Introduction

This article describes the tools available in the Remove panel.  

The Remove panel contains filters that omit items from search results based on the criteria you enter into a field. In that sense, filters can be a powerful, time-saving tool.

Based on our experience, you shouldn't activate too many Remove filters on a search. If heavily filtered, you could miss out on some worthwhile items.


What is over filtering?

An example of over filtering may be - Remove Ranks over 50,000 and also using Remove Gross Profit of less than $5

Just these two filters alone, you would never see a 60,000 rank item that returns $19 profit each, and you would never see a 1,000 rank item that returns $4 each.

Both extremely good products.

What should I use?

For the majority of product searches, use no more than two or three filters here. Your searches will from this section, will probably include at least the Remove Ranks Over filter.

Organisation

The Remove panel has 17 filters. Each filter is described briefly below.

1.  Using Remove Ranks Over

Remove items from the search that don't meet your product rank threshold. 

This will skip products that rank poorly on Amazon.

There are three ways to enter a threshold.

  1. Click the box beside Remove. A drop-down menu displays. Select a time period: Current, Average 30 day, or Average 90 day.
  2. With the toggle switched to the left side, enter a figure in the Ranks over box. Rank measures product sales compared to other items in the same Amazon category.
  3. Toggle the switch to the right side and then click the AS PER SETTINGS button . The Set Sales Rank Filter Values page displays. This page has default threshold values for a wide range of products. 
  • Note: If you select the AS PER SETTINGS option, no number appears in the data field.

1.1  Set Sales Rank Filter Values

You can customize the values on the Set Sales Rank Filter Values page. Once set, use these values for every search.

  1. Open the Set Sales Rank Filter Values page.
  2. Select your base country by clicking a flag.
  3. Click the box beside Country Product Count - Top. A drop-down menu displays. Select 4, 7, or 10%. Choose 4% if you want a high threshold that targets top ranked products (and generates fewer search results) or 10% if you want a low threshold that includes less popular items (but generates more search results). Or, choose 7% because you like the middle of the road.
  4. Inspect individual line items that interest you and make sure the auto-generated threshold figures make sense to you. 
  5. Click SAVE.

 

2.  Using Remove if Estimated Sales is less than

Here's a tool to remove products with insufficient monthly sales.

Enter a number in the field.

This is the minimum number of sales per month you need to consider a product viable. If Amazon's monthly sales are less than this figure, the product is not included in the search results.

 

3.  Using Remove if the Number of Sellers is less than

Omit items based on the number of people who sell that product. You might want, for example, to avoid any product sold by 100+ vendors. Too much competition, perhaps.

Leave the first field blank. Or add a small number if you want avoid products sold by too few people.

3.1  Our suggestion

  • New users insert a low number in the second field. That generates a comparatively narrow range of search results.
  • What you consider low or high is relative and depends on the product. Search lots of products on Amazon to get a feel for the number that makes sense for your category.
  • Advanced users enter a comparatively large number to see a long results page and learn about the marketplace.

 

4.  Using Remove if the Number of Competitive FBA Sellers is more than

This handly little filter is great for if you want to avoid much competition. If there is more than a certain number of competitors jostling for position for the Buy Box within a set % range (set this on the View Data page), then it might be a difficult sell.

However, using this filter and selecting a very low number means you should have a better chance of owning that Buy Box when you come to sell.

 

5.  Using Remove 3rd Party Sellers from Results

Some big retailers rely on third party sellers. The retailer lets other companies sell stuff inside their marketplace. Walmart, for instance, works with third party sellers.

Some Tactical Arbitrage users prefer not to deal with the quality control of third party sellers. This filter enables that choice.

  1. Toggle ON to remove third party sellers.
  2. Toggle OFF to include third party sellers.

6.  Using Remove Oversize Products

Products are classified by size. Standard products fit into regular boxes. Oversize items are sometimes are hard to handle, expensive to send in to Amazon and prep houses usually charge more to deal with these.

If your preference is to only sell Standard size packages and don't like oversize, use this filter.  

  1. Toggle ON to remove oversize products.
  2. Toggle OFF to include oversize products.

  

7.  Using Remove Out of Stock Products

Self explanatory, isn't it? 

However keep in mind, that an Out of Stock item can be Saved to a Save folder and tracked with the Auto Update & Alerts feature in Settings, so it can be useful to still see these.

  1. Toggle ON to exclude products marked by a retailer as out of stock.
  2. Toggle OFF to include out of stock products.

 

8.  Using Remove if Amazon contains no Weight or Size Data

On occasion, weight and size data are not available for Amazon products. 

Missing weight and size data is a chaotic. Without that information, we can't accurately calculate Amazon fees exactly, and we mark the cell in a red tint.

  1. Toggle ON to exclude products with no weight or size data.
  2. Toggle OFF to include products with no weight or size data.
  • Note: In the View Data page, products without weight or size data are displayed in red. In these cases, some fees are estimated by assuming a 1-pound box. These cost estimates should not be regarded as these accurate figures. 

 

9.  Using Remove if Amazon is also a Seller and Now In Stock

Here's you chance to avoid competing directly with the behemoth. Some people don't mind selling the same product as Amazon, while others get weak-kneed.

  1. Toggle ON to exclude in-stock products sold directly by Amazon. 
  2. Toggle OFF to include in-stock products sold directly by Amazon.

  

10.  Using Remove if Number of Reviews is less than

Set the minimum number of product reviews. A low number of reviews might indicate a problem product. Does that interpretation apply in all cases? Probably not.

  1. Enter a number. If the number of reviews is equal to or less than that figure, the product is excluded from search results. 
  2. Leave the field blank to avoid using this filter.

 

11.  Using Remove if Rating is lower than

You might want to include this filter in your searches.

Set the minimum product rating score. If products have a low rating - say 3 out of 5 stars or less - you could be looking at a dud. 

If you sell low quality products, you won't be delivering a positive buying experience, your rating could go down, and you might find yourself spending time dealing with customer complaints. Why bother?

  • Note: We suggest entering a mid-range figure like 3.0.

 

12.  Using Remove Products with a Source price of less than

Use this filter to set minimum and maximum product prices.

  • Can you make money selling a $7 product on this channel? Probably not.
  • Do you have the budget to buy $500 items? Oh yeah? You're crushing it, but not everybody is playing at that level.

Use this filter to set a price range that matches your business plan and budget.

  1. In the first field, exclude source products priced lower than your floor target.
  2. In the second field, exclude source products priced higher than your ceiling target.

 

13.  Using Remove Products with an Amazon price of less than

Use this filter to set minimum and maximum prices for products sold on Amazon.

This filter is similar to Step 12 above. The difference here is that you are setting a sales price range. 

  1. In the first field, exclude products sold on Amazon priced lower than your floor target.
  2. In the second field, exclude products sold on Amazon priced higher than your ceiling target.

14.  Using Remove Products if Amazon Title contains the Word(s)

Sometimes a search based on UPC will generate juicy results with mouthwatering profit margins on a single product. Then reality hits you like a hockey puck. The Amazon price is for a product bundle or a 3+1 item. Ouch.

A good way to avoid this type of pain is to filter out a few keywords in the title. Good keywords to filter include:

  • bundle
  • pack
  • set
  • count
  1. Enter a keyword in the field.
  2. Add new word separated by a comma or space.

15.  Using Remove Products containing the Brand(s)

This filter works well when you're doing a promo search. Say, for example, a toy store has a 20% sale on kid's toys excluding Lego.

Your interest is finding hidden gems, so you run a search and exclude Lego products. You already know it's not part of the sale. Your search will run a bit faster and you'll save time by excluding Lego items in the search results.

  1. Enter a brand name in the field.
  2. Add new word separated by a comma or space.

 

16.  Using Remove Product if Amazon Buy Box is not at least

This filter tells the algorithm you need a minimum ratio between the source buy price and the sell price in Amazon's Buy Box.

Say, for example, the target buy price is $10 and you set a factor of 1.7 in the Remove field. That means the search results page will include products with an Amazon Buy Box price of $17 or higher. If the Amazon Buy Box price is less, that product is not included in your search results. 

Like all algorithms, and every person with a Manichean worldview, there is no gray area. As a result, a product that sells in the Buy Box for $16.99 (i.e. one cent under the $17 threshold) is removed from the search results.

 


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