while sourcing for gains. I cannot go sourcing without my AirPods.
I will literally drive back home if I forget them.
Whenever some clown starts screaming in Ross, I simply hold the button on one of my AirPods for two seconds, and the screaming magically stops.
This also works flawlessly for the annoying security sensors which never stop ringing at Ross and Burlington.
One click, and you’re in your own world with no distractions.
On top of having two phones, my MagSafe battery pack saves my ass whenever I go sourcing for long periods of time and am on a serious roll.
In those moments, nothing can stop you besides your phone dying. Without a phone to scan items, there is no point to be in stores.
The worst feeling is to have to sit in your car, charging your phone because you did not prepare adequately.
Nothing can kill a sourcing trip faster than running low on battery.
I like to keep this in my storage unit, charge it while I go to Nike outlet, come back, drop off my Nike bags, grab the battery pack, and then go to more stores.
I’ll keep it in my bag until my battery goes low and then use it as a second life for my phone.
My battery dies especially fast because I film videos for you guys on my social media platforms.
That being said, this is a great investment you can make.
I use the GoPro Hero 11 to film videos of my warehouse work (coming soon). This camera is very high quality and perfect for filming hands free when you use the head mount I recommend. I do not use this to film my shorts at stores, but I will be using it with a GoPro bike handle mount I recently purchased from Target clearance in future videos when I create sourcing guides for individual stores (stay tuned).
This is the cheap GoPro head mount I use and recommend. It works great and costs a fraction of the price of the GoPro branded one.
This is a nice GoPro tripod that also turns into a stand. The beauty of this tripod over the previous version is that it does not tip over due to its new and updated design. I used to have the 3-Way 1.0 mount, which you had to unscrew the tripod base from inside the mount and rescrew it with the tripod opened to put it on, but that was very unstable and would wobble or fall over. This is a far better tripod.
If you are going to be filming content with your GoPro, this is an absolute must have. It virtually allows you to film forever, if you are near a charging port. Once your battery gets low, swap it out for one of the ones that have been charging and you’re back at full battery. It’s also relatively inexpensive and I recommend purchasing the bundle with the charging block as opposed to buying batteries separately. It’s nearly the same price to buy 2 batteries and the charging block as buying two batteries separately. When you’re on the go, it’s nice to have 3 batteries and that’s usually more than enough juice to film all day.
These are the greatest shoes of all time.
I own many pairs of these and buy new ones once the old ones get dirty.
If you go sourcing, it is important that you buy the white ones, because Black Air Force Ones will result in you getting profiled as a criminal.
That being said, I always break the rules, so I’m going to get some Black Force Ones soon and wear them while sourcing at Ross.
San Pellegrino is the drink of choice of winners.
Just kidding, these are just convenient for my needs. Drink whatever you want.
I like to get cases of this from Sam’s Club and Costco because they’re easy to carry and keep you hydrated.
I practice intermittent fasting and only eat 1-2 meals a day.
This tides my appetite and keeps me from getting hungry while sourcing for hours.
Carbonated drinks trick your stomach into thinking it’s full.
I prefer to source on an empty stomach and consume tons of caffeine in the form of espresso shots and coffee.
This makes me hyper productive and ready to kill it 24/7.
I like to eat once I’m finished with business. Eating makes me want to take a nap.
There’s no time for napping when you are trying to get rich.
If you are broke and take naps, you are a fucking loser.
Drink coffee and sparking water instead and eat after a successful and productive day.
Liquid Death is another seltzer brand I enjoy. The fact that they are in tall cans is nice because they’re insanely refreshing after a long day sourcing when they’re ice cold.
They’re also very carbonated, which is great for tiding over your appetite.
This and San Pellegrino are my favorite seltzer brands.
I also like La Croix, but hate Bubly and Perrier.
These are another convenient snack that I’ll grab if I’m on the go and won’t be home for hours.
Cookies and cream and chocolate chip cookie dough are my favorite flavors and this bundle has them both.
These are high in protein and taste amazing.
They’re definitely a better alternative than eating Hershey bars, Reese’s cups and other candy, which will spike your blood sugar and make you crash.
You want to stay as level as you can when sourcing for hours on end.
If you cannot go without eating for hours, these will satiate you and are a convenient snack.
Even better than Quest bars are these Chomps grass fed beef sticks, which are made from grass fed and grass finished beef. These are much cheaper on Amazon and Costco than buying them in grocery stores such as Kroger.
They’re mad delicious and are far superior to peasant food such as Slim Jim’s which are made from unidentified meat and will probably make you sick.
These do not hurt your stomach and keep you very satiated.
I always have some of these around to get a high protein snack.