What is Jungle Scout
Jungle Scout was launched in 2015 with the goal of helping Amazon sellers find profitable products to sell while taking the guesswork out. In only 2 years, Jungle Scout has over 100,000 monthly users that span across the world. They offer free resources, a paid web app and a paid Google Chrome Extension, all of which enable Amazon sellers to be more profitable and successful. Whether you use Jungle Scout’s free resources or monthly services, they have a tool that you can benefit from if you are currently, or looking to become, an Amazon seller since you can quickly see competition level and monthly sales. Later in this article I will share how Jungle Scout has enabled me to become successful with fulfillment by Amazon, or “FBA.” “Jungle Scout is for anyone with the entrepreneurial ambition to start and grow a business.” In a few short months I was able to go from $0 in sales, to over $23,000 because of the JungleScout products that I used. My goal is that by the end of this Jungle Scout review, you will be able to decide if the program is right for you.
I only have experience with Amazon FBA and have never used the merchant fulfilled option. The information below is still useful for those which do not want to sell on Amazon FBA, but I highly recommend FBA.
Jungle Scout Free Resources
I’ve seen many people ask if there is a Jungle Scout free trial; there is not. While there is no Jungle Scout free trial, they do offer a 14 day money back guarantee on paid subscriptions and provide a generous list of free resources. The free resources include:
- The Jungle Scout Sales Estimator *
- The Genius Series *
- Million Dollar Case Study *
- The Listing Grader
- Collaborative Product Launch *
Note, while I do pay for a Jungle Scout subscription, I starred (*) the free resources that I found helpful when I was starting out.
For free, you can instantly see a very accurate estimate of monthly sales for an Amazon product – just enter its sales rank which can be found on the actual listing.
The Jungle Scout Webinars are great because they answer the questions that all of us Amazon sellers have as we are on this journey. It is helpful to hear other professional talk through similar situations or answer similar questions.
The Genius Series
Naturally there will be challenges to overcome as an Amazon seller, but Jungle Scout has created helpful content for these challenges that users have asked for help on.
Million Dollar Case Study
Follow every detail from Jungle Scout’s product launch, Jungle Stix. The companies goal is to reach $1,000,000 and to show ever step along the way. This was very motivating for me when I first started.
The Listing Grader
This free tool uses a Jungle Scout algorithm to evaluate your Amazon listing and offers ways the listing can be improved/optimized.
Collaborative Product Launch
Offers more in-depth detail about the Jungle Stix product. By the way, all the proceeds from the Jungle Stix product are being donated to “Doctors Without Borders.”
Paid Jungle Scout Products
For additional information about the products visit the Help Desk.
The Jungle Scout Web App offers three different packages: Start Up, Standard, and Business
Jungle Scout Web App, Start Up (All the basic features at the lowest price)
- Product Database
- Product Tracker
- Monitor Your Competitors
- Historical Sales and Rank Data
- International Marketplaces
- Time-Saving Filters
- Up to 1 User
- Tracks 40 Products
*this is the package that I use
Includes everything from the “Start Up” but adds:
- Niche Hunter
- Up to 2 Users
- Tracks 80 Products
Includes everything from “Start Up” and “Standard” but adds:
- Up to 5 Users
- Tracks 150 Products
As you can see, Niche Hunter is only included in the “Standard” and “Business” options, so what is it? Niche Hunter helps Amazon sellers find profitable niches within a set of categories. Niche Hunter looks at the top 10 listings for that niche to ensure that the niche is actually profitable. Occasionally one or two listings in a niche make the niche look profitable, but there may be other reasons for the success. Niche Hunter makes sure there are no anomalies causing the niche to look more profitable than it really is. Plus Niche Hunter will also show you the Google Trends if the information is available. Do I think this is product is necessary? No, but it can save you time. I personally do my due diligence by looking at the top 10 products myself by using the other Jungle Scout tools, but if you can afford the extra $20 a month then go for it.
In the screenshot above, you can see all the different search credentials for the Jungle Scout Web App. I will do another write up on how to find the perfect Amazon product to sell, but since this is a Jungle Scout review I do not want to get off topic. The web app is very well laid out, design wise, and I have not experienced any technical issues in the past 6 months. The amount of search options is great, as you can narrow down your product search immensely.
Once you have found a potential product to sell, you can track it in your “Tracked Products” section. In the screenshot above you will see three sample products that give you an idea of what information is shown. Below I have used a real life example of a product that I almost sold 6 months ago. The product is a “scratch off world map” that sells for about $33. This particular product has an average rank of 746, sells 83 units a day and earns about $2,700 a day in revenue. That equates to $81,000 a month in revenue from one product! Note, I do not suggest selling this product as it is now very competitive, when I looked into selling it there was almost no competition…yes I regret not selling it now!
But back to that screenshot. Below the product is a graph that shows estimated sales and inventory levels which is helpful when trying to figure out your competition. To the right is even more information that shows the listing quality, weight, dimensions, reviews, etc. This information will help you determine if you should enter a product niche or not.
I have proven that this information is accurate, see more in the “Accuracy” section of this review.
Jungle Scout Chrome Extension offers two different packages: Lite and Pro
Jungle Scout Chrome Extension, Lite (Everything you need to start selling)
- Monthly Sales & Revenue
- Industry Leading Accuracy
- Rating & Review Tracking
- Category & Seller Ranking
- Ongoing Support & Updates
- $97/One-time fee
*this is the package that I use
Jungle Scout Chrome Extension, Pro (More power for profitable sellers)
Includes everything from the “Lite” but adds:
- Web App Advanced Integration
- Sales Item Profit Calculator
- Dimension & Weight of Items
- FBA Fee Estimator
- Opportunity Score
- $197/One-time fee
Personally I think Jungle Scout Lite is all that you need, especially if you are using the Jungle Scout web app in conjunction! Amazon offers free services, such as the Amazon fee calculator that can be used to determine your FBA fees. If you are using the Jungle Scout web app, then you can see the dimension and weight of items already, and if you take the time to look over the competitors’ listings, you can establish your own opportunity score.
In the screenshot above you can see that I used the scratch off map product again. Once you have found a product that might be worth selling, run the Chrome extension. The extension shows you average monthly sales, sales rank, price, reviews, sales, revenue, etc. At a glance you can quickly see a list of top competitors for the product which will help you determine the demand and competition. Keep in mind, use the “x” to remove any products that do not match what you are looking for, as these can skew your results.
Ease of Use
All Jungle Scout products are easy to use and headache free. I have not had a single issue using either the web app or Chrome extension. All toggles, input boxes and functions work as expected and are intuitive. All the content is laid out well and allows for the Amazon seller to quickly see an opportunity. Less time spent trying to find a profitable product means more time actually selling the product, earning money.
Since I have been selling products though Amazon FBA for the past 6 months, I was able to compare my own products to the results that the Jungle Scout shows. Their results were very accurate! Each time, their revenue approximation was only a few hundred dollars off and sales quantity was only a few products off. I was very impressed with my findings and this gave me increased confidence that Jungle Scout is the right product for the job. If you are worried that the estimates that Jungle Scout shows are inaccurate, do not be. I had reservations at first, but they were quickly eased when I saw my results.
Again, Jungle Scout gets full points for this category! Several times I emailed customer service for help with regard to selling on Amazon in general, not for help with their own products. Each time my questions were answered quickly and with the information that I needed. Shout out to Maria G. who was my customer service helper, she was phenomenal! Customer support was there to help me, so I am confident they will be there to help you if you ever need it (24/7 customer support).
My Personal Experience With Jungle Scout and Amazon FBA
Prior to August 20th 2017, I had never sold a single product on Amazon. After learning about the huge potential for using Amazon Fulfillment (FBA), I decided to do additional research. I quickly found the Jungle Scout products and opted to purchase both the Jungle Scout Chrome Extension and Jungle Scout Web App. After using JS to find my first product, I was greeted with relatively fast success. While there are other Amazon sellers with much large sales, I want to encourage that you can become successful with Amazon FBA, I did.
In my first four months, I sold over $17,000 in products, see screenshot above. In the month of January 2018 alone, I sold over $5,300. With only a few hours a week of work, I have been able to add an additional revenue stream that is consistent. I hope to write more about how I went from $0 to over $23,000 in a few short months, so leave a comment below if I should go into more detail about “How To Sell On Amazon.” I genuinely believe that Jungle Scout played a huge role in my success. Their programs enabled me to pick products that set me up for Amazon FBA success.
The Jungle Scout company also offers other products to help Amazon sellers such as:
I plan to discuss these programs more later. I truly hope that this Jungle Scout Review was not only helpful, but inspired you to start your own Amazon FBA business. Need help? Shoot me an email at email@example.com