When doing product research it is very important to not only look at the current state of a niche. But you also want to see how the market previously performed, and spot any trends.
For example we want to see if there have been any major changes in:
In this post will show you how I do this, with 2 different tools: CamelCamelCamel & Keepa.
Let’s start with our usual example, the lovely Garlic Press!
We can see here that this garlic press is currently being sold for $12,97. However, I am interested to find out how this garlic press was previously priced.
Camelcamelcamel Price Tracker
I simply enter the Amazon url in Camelcamelcamel and voila!
I can now see a downward pricing trend. At first the product was sold for $25, then a long time for $17, and now it dropped all the way down to $12,79. As an Amazon seller I would stay away from this market as there clearly is a price war going on.
Keepa Price Tracker
Ok let’s do another one; I found this yoga mat priced at $32,95. I figured with this price I can take a nice margin.
Now let’s take a look at the price history of this product with Keepa:
As you can see this product has been selling for exactly the same price for 3 months. No major changes or trends. This is something I like to see when I am doing my product research.
CamelCamelCamel vs Keepa
Camelcamelcamel will show you the full price history. While Keepa will only show you the last 3 months of price history. Other than that the tools are pretty similar. I prefer Camelcamelcamel over Keepa, as I like their overview more. But I guess that is just a personal preference.
Camelcamelcamel Sales Rank Disabled?
Like I said in the beginning I would also like to spot other trends. Like sales trends. In the past, you were able to do this with Camelcamelcamel. They used to track the sales rank for each product.
This was a great free method if you wanted to see any sales trends for a product.
But now they have disabled the sales rank tracker and only show this message:
Sales rank history has been disabled, we do not expect it to return, and we are unable to respond to any support requests regarding it.
Luckily there is an alternative that does track the sales history of product, my beloved Jungle Scout tool!
If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I use Jungle Scout for pretty much everything. And I am very glad that the Pro License has a price & sales history graph!
Jungle Scout Sales History
Jungle Scout Price History
Keepa No Longer Free?
Keepa also used to offer the sales history for free. Just like Camelcamelcamel they stopped offering this service for free and are now only offering this with their paid subscription.
The paid subscription is $13 per month and gives you:
- Sales rank history
- Review count history
- Offer count history