You are at the grocery store, looking at a friend’s recipe for trussed roast. You want to look smart, so you buy the best looking roast you can find and tell yourself that surely YouTube will feature videos on how to "truss" something. 13 tutorial videos later, you finally give up and throw the meat in the crock pot with some potatoes.
Did you know that the butcher in the meat department will truss, cut, cube, or bone your meat at no additional cost? All you have to do is ask.
As Amazon sellers, we tend to have an independent streak that makes us want to do everything ourselves. However, sometimes the best thing you can do is ask someone to help you.
Getting an Electronic Catalog
MarketScout only works when you input a spreadsheet or a flat file with the relevant data. So what if your supplier sends you a list of hundreds of their products in PDF format? Are you stuck trying to copy and paste those lines into an .xls file? Isn’t an Amazon market research tool supposed to make your life faster?
Instead of doing all the dirty work, write back to your supplier and ask for an electronic catalog in a format that works for you. It should include (at a minimum):
the UPC code, and
If you can get the ASIN, that’s wonderful, but don’t expect it.
With this information, it doesn’t matter if you have 20 or 20,000 items. You can now make a smart decision about which products are going to sell best on Amazon.
Just like a butcher, most suppliers are willing to go the extra mile and give you this information in a spreadsheet format, as long as you ask (nicely). So if your supplier catalogs are keeping you from finding your perfect fishing hole on Amazon, just ask for a different catalog. You can spend all the time you saved on your other DIY tasks that you actually enjoy (like trussing a roast).
Give it a shot today. Contact one of your suppliers and see if they’ll give you their catalog in the format you need. Then, run it through MarketScout with a free trial. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Originally published on January 14, 2015, updated May 1, 2019
This post is accurate as of the date of publication. Some features and information may have changed due to product updates or Amazon policy changes.