2022 Update: Q3 Review

I’ve really been looking forward to writing this post because I know, without a doubt, this quarter has been my strongest one yet. Q1 was just okay and Q2 was better, but Q3 has honestly taken me by surprise!

So, I’m going to keep the intro short and get to the good stuff. Here’s where I stand for the goals I had set for Q3:

✔️Become a full-time Amazon Seller

✔️Start going on more than 1 sourcing trip each week

✔️Continue to send in weekly shipments

✔️Have a $1,000 day

✔️Sell $10,000+ each month

✔️Become a six-figure Amazon Seller

✔️Surpass my Amazon sales from Q2

When I set these goals for myself, I thought some of them were too far out of reach. I never really expected to have three five-figure months in a row, but here we are! Looking back, I realize that I’m just too damn hard on myself.

While there were definitely some trying times, which I’ll discuss later in this post, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super jacked about my progress! While I am in no way an expert Amazon Seller (if there is such a thing), I’m excited to review my numbers and reflect on my Amazon selling journey through Q3. Therefore, in this blog post I will share all things that happened in Q3 and what I’m hoping to achieve in Q4!


Q3 Review

In this Q3 review, I will do a complete number crunch sharing how much I spent, my profit, and more. This post is not intended to brag or boast about my journey. It’s so you can catch a true glimpse at what being an Amazon seller is like. Let’s get started!

Expenses, Income, & Profit

My total expenses for Q3 totaled $48,475.89, which is an increase of about $25K from the previous quarter! Here’s a breakdown:

  • Total Cost of Goods Sold: $23,630.68
    • Just to put it into perspective, this total last quarter was $12,466.85
      • Note: Inventory Lab utilizes an accrual-based accounting method, so this number may not reflect all COGs that were purchased in Q3.
  • Selling Fees: $9,120.10
  • FBA Transaction Fees: $10,792.25
  • FBA Inventory and Inbound Service Fees: $1,078.19
  • Other Expenses: $3,857.94
    • Includes things like subscriptions, memberships, shipping costs, supplies, sales tax, and more!

I enjoy reviewing my expenses for the quarter, as I know it’s a critical part of my business. But I will always be more excited to review my income and profit!

  • Amazon Sales: $60,664.58
    • This total was $28,072.20 in Q2!
  • Ebay Income: $106.92
  • Refunds: $2,052.13
  • Other Income: $682.36
    • This may include things like liquidations, shipping credits, promotional rebates, and revenue generated by my blog!

So, how much money did I actually make in Q3?

My net profit was $10,795.58, which is about $6,000 more than I made in Q2! I’m extremely happy with my profit this quarter, especially since I’ve only been full-time for about a month now.

Suppliers and Categories

The stores listed below were my 10 most profitable suppliers in Q3:

  1. Ollie’s
  2. Walmart
  3. Bargain Hunt
  4. GNC
  5. Target
  6. Kohls
  7. CVS
  8. TJ Maxx
  9. Big Lots
  10. Marshalls

The categories listed below were my 10 most profitable in Q3:

  1. Toys & Games
  2. Health & Household
  3. Health & Beauty
  4. Beauty & Personal Care
  5. Grocery
  6. Pet Supplies
  7. Clothing, Shoes, & Jewelry
  8. Kitchen
  9. Baby
  10. Sports & Outdoors

All of my numbers were pulled from Inventory Lab. If you want to track your progress and run similar reports, click on the link below and get a 30-day free trial!

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What went wrong in Q3?

Listed below are some of the challenges or obstacles I encountered during this quarter.

  • I received the #1 most dreaded notification… my account was at risk of deactivation! This occurred because my order defect rate was above the threshold due to a negative review that I received for an FBM order last quarter. Because it was FBM, I was unsuccessful in getting it removed; therefore, I had to wait this one out. It was a long 60 days, but my order defect rate is now back to normal and it’s no longer impacting my account health.
  • The following week, I received an IP complaint! Talk about a stressful situation… my account is already at risk and then this happens. I appealed numerous times with a strong plan of action and my proof of purchase, but Amazon kept denying the appeal. The brand owner has never responded to my emails, so, unfortunately, I have to wait the 180ish days for the IP complaint to fall off. Just FYI, don’t sell Papalook or Camlab products!
  • FOMO is a real thing and it almost got me this quarter! I found a hot item that I was selling FBM in early September… sold 6, then 12, then 24. The smart thing would have been to keep slowly buying more so that I could get out before demand started to slow down. But, because I had FOMO, I cleared the shelf and bought 160 units! Now, this situation did end up working out in my favor as I only have 1 unit remaining, but it definitely could have ended differently and was a big learning opportunity for me.
  • To be honest, I’ve been a bit of an emotional trainwreck this quarter. I’ve felt defeated and lonely at times and have questioned if I have what it takes to be a successful Amazon Seller. I recently wrote a blog post on this, which is linked below!
What went right in Q3?

Listed below are some milestones I hit during this quarter and things that I think should be celebrated!

  • This quarter was a big one for me, but I think that I’m most proud of becoming a full-time Amazon Seller! It still doesn’t seem real at times and, to be honest, I’ve never worked so hard for something in my life. But it’s so exciting to see all of the hard work pay off, especially knowing that I have no one to thank for it but myself.
  • I had my most profitable month AND quarter to date! My business has grown substantially over the past 3 months. I’ve been sourcing a lot more (3 ish times per week) and have become way more confident in finding products. I’m a firm believer that consistency is key!
  • I also joined the 100K club in Q3! I never imagined hitting this milestone at the beginning of the year. I’ve said it before, but I want to say it again – I don’t share these milestones or numbers to brag about my journey. In fact, compared to other larger sellers, they are mediocre at best. But I just want you to know that if I can do it, then so can you! My #1 tip to become successful is to make selling on Amazon your top priority.
  • In Q3, I had three record months of product sales in a row. In July I sold $17.83K worth of product, followed by $21.18K in August, and $22.95K in September! At this rate, I can’t wat to see what my monthly sales look like in Q4.
  • Do you remember when I talked about FOMO in what went wrong this quarter? Well, I’m going to look on the bright side because I sold nearly 200 units of that ONE item via FBM with a net profit of $977! The price and sales rank has remained steady, so I’m hoping to find some more of them this week.

Q4 Goals

  • Find “the” hot toy or holiday item and sell the shit out of it 🤣
  • Do more FBM
  • Start incorporating more OA into my weekly sourcing routine
  • Have a $2,000 day
  • Sell $20,000+ each month
  • Surpass my Amazon Sales from Q3 AND last Q4
  • And, this may be a long shot, but I’d also love to hit $80,000+ in product sales and $20,000+ in profit!

The Sh*t Full-Time Amazon Sellers Don’t Talk About

I’ve envisioned what being a full-time Amazon Seller would look like since starting my journey in 2021. It looked something like this…

To a certain extent, this is accurate. But, I was also expecting…

I guess I was also expecting to have more time and less stress when, in reality, I feel like it’s the opposite!

Up until recently, I was unaware that I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body and now I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. But I was completely unprepared for some of the challenges that I would encounter. Therefore, in this blog post I will be sharing the harsh reality of becoming a full-time Amazon Seller and the shit other sellers don’t talk about.


I’ve been a full-time Amazon Seller for about a month now, so I guess you could say that I’m still trying to get the hang of things. During this time, I’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions as one might expect going from a very structured 9 to 5 in the corporate world to self-employment.

I’ll be honest, these feelings kind of caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting to feel anything other than pure excitement since I finally have my chance to build my ecommerce empire! But this excitement quickly turned into loneliness, self-doubt, and fear.

These feelings aren’t discussed in the Amazon community, even though I’m sure that I’m not alone. Which is why I’m being vulnerable in writing this blog post, as I want to share my experience and some of the struggles I have faced since making this my full-time job.

Lonely

First and foremost, selling on Amazon full-time can be hella lonely. I went from having a job that required a lot of social interaction, to a job with basically none. Unless I’m out sourcing, I’m home alone with the dogs prepping my shipments and, unfortunately, the dogs just don’t talk back!

I’m sure that at some point all Amazon Sellers have felt this way, but not everyone will admit it. So, unless you have employees and/or a business partner, be prepared for this adjustment! Listen to music and podcasts, turn on the TV, and network with other sellers. Do what you gotta do and know that you’re not truly alone.

Guilty

Another feeling that I have felt is guilt. Guilt that I left a traditional 9 to 5, while my husband is still doing the daily grind at his. Guilt that I enjoy my work.

As a society, we have been trained that work is work and fun is fun. It seems like we’re stuck in this pattern and that it’s not normal to enjoy your work! When, in reality, that’s a load of bullshit. So yes, I’ve felt a sense of guilt since becoming a full-time Amazon Seller because I enjoy the work. Selling on Amazon is now my full-time job and hobby – it just took me a minute to realize that is okay and that work can be fun!

No “Why”

There was a brief moment after becoming a full-time Amazon Seller that I lost my “why” and sense of purpose. Working in healthcare, this was obvious for a variety of reasons. Caring for patients at their weakest and most vulnerable moments is rewarding and it’s easy to see the “why” as their health starts to improve. But, after becoming a full-time Amazon Seller, I didn’t really know what my “why” was.

After having time to think and digest everything, I’ve been able to figure out my new “why” and sense of purpose.

I’m selling on Amazon and building an ecommerce business not only because I enjoy it, but because I also believe that it’s a critical component in our journey to financial independence. I want to have the freedom to enjoy life, only focus on things that matter, and build something that, hopefully someday, my husband and I can do together.

Someday, I hope to expand my business and offer more than just my words on this blog. This is only the beginning and excited to see what my “why” allows me to create!

Self-Doubt

I’ve always struggled with self-doubt; therefore, if I wasn’t doubting myself with this business venture then something would definitely be wrong!

I second guess myself far too often and my self-confidence tends to come and go. Some days I feel like I’m a successful Amazon Seller, while others (usually after a bad sales day) I question what the hell I’m even doing!

In all honesty, I think I’m just scared of failure. Like what if I’m not successful with selling on Amazon or managing an online business?

But even better… What if I am?

Never Satisfied

One thing that I’ve noticed since starting my Amazon Selling journey and going full-time is that I feel like I’m never satisfied. I want to do more, sell more, and make more. I always want to do and be better!

While this is usually a good thing and often leads to success, I also believe that it can be detrimental. Set realistic goals and work to achieve them, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey or how far you’ve come.


Being a full-time Amazon Seller and running an online business isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, even though that’s what it may look like on social media. To be honest, it might be one of the most challenging things I’ve done. So, the harsh reality is that there is a lot of shit full-time Amazon Sellers don’t talk about.

There will be a lot of good days, but there will also be a lot of bad days, and that’s okay! The feelings of loneliness, self-doubt, and fear have been overwhelming at times but, in a weird way, they’re also fuel for motivation. I’ve had to quickly learn to not let the negative energy take over, because your response on the bad days will ultimately determine your overall success as an Amazon Seller.

Oh and, in case you’re wondering, it’s completely normal to dream about account deactivation and inventory never selling as a full-time Amazon Seller. 🤣

My Honest Opinion of the Your Selling Guide BOLO Group

One year ago, I wanted nothing more than to scale my business, but that’s kind of hard to do when you are struggling to find profitable items to sell on Amazon! So, I decided to join the Your Selling Guide BOLO group and never looked back.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “BOLO,” in the Amazon Selling world it means “be on the lookout.” This means that in the BOLO group you get access to multiple leads that are shared by other sellers to be on the lookout for!

Since I’ve been a member of the BOLO group for about a year now, I wanted to share my honest opinion of it. Therefore, this blog post will be all about the BOLO group – what I love about it, if I think it’s actually worth it, and a few of the leads that I’ve found!

What I love about the BOLO Group

I could honestly go on and on about the BOLO group because I believe that it’s really been a gamechanger for my business! But, I will try to keep it short and sweet.

First and foremost, I love the leads! Members of the group must share at least one BOLO per month that meet these requirements: minimum $5 profit, at least 50% ROI, and sales rank of 150,000 or less. While these requirements may seem a bit tedious to new sellers joining the group, it also guarantees that you have access to multiple high-quality leads each month!

Now, since we are talking about leads, something else I love are the branch leads! A branch lead is an item that you find because of a direct lead from the group. It may be a variation of the same product, or even a different product by the same brand. The group has also encouraged me to get outside of my comfort zone and source other categories and stores, which has led me to find more profitable items to sell on Amazon!

The next thing I love about the group is the community! Being able to network with other sellers and ask questions, vent, etc. has been so helpful. The admins, including Nikki Kirk, monitor the page frequently, so it feels like you aren’t in this alone. It really feels like we’re a team, as we’re all working toward the same goal – sell products online to make money and run a successful Amazon business!

Lastly, the admins are always actively working to make the group better. From trying to prevent price tanking, to making sure that leads are legit and within Amazon’s expiration date window; they do it all! I say all of this because you should be aware that the BOLO group requirements could change as Amazon changes and updates their policies. But change is good, and this will only make you a stronger Amazon Seller!

Is the BOLO group worth it?

Short answer: yes, because the numbers don’t lie.

Now, keep reading to see why I think it’s worth it and a few of the leads that I’ve found!

Check out this chart of my Amazon sales from March 2021 – March 2022. While my product sales may not be too remarkable here, I think that it’s quite evident when I joined the BOLO group!

Fast-forward to today, I’m now a full-time six-figure Amazon Seller! I can’t help but think that I owe some of this credit to the Your Selling Guide BOLO group.

BOLO Group Leads

Listed below are 10 different direct leads that I have found because of the BOLO group. A few of these have even turned into replens, which I am still selling today!

Store Name# of Units SoldCost of GoodsNet ProfitROI
Ollie’s107$1,145.97$698.5360%
Walmart24$239.76$524.32218%
Walmart39$382.59$283.8274%
Ollie’s13$38.87$233.81601%
Big Lots6$54.00$128.76238%
Walmart9$100.80$89.9589%
CVS2$31.58$88.46280%
Walmart16$864$471.8254%
Walmart256 (Sold in less than 48 hours!)$3,840$1,974.2851%
Walmart41$399.34$165.8541%

While I’ve definitely found more than 10 leads because of the group, those listed above are just a few of my favorite finds. Based on the data of these 10 leads, I’ve sold a total of 513 units for a net profit of $4,659!

As of today, the BOLO group membership is $69/month, but as you can see, I’ve easily paid for my membership and then some. 😊 So don’t let the cost steer you away!

One of the BOLO group leads from Q4 2021!

Now, with all of this being said, I think it’s important to mention that your BOLO group membership doesn’t guarantee that you will become a successful Amazon Seller. It’s all about what you give and get from it. The group can lead you in the right direction, but it’s not a free hand-out and you still have to put in the work!

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Is Tactical Arbitrage Worth it?

Retail arbitrage is currently the backbone of my business; however, I know that if I can start to incorporate more online arbitrage into my business model then I can scale at a faster pace. While I do still source for OA products manually, I’m hoping to improve, and potentially automate, this process some. This is where Tactical Arbitrage comes into play!

I know that there is a huge benefit with sourcing online, as it can save you time and you’re more likely to be able to purchase products in bulk. Therefore, in this blog post I will share my personal experience with Tactical Arbitrage and if I think it’s worth it.


I have tried using Tactical Arbitrage (TA) multiple times in the past, without luck. There is a huge learning curve to it. But I’m convinced that once you figure it out, you’re golden, which brings me to the pros and cons of the software.

Pros of TA

  • It automates online sourcing. This can be critical as it can save you time and make it easier for you to find profitable items to sell on Amazon.
  • There are more than 1,000 online retail stores in TA’s database! While this can be a bit overwhelming, I believe that it’s also extremely helpful as it allows you to source at new places and, potentially, with less competition.
  • You can run up to 7 scans at once, which increases the probability of finding profitable products. Another bonus is that you can start the search and then go about your normal day, as the software will do its thing even if you’re not there!

Cons of TA

  • I would say that the biggest con is the learning curve associated with figuring out TA. While I feel like I’m starting to learn the basics now, it was extremely frustrating at the beginning because I literally had no idea what I was doing. I would run multiple scans and it would yield zero products! So, if you’re trying to learn how to use TA and can’t figure it out, trust me, you’re not alone.
  • Another con to TA is the cost! The monthly membership is $89/month and the yearly is $70/month which is a bit steep, especially for new sellers. If you’re willing to put in the work to learn the software and have additional cash laying around, then I would definitely recommend TA. However, if you’re new and/or having cash flow issues, then I would recommend holding off on your TA subscription and use that money to source for profitable products elsewhere!
  • Another con, and a frustrating one at that, is the minute-cap added to your membership. With all TA memberships, 40,000 scan minutes are included. However, if you want to scan more than that, you will be charged an additional $15-20 depending on how much more you scan during that billing cycle. I didn’t realize this when I first signed up and blew through my first 40,000 scan minutes in my first week of having the software! This just recently changed over the summer and I’m honestly not sure why, but it’s extremely frustrating!

TA Finds

Here are some screenshots from my product scans and some profitable items that were found based on my search criteria and selected filters. These are items that I left behind for some reason or another. Feel free to check these out to see if they are still profitable for you!

Here are some items that I purchased that were sourced through TA. It is possible to find profitable items to sell utilizing this software, you just have to be willing to put in the work!

Overall, I ended up spending approximately $480 for an expected profit of $450! So, it has at least paid for my monthly membership and then some. 😊


Is TA worth it?

Now to answer the pressing question – Is TA worth it? My short answer is that it depends on the seller!

If you have the time, money, and are motivated to put in the work to learn the software, then yes, it’s worth it! But, if you’re limited on time and capital, then I would recommend holding off until your business is in a better place. To me, it would make much more sense to use that additional $70-89 a month on products to sell.

Personally, I enjoyed utilizing TA, but I’m going to get rid of my subscription for now and put more of my focus on learning how to reverse source and storefront stalk using SellerAmp.

Leave a comment with your thoughts on TA if you’re using it or have used it in the past!

Day in the Life of an Amazon Seller: Fall & Halloween Sourcing

If you’ve been into any retail store or shopped online recently, then it’s quite evident that fall is here. While I’m sad that Summer has come and gone, I’m also excited as it means winter (and Q4) is coming! As an Amazon Seller, it also means that it’s time to source seasonal items and prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

Therefore, in this blog post I will be sharing some fall seasonal and Halloween items that I found while sourcing at Walmart!

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When it comes to sourcing products to sell on Amazon, I will always recommend that you think outside of the box. With that being said, don’t just scan the obvious seasonal items, like candy, costumes, and outside decorations. Focus on other seasonal items that are popular this time of year, such as coffee, kitchen ware, baked goods, and everything pumpkin and apple!

Here are some profitable leads that I found while sourcing at Walmart. Note, even if the price tanks it is likely to go right back up as these items will be hard to come by in December. Be patient and don’t tank the price!

Here are some other items that I ended up purchasing thanks to a lead and a branched lead from the BOLO group!

Last year I tried to avoid selling Halloween costumes as I’ve heard that the return rate is relatively high. This year, I thought I would give it a go, but it seems that I’m gated in most of the costume brands. You may try scanning to see if you can get auto-ungated, as there are definitely some profitable ones out there!

However, while scanning products I did end up finding some grocery items that are profitable.

No offense, but I think that the inflatable holiday decorations are hideous. But apparently customers on Amazon say otherwise because some of them sell for 2x retail price!

And last, but certainly not least, Halloween candy!

It’s important to note that we are in meltable season until October 15th, so you won’t be able to FBA Halloween candy. However, if you’re willing to put in the extra work, then you can definitely ship the meltable candy FBM.

To do this, you would need to ship the candy in a thermal polymailer with an ice pack to ensure that the product doesn’t melt in transit to the customer. I tend to avoid products like this for two reasons: I’m lazy and I’m afraid of getting a negative review if the product were to melt.

While there is risk to shipping meltables during this time of year, the risk could definitely be worth the reward. Some sellers (including myself) aren’t willing to put in the extra work to ship these products; however, if you’re willing to do it, it could open up more opportunities to find profitable products with lower competition.

Here are some meltable items that I found while out sourcing!


As I said at the beginning of this post, spooky season is officially here whether we like it or not! So, go grab your pumpkin spice latte, throw on a cardigan, and go sourcing!

The Big Reveal: Who is Retail Rogue?

I guess you could say that I’ve been working on the “big reveal” for quite some time now; however, I never planned to reveal myself less than a year after starting this blog!

If you’re new to my blog, then first let me explain.

I’ve been hiding under the screen name of Retail Rogue since I launched my blog in December 2021. I did this to avoid jeopardizing my 9 to 5, as selling on Amazon was simply a side hustle. But, as my social media following and Amazon income increased, so did my desire to focus on my business full-time.

My original plan was to continue to grow my business while working my 9 to 5 for the next 1-2 years. However, my husband had a career move which led us down a different path. At this point, we were left with two options: I find a new job, or I become a full-time Amazon Seller.

At this point, you can probably guess what our decision was. So, let’s get on to the reveal!

I’m a 20-something-year-old nurse turned online entrepreneur! Or nurse practitioner turned Amazon Seller, however you want to say it.

I’m married with 3 puppos. I love all things wine, shopping, and T Swift. I own more leggings than I could ever wear in a lifetime and have watched every season of One Tree Hill more times than I can count. I enjoy spending time on the water, lifting weights, and reading a good book.

and yes, that is THE bridge from OTH!

Technically, I’ve spent over half of my life in school, with 7 of those years being spent working on my undergrad and postgrad degrees. I’ve worked countless hours, passed two certification exams, and have received numerous letters to follow my name. RN, FNP-C to name a few.

While this is a huge accomplishment and something that I will be forever grateful for, I quickly realized that adding letters after my name doesn’t equal happiness or self-worth.

Leaving a career that I have worked so hard for is terrifying, to say the least. But I have found much more enjoyment and satisfaction with stepping outside of my comfort zone and the societal norm.

As the queen of stress and a self-proclaimed people pleaser, I tend to worry too much about what other people think. But in reality, who gives a shit?

I’m living a life by design. Focusing on things that truly matter and letting go of the things that don’t. Building a business with endless opportunity. Earning money to help support my husband and I’s journey to financial independence.

If I can sell on Amazon and run a successful business, so can you! Don’t let all of the “what-ifs” prevent you from pursuing your dream. Things will go wrong, and you will make mistakes, but the risk is 100% worth the reward!

Thanks for reading and following along on my journey. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… The best is yet to come!

I’m Becoming a Full-Time Amazon Seller!

If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog, then you know that I’ve been selling on Amazon part-time while also working my full-time nursing job. You’re also probably aware that it was always my plan to become a full-time Amazon seller, once my husband and I were financially independent. But, in a turn of events, this distant dream became a reality.

So, now that the secret is out… Goodbye, 9 to 5!

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going through all the emotions.

Stepping away from a profession that I worked so hard for to focus on my business is terrifying. I’m scared of failure, but also excited for the new challenge!

Starting a business from the ground up and watching it grow, thanks to no one but me, has been so rewarding. I see the potential that selling on Amazon has and am so excited to see what I can do when this is my full-time job and primary focus!

So, what am I doing in the weeks leading up to going full-time?

Well, first and foremost, I’ve been staying pretty busy wrapping up a few last-minute things with my current job and training my replacement. While this has put a bit of a damper on my sourcing trips, the downtime has also been kind of nice! I’ve still been sourcing and sending in my weekly shipments, but not at the volume that I would like and that’s okay.

During this time, I’ve also been working on getting my office organized. I want my shipping and prepping processes to be as efficient as possible so I can put more of my focus on sourcing.

As a soon-to-be former nurse working in the corporate world, I learned to live by my calendar. If it’s not on my schedule or list of to-dos, I’m probably not going to do it.

Therefore, in these next few weeks I plan to map out what a typical week will look like for me as a full-time seller. I know that several sellers out there only work part-time, and that’s definitely the end goal, but in the beginning, I plan to work full-time hours so that I can continue to scale my business. I want to out earn my current salary and, hopefully one day, my husband’s as well.

This is what I envision a typical “work week” will look like.

Monday’s and Wednesday’s will be my big sourcing trips, where I travel and source for 8+ hours a day. I want to source as much as possible, but I also know that I need to set time aside to start prepping my items so I can send in the shipment by the end of the week. So, on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I plan to do some prepping, but also some sourcing in close proximity to my house so that it doesn’t interfere with my workout routine.

Working in healthcare, I’ve had to learn to adapt, be flexible, and expect the unexpected. I feel like all of these things will be important as a full-time seller, as you never know what Q4 will bring or when you’ll find that next hot item that you want to hunt for!

And, lastly, I’ve been working on the big reveal!

I’ve contemplated sharing my true identity on here for really no good reason at all. I guess I’ve just liked the suspense and secrecy behind it!

Most of my family, friends, and peers are unaware of my Amazon Selling journey, blog, and social media presence. I tend to worry too much about what other people think, but in reality… who cares? Because if I can encourage one person to begin their Amazon selling journey, start their own business, or work toward financial independence, then it’s all worth it for me!

So, here’s to me turning over a new leaf and putting all of those worries behind! Be on the lookout for my “big reveal” post coming soon.

Thanks for following along on my journey! The best is yet to come.

Day in the Life of an Amazon Seller: $849 Profit in 8 Hours

This sourcing trip was very spur of the moment with very little time to prep. Luckily, I was already familiar with the area and knew which stores I wanted to go source at. My main priority for this trip was to pick up some BOLO’s from the group and stock up on some of my replens.

I sourced for approximately 8 hours at a total of 8 different stores and ended up making over $800 in potential profit! Maybe 8 is my lucky number now? 🤣

Lunch is packed. Miles are being tracked. And listening to my guilty pleasure podcast with my girls from OTH!


I ended my day and started my day at one of my favorite stores to source… Walmart. On this trip, I ended up going to 3 different Walmarts. Now, I love Walmart but even that was a little much for me!

I’ve been so excited to scan back to school items but, to be honest, it hasn’t been that great for me this year. Such a bummer!

Friendly reminder to check out other areas of the store for clearance items! I found a few end caps and some hidden markdowns in the beauty aisle!

Here are some profitable items that I ended up finding while sourcing at Walmart:

And just a reminder to make sure that your items are in pristine condition to avoid any negative feedback. Here’s a profitable item that I found on clearance but ended up leaving behind because the packaging was in pretty rough condition.

Here are some additional items that I found at Walmart – and sorry these are blacked out, but it’s because I’m actively selling them and want to avoid price tanking!

For those who don’t know, you can get a tax-exempt card at Walmart if you have your resale license and/or tax-exempt certificate for your business. It’s a super simple process and ends up saving you a lot of money! Just go to the customer service desk and they help you through the process.

I wasn’t in Big Lots long, as I only went in to look for a couple BOLO’s. Ended up leaving with 2 bags full!

Here are some freebies for you if you have a Big Lots in your area!

I bought some cheap laundry baskets to help organize the back of my car on sourcing trips, and it’s been working wonders! Definitely makes it easier to sort through items and carry them in when you’re done for the day.

Ross was yet another quick stop. I always go here because I have FOMO, but it’s really not my favorite place to source. It’s so unorganized, dirty, and usually not well stocked!

Here are some profitable items that I did end up finding though!

If I’ve said it before then I’ll say it again…… I LOVE OLLIE’S! If I could choose only one store to source in, it would probably be this one. I mean, who doesn’t love good stuff cheap? 🤣

Here are some replens I’ve been picking up from Ollie’s over the past month or two. While the ROI may be lower on some of them, they tend to sell quick!

And here are some other profitable items that I found while sourcing at Ollie’s that I left behind for some reason or another. Happy hunting!

And for the last store of the day… Marshalls!

This stop was weird as the manager didn’t want to accept my tax-exempt certificate for resale, even though I’ve used it at this location multiple times before. They ended up accepting it, but still annoying!

Friendly reminder to always click through and try to get auto-ungated! Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me this time around. But this product was profitable if you have a Marshalls in your area.

Also, don’t forget to double-check those sales ranks! This one almost got me as I initially thought it said 43,000. I had already put 12 of these in my cart before I caught my mistake!

Here are some profitable items that I ended up finding while I was at Marshalls:

This sourcing trip was definitely a good one! I only wish that they all ended up this way. Now let’s see how I did.


Overview

Time Spent Sourcing: 8 Hours

Number of Items Purchased: 119

Cost of Goods: $771.89

Expected Profit: $849.76

ROI: 110%

Money vs Time: $106/hr

How I Plan to Prepare for Q4

The fourth quarter is right around the corner! So, what are you doing to prepare for it?

Last year was my first Q4 experience as an Amazon Seller and, I must admit, it didn’t disappoint! But I didn’t really know what to expect or how to prepare for it. I had over $23,000 in product sales in just 3 short months, which is great, but I know that if I’m better prepared this year, I can easily beat that number!

Therefore, in this blog post I will share how I plan to prepare for Q4 in 2022.


I’ve heard other sellers mention that back-to-school season is like a bonus Q4, and I’d have to agree with them because my sales have been really good so far this month! The increase in sales have motivated me to start prepping for Q4, hence this blog post.

Listed below are things that I am currently doing, or plan to do, to prepare for a successful Q4!

  • Get ungated
    • In early summer, I decided to get ungated in some additional toy brands, to include Barbie, Star Wars, Fischer-Price, and Marvel. I did this with Q4 in mind, as toys sell really well during this time of year. Getting ungated increases your opportunity to make sales, which leads to more profit! If you need help getting ungated in toys, I highly recommend you check out Nikki Kirk’s ungating guide here.
  • Clear out excess inventory
    • Amazon will typically increase storage fees during Q4 because it’s such a busy time of year! Sellers are shipping more products to the warehouse; therefore, they increase storage fees to avoid excess inventory and running out of space. I have started the process of clearing out my excess inventory and, I’ll be honest with you, it’s been a bit painful! It’s no fun taking a loss on an item, but the reality is that it’s not doing anything for you if it’s been sitting for 90+ days. I have been pricing certain items to move so that I can hopefully recoup some of my cost and improve my cash flow leading up to Q4. You can also have the items returned to you or have Amazon dispose or liquidate them. Ultimately, you have to do what’s best for you and your business, but don’t get too caught up in this. Take the hit, learn from it, and move on!
  • Join Hazmat program
    • Amazon classifies certain products as dangerous goods or Hazmat. All sellers can ship these types of products via FBM, but only those who are part of the Dangerous Goods program on Amazon can ship them via FBA. Becoming a member of the Hazmat program will open up more opportunities on product that you can sell on Amazon, which is why I’m hoping to get approval before Q4; however, there is currently a waitlist to join the program.
  • Learn something new
    • Knowledge is power. Therefore, I believe that now is the prime time to master a new skill that can help you succeed in Q4! You could learn a new software, sourcing strategy, etc. For me, I am focusing on learning Tactical Arbitrage in hopes that it will increase my flow of inventory to Amazon.
  • Invest in your business through subscriptions, groups, etc.
    • I also recommend that you invest in your business as much as you possibly can now, so you can reap all the benefits come Q4! This is the perfect time to sign up for new subscriptions, renew old ones, or join an Amazon Selling group. So, if you’ve ever considered joining the BOLO group, now is the time to do it as the leads get crazy during Q4. Click here to join the BOLO group today!
  • Get comfortable with FBM
    • If you’re looking to get the most out of Q4, then I hope you’re ready to FBM! If you already know how to FBM, then you’re in a great spot. If you don’t, then I highly recommend that you start FBM now so that you can get comfortable with it before the busiest time of year. Last Q4, I shipped a total of 250 FBM orders in a matter of 48-72 hours! So, if you’re hoping to make some quick flips and increase your profits during Q4, then don’t sleep on FBM.
  • Stock up on supplies
    • Trust me, the last thing you want to do is run out of supplies during Q4! So, start going through your supplies now and get organized. Then, stock up on the essentials like tape, boxes, and polybags. Having too much is better than not having enough!
  • Do product research
    • Last but not least, do product research. While this is probably important to be doing all year long, I believe that it is especially important leading up to Q4. What TV shows are most popular right now? Are there any new movies coming out? What are the hot toy brands and/or items? The only way to figure these things out is by doing research and getting out there to scan items! I plan to focus heavily on the toy aisles over the next couple of weeks and months to identify popular trends early on.

From clearing out excess inventory to performing product research, these are just few ways that we, as Amazon Sellers, can prepare for Q4. I hope you found this blog post helpful and that it motivated you to prepare for Q4!

How do you plan to prepare for Q4?

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Stores to Source for Amazon Retail and Online Arbitrage

I always get asked a lot of questions about sourcing. Where do I go sourcing? How do I find profitable items to sell? As an Amazon Seller, you can literally source anywhere. From big name retail stores to mom-and-pop wholesale/liquidation stores, and online storefronts, I’ve sourced them all. But that can be a bit tedious to beginners, as there are so many places to source profitable items to sell on Amazon.

Therefore, in this blog post I will share my top 10 favorite stores to go sourcing at for retail and online arbitrage!


Listed below, in no particular order, are my top 10 favorite stores to go sourcing at for Amazon retail arbitrage.

  1. Walmart
  2. Target
  3. Kohls
  4. Ollie’s
  5. Bargain Hunt
  6. TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Homegoods
  7. Ross
  8. Staples
  9. Nike Outlet Store
  10. Big Lots

Listed below, in no particular order, are my top 10 favorite stores to go sourcing at for Amazon online arbitrage.

  1. Chewy
  2. Lego
  3. Nike
  4. Walmart
  5. CVS
  6. Kohls
  7. SkinStore
  8. Target
  9. Walgreens
  10. Vitacost

Here are some other stores that you may want to check out on your next sourcing trip:

  • Kroger
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Save a Lot
  • Aldi
  • Best Buy
  • Office Max/Office Depot
  • Lowes
  • Home Depot
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Five Below
  • Academy Sports
  • Menards
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michaels
  • ACE Hardware
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Adidas

Needless to say, you can literally source anywhere you go shopping. So, get out there and start scanning!

Whether you are a new seller not sure where to start, or an experienced seller looking for a new place to source, I hope you found this list helpful! Where are your favorite places to source?