We’ve given you some of our favorite apps for Amazon sellers, but now we’re going to take a deeper look at comparing scanning and scouting apps in particular.
Amazon sellers use scanning apps to determine the profitability of potential items they might want to sell. Basically, you scan an item and the app gives you the information about that unit. Some scouting apps will show how much you could theoretically profit on a given item, while others also track your profits versus inventory.
Although there are several scanning apps out there, two pop up time and time again: Scoutify and Profit Bandit. We will compare these two popular scanning apps based on price, features, and ease of use. You’ll notice that both software are available on mobile devices. Your 24/7 business needs all-access at all times, and mobile info gives you important information where and when you need it.
We are not including the Amazon Seller app in this comparison sheet because it is an Amazon-specific software. It does not compare competitors’ prices or deal with other marketplaces. While the Amazon Seller app is a crucial resource for all Amazon sellers, we recommend using a third-party scanning app. Third-party apps can integrate with other quality software, and they provide a wider lens with which to view products.
Scoutify is Inventory Lab’s scouting and scanning app. When you purchase an Inventory Lab subscription, you gain free access to Scoutify. Inventory Lab is made to track and monitor your inventory’s profitability; Scoutify is Inventory Lab’s ultimate resource in that you can scan new items and determine your potential profitability if you were to add that unit to your inventory list.
Despite Scoutify’s strong popularity in the market, it has two negatives with which users are generally displeased.
However, we definitely recommend investing in Inventory Lab and Scoutify once you’ve got your feet wet; it’s the best way to quickly and easily grow your business.
Profit Bandit, powered by SellerEngine, had a dip in users for a while because they switched pricing from a flat rate to a monthly charge despite continuing glitches in the system. However, Profit Bandit has recently come back full force by updating their software and providing new levels of services to users.
Many of the features of Profit Bandit are similar to that of Scoutify. It links to CamelCamelCamel and Keepa to check sales history, and it will exhibit info it takes across different marketplaces. It also calculates potential profit based on 15 different factors. However, it has three unique benefits.
Profit Bandit is currently $10 per month. This makes it the strongest for new Amazon sellers who want quality services at a moderate price.
Despite its expense and flexibility throughout the online market, Profit Bandit is still working through some glitches. Overall, the user experience is not as strong as Scoutify’s, and it still not the most reliable for immediate, up-to-date info. For example, it offers a buy list feature, but it does not then track those purchases’ profits as Scoutify does with Inventory Lab.
If you are a larger company with significant inventory and looking to continuously expand, Inventory Lab’s Scoutify is likely the right choice for you. Despite its price, it offers all of the additional services you need to monitor and track ROI and profitability. Inventory Lab has a number of services that are worth the higher price tag.
If you are just starting out on Amazon or want to remain small for now, Profit Bandit offers similar features at a lower price across multiple selling marketplaces.