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Connecting a Bluetooth Scanner to Profit Bandit for iPhone

**This post was updated 3/13/217


Connecting a bluetooth scanner to Profit Bandit is easier than you might think. Today I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to connect Profit Bandit to your iPhone. Tomorrow, I’ll post the same instructions for Android users.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An iPhone running iOS 7.1.2 or above (Note: this doesn’t mean an iPhone 7. Profit Bandit will run on any iPhone 4S or later)
  2. Profit Bandit with an enabled Bluetooth add-on. Tap the puzzle piece icon profit bandit settings button in Profit Bandit and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. A scanfob. Most of our users use the OPN-2002 or the SerialIO Scanfob 2002.
  4. The instructions that came with your Scanfob. I’ll be connecting an OPN-2002 and will be using these instructions. You’ll need to print them out in order to scan the barcodes on them.
  5. Any item with a barcode to test that everything’s working.

Let’s get started:

1. Navigate to your iPhone’s settings and then Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on as shown here:

turn on Bluetooth on iphone

2. Scan the HID Keyboard Mode Barcode found on your instructions.

scan code opticon

3. Hold down the Clear/Function key on the scanner for 5-10 seconds or until a blue light begins flashing. It’s the smaller of the two buttons on the scanner.

option scanner

5. Your phone should discover the scanner (OPN-2005/2006 scanners may not ask for a PIN):

find opticon scanner

5. And ask you to enter a PIN. Because of the next step, you’ll see that it’s easiest to choose 0000.

Select a PIN

6. From your instructions, scan the list of barcodes with numbers next to them to scan 0000 and then scan END. Take care not to scan any other numbers.


7. You should now see that your scanner is connected:


8. Return to Profit Bandit and scan your test item. Note that for your first scan you may need to select the manual search box before scanning. This should not be necessary for the rest of your scans.

9. While your bluetooth scanner is connected in keyboard mode, it will prevent the keyboard from popping up on the screen. To enable the keyboard just tap the small function/clear key on your scanner.

Please let me know if you have any trouble following these directions!

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Make Sure You Always See the Lowest FBA Offers

We’re excited to announce a new release of Profit Bandit which includes inclusive FBA data.

This new version enables you to see the lowest FBA offer for each condition as well as the exact number of FBA offers.

This important addition makes Profit Bandit the Amazon scouting product with the most complete FBA data available.

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Profit Bandit Updates in 2015: You Asked, We Listened


It’s been a very busy year for us, here at SellerEngine. We’ve been on a mission to make Profit Bandit faster, more intuitive, and more efficient at sourcing. We’ve been dishing handy little fixes and upgrades regularly, but our latest releases are the cherry on top.

Keep reading for an overview of this year’s fixes and new features, including last month’s batch.

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Are you using the Buy List feature in Profit Bandit?

SELL-IT-buttonSome of you who use Profit Bandit might not know about this, but there is a Buy List feature in the app that can help you save a lot of time with creating new listings on Amazon in bulk. Today we’ll talk about how the Buy List works, what it does, and how you can use it to the fullest.

Profit Bandit is great at helping you decide what to buy, but before selling the profitable items on Amazon you also need to create FBA shipments (if you want to list them as FBA) and then create the listings. If you’re only using Profit Bandit to find out what items are worth buying, then you are missing out on creating listings in bulk. Add to the Buy List each profitable item you find before scanning the next one and at the end of the day you’ll have a list of all the items you bought. It will include the following details: ASIN/UPC, Title, Author, Category, Condition, Buy Price, Location, Quantity, Weight, Total Weight, and Sell Price.

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What if Profit Bandit could…

Think outside the box



What can you dream up for your ideal scouting app?

Here are Austin’s “outside the box” ideas of what you could do with Profit Bandit. Austin, our Profit Bandit product owner, was excited to get into this creative mind game.

Do you want to play this game with us?





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