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Retail Arbitrage in Canada

Canadian Amazon sellers often complain that there are no deals to be found via retail arbitrage in Canada and that online arbitrage is impossible here.  I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely not true, though it’s a lot harder than it used to be in 2019. I now look at arbitrage as a gateway to better things. A short-term business model you can use to build up capital and gain experience to then focus on better models like wholesale.

I know of a seller who sources almost all of his inventory in Canada via retail arbitrage.  He drives around with his family visiting various major cities sourcing in store and then sells everything primarily on Amazon.com to the US market.  He’s selling close to $1 million dollars a year doing this BTW!  And ships pretty much everything from Canada to the US using Flagship Courier services with NO Amazon partnered UPS discount, yet still makes a healthy profit.

I started out by sourcing for products myself in Canada via retail arbitrage and I was able to find tons of profitable items to sell.  It took work and a lot of time and many trips were duds though.  But I kept scanning everything until I succeeded.  And it really helped me get my business off the ground.

My favourite categories were:

  • Used Textbooks and Non-Fiction/Science Fiction Books
  • Toys
  • Pet Products
  • Home & Kitchen
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Out of the above, used textbooks were by far my most profitable items.  I’d often buy used textbooks for under $6 and sell them for $80 to $150 USD on Amazon.com.   The stores I find are best for retail arbitrage in Canada are as follows:

  • ToysRus
  • Walmart
  • Dollarama (ideal for bundles)
  • Bosley’s Pet store
  • Petsmart
  • London Drugs
  • Value Village
  • Chapters/Indigo
  • Costco
  • Winners

Below is a screenshot from 2015 based on one-day sourcing for textbooks in my area.  I made an $864 US profit that day!

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These days, I acquire most of my inventory via wholesale and no longer do arbitrage.  I’m now 100% wholesale, and I spend none of my own time sourcing any longer and I never see or touch inventory or boxes either. Ready to an and Amazon business of your own in 2019? Then check out our Seller Academy by clicking here.

There’s nothing wrong with Arbitrage, but I’ve just outgrown it. And you should look at it as a temporary way to gain experience and grow sales vs a full-time business too. That being said, there are still people out there selling over $1 million a year doing JUST arbitrage!

Some decent stores for Online Arbitrage in Canada are as follows:

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