X-Path and Bulk Lists For Tactical Arbitrage

I have been getting a question a lot over the past few weeks, so I thought I would write a little post to help answer it. My guess is there are a bunch of people out there that have the same question, but haven’t asked it yet.

The question is:

What are custom X-Paths and Bulk Lists for Tactical Arbitrage?

I’m assuming that this question is coming from those of you just starting to use Tactical Arbitrage or those of you who are wanting to take your sourcing skills to the next level.

Regardless of the reason, it is a pretty easy question to answer (I’ll try not to use any crazy lingo or tech speak to help explain).

Let’s start with the easy answer:

X-Path allows you to scan sites using Tactical Arbitrage that aren’t on the Tactical Arbitrage sourcing list. So you are able to reduce your competition and increase your sourcing abilities.

Bulk Lists allow you to upload a file to Tactical Arbitrage, click a button, and automate the scanning of hundreds of different pages. This is how the “source while you sleep” occurs.

It’s really that simple.

Now if that didn’t satisfy your desire for knowledge (or you would like some additional information), I will go into a bit more detail below. It’s going to have a few more techy terms, but I’ll try to make it is easy as possible.

X-Path

X-Path is a fancy way of describing where things are on a website. If you weren’t aware, each webpage you pull up (including this one) is bunch of HTML and CSS code. It kinda looks something like this (this one is for Priceline):

Now as a human, we have an extremely hard time reading all of this mumbo jumbo (or code). That’s where your favorite browser comes in (like Chrome or Firefox).

It takes all of the HTML (the text, images, and layout) and the CSS (what makes it look pretty) along with some other fancy things like JavaScript (the stuff that does cool stuff with forms and such) and makes it look like a webpage so we can read it.

XHTML is a fancy way of giving things on a website a label. For example:

2
Chair
2013
17
Craft

That is how a computer reads a list. Notice that we don’t know what in the world any of those things means. It’s a list of random strings of text. Does 2 mean the number of tacos I had last night? Or does it represent the number of cats I have?

So let’s give that same lists some labels.

Number of Cats: 2
Where I am currently sitting: Chair
Year I graduated: 2013
Number of loads of laundry that need to be done: 17
Favorite kinds of beer: Craft

See how the labels provide a context for the list? That is exactly what XHTML does for websites. For example:

19.99
Starbucks cup
9042133213

Turns into:

Price: $19.99
Product title: Starbucks cup
UPC: 9042133213

It gives a context to the HTML of a store’s website.

Now X-Path is like a set of instructions to tell an outside software (like Tactical Arbitrage) where to look for things on a website. It’s like Google Maps for websites. It says things like: Look for the price of an item here. Look for the product title here.

So a custom X-Path for a website allows you to tell Tactical Arbitrage how to scan a site that isn’t on the list of sourcing sites.

Make sense?

Bulk Lists

When you search a site using Tactical Arbitrage, you have to put in the URL into the search box. Then you have to tell the software how many pages you would like for it to search.

What if you had a way to give Tactical Arbitrage a list of the URLs you would like for it to search and you could go to sleep and let it go through that list all night long?

Meet bulk lists.

It’s really not more complicated than that. It’s an excel file that has a list of the URLs and the number of pages that each URL has.

Now that you know a little more about X-Path and Bulk Lists for Tactical Arbitrage, here are some of my favorites to use đŸ™‚

Amzexpiry is ran by a guy named Dave Matthews (I am bringing him on for a video here soon) and they have started putting out some amazing sites and bulk lists. I have been impressed with the quality (and the price point). Here are some of my favorites:

Webstaurantstore Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Steinmart Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Dickblick Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Glambot Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Skinstore Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Anastasiabeverlyhills Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Zoevacosmetics Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

EverythingKitchens Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Victoriassecret Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Younkers Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Efaucets Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

Worldwidegolfshops Tactical Arbitrage Custom Xpath and Bulk List File

And if you want a slightly different take to a bulk list that exclusively works with the Library search function of Tactical Arbitrage, check this out:

“Scholarly” Book Bulk Categories. This is my dad’s unique library search bulk list he has been building over the last month. I have been running this list over the last few weeks and have been loving the results.

Cheers!

CW

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