What is Retail Arbitrage

What is Retail Arbitrage?

What is Inventory Arbitrage?

Enterprising individuals have found ingenious ways to leverage differences in perceived value.

Inventory or retail arbitrage is when you buy a product from a retail store such as Walmart and then resell the product on your own or mainstream e-commerce platforms at a profit. As an e-commerce business model, retail arbitrage is one of the best ways to launch an online store or Amazon business as it doesn’t require a lot of inventory to get started.

If you want to start retail arbitrage, you have to put the time into finding good deals or sales, then buy the products cheaper to sell at a profit.

The obvious question here is why would people pay more for your product?

Mainly because people are typically not as informed about places they can find the product at a better price. In other words, not everyone takes the time to shop around. They’ll see your product online and add it to the cart without doing a lot of research.

Is Repackaging a Product Legal

Is Repackaging a Product Legal?

If you have a generic product that is unbranded, it is completely legal to repackage a manufacturer’s product and put your brand on it. If your product has another business’s branding somewhere on it, however, repackaging is illegal and you may be slammed with a copyright or trademark infringement.

Many manufacturers specialize in producing white-label products that sellers can buy to resell as their own branded products. These products can include everything from coffee, to silicone coasters, to healthy food supplements.

When it comes to retail arbitrage, it is important to remember although repackaging a manufacturer’s product may be legal in some cases, it may not always help to boost your sales, especially if other sellers are selling the exact same product in a crowded marketplace.

In order to boost your sales from branding, you have to make sure that you differentiate your product or service to the buyer in some way that it hard to imitate by competitors.

What is Arbitrage in Economics?

Arbitrage refers to the act of simultaneously buying and selling a product or any other asset with the objective of profiting from the difference in the buying and selling price. This profit is due to the difference in two similar financial instruments in two different markets.


Demand and supply, for example, is the exact same concept in two different states, but the demand for a product may be lower in one of them, which means that the market price in the two states differs. Exploiting this price difference means that you can make a profit.

What is an Example of Arbitrage?

An example of retail arbitrage is when you find a fur coat for sale in Texas at, say, $45. You buy the coat and have the retailer send it to your third-party prep center in Kansas. You then list the fur coat on an e-commerce website for $120. Someone in Alaska sees the listing and buy the coat.

The demand for fur coats in Alaska is much higher than it is in Texas and, even if the supply is more or less the same, it means that the market price for fur coats is higher.

The Future of GMO

The Future of GMO

Fishing for Better Genetics

It has been some time since genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) became commercialized around the world. Amongst the most common changes that the world has seen up to now was herbicide and insect resistance of plants. For example, Canadian consumers will soon get access to a genetically modified salmon that can grow to market size in half the time as regular salmon. It also requires less feed.

As one can see from this and the approval thereof by regulatory authorities, genetically modified crops and other GMO food can potentially reduce the input costs of the food industry significantly.

The Future of GMO Food

There are many developments in the area of genetically modified food that the world can expect to be realized in the future. This includes things such as pigs that are resistant to disease, dairy cows without horns, and chickens that are resistant to bird flu. Sheep are also expected to become more productive in terms of wool and mutton production.

All of this sounds interesting, but food producers should not hold their breath as these developments may take years to become a reality – if they ever do. The developments that already saw the light of day, however, are playing an integral part in the production of biotech crops.

Resistance of Pests

Resistance to herbicides and insects is a past development that will continue to be improved and expanded, especially since some organisms of weed are becoming resistant to non-selective systemic herbicides like glyphosate.

The prioritization will, in future, also start to shift from new technologies to improved management practices. This is because, as more insect-resistant crops are being planted, insects themselves are becoming more resistant to developments in technology. Since this battle between pests and technology can’t continue forever, crop management will start to see its own improvements and developments, like planting crops that are not genetically modified next to GM crops.

The Future of GMO

Obstacles for GMO’s

In the future, the GMO food industry may be facing much more challenges than resistant insects and weeds. Regulatory authorities don’t take these practices lightly and getting them approved can be a headache to role players in the GMO industry.

The introduction of new genes into animals is also an issue that requires consumer acceptance. This means that certain developments in the future of GMO food will not only be limited by technological limitations, but also by social ones.

Changes in Technology

Technologies like genome-editing tools are constantly being improved and it allows for the introduction of new genes into organisms. Not only do these developments allow for more affordable and quicker genetic modification, but it also makes it possible for more and smaller role players to take part in genome editing and genetic modification of organisms.


Predicting GMO’s of the future is not that easy. There are many different factors at play which include the management of risks and the approval of the international community. Government regulations are also a barrier that can inhibit GMO developments. In the long-haul, chances are that GMO foods will bring about significant changes in food production.