This article shows you how to use the Search Manager.
As you deep dive into Tactical Arbitrage, you'll likely generate a lot of searches. Some of them will run at the same time but at different stages of completion. This tool helps you track that work.
1. Locating the search manager tool
There are several ways to locate the Search Manager tool.
Go to the top of the dashboard page and click QUEUED SEARCHES. The Search Manager page displays.
- Note: The Search Manager toolbar at the bottom of the dashboard page also has a QUEUED button.
1.2 Portal page
Go to the top of the page inside search portal. Look for the green button at the top of the page.
1.3 Side menu
Go to the menu on the left side of the page. Click the Search manager menu item.
2. Understanding the search manager
The Search Manager page has 4 tabs:
- Queued: current searches
- Completed: finished searches
- Saved: completed searches you want to keep
- Scheduled: searches you've created and plan to run later
- Note: A STOP ALL SEARCHES button appears at the top of the page when one or more searches is in progress. If you click the button and stop a search (even if not finished), the search moves to the Completed section.
3. Looking at the Queued section
Click the Queue tab to see searches currently in progress.
3.1 Activity buttons
On the right side of the Queue section, you can see three buttons.
The Pause button is activated when you have more than one search running at the same time.
- After clicking PAUSE, the current search stops and moves down the queue. The next search in the queue moves up to the top and begins to scan.
Click STOP to terminate a search. The search (even if incomplete) moves to the Completed section.
Click the WATCH LOGS button to see a record of what happened to each item in the search.
The log is a list of rows with numbered product searches. If a row has a check mark, that product was included (i.e. Added) in the search results.
If a row has an X, that product was removed from the search results. There are several reasons for removal:
- product specs didn't meet one or more of your filter thresholds
- no match between the source and Amazon
Here's an example of a Watch Log (Process Log: Simple). The image below shows many products were removed from the results.
On the left side of the Queue section, you can see 4 buttons. These buttons give you some control over the data.
- Note: Scroll down to Step 4 (below) to learn about these buttons.
4. Looking at the Completed Section
The Completed section has four buttons. These buttons are also in the Queued section (above).
Each button is explained below.
Click this button to see the meat and potatoes of your search work. This is where you find price comparisons and data that point to profitable opportunities.
There's a lot of information on the View Data page. For more information, see:
- Understanding the View Data page
Click this button to download the search results. You can choose a file format:
- a propriety format called TA (read only on Tactical Arbitrage)
Click this button to remove the search results from the platform.
Click this button to save your work.
5. Looking at the Saved section
The Saved section has three tools.
Click this button to return to the search page. Run the same search or set up a new one.
Changed your mind, eh? First you saved it, now you want to trash it.
A handy tool to automate the search process.
- Click the button and the Autorun Settings panel displays.
- Customize the start date, time zone, and frequency.
- Note: If you schedule a future search, it appears in the Scheduled section.
6. Looking at the Scheduled section
Your scheduled searches display here. Key details of each search are presented. You can edit a scheduled search or delete it altogether.