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Online Arbitrage USA: Know the Best-Selling Categories this Q4

If you’re looking for product categories that are good-selling in Amazon this Quarter 4 then this article is for you. We are going to share our best-selling Amazon online arbitrage USA categories this Q4 to give you some ideas.

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If you’re looking for product categories that are good-selling in Amazon this Quarter 4 then this article is for you. We are going to share our best-selling Amazon online arbitrage USA categories this Q4 to give you some ideas.


We will be talking about:

  • Where are we getting this information?
  • Top-selling Amazon online arbitrage USA categories in Q4
  • Top tips

Some of you, you might be asking why is this important. What would it benefit me? Time and time again Q4 is referred to as an important period in a year, which is why preparations during this period can be challenging. That’s why in this article, we will help you prepare for this quarter, as you familiarize yourself with the categories that were selling to us during this period in the USA.

Where are we getting this information?

In our Amazon business, we utilize a sheet that helps us track top-selling categories, and that is called the Ultimate Sourcing Sheet (USS). Good thing we also offer this service.  And to give you a bit of background about the USS, this sheet supports you in collecting the data you need to scale your business, and basically, the USS serves to track all our top categories, getting more deals, more profit, and having a more efficient business. Hence, the categories that will be mentioned in this article are not something we made up but are the categories that were top-selling in our Amazon business in Q4

Top-selling Amazon online arbitrage USA categories in Q4

  • Toys and Games
  • Beauty
  • Home and Kitchen
  • Clothing and shoes

Toys and Games

Considering that Q4 includes a lot of holidays, selling toys and games typically brings a big profit. Not only that, products under this category are fast selling because it’s a gift-giving season, so for some obvious reason people would buy toys for their children, nieces, and nephews this Q4. And it doesn’t end there, there are many discounts from suppliers in the toys and games section. So, if you want to find products that are not only fast selling but would also give you a big profit, then this is the category you should be looking for in your online arbitrage deals.


Although, along with the advantages of selling toys and games, there are also some disadvantages that will challenge you from selling products under this category. One of the major downsides is that Amazon may require additional documents. In the United States, all toys intended for use by children 12 years of age and under must first meet federal safety standards. Meaning, you do have to do some extra work to sell items under this category.

In addition to that, we’ve also seen that under this category, you’ll also have a lot of competition since this is a good-selling item in Q4. That being said, we advise you to look for toys that have less competition to try and avoid popular brands under this category.


The second category is Beauty. In this category, we’ve seen that there are many online arbitrage deals that are offering a lot of sales, in short; discounted prices. So, if you want to source cheaper products that you can sell high on Amazon and get a good profit from it, then this is the category for you. Not only that, but you can also find a massive number of deals under this category. Meaning, sourcing under beauty products won’t be a problem for you.

Although, along with the pros of selling under this category, we did experience a lot of Private Label (PL) brands. PL is when a manufacturer creates products that are sold exclusively by a third party under a different brand name. You might be thinking why would this be an issue? Well, selling items that are PL brands are most likely the ones that will receive an Intellectual Property (IP) Claim. IP claims are legal actions brought by one party against another when a party feels its intellectual property rights have been infringed upon.

If you’re uneasy about PL brands, you can check our IP Brand Checker which is available right with a touch of your mouse. You can check brands that are labeled IP by our team.
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Home and Kitchen

The third category is Home and Kitchen. Based on our experience, when looking for online arbitrage deals under this category, it contains a wide variety of products to choose from, and if you’re looking for a category that will give you endless options to choose from; home decor, cleaning supplies, furniture, and more. This category can offer a wide range of online arbitrage deals. Not only that, but this category also has mild competition, which is a great thing to consider because you can avoid penny underpricing due to much competition.

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However, despite the advantages mentioned, let’s talk about the disadvantages. We’ve experienced a lot of fragile items under this category. Why is it an issue though? Basically, if Amazon’s warehouses received damaged items they will be returned to you. Putting it simply, you lose money in the process. In addition to that, stocks from suppliers are limited and can challenge you to source for suppliers that won’t limit orders. With that, we advise you to start buying under this category as early as now to stock items for Q4.

Clothing and shoes

The fourth and last category is Clothing and shoes. This category is good selling items in Q4 since there are potential gifts; shoes or shirts to be given as a present to their loved ones. Not only that, but you also have less competition in this category.
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Again, despite the advantages that we’ve shared with you, there are some disadvantages of selling clothes and shoes. One of which is that items under this category have a lot of variations. This means it’s going to be challenging for you when sourcing since you have to analyze which color, size, or style you are selling. If you are sourcing under this category, make sure that you analyze Keepa to see which are fast-selling items in terms of color, sizes, etc…

In addition to that, clothing and shoes have a high refund rate. Why? Some sellers might receive a different size and say that the item is too small or too large. This will be a problem for you since refunds will cost you your money.

What we advise you to do is make sure that you have a high ROI in order to cover up refunds in case the customer request a refund. In addition, in order to avoid complaints because of the sizes, make sure that you include men/women in the title or even in the description so the customers will know that the size is for men or women.

With that being said, if you’re struggling to find online arbitrage deals daily, we also offer Leads Service on our website. So, if you want to check that out, you can.  All things being said, we now proceed to our top tips that will help you with your sourcing for the best online arbitrage deals this coming Q4.

Top tips

  • Check the Keepa graph

We cannot stress this enough, checking the Keepa graph will help you know the product’s sales history. Also, you can also check this graph in terms of knowing which items are selling during Q4. Information about the price history and the sales rank of an item will help you determine whether it is a good online arbitrage deal.

  • Review your record last Q4

Creating this article requires us to go through our records from the last Q4 and review which categories are selling this quarter. By doing this, you will have an idea of which products are likely to sell in this period. 

  • Focus on non-seasonal items

It is mentioned earlier, selling non-seasonal items can still be sold for the preceding quarters, that’s why focusing on non-seasonal items is recommended for the main reason non-seasonal items can be sold at any period of the year.

  • Do not overstock seasonal items

Overstocking items can make you lose money. For example, let’s say you have to sell all your advent calendar stock since it is no longer fitting to the current season. Also, an example is Christmas-related items that are overstocked, it will be very difficult to sell items during Q1 next year.

That being the case, checking the Keepa graph and your record can help you determine how many units you have sold before that particular item in that particular season. Since this can be your basis or guide in terms of deciding the number of units to buy.

Going through our top-selling Amazon online arbitrage USA categories in Q4, you also might want to consider learning about different tools we use when sourcing for online arbitrage deals. If you do, you can check out our Starting on Amazon FBA: Sourcing Tools for Amazon FBA.

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